One of the most frightening things that can possibly happen to you is when you are driving, and all of a sudden your car flips. This is not something that you would expect to see happen too often. In fact, you would think that this situation can only happen in movies, but unfortunately, it happens in real life as well. And, there are steps to take if you were to be in an unfortunate situation where it does. Let’s take a look at what you need to do if your car flips to minimize your chances of becoming seriously injured:
Get ready for it to flip
If your car is tipping and you are afraid it will flip over, then the first thing you must do is take your foot off of the pedal. This way you will not end up with a broken ankle, then you will need to stop holding the steering wheel. Then press your body deep into the sit with your arms crossed on your chest. Do not lean over, because leaning over will increase your chances of getting a serious brain injury or having your arms broken.
Stay calm and collected – assess the damage
Once the car has stopped rolling, you are going to be understandably shaken, but it is crucial that you stay still, stabilize yourself, and brace your feet on the floor. Take deep breaths to stay calm. If there are passengers, they must do the same thing while they rub their heads to make sure that there are no broken pieces of glass. Once you are still and calm, you can then make an assessment for yourself and your passengers for any kind of injury. If there is blood present, or if anyone is feeling dizzy and unwell, then call 911 right away.
Turn the engine off right away
Be sure to turn your engine right off after your car flips has happened so a fire does not happen. At that point, you will need to come up with a strategy to exit.
Create your exit strategy
As long as no one is hurt, then you will need to reach for the ceiling and keep your feet flat on the floor. Then use one hand to undo your seatbelt and be careful while doing that. This is when many injuries can occur. Check the windows as well to see if there is a way to roll it down so you can exit. Or, if the car is not severely impacted, the doors may be functional. However, if that is not the case, then you will need to find something to break a window and be careful not to be in contact with the loose glass. Be quick as possible while exiting because there could be a chance that some fuel had leaked and an explosion can happen.
Stay on the shoulder of the road
Once you are away from the car flip, then go on the shoulder of the road and do not come on to oncoming traffic. If no one was injured and you did not have a need to call 911 before, then now is the time to do so. Even if you and your passengers don’t seem injured, you may be and may not be aware of it. That is because of your adrenaline rushing while you were in that situation which can easily distract you from any injury that may have happened.
Hopefully, you will never be involved in a situation where your car flips, but if you are, you now know how to handle it if this unthinkable incident does happen. Stay safe!