How to stay safe after a winter accident
The days are short, the air is cold and the roads are often slippery with rain, snow or ice.
It's winter driving season in Minnesota. While most people know what to do to avoid an accident, many do not know what to do after one. It is important to have knowledge, because the aftermath of a crash can be as dangerous as the crash itself – especially when it is cold and snowy.
Here are five things to do (or not do) if you are in an accident this winter to protect yourself and others:
- Make sure everyone is okay – then get out of the way if you can. The safety of everyone involved in a crash is, of course, the first problem. Therefore, check the passengers in each vehicle and call for emergency assistance if necessary. If the vehicle is drivable, then take them off the road as soon as possible ̵
- Stay in your car if you can not move safely. If you can not get your car off the road, but you can get off the road, wait until there is no traffic and then move out of the road. Otherwise, stay in the car to be protected from other vehicles.
- Stay visible – and warm. Turn on the warning lights and set up road lights so other vehicles know something is wrong. And take your emergency kit for vehicles (you have one, right?) For blankets and extra clothes. If you have driven off the road and are still in your car, make sure nothing is blocking the exhaust pipe. Otherwise carbon monoxide can build up.
- If you are stranded, stay. Running off the road in a remote area is scary, but resisting the call to try for help. You risk getting lost, especially during a storm, if you go on foot.
- Do you see a crash? Do not always stop to help. Being a Good Samaritan can cause more problems than it solves. So, if those involved are not in immediate danger, call 911 and let professionals help with medical assistance and traffic control. a stressful situation – it will also keep everyone safer.