4 Unexpected Incidents That Can Cause a Car Accident

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This summer in Metairie, you or your teen might be headed out on a road trip, to a state park, or maybe just for a quick visit to a friend’s house. But, if you experience an unusual (but not unheard of) problem, you could be headed for an accident.

Here is some general guidance that may help you reach your destination safely:

The brakes go out

Your primary concern of course is to work your way over to the shoulder and stop the vehicle. To do so, try to downshift smoothly through the gears, which should slow down the car. Once you’re off the road, try the emergency brake and, if needed, roll into something that will help bring you to a stop while going at a low speed. Always avoid high-speed collisions.

The accelerator sticks

Quick action may help you get things under control here. Shift into neutral, which will stop the engine from powering the wheels. Doing this allows you to retain power steering and braking ability, so you can better control the car. You can try turning off the car (which will certainly slow it down), but it will be harder to control without power.

A tire blows

The National Safety Commission advises drivers to not slam on the brakes. The car will want to veer toward the side of the bad tire, and braking can make it veer even more. Instead, concentrate on steering to the side of the road as you slow down gradually.

An animal jumps into the road

There are more than a million collisions between vehicles and wildlife each year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Be mindful whenever you’re driving, especially around dawn and dusk, which are high-activity times for large animals. If you encounter an animal in the road, hit your brakes and sound your horn. Try not to swerve — serious injuries and fatalities often occur when cars make extreme maneuvers to avoid animals.

We here at TWFG – Rick Rogers Insurance hope you never encounter any of these situations. But, if you do, keep your cool and respond safely. If something does happen, we’ll be here to help you through it!

Check out our Auto Insurance page to learn more about your coverage and for more tips on driving safely in Metairie.