Wintertime brings a lot more car accidents on the road so what can you do to avoid one and if you are in one and what you need to do! We have some tips on how to avoid an accident and also tips on what to do if you are in an accident. Brought to you by Alfa Romeo Of Larchmont
Keep Car Safe
First and foremost your car needs to be SAFE. If you keep up with your car maintenance, it will help avoid accidents that are the car fault. For example, make sure the brakes and tires are always ready for the road. Keep up on fluids for your car too, because that can bring your vehicle to a halt right in the middle of traffic if you don’t have the correct amount of fluids. When buying a new car, look for accident avoidance devices and built-in rear cameras because they could help in avoiding accidents. Stay away from ICE, especially black ice. Driving with caution is important.
Keep Driver Safe
Also having your vehicle in road-ready condition is not just for the car but the driver too! Make sure you have your eye exams up to date is very important, to make sure you can see everything that is ahead of you so you can avoid possible accidents. If you take medications, then make sure you aren’t drowsy because that is an accident just waiting to happen. Try to pull over and stay somewhere if you get tired, better to stay safe than sorry.
Avoid in-car distractions like your phone. Connect your phone to your car speaker system if you can so you can talk hands-free if a call comes in a while driving. Make sure children know that if you’re driving, you need to focus on the road and so questions can wait until you are parked.
What to do if you are in an accident
- Stay calm. Car accidents can be very stressful, so please stay in control of the situation.
- Make sure you and your passengers are okay first. Try to move off the roadway but not too far away from the accident. Put on your hazard warning lights so oncoming traffic can see the car.
- Call 911 to report the accident.
- Contact the insurance company, also take pictures of the accident. The sooner they get the claim, the faster the claim will be resolved.
- Only discuss the accident with the police and insurance company, not anyone else.
- Exchange all vital information with the other driver involved. You need their name, address, phone number, license number, insurance information and they will need the same information from you too. Also get witness statements and phone number so the insurance company can connect them about what they saw.