Chances are, you use a car to get you wherever you need to go. Whether driving to work every day or going on a long road trip, you’ll typically find normal driving conditions. There may be a bit of traffic here and there, but it’s surely nothing to be concerned about. However, as much as we try to avoid certain scenarios occurring while we’re driving, there are some that are simply just out of our control. It may be due to wear and tear, or just a spot of bad luck. Whatever it may be, there are certain situations that every driver should be aware of and how to respond properly to them.
Common Driving Emergencies
- Get Into An Accident
- You Run Out Of Gas
- You Get A Flat Tire And Crack The Rim
Get Into An Accident
On average, there are over 6,000,000 car accidents in the United States. Projections by car industry experts whole-heartedly believe that you’ll experience one crash roughly every 18 years, or 3-4 in your entire lifetime. When an accident occurs, it’s important that you avoid panicking. Accidents can rattle your bones, so take a deep breath and collect your thoughts. If possible, move both cars to a safe location and out of the way of passing cars. Check on everyone involved and make sure nobody was injured during the accident. If so, make sure that they’re medically evaluated immediately, as even the lightest signs can turn into major issues later on. Call the police to assess the crash and create a police report so that you can provide it to your insurance company. Gather your own information such as the make and model of any other vehicle involved, along with driver names, license plate numbers, contact information, the location of the accident, and the name/badge number of any responding police officer. With all of this information in your back pocket, you’re able to go directly to your insurance company and let them handle the rest.
You Run Out Of Gas
We’ve all tried pushing our gas tanks to their limits at some point, trying to get the most out of our cars before stopping at the nearest gas stations. Unfortunately, your run of luck might just run out one day, leaving you with a sputtering engine on the side of the road. Similar to getting in an accident, your first move should be to move the car to the shoulder. This removes any immediate danger as cars continue to fly by. Your next move should be to either call roadside assistance and have them bring gas to your vehicle, or call a family member to bring it if you don’t have roadside assistance. As a worst-case scenario, you can always call 911 and have your car towed if necessary.
You Get A Flat Tire And Crack The Rim
It’s bad enough to get a flat tire, but it’s even worse when your rim cracks. This can occur from your tire popping while driving and running on the rim for even a short amount of time. The weight of the car at that speed can severely impact the wheel as a whole. You’re able to put a new tire on the rim if it isn’t cracked or completely broken, however, a rim that’s structurally damaged in any way is effectively inoperable. You’ll find that the replacement rim can cost an absurd amount, and it’s not worth it to change to an aftermarket rim since you’d have to change all four tires. Thankfully, you have OEM Wheels Direct at their disposal. You’ll be able to place an OEM rim on your car, which will match the other three wheels while costing a fraction of the dealership price. If you’re looking to replace a broken rim or cracked rim, simply visit the OEM Wheels Direct shop and find the exact wheel you’re looking for!