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3 Dangerous Driving Situations - And How to Handle Them

Summertime is vacation time, and for many that means lots of time spent on the road. Whether you’re headed to the amusement park, or just going to visit family, unexpected situations can compromise both your trip and your safety. Here are a few things you might run into behind the wheel – and how to handle them.

A Blown Tire

A blown tire will make your car veer toward the side of the bad tire. Here are some pointers to help you get through it safely.

  • DON’T slam on the brakes. This will only make your car veer more.
  • DO focus on your steering. Don’t overcorrect. Look at where you need the car to go, and steer toward that point.
  • Slow down gradually. The blown tire will help your car to slow down on its own.

Debris in the Road

Staying alert and avoiding the urge to swerve will help to keep you safe if you encounter road debris. Here are some other things to consider:

  • Pay attention to other vehicles. If you find yourself behind a vehicle that is carrying something that might be dangerous, back off, change lanes, or pass if possible.
  • Consider the debris. If it’s something small, it may be your best bet to drive over it instead of swerving and losing control of your car.

Wildlife in the Road

Hitting a deer or other animal will definitely put a crimp in your trip. If you encounter wildlife in the road, follow these tips:

  • Be mindful. Dawn and dusk are particularly active times for wildlife. Keep an eye out for “wildlife crossing” signs.
  • If you see an animal, expect more nearby. Just because you miss one doesn’t mean you’re in the clear.
  • Stay in your lane. Hit your brakes and horn if necessary, but don’t swerve—doing so could cause an accident.

No matter what situations you encounter on the road, it’ll help to slow down and remain calm. If you do happen to experience a vehicle malfunction or collision, pull to the side of the road, turn on your hazards, and call for roadside assistance.

Make sure that you’re prepared. Talk to your insurance agent about adding roadside assistance to your auto policy today.