Surviving a road accident

Discussion in 'Safety' started by remnant, May 30, 2016.

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  1. remnant

    remnant Expert Member

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    A road accident is as unpredictable as a dream. Passengers should be in a defensive travelling mode just as drivers are taught defensive driving. Anything can cause a road accident ranging from human error, a type puncture or malfunctioning brakes as well as sheer carelessness caused by other drivers. What would you do if an accident seems inevitable? Should one attempt to jump over the window? Or lie low on the vehicles deck? Any contributions are welcome.
  2. cluckeyo

    cluckeyo Well-Known Member

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    All I know to do about driving is to do it carefully, as you say, defensive driving. As much as possible, drive at less busy times of day, take alternative less busy routes. If you are sleepy, pull over and take a quick nap. A 20 minute nap can help a lot when it is truly needed. If an accident is inevitable, I suppose you would have to rely on your fast reflexes. But a lot can be done to prevent accidents just by exercising caution.
  3. Endure

    Endure Expert Member

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    Well I suffered a serious car accident, and I can attest that safety belts are truly life savers. As far as I remember was dazed and covered by blood, It was so sudden and rough. A car crashed us by front, precipitated like a damn torpedo towards the car. I ended up with several cuts and physical traumas, but me and everybody recovered successfully in the hospital. It was of course, an unpleasant experience that happened almost like 18 years ago and I have forgotten most of it.
  4. Arkane

    Arkane Master Survivalist

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    Choose the right type of vehicle to be in
    Keep your vehicle in good condition.
    Keep a firm grip on the steering wheel
    Stay Awake
    Belt up
    Keep your eyes on the road
    Do not tailgate
    And leave that damned phone alone!

    Learn how to progressively apply your brakes
    Do not swerve to avoid things just brake progressively, hard and straight

    To many times have I seen drivers swerve to avoid a dog but then roll the vehicle with family inside
    Or a tyre blowout followed by a heavy foot on the brakes quickly followed by a crash

    Learning and then remembering and applying the basics is a good first step in vehicle safety

    What to do with a front tyre blowout is one of the most important!

    Hopefully you have avoided most accidents and when you cant have a first aid kit handy as within reach of the seat you are in!
    One of those rescue tools is handy as well! first aid kit should have a tourniquet for each seat and bandages, I have in each door
    of my vehicle a trauma pack vacuum sealed with a tourniquet, two number 15 bandages and two pairs of gloves. very basic I know but it covers the essentials to buy time!

    And it might seem a little paranoid but head trauma from your noggin bashing the hard insides of the vehicle is a real problem even in minor crash's!
    a lightweight cyclists helmet might look goofy but in a dangerous driving situation like getting the hell out of dodge during the apocalypse may well be the difference in getting out of the vehicle in a decent condition and staying that way or going all limp and floppy or collapsing a little later with developing head trauma!
  5. tb65

    tb65 Active Member

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    I don't think you should try to do all those movements. I think you should make sure you where your seat belt and that your vehicle has air bags. I was in a accident many years ago and it was the fault of someone else, airbags saved both of our lives. Trying to jump over the window sounds like a bad idea, you might end up going out the window if you try that.
  6. Arkane

    Arkane Master Survivalist

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    Not keen on airbags!
    They deploy only once as in first impact, What about a second impact.
    Lost a school friend that way, airbags went of when his car hit a small steer but were useless when he hit the bridge support after!

    Ex girlfriend got t-boned in the drivers door but not real hard! head bounced of door pillar, not a scratch on her but collapsed a few minutes later
    with a brain bleed, fifteen years later she can hardly talk or walk still and has tried to off herself a few times!
    Soft head on hard pillar! lightweight cycle helmet would have prevented that!
  7. Destiny

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    Well, I think accidents happen too quickly to really prepare yourself. All you can do is wear your seatbelt and follow traffic laws, always drive defensively.
  8. Arkane

    Arkane Master Survivalist

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    Yes but do you know what to do in a front tyre blowout?
  9. filmjunkie08

    filmjunkie08 Active Member

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    I was in a wreck 20 years ago. If my head had landed an inch lower, I would have had a closed head injury and would be functioning entirely different than I am today.

    There are so many things that can cause an accident that it is hard to prepare for every scenario. However, I do believe in owning the device that allows me to cut my seat belt and knock out a window if I need to. I also believe in having my cell phone in a shirt or pants pocket while I am driving. (If I end up somewhere other than behind the wheel, it increases the chance that my cell phone is with me and I can call for help.) Lastly, I walk around my car to give the tires a look and make sure they are in good shape. We can't prepare for every scenario, but I feel better knowing I have my phone, I can break out a car window if I need to, and my car is in decent running condition.
  10. BeautifullyBree

    BeautifullyBree Active Member

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    I've been in several wrecks. Its sad to say they changed my life forever. Ive turned into such a cautious driver. I actually don't even like driving in big towns. Its hard to be scared of other people's driving. All my wrecks were the others fault. My best tip is don't hesitate to slow down if you feel in danger, and always watch your surroundings.
  11. lonewolf

    lonewolf Legendary Survivalist Staff Member

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    drive as if every other driver on the road is an idiot, most of them are!
  12. Arkane

    Arkane Master Survivalist

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    What has kept me safe so far!
    Having the seat adjusted properly, many sit too close to the steering wheel!
    Seat adjustment! set seat all the way back, move forward a single click at a time until you can push all pedals to the floor, then 1-2 clicks forward!
    Adjust height so you can see the dash proper and the top of steering wheel is low enough not to obstruct vision!
    Grab top of steering wheel and tilt back of seat forward until it takes the weight off your arms and shoulders contact seat back then one more click forward!
    There you go best and safest position!
    In the above position there is enough space for a drivers airbag to deploy safely and you make maximum use of crumple zones and least chance of getting stuck in the drivers seat!
  13. Corzhens

    Corzhens Master Survivalist

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    This is the story of a popular comedian here who figured in a vehicular accident. It was night when their jeep was traveling in the suburban highway. They were not really speeding at 60 kph but the driver lost control when a wayward truck almost blocked their direction. The jeep hit a concrete fence. The comedian ended under the debris of the jeep's roofing and passengers. Fortunately there was no casualty in that accident. The comedian was hurt with a broken rib but what he did was to stay calm until help came. Some other passengers were shouting for help with panic evident in their voices. The comedian said that if you are injured and you panic, your blood pressure will rise even higher and that my cause you to die.

    In any disaster, I really think that presence of mind and calm should be exercised. Panic is a silent killer so we should avoid that especially for those with heart ailments for you may suffer cardiac arrest.
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