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As mentioned previously in the guide, a lot of accidents are unavoidable. You can never predict what another driver is going to do. However, there are a few ways that you can make sure that you and your passengers are as safe and prepared as possible in case another driver hits you.
For example, never drive while you are drowsy. If you feel as if you are struggling to keep your eyes open, the first and most important thing that you should do is to pull over immediately. If there are other legal drivers in the car that are not fighting drowsiness, have them drive while you get some sleep. If you are alone, pull over to the nearest safe place (i.e. a gas station or restaurant) and find a way to wake yourself up. This could mean getting out of your car and walking around or getting something to eat. If these things to not work, find a safe and secure place to take a nap in your vehicle.
Always make sure that you and your passengers are practicing safe habits while in the vehicle.
Everyone must be wearing a seat belt in order to be as safe as possible. Do not let your passengers put their feet onto the dashboard. Never let your passengers distract you from the road. As a driver, your number one priority should always be driving, keeping your eyes on the road, and maintaining safety for everyone in your vehicle. Distractions are not worth it. For more details on tips to avoid making your accident even worse, visit this blog post.
Unfortunately, good and safe habits only get you so far. To be even more prepared for an accident, there are a few items that you should keep in your car at all times.
Car Repair and Maintenance Kit: This kit should include a spare tire, a patch for an air leak in a tire, jumper cables, a tire gauge, and roadside assistance information.
Safety and Emergency Kit: This kit should include flashlight, first aid supplies, flares, a knife, matches or a lighter, weather radio, water bottles, energy bars, seat belt cutter, window breaker, an ice scraper, extra medicine, and a phone charger.
Comfort Items Kit: This kit should include paper towels, toilet paper, pens and paper, an umbrella, emergency money, a garbage bag, a blanket, and a change of clothes.
For more information on these kits and how to build them, visit this page.