Accidents happen. It’s an unfortunate fact of driving life. Most drivers will eventually be in some form of car accident over the course of their lives. While you can’t predict when you will be in an accident, you can prepare yourself and your car ahead of time in case that does happen. If you follow the below suggestions you will be ready for a car accident or – even better – more likely to avoid one.
How to Prepare for a Car Accident
If your brakes don’t work, your car won’t stop. End of story. One thing that all drivers can do to help limit accidents is to take regular care of their vehicles. If your tires are bald, if your brakes squeal when you press them, or if you’re hearing strange sounds from your engine while driving, you’re courting an accident. You are choosing to take a chance with your car and your safety. Regular maintenance of your car will extend its life and your life. Knowing your car also helps you to drive it better.
In our last blog we gave our tips on how to avoid a rear-end collision. Many of these suggestions involved increasing awareness of the road, driving more carefully, and leaving more room between your car and the car in front of you. If you drive defensively, an accident still may occur, but you might be able to minimize the damage and avoid more extensive collision repair.
Bonus: Being a safe driver also protects your and your passengers from harm and lowers your insurance premiums.
On the subject of insurance and accidents, choosing the right insurance will prepare you ahead of time for an accident. The terms of your policy can affect the outcome of the repair. If you do not know what your insurance covers in terms of repair costs, you may have some very unpleasant surprises in the event of an accident. Take the time to go over your policy now and upgrade the coverage if necessary. You should also carry proof of insurance in your vehicle and in your wallet to show to the police and the other driver in the event of an accident.
Other paperwork you should have in your wallet or in your car includes your driver’s license, your vehicle registration, and a list of phone numbers you can call for help. You can always call 911 in an emergency, but 911 won’t know the number of a family member or friend who can offer help and support or take you home afterwards. If you’re injured or just shaken up, it might be harder for you to come up with that information, so keep it in your glove box or on your person with your other info.
Collision Repair in Grand Rapids and Rockford
It’s always a good idea to know where you want your car towed if you have a car accident. Being in a car accident is an overwhelming experience. There is a lot of information thrown at you and decisions you will have to make very suddenly and quickly. This is why it’s smart to decide where you’ll take your car if you have to have it repaired after a collision. In Grand Rapids and Rockford, Michigan, the right place to take it is Star.
At Star of Rockford and Star Collision we know how to fix the damage of a collision and do it quickly and without further hassle. We will work with your insurance company, and we can provide you with a rental car if you need one. Putting our phone number in your contacts on your phone will help you to prepare for a car accident. We hope that you will not have an accident, but if you do, help is only one phone call away.