Several years ago, I got into a very serious car accident. I broke my collar bone, a finger, and totaled my car, just because I made a simple assumption. One that I don’t make anymore. I’m going to cover some of the lessons that I’ve learned, and explain what they mean to your safety. These include the all important: don’t just go, your brakes don’t work after your axle snaps, and never run it. I’ll get into these in much more detail in the body of this article. When you’re done reading this, you should be a much more safe and less reckless driver than myself and the other driver involved were.
Don’t Just Go
This one is one of the single biggest ways to save yourself from being in a serious car accident. I’ve seen people who just go when the light turns green either get into or help cause serious accidents. Make sure that when the light turns green you check to your left and your right, just to be sure no one is going to run the red light. Never assume they’re going to stop. I made that assumption, and it cost me months of pain in the collarbone and surgery on my finger. This is so important that I’m going to repeat it again: Don’t Just Go.
Brakes Don’t Work When The Axle Is Snapped
This is an important one. I didn’t really comprehend it until afterward, but when that beast of a truck hit my little honda civic, it snapped the axle. My car gained enough momentum to coast into a nearby construction sight through a fence, even though I was hitting the brakes the entire time. The good news is that I was wearing my seatbelt. If you wear your seat belt, it can prevent most of the damage your head would take from, say, running headfirst through a fence and into a power pole. Also, if you’re in someone’s path, get out of the way. If it’s just your front end, brake then. Don’t wait until you get hit. Brake early enough to prevent yourself from being hit. But the most important lesson from this is to always wear your seatbelt.
Never Run It
If a light turns red, don’t run it. Hit the brakes. It’s better to screw up your car than to hit somebody else and potentially kill them. You never know, someone at the light may just gun it when the light turns green. Life is far too valuable to destroy just because you’re running late for something. The people at the place you were going aren’t going to notice if you’re one stop light slower than you would have been. If you’re already late, you’re late. There’s no need to aggravate the problem by endangering your life and someone else’s by running the red lights. It’s better to get to your destination late than to end up dead or in jail for t-boning someone at a light you decided to run. Ever since that day, I’ve never run a red light. I know what it’s like to be on the receiving end of that.
If you learn these lessons from my accident like I did, there will definitely be fewer car accidents. Just to repeat myself a little more since this is important: Don’t just go, wear your seatbelt because your brakes won’t work in the event of your axle snapping, and never run a red light. Take these lessons into your driving, and be safe.