Crashes. Head-on collisions. Skids. Tire blowouts. None of these sound fun, but they can happen — even to the world’s most cautious safe driver. That’s why it’s so important to be prepared for driving in emergency situations. You don’t want to be the driver who causes car crashes, but rather the one understands their implications and reacts accordingly in the event of an emergency. Want to avoid a wreck? Put your learning cap on and get ready to be schooled on some safe driving strategies.

Videos On How to Drive Safely In Emergency Situations

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Common Causes of Car Crashes

Don’t be the driver on the side of the road in need of emergency services. Don’t be the person that the emergency vehicle is rescuing. Be aware of some common causes of motor vehicle crashes so that you’re not the person involved in one.

Distracted Driving

  • Put those cell phones down and keep both hands on the steering wheel. Texting while driving is never okay. Ever. Bae can wait on you sending those kissy face emoji text messages. (And not to burst your bubble, but hands free devices aren’t much better.)
Yeah, no. Not worth it.
Yeah, no. Not worth it.

Going Over the Speed Limit

  • Think you have the need for speed? That police officer with a radar gun probably won’t agree. You could end up with a ticket, or worse. So take your lead foot off the gas pedal and stay within the speed limit.

Teen Car Crashes

Teenagers make up the age group most likely to get into a motor vehicle accident. The most common reason? Driver error, as opposed to car or environmental factors. Teenagers are brand new to the driver seat, so their driving skills and reaction time are not as refined as that of older adults. That’s why it’s important for teens to pay close attention in drivers education and listen to their driving instructor before getting behind the wheel. Teach knows what’s up.

I bet you would listen if Ryan Gosling was your teacher.
I bet you would listen if Ryan Gosling was your teacher.

Potential Roadside Emergencies

Even if you do everything right — follow traffic signals, change lanes correctly, refrain from text messaging and check your blind spots — you still might end up as the one needing emergency response. Luckily, if you’re fully aware of and prepared for these situations, you’ll be much better off.

  • Wear your seat belt … always! Click it or ticket, guys. A safety belt could save your life.
  • Know that defensive driving is a life-saving strategy. Follow traffic laws, but don’t expect that others always will. Have situation awareness and stay alert!
  • Take the right steps if involved in a car crash. Pull over. Put on your parking brake. Turn on your emergency flashers. Cooperate with law enforcement officers and the emergency medical team.
I think you meant to say "intelligent human beings."
I think you meant to say “intelligent human beings.”

Remember: Even safe drivers can get in accidents. So just continue to be aware of other drivers and do your part to be responsible on the road. Until the world is filled with self-driving cars and in-car computers, we’ll still have to deal with human error in car accidents. Personally, I’d rather have a self-driving magic carpet, but that’s up to Google and/or that Genie from Aladdin to bring me one.

It's a whole new world, kitty.
It’s a whole new world, kitty.