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What Not to Do After a Car Accident

What Not to Do After a Car Accident

Car accidents are horrible. Whether you were driving or the passenger, whether it was your fault or someone else’s, it’s awful. It’s scary, even if it’s a relatively minor incident where there’s not much damage, and no one is injured, having to get out of the car, speak to the other party and assess the situation is frightening. It’s not something that any of us are ever prepared for, and it’s never taught in driving school. It can be terrifying, and most of us just want to get home and find some comfort. 

Of course, if you are injured, your next steps might be dictated. But, in most cases, the incident is minor, and we can just carry on. But, because of the scariness of the situation, many people don’t do the right things. They panic, and they make mistakes. Here are some of the things that you SHOULDN’T do after a road accident. 

Drive Off

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You should never just drive away from an accident. Even if no one has seen and everything seems fine, you need to stop the car. If another party is involved, you need to swap license and insurance details and if necessary call the police and an ambulance. It can be a good idea to call the police even if you don’t think it’s that bad, just in case. Failing to stop the car after an accident is a crime, and the punishment can be severe, depending on the nature and results of the crash. It’s always best to stop!

Get Angry

The worst thing that you can do is get out of the car and start screaming and shouting. It could affect your passenger in car accident settlement later on, or mean that you get yourself in trouble. At the very least it will make a tense situation a lot worse. Even if the other party was clearly at fault, and you are raging, take a few seconds to breathe deeply before getting out of your car to speak with them. Be as calm as you possibly can, and if you feel your temper rising, walk away for a few moments, or wait for the police to arrive before carrying on the conversation. 

Forget to Take Details

Sometimes, accidents are very minor. Someone might crash into you in a car park, or while moving very slowly in traffic. These tend to occur during a brief lapse in concentration and don’t tend to cause much damage. You might see only a few small scratches and think it’s not worth swapping details. But, the damage might be more than you can see. You should still swap license and insurance details, even if you think it will go no further. 

Drive as Normal

Even after one of these minor bumps, you should take your car into the garage to be checked. You never know what damage you might not be able to see, which could be making your vehicle unsafe, or becoming a much more costly problem while you are driving. Get it checked out even if it seems fine. 

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Car Care Tips for Young Drivers

By Guest Blogger, Blake S.

Car Care Tips for Young Drivers

Why You Should Check Your Car

Imagine the euphoria of getting your first car. You’ve pictured this day when you got your driver’s license, when you’ve pictured the freedom of going wherever you want, when you want. Then of course, you have that car for a few months, and everything’s fine. But just as you’re riding down the road, your car suddenly breaks down.

 

While it may be just a distant problem to think about, it’s a common one nevertheless. Oftentimes, young drivers tend to overestimate themselves, and push their cars too far. However, there are tips they can use to avoid this, not only by avoiding unnecessary risks on the road, but also by properly maintaining their cars.

 

Car Care Tips

  1. Change your car’s oil: Everyone in a while to reduce friction. Generally speaking, the oil helps reduce the friction between metallic parts whenever the car runs. If the oil isn’t changed, the friction will increase, which could produce enough heat to completely annihilate the engine. You can usually tell when you have to change the oil by listening to how loud the engine is when you first turn your car on, if you can’t remember the last time you changed the oil, or if the appearance of the oil is a thick black.

 

  1. Check your car’s coolant system: A car’s coolant helps protect your radiator from volatile weather conditions that could potentially damage your radiator. Water helps the radiator to prevent from overheating, and antifreeze protects it from freezing. If you haven’t changed your coolant in the past year, or if you’ve driven approximately 20,000 miles or more, you have to consider getting your coolant changed. Be sure to take into account conditions such as the area you live in and how much you run the air conditioner.

 

  1. Check your car’s transmission fluid: The transmission oil, like oil, serves as a lubricant that can help reduce friction between other working parts of the car, thereby preventing damage to your car. The transmission fluid can go bad when it collects particles, causing the transmission gears to grind against each other. This, in turn, affects the acceleration and gears.

 

  1. Clean your car to protect it from any unwanted nuances: By leaving a car dirty, dirt and other particles can build up, causing the paint to slowly peel off. If the paint peels off, this can:
  • affect your car’s resale value
  • expose your car to harsh environmental conditions
  • lower your car’s visibility

  1. Always check your tires to make sure you have enough air in them. According to CarCareNinja, checking the pressure in your tires will help you know just how much air is in them, and whether or not you have to add more. Similar to your car’s coolant system, the environment your car is in will determine just how well your tires are. The higher the temperature, the higher the pressure is, and vice versa.

 

  1. Check your brakes: You need to check your brakes to avoid any unnecessary car accidents. Not only has broken car brakes been the subject of murder/mystery and horror movies, but this has also contributed to many car accidents. Make sure you get your brakes checked out by a mechanic or any related professional periodically, especially if when you push the brakes, you hear a loud, squeaking sound.

 

  1. Make sure you have enough fuel to make it to your destination. Not only will this give you peace of mind, but it’s also good for the fuel pump. The fuel pump is responsible for getting gas from the fuel tank to your car’s engine. If you run the car when there is too little fuel, this can only serve to hurt your car.

 

  1. Take your car to a mechanic at least once a year so that they can determine if your car is actually safe to drive. While you may use these tips to check your car, you may want to determine if there is anything wrong with your car. By getting a mechanic to inspect it, you will be able to reduce the risks of your car breaking down on the road.

 

Conclusion

These car care tips will hopefully help you avoid an accident while on the road. While it may be a bit of a hassle at times, these tips will let your car last longer, and be more reliable. Not only that, but you will also be safer on the road.

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