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Tips on How to Prevent and Survive a Vehicle Rollover

The scenario is all too familiar. You’re driving along enjoying the scenery and you begin to list a little toward the right side of the road. Your tire suddenly clips some debris, and you feel the steeling wheel jerk. You panic as you think you are about to have a collision and you attempt to steer fast to the left until you realize there’s an oncoming car so you quickly steer to the right again. And then, you flip your car. You could end up in the hospital and your vehicle will have to be repaired at an auto body shop. Think about the damage to your body, your car, and your wallet.

It’s all too easy, no matter how fast you are driving, to cause your car to roll over. While taller, more narrow vehicles such as pickup trucks, vans and SUVs are considered more likely to roll because of a higher center of gravity and their top-heavy stature, given the right conditions, any vehicle can roll over. How you prepare yourself and how you learn to maneuver in such an emergency, however, can greatly influence a positive outcome.

What may cause a vehicle rollover:

  • When a vehicle rounds a sudden curve, the gravity shifts greatly to one side which has a substantial effect on the vehicle’s balance, ultimately leading in a rollover
  • When a driver makes too sharp a turn one way and panics and overcorrects, a pendulum effect is created and the vehicle can roll over.

Avoiding and surviving rollovers:

  • Wear your safety belt so you are not ejected from the vehicle during a rollover crash. About 50 percent of rollover fatalities happen when a person is thrown from a vehicle and approximately 75 percent ejected die as a result.
  • Ensure your tires are in excellent shape and are properly inflated according to manufacturer’s specifications. This will help prevent blowout and loss of control.
  • Avoid overloading your vehicle as it decreases its stability. Never place the heaviest load on the roof as this changes the balance, and in the event of a sharp turn, you are more likely to flip the vehicle.
  • Keep your eye on the speedometer because speed can affect your vehicle’s tendency to roll over.
  • Remain extra vigilant when driving on rural roads as nearly 75 percent of fatal rollovers are said to occur on undivided, two-way roads or divided roads with no barriers where the speed limit is 55 mph or above.
  • Don’t panic! A substantial number of rollovers needlessly occur when drivers overcorrect their steering in an emergency and lose control.
  • Since vehicle manufacturers have worked diligently over the years on improving vehicle stability, performance and safety systems, vehicle and body shop experts agree newer vehicles are most often better when it comes to preventing and surviving a roll over.

What to do during loss of vehicle control?

While the government has not yet created standards that involve vehicle rollover prevention, there are vehicle performance standards to help protect occupants in the event of such an emergency.

With revised roof-crush rules and the advancements in computerized technology such as electronic stability program (ESP) or dynamic stability control (DSC), it is estimated a substantial number of rollovers occur as the result of general loss of control. When you panic during an emergency situation, you are more likely to overcorrect steering which can cause you to lose control. When a vehicle begins to slide sideways due to a sharp turn, it will most likely roll over. Most experts agree, if your vehicle begins to leave the roadway, it is best to reduce your speed until it is safe to re enter the roadway.

If you need any work done or existing damage repaired by a trusted body shop that serves Andover and Wichita, KS areas, contact the Collision Center of Andover at (316) 733-9310, and we will get you back on the road.

Five tips to help you find a great body shop

When you need help for your car following a wreck, use these five tips to help you locate the best collision repair shop to get you back on the road.

1. Friends

When you need a body shop after a collision, your best resource can often be friends who have been in a car wreck and needed body work done on their vehicle. You know the people in your life won’t steer you wrong.

2. Body shop reviews

Go online and read the reviews for body shops in your area. People, whether they happy or unhappy, enjoy voicing their unvarnished opinions. You might get an earful, but it will be worth it!

3. Interview, please!

If you have the time after your collision, call the shop and get a feel for the people who will be doing the work. Do they sound knowledgeable? Trustworthy? Are they too busy for your questions? This can be a real time-saver in terms of finding the right collision repair center for your needs.

4. Is the body shop online?

Some of the best, most modern, and customer-savvy body shops have a website or maintain another online presence, like Facebook, twitter, or a blog. Visit them and learn what they’re all about before getting your work done.

5. Damage control following a car wreck

Before you make your decision, if at all possible, take a minute or even overnight. Then take stock of what you need, what resources are available, and get ready to make your next decisions with as little emotional turmoil as possible.

Feel free to call us at 316-733-9310 to ask questions. Or, visit Collision Center online. We offer free estimates and you can even request a collision repair quote online! Need more information? Don’t worry! Click here to send us an email; we will reply!