how to survive a car crash

how to survive a car crash

How To Survive A Car Crash

Even after a crash, your vehicle may remain the safest place for you to be. A crash can involve multiple vehicles over an extended period of time — the proverbial highway pileup. So, once your own car has stopped moving, your first task is to assess the situation. Is it safe to leave your car? Is there moving traffic or other hazards close by? If it is safe to leave your car, do so. Batteries and gas tanks can catch fire, sometimes without a sign until minutes later. Move to a safe distance, call an ambulance and see to any injuries.
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How To Survive A Car Crash

After a crash, switch off your engine, do not smoke, and stop anyone else from smoking. This especially important if one of the vehicles involved in the crash was carrying dangerous goods (e.g. flammable goods such as paraffin or aerosols, or explosive goods), as in such crashes it is important to prevent explosions or fires, as much as you are not in a film and in reality cars can only really explode or catch fire after crashes if the crash involved a vehicle carrying dangerous goods.
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How To Survive A Car Crash

Kidding, of course. Because in another world—one where humans have evolved as fast as automobiles have—Graham might be the perfect specimen. This is according to Melbourne, Australia’s Transport Accident Commission, which had a trauma surgeon, a crash expert, and a Melbourne artist team up to design a car-crash-proof human. The TCA is known for its penchant for shock, and Graham is part of its new Toward Zero road-safety campaign.
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How To Survive A Car Crash

Do not lean against the dashboard. If there is a high-speed crash, the car’s airbags inflate. They have saved lives, but they inflate with such force that if you are leaning against the dashboard when they inflate you will be thrown backwards and injured. If the car has curtain airbags (also called side airbags) it is also dangerous to lean against the sides of the car.
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How To Survive A Car Crash

If a crash is unavoidable, try to minimize damage. Avoid head-on collisions into other vehicles or front-end collisions into immovable objects like large trees or concrete barriers. Do as much as you can to control your car’s speed. The faster the impact, the more damage it will cause. Avoid side impacts. Serious injury is likely to result if another car strikes your car on the side where it is much weaker structurally and closer to the driver.
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How To Survive A Car Crash

Tips Remain calm and above all remain silent. You will likely be disoriented and confused after a serious accident, even if think you’re uninjured. Many people will arrive at the scene of the accident and ask you “What happened?” You do not have to speak to anyone about what you think may have caused the accident. Above all, avoid saying anything that may incriminate you, such as “I’m sorry” or “I think it may have been speeding” etc. Such comments could end up causing you thousands of dollars. If you aren’t the one driving, in most, if not all cases, the middle back seat is the safest place to be, that is, with seatbelts. If the car crashes, you are in the middle seat and you are not wearing a seatbelt, you could be ejected from the vehicle, with fatal results. If you are purchasing a new vehicle, be sure to note the standard and optional safety features, such as where and how many air bags come with the car. Research crash test results, and consider built-in monitoring services such as General Motors’ OnStar system. These can notify emergency personnel of an accident. Use your cell phone to take pictures of the accident. If you have a cell phone, make any calls you need to make either in the privacy of your car, if you can, or away from any witnesses. Again, do not try to explain what happened to anyone on the phone, e.g. the tow truck driver. Just say, there has been an accident. Be sure to exchange information with others involved in the accident and get information from eyewitnesses. Write a list to yourself of what to do in case of an accident and keep it in your glove box. Read it and follow the instructions which you wrote to yourself.
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How To Survive A Car Crash

Remain calm and above all remain silent. You will likely be disoriented and confused after a serious accident, even if think you’re uninjured. Many people will arrive at the scene of the accident and ask you “What happened?” You do not have to speak to anyone about what you think may have caused the accident. Above all, avoid saying anything that may incriminate you, such as “I’m sorry” or “I think it may have been speeding” etc. Such comments could end up causing you thousands of dollars. If you aren’t the one driving, in most, if not all cases, the middle back seat is the safest place to be, that is, with seatbelts. If the car crashes, you are in the middle seat and you are not wearing a seatbelt, you could be ejected from the vehicle, with fatal results. If you are purchasing a new vehicle, be sure to note the standard and optional safety features, such as where and how many air bags come with the car. Research crash test results, and consider built-in monitoring services such as General Motors’ OnStar system. These can notify emergency personnel of an accident. Use your cell phone to take pictures of the accident. If you have a cell phone, make any calls you need to make either in the privacy of your car, if you can, or away from any witnesses. Again, do not try to explain what happened to anyone on the phone, e.g. the tow truck driver. Just say, there has been an accident. Be sure to exchange information with others involved in the accident and get information from eyewitnesses. Write a list to yourself of what to do in case of an accident and keep it in your glove box. Read it and follow the instructions which you wrote to yourself.
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How To Survive A Car Crash

Store objects such that they will not hit you if the car gets hit. If an object could become a projectile during a crash, either remove it from the car, or stow it in the trunk, or, in the case of a minivan, in the well behind the seat.
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In a racing car, where 5-point harnesses protect the driver in a crash instead of airbags, the idea is to cinch those down as tightly as possible. This minimizes the amount your body travels and builds momentum before “hitting” the belts. At high speeds, even a tiny bit of movement caused by slack can break bones. While this effect is not as extreme in a road car, the lesson everyone can learn is that a tighter, closer fitting seatbelt is a safer one. Keep both your lap and shoulder belts snug and properly positioned. Do not allow foreign objects — large belt buckles and similar — to sit between your body and the belts and do not become twisted in them.
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Brake with control. Braking practices vary depending upon whether your vehicle has anti-lock brakes. No anti-lock brakes – If your car lack anti-lock brakes, you need to pump the brakes to keep the car under control. If you slam on the brakes, your car will start to skid and you will lose control. You cannot steer a vehicle when the brakes are locked. Press firmly, then release. If you feel the tires start to skid release the brakes before steering. Anti-lock brakes – Do not pump anti-lock brakes. Your car’s ABS computer will pulse them much faster than you can (you will feel the pedal vibrate a bit when this occurs). Just hold the brakes firmly and steer normally.
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A car accident is one of the most dangerous things the average person will come in contact with during their life. This guide is posted in the hope that it will help its readers avoid injury or death. It should be noted that every vehicle is different, and much of the information here (such as airbags) will not apply to those who drive vehicles from 1990 or earlier. The methods of avoiding an accident, and the position one should be in during a crash, however, are effectively universal.
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Ever been in an accident in a modern car? An airbag (or several) may save your life, but in doing so it will likely injure you. They’re able to inflate so fast because they’re operated by an explosive charge, so they’re not only filled with air hot enough to burn you on contact, but in order to “cushion” the extreme forces experienced in a crash, they need to inflate very firmly. Hitting one is like head butting a rock. It can break your nose or other face bones, can slam your arms into your face or eyes if it catches those on the way out and making use of one just generally isn’t a fun experience.

Published on Jul 4, 2017 | Under Car | By michael ellis
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