When you are behind the wheels- driving SAFELY should always be your top concern. It’s not only important for you but also for the other motorists on the road! Read on to learn what scary situations you might encounter and how to stay safe on road!
Imagine you’re stuck at traffic lights and suddenly there is a tap on window, with gun pointing towards your face. After some seconds your car, phone, money is gone. Luckily, I might say, you have survived carjacking.
It is one of the least things that we would like to witness in life. In such situations the attacker is only interested in your money and car. So try to play it cool and hand him whatever he demands because in this way at least your precious life is saved.
Let’s say you survived somehow but now you are without car, money and cell phone. Quickly find a public place and try to calmly recall the details so that it can help investigators.
The best caution is “Stay Alert”. Look around carefully before you come to a stop, getting inside the car. Avoid the areas that are well known for carjacking incidents.
Car sinking in water
In flash flood situations it is absolutely terrifying when your’ vehicle is sinking in deep water and you can’t get out. In Canada, stats show that 10 percent of drowning deaths are caused due to vehicle submerging in water.
Very first thing- stay calm. Try to open the door as soon as you find yourself sinking and get on the surface quickly. Try to open car door using buttons of automatic powered locks and if that doesn’t work then use your shoe to break the window. Don’t wait for the water level to rise to your head. Act as soon as possible. Always keep a small hammer or rod for such emergencies.
Note -never hit the window straight on. The easiest place to break a window is its corners.
Have your car ever skidded on wet road? Even if you didn’t lose control but you likely experienced hydroplaning. It occurs when a tire encounters more water than it can scatter. Tires loose traction when they are separated from road surface by a thin layer of water pushed by wheels of the car.
Chances of hydroplaning increase during poor weather conditions such as snow, rain, fog or ice. It can be extremely dangerous if you lose control and you can get into a fatal accident.
But you can avoid them by keeping your car tires properly inflated. Maintain a standard speed because the faster you drive the harder it is for your tires to scatter the water. Always try to drive in outer lanes where water tends to accumulate and follow the trails of tire tracks left by cars in front of you. Avoid hard braking as either you could end up losing total control of your vehicle or you will have to pay heavy sum for replacement of brake parts that have been damaged.
Rear end collision
One of the devastating situations- getting suddenly hit from behind! Resulting whiplash can give a pain for entire life to the victim. Rear end collision happens when you’ve come to a stop, but suddenly car hits behind you in faster speed.
Check your car mirrors often. When coming to a stop at a traffic light or stop sign always keep on checking the rear view mirror for vehicles behind you. If you’ve got damaged brake lights, it’s not good for you. It’s time to replace brake lights because drivers rely on that signal to warn them that they are stopping.
If unfortunately there are chances for you to be rear ended, just take your foot from the brakes to lessen the impact.
Car fire is potential deadly emergency having killed more than 450 people each year. Car fires may be triggered by collisions but sometimes malfunctioning car fuel system and electrical system may also be the culprit.
There are various cautions to take and watch out for! Loud sounds from car exhaust system, spilled oil under the hood, broken or loose hoses, rapid change in oil level or engine temperature are some of the first warning signs that may lead to car fire if ignored.
Act quickly and stay calm. If you notice your car beginning to emit flames, just pull over and turn off the ignition. Once you turn off the engine, the fuel will stop flowing which can lessen the chances of explosion. If you notice smoke under the hood, carefully open the hood. Be careful as the oxygen can cause the fire to expand. Better stay at least 150 feet away from your car and call 911 immediately.
Brake failure is a terrifying experience if it ever happens. But you can still control or lessen the impact of damage by keeping calm. It would be best to turn off the cruise control in such situation and take your foot off the gas. Pumping your brakes several times can rebuild enough pressure for the brakes to stop the car.
Keep the brakes squeezed to the floor. Make sure to shift into low gears not to downshift too quickly. Rapid downshifts into first or second gear can increase the trouble. Use emergency brake to stop the car.
Pay attention to the road and continue to steer. At last look for a safe spot to pull over.
If you notice the car ahead of you is swerving and the driver appears to be impaired, then the best way is to give him plenty of room and not to tailgate.
What to do if suddenly your car has got a flat tire? Just slow down and don’t slam on brakes. When it is safe to do so, change the lanes and pull over to a safer side. Turn on your emergency flashers and call for auto service.
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