Essential Roadside Safety tips

Whether it is with another car, a highway barrier or a ditch on the side of the road, getting into a car accident is one of the single most startling experiences most people will go through in their lives. Observe someone that has just been in a collision and you can expect to see them shaking, hear a little tremble in their voice and display a level of overall anxiety that can attest to the severity of the situation.

Unfortunately during this panicked state is one of the times when you most need to keep your wits about you. Making the wrong move after an accident on the highway can lead to even greater danger and possible catastrophe. That is why it is so important to be prepared and stay calm during one of these frightening situations.

We here at Fredonia Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, your hometown new Jeep dealer near Fredonia, New York have put together this list of useful tips to keep you safe in case of a roadside emergency.
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Be Prepared Beforehand

Nobody ever plans on getting into a car crash; that is why they are called "accidents," instead plan on being prepared in case the situation ever arises by putting together a roadside emergency kit. A few cheap, simple tools that you keep in your car at all times could make all the difference towards making your roadside emergency a safe and simple interaction. Listed below are just a few of the things that you might want to keep handy in your kit courtesy of Bankrate.com:
     
  • First aid kit
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  • Fire extinguisher
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  • Reflective warning triangles
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  • Jumper cables
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  • Gloves
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  • Duct tape
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  • Tow strap
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  • Rain poncho
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  • Flashlight
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  • Multipurpose tools such as a Swiss Army Knife or Leatherman Rebar Multipurpose tool
If you do not have these tools lying around the house already, it is easy to find premade vehicle safety kits for sale at your local auto parts store or online at Survival-Supply.com.

Stop and Gather Yourself

Whether it's something as small as a blown tire, or as serious as a full-on collision, the first thing you need to do when in an emergency roadside situation is to pause and take a deep breath. Many people's natural reactions will be to either drive to the side of the road or immediately get out of their vehicle and assess the damage, but a mistake like that could put you and other drivers on the road in even greater danger.
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Stay in your car, clear your head and assess the situation clearly. If you are in a high traffic area and your vehicle is damaged, it is best to stay exactly where you are until help arrives. Without seeing the extent of the damage, your vehicle could be dangerous to drive and you could cause further damage trying to move it depending on the severity. Either way, until you know it is safe to move or exit your vehicle stay in the car.

Exercise Extreme Caution

When you experience a roadside emergency, it is natural to feel a sense of panic come over you. You are concentrated on your car, your health, what your family is going to say, and a sense of awe at what just happened, but keeping you head in the moment is extremely important. If you are on one of the sides of the road, it is important to make sure that you exit on the opposite side as the traffic to avoid a car hitting your opened door or even worse, you.

When you finally do exit the car, it is extremely tempting to walk around and check the damage done to your vehicle. Instead, you should take action to increase your visibility by turning on your emergency flashers and setting out traffic cones or road flares to alert other vehicles of your presence. Call the police, take photos of the damage, and report the accident to your insurance company. It is important to make sure you stay with your vehicle until a tow truck takes it away unless you need immediate medical attention.

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Protect Yourself With Some of the Safest Cars on the Road at Fredonia Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

Car accidents are always serious and can be dangerous to all involved. If you are looking for a reliable, safe new or used car near Dunkirk, New York, then stop by our showroom conveniently located at 258 West Main Street, Fredonia, New York 14063. We have one of the most varied inventories in the area and an impressive list of pre-owned specials that make your buying process as affordable and stress-free as possible. We look forward to seeing you, stay safe out there New York!

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