Minimizing the Damage
If you find yourself in a situation where a collision seems to be unavoidable, it pays to have some strategies in order to stay safe. Here are a few ways you can minimize the damage caused by a collision:
- If you're going to hit something, aim for something with give - better a bush than a tree.
- Always look and steer for an out.
- You can usually dodge trouble by steering to the right, away from oncoming traffic.
- If you’re sitting in traffic and it looks like someone is going to hit you from behind, apply your brakes so that you’re not pushed into traffic.
- Press your head firmly back on the head restraint to minimize the chance of injury.
- If you’re about to get hit from the side (T-bone collision), keep two hands on the steering wheel and try to turn so that the other vehicle hits you with a glancing blow.
- If it looks like you’re going to get hit from the front, again try and steer away so the other vehicle hits you with a glancing blow.
- In any type of collision, if you can reduce your speed, you’ll reduce the force of impact.
One of the most important things to remember while driving is to always look well ahead and give yourself plenty of space. For more driving tips, please see Making The Best Of A Bad Situation by AMA Fleet Safety (January 2013).
Tia Chisholm, HUB International TRANSPORTATION
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