No one wants to think about the bad things that could happen out on the road. However, having a bit of knowledge before you get in an accident can help you keep a minor fender bender from becoming a serious accident.
Here are 3 safety tips to remember if you’re ever in a minor accident:
- Move to safety. If your accident occurs on a busy road or highway, your first priority is moving yourself and your passengers to a safety. On a highway, either move your vehicle to the shoulder or exit your vehicle and stand on the side of the road, well clear of the flow of traffic.
- Don’t engage in arguments. Road rage can quickly escalate into violence. No amount of yelling and screaming at each other is going to undo the accident or help you assign blame where it belongs. Let the police sort out what really happened.
- Don’t try to drive if you’re still shaken. Every accident, no matter the severity, can be emotionally and physically draining. If you’re still shaken when the police officer says it’s okay to leave, don’t try to get behind the wheel. The officer should be more than willing to help you make arrangements to get you and your vehicle home.
Even the most minor of accidents can leave you with questions. Visit our Steps to Take After an Accident page to learn more.