When a negligent driver is in your path, there’s not always a way to avoid an accident. This is evident from the thousands of crashes that occur every year on Ohio’s roads. While you may be unable to prevent the collision from happening, it’s important to know there are ways to prevent or reduce your risk of serious injury before, during, and after impact.
Precautions to Take Before Getting Behind the Wheel
While crashes and the related injuries aren’t always avoidable, there are steps you can take before driving away to reduce your risk of injury if you do find yourself to be the victim of a crash.
- Wear Your Seatbelt. Seatbelts are designed to save lives and reduce the severity of injuries in the event of a wreck. Buckling up is one of the most important things you can do when entering any vehicle. It’s also important to ensure your passengers are properly restrained. Young occupants should have the right safety restraint system for their age and size.
- Sit Up Properly. A vehicle’s airbags and seatbelts work best when you are sitting properly. As the driver, you should be sitting up straight, have both your hands on the wheel, and be a safe, comfortable distance away from the steering wheel. Passengers should never have their feet on the dashboard and should also remain in an upright position.
- Store Items Safely. You most likely have a number of loose objects in your car, like your cell phone or water bottle. To avoid these objects becoming airborne during a collision and causing injuries, make sure they are secured properly.