Rollover accidents are dangerous. Probably one of the most dangerous forms of car accidents that can happen out on the road.
How do you prevent them? Below are a few steps to follow in order to avoid a roll-over car accident.
Many rollovers occur when drivers over correct their steering as a panic reaction to an emergency—or even to a wheel going off the pavement’s edge.
At highway speeds, over correcting or excessive steering can cause the driver to lose control, which can force the vehicle to slide sideways and roll over.
- Avoid panic-like steering
- Know how to maneuver properly while behind the wheel
- Make sure your tire pressure is correct
- Don’t over-load your vehicle. The heavier the vehicle, the higher chance of a roll-over
- Use caution when on roads that are known to have wild-life on the roads at any given moment
Rollovers are more likely to occur on rural roads and highways—particularly undivided, two-way roads or divided roads with no barriers.
When a vehicle goes off a rural road, the vehicle can overturn when it strikes a ditch or embankment, or is tripped by soft soil. Nearly 75% of all rollover crashes occur in rural areas, so practice caution when driving on rural roads.
MAINTAIN YOUR TIRES
Improperly inflated and worn tires can be especially dangerous because they inhibit your ability to maintain vehicle control, the most important factor in reducing the chance of rollover.
Worn tires may cause the vehicle to slide sideways on wet or slippery pavement, sliding the vehicle off the road and increasing its risk of rolling over.
Improper inflation can accelerate tire wear, and can even lead to tire failure. It is important to maintain your tires properly, and replace them when necessary.
LOAD VEHICLES PROPERLY
Consult your vehicle's owner’s manual to determine the maximum safe load for your vehicle, as well as proper load distribution.
If you’re using a roof rack, pay special attention to the manufacturer’s instructions and weight limits. Any load placed on the roof will be above the vehicle’s center of gravity, and will increase the vehicle’s likelihood of rolling over.
With many new advancements in technology today, rollover accidents still due occur. Make sure you are prepared behind the wheel.
Over-steering and distracted driving are the most common ways to roll your vehicle. Remember. When you are driving, you need to have 100% focus dedicated to the road and nothing else.
Also, keep in mind that no one wants to be in an accident, especially a rollover accident. You cannot plan for this and you cannot always avoid it.
In addition to the above suggestions, there is one that is paramount: WEAR YOUR SEAT BELTS!!
Seat belts prevent serious injuries and save lives. This is not even subject for debate. Protect your family and protect yourself at all times.