Avoiding Rollover Accidents - Knowing How And What To Do

May 3, 2010

The recent news about rollover accidents in certain vehicles is nothing new. Rollovers are one of the most severe occurrences that one can experience in a vehicle. That’s an understatement, but there are things that you can do to help avoid these incidents.

There are two types of rollover accidents. The first is called ‘tripped.’ These happen as a result of a force that causes the vehicle to begin a roll. For example, a vehicle that goes off the road and onto soft ground can begin to roll if the driver turns the steering wheel sharply to get back onto the road. The tires dig into soft ground, which supplies the tripping point for the roll to begin. Other forces are curbs and guardrails.

Next are ‘untripped’ rolls, which occur when a vehicle is top heavy and a roll begins when the driver steers dramatically in order to avoid an accident or an object.
Certain SUVs are more vulnerable to rollovers because of the way they are built. They are more subject to ‘untripped’ rolls because their center of gravity is higher from the ground than other cars or trucks.

A recent example of this is the suspension of sales of the 2010 Lexus GX 460 SUV, which was determined to have a higher risk of rollovers and now has been fixed. Influential magazine Consumer Reports performed tests which determined that this vehicle could hold a higher risk for rollovers even though the vehicle also has Electronic Stability Control.

While Toyota and Lexus deal with this issue, it’s clear that additional education is necessary to help keep safe those with these and other types of vehicles that are more prone to this kind of accident.

Visiting this website will help accomplish the goal of informing the public about the risk of rollovers and how to avoid them. Furthermore, basic driving tips like these will also help:

Avoid Distractions
Before driving, turn off any device that can draw your attention away from driving. If you do not want to turn off your cell phone then at least turn off the ringer until you arrive at your destination. If you see that you have missed calls, you can return them after you are safely at your destination. If you find it necessary to place a cell phone call, pull your vehicle off the road and out of close proximity to traffic to make the call. Keep it short and get back on your way as soon as possible.

Drive Defensively
Always expect the unexpected. Turns into your path, vehicles approaching you too fast from behind, etc. are things that you should be aware of that could happen at a moment’s notice. Always be prepared to take evasive action if necessary.

Know Your Vehicle
If you have a vehicle that is a high risk for rollover accidents then drive with that in mind. Avoid taking corners too fast, and always brake well ahead of your approaching stop. You can take your vehicle to a large parking lot if necessary and drive in close circles to see how your vehicle will respond. Keep your speed low, however, to avoid an ‘untripped’ rollover. What you want to do is to feel how the vehicle will react in short cornering maneuvers.

Take A Driving Course
Most major cities and towns have organizations that offer driving courses. These are mostly reserved for new teenage drivers, but adults can take them as well. Look them up in your local phone book and find out the cost for taking a course. It might be the best money that you can spend in helping you to become a better driver.
Pay Attention to the Details

Driving takes concentration. Watching what you are doing can help avoid some of the most common accidents that occur daily. Braking well ahead of your stop, accelerating slowly, looking both ways before proceeding through an intersection are some of the most basic. Yet these tasks will help you avoid potential problems. We have become too passive in our attention to our driving. Becoming more active will help you out of some dangerous situations.

This advice applies to any kind of accident prevention, not just rollovers. Making an effort to be a better driver will keep you out of trouble and will help you avoid a rollover accident.

Finally, look at giving yourself an edge in keeping your vehicle safe from theft. Investigate GPS Tracking devices to see how they can help you keep a close watch on your cars. You’ll be glad you did.

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