Steps to Avoiding a Vehicle Rollover
All vehicles are not made to handle the same impact. All types of vehicles can rollover. However, taller and more narrow vehicles such as SUVs, trucks, and vans have a higher center of gravity, and therefore are more susceptible to rollover if involved in a crash where one vehicle is involved. In America, vehicle rollovers account for about 3% of all serious crashes. 30% of people killed in car crashes are a result of vehicle rollovers in an accident.
Vehicle rollovers are one of the most dangerous accidents because passengers in the vehicle are more likely to experience head and spinal injuries, or any serious injury that can cause life threatening complications. Here are some basic rules to prevent vehicle rollovers and stay safe on the road:
Choose a vehicle with a low center for gravity and stable base -Any vehicles other than SUVs, trucks, and vans because these vehicles have a higher center of gravity.
Slow down for turns- Slowing down allows the vehicle to be well balanced when turning.
Buckle your seat belt- Being safe by buckling up is one of the best ways to save your life because it will prevent you from flying through your windshield or being thrown around in your car, if involved in a crash.
Give other cars a wide berth – If you are driving, please make sure to give other cars space to prevent accidently rear-ending a vehicle or crashing if a vehicle brakes unexpectedly.
Respect road conditions – If it is raining, turn your headlights on and slow down. While driving respect the speed limit and other drivers on the road.
Make sure your tires are in balance – When you are taking your car in for maintenance, make sure to ask for a tire rotation to keep your vehicle balanced.
Using these steps can help save lives in the event that a vehicle rollover occurs and can help save your life too. Buckle up and slow down on the road.
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