One of the most dangerous things just about everyone does on a daily basis is get into a vehicle and drive. When accidents occur, few people know what to do. According to an Iowa Highway Patrolman interviewed following a string of weather related accidents in the state, the normal response people have after being involved in an accident is to leave their car to assess the damage done to their vehicle. However, exiting the car may not be a good idea as they are designed to provide protection. If possible it is recommended that drivers and their passengers remain in the car with seat belts fastened until emergency vehicles arrive. Of course, in situations where there may be a fuel leak or a vehicle is in the middle of oncoming traffic, occupants should stand off the shoulder of a road or highway at a considerable distance while waiting for help.
With the icy conditions seen in Iowa during the winter, it is advisable to avoid travel when road conditions are not at their best. Drivers come in all varieties, many with little experience navigating slick roads which pose a risk to even the most seasoned drivers. Even when drivers are doing everything right, one accident can create a chain reaction, as seen in the multiple vehicle crash recently where one person was killed and several others severely injured in a pile up involving more than 50 cars after a bus rear ended a semi on Interstate 35 in Ames. The crash was one of 185 that state troopers responded to across the state on Monday alone.
Iowa is still in the thick the winter season so drivers are urged to take precautions when heading out in conditions that are not ideal. Make sure that cars are up to the challenge by ensuring the windshield wipers are functional and tires are in good shape at a minimum. Take along emergency supplies such as additional warm weather clothing, water and snacks and also a flashlight, charged phone and perhaps flares to alert other drivers to make way for a disabled vehicle. Drive defensively and slowdown in inclement weather and avoid distractions or impaired driving to minimize your risk of a car accident. As always, if travel is avoidable, it is better to wait out the storm.
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Source: KWQC, “Iowa State Patrol offers tips to stay safe during an accident”, by Shelby Sheperd, February 8, 2018.
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