Road Accidents: How to Survive Them

Road Accidents TIPS & TECHNIQUES

Driving is something that most people do and don’t realize how dangerous it is because it has become a part of their everyday lives and the benefits they get when they know how to.

They are able to easily go from one place to the next, but before planning your next vacation, you need to know what you must do in case you meet an accident on the road.

When you are riding outdoors, there is also a risk of having an accident and you will find survival tips for that below as well.

Survive An Accident

  • Using a seatbelt properly is a safety precaution you need to know about before starting the car engine and even if you are the passenger.
  • The seatbelt is the first means of protection you will have when riding a car.

Most of the death caused by car accidents can be prevented by properly using a seatbelt. There is not exact number given as to how many people have died because of neglecting to use a seatbelt, but it is a lot.

Use the seatbelt properly

  • A shoulder harness is supposed to be worn across the shoulder and not behind you or under the arm. Failure to wear the harness correctly will not have any effect in case you meet an accident.
  • The lap belt should be snug and it should be tight across your hips. In case that your shoulder belt is automatic, the lap belt should be buckled as well. This is to keep you from sliding out of the belt and be killed or hurt.
  • You should be seated in an upright position with your back flat against the seat and feet on the car floor. Avoid slouching or resting your feet on the dashboard can endanger you to be injured during an accident.

Basically, the lap belt needs to be against your hip bones so that it can successfully restrain your body when you have an accident. It should across your lap and not anywhere else because the seatbelt can crush your organs and slide below it if the airbag fails to work.

Remember to always sit upright while wearing all of the restraints so that they will be able to work well during an accident. The headrest which keeps the inappropriate movement of your head should be as close to your head as possible and be able to protect the base of your skull so make sure that it is high enough.

Airbag Goes Off

  • When an airbag goes off, they will inflate really fast because of the explosive charge that operates it.
  • Airbags are filled with hot air that can burn you and once it inflates, it is very firm so when it hits you, it will feel as if a rock hit your face. In order to prevent this from happening, know exactly where the airbag is so that you will also not make a mistake of putting an obstacle between you and the airbag.
  • Do not place your arms across the steering wheel and hold it on its sides to avoid your watch or jewellery getting slammed on your face when the airbag goes off and pushes your hand towards your face.

Most of the cars will shut off its engine once the airbag goes off so you must know the proper way to restart your car. There are times when you need to change the location of your car for safety reasons or to reach the nearest emergency response team. You only have to disconnect and reconnect the car batteries in order to start the engine again.

In Case You Have A Minor Injury, Here Is How You Can Stop Bleeding

Blood loss due to an accident can cause death even before you reach the hospital which is why you need to know what you must do in case you are bleeding.

Road Accidents TIPS & TECHNIQUES

Instinctively, you will call up emergency numbers to come to your rescue, but of course it will take a few minutes before they get to you.

  • The first thing you must do is stop the bleeding by putting direct pressure on the wound, but you should have sterilized gloves on when you do this.
  • If you don’t have gloves, get something clean and would help the blood clot that will act as a barrier between your finger and the wound for sanitary purposes.
  • It helps if you have a survival kit that has sterile trauma dressings, gloves, and other things that will help.
  • The bleeding should stop within 3 to 5 minutes and avoid lifting your finger to check if there is still bleeding because this will only reset the process all over again.
  • In case the dressing gets soaked right away within the first 3 minutes, just put more gauze on and the limb should be elevated above the heart.
  • Keep putting gauze until the bleeding has stopped.

Avoid trying to put a tourniquet if you are not an expert because it can cause the situation to become worse.

How To Treat A Wound

  • Before doing anything, make sure that the bleeding has stopped after applying pressure and dressings.
  • In your survival kit, you should always have soap and a bottle of water because you will use them to wash your wound.
  • Take a piece of gauze, put soap and water before using it to scrub the wound gently. You can wash the wound and abrasion, but make sure to do it gently so that you will not damage more tissues.

By putting soap and water to the wound, you are allowing water and soap to penetrate the wound flushing out all of the germs, debris, and dirt.

Avoid Drinking Too Much Water

  • We all know that it is good to stay hydrated while outdoors anywhere, but taking in too much water can cause you to become dizzy, have seizures, and you can even die.
  • You could go into a coma and have exercise-associated hyponatremia which is a syndrome induced by excess water in the body. This is when the imbalance amount of sodium in the body can lead to brain swelling.
  • Avoid taking in more than 1.5 quarts of water every hour during intense exercise and training, but consume a lot of salt with your fluids.

Treat Heat Stroke Right Away

Statistics show that every 40 seconds someone has a stroke and it is the #3 killer for women and #5 for men. There are over 750,000 cases of strokes per year and about 6.8 million people who are above 20 already had a stroke.

Based from the statistics given, you should be able to tell right away in case someone is about to have a heat stroke while you are outdoors.

Here are the symptoms you need to know so that you can save someone’s life:

  • Face dropping – When one side of a person’s face starts to droop down or become numb. Ask the person to try smiling and if their smile is not even, this could be indicating a stroke.
  • Arm starts to become weak – Ask the person to try raising both arms and if the other one feels weaker than the other, it might be a stroke.
  • Difficulty of talking – When the speech of the person is starting to become slurred.

When all of these signs are present, it is time to call an emergency number to help right away. You will be able to prevent the stroke from happening and even save a life.

These are tips that will help you in different situations while you are on the road and suddenly meet an accident. Whether you are alone or with someone, knowing these will certainly matter when you are riding outdoors or driving to your next vacation spot.

Remember that preparation is the key so you should never forget to have a survival kit that you can take with you in case something happens. Road accidents are very common and keeping yourself aware of the proper things to do. You should also avoid panicking because that will only keep you from thinking clearly and solving a problem.

Always tell people where you are going or how they can reach you so they can check on you from time to time. Inform them of the route that you are planning to take before leaving the house so they know where to find you in case you are not back right away.

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Lisa

Hey there, I'm Lisa, founder and editor in chief here at Recreation Space. We found fitness through recreational activities. And we want to share it with you. We believe in empowering people with knowledge to make smarter, healthier choices in their lives.

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