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What to Do In Case of An Auto Accident or Emergency #MasteringAuto

by TerriAnn
Auto accident with student driver and parked car


Whether we like it or not, the possibility of having an auto accident or some type of road emergency is quite a reality. More cars on the road, short tempers, distracted driving, lack of experience, and extreme weather can add to the risk.

A few years ago, my family and I were just relaxing at home. All of a sudden we heard a loud noise and the house seemed to shake. When we looked outside, we saw that someone had run over a small tree into our car…which was parked in our driveway!

Auto accident with student driver and parked car

Turns out that the person behind the wheel was an older woman learning to drive. As she turned the corner, instead of stepping on the brake she stepped on the gas pedal. No one was hurt, fortunately, but our car was never the same. The dangers of living near a DMV…

In Case of An Auto Accident or Emergency

A recent study found that 2.3 people are affected by auto accidents each year! That’s not surprising when we had the experience described above and the car was parked. This shows that it’s always good to be prepared for an emergency just in case. Wouldn’t you agree?

I’ve teamed up with MetLife Auto & Home to share tips on how to stay safe on the road and minimize any injuries that could related to a crash. This “Road Safety” video is part of the Mastering Disaster video series and has reasonable pointers we’d do well to keep in mind.

Did you make a note of the mental checklist? Maybe seeing it written down will help.  First of all, make sure to keep a car emergency kit in your trunk or cargo area. If your vehicle happens to break down, you should:

  • Turn on hazard lights to warn approaching traffic from behind.
  • Take nearest exit to seek help or pull off to the far right shoulder.
  • Raise the hood of the car to let others know assistance is needed
  • Set up emergency warning triangles to alert approaching traffic

MetLife Mastering Disaster #MasteringAuto

MetLifeyourlife.com has additional information families can benefit from, including a list of safety features to look for when shopping for a used car and how to prevent theft during this busy shopping season. Of course, being insured for both will give you more peace of mind. You can request an instant quote here. Also, keep in mind that you might be able to take advantage of a group discount if the program is purchased through your work, which has saved some an average of $466 per year.

$100 #MasteringAuto Giveaway

To keep you warm and happy, thanks to MetLife, I am giving away a $100 American Express gift card and a MetLife blanket. To enter, you just need to share this video (http://bit.ly/MLRoadSafety) on Twitter or Facebook using the hashtag #MasteringAuto and share a car safety tip that is important to your family. Leave the link to your tweet or status update in the widget below.

I was compensated for this post as a MetLife Preferred Blogger. All opinions are my own.

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Kelly D December 26, 2014 - 4:57 pm

I like the tip to raise the hood of the car to let others know assistance is needed and to always have a roadside safety kit with you.

Nicholas Theodore December 27, 2014 - 7:19 am

I like car hood up shows there is a -problem

Nicole Dz December 27, 2014 - 9:28 am

We always keep a up to date emergency car kit in the trunk of every car, I feel it is so important in case of a emergency.

Peggy Johnson December 27, 2014 - 10:21 am

Get to the side of the road and put flashers on.

HilLesha December 27, 2014 - 7:33 pm

I have certainly witnessed too many short tempers on the road during this holiday season! Personally, I believe people like that need their license revoked. 😀

Raijean December 28, 2014 - 6:20 pm

Great tips, I’m fortunate that I’ve never dealt with this but glad I know what to do.

Gail Crawford December 28, 2014 - 7:03 pm

I leave the hood up

Tammy Litke (@threedifferent) December 28, 2014 - 10:04 pm

Stories like this scare me a little bit right now, since our daughter is just at the point where she wants to learn how to drive!

Lois Butler December 31, 2014 - 5:32 am

I shared this video my Facebook page.

Leann Lindeman January 1, 2015 - 8:07 am

We always keep several blankets in the car in the wintertime.

Crystal January 2, 2015 - 1:37 pm

Thankfully, I’ve never had any real auto emergencies. It’s good to know what to do because I realize I may have to know at some point.

Anne - Mommy Has to Work January 7, 2015 - 2:05 pm

I need to get an emergency kit for my car. I would freak if it was at night.

Laurie Emerson January 10, 2015 - 6:56 pm

A important safety tip for our family is always make sure that our cell phones are charged. If there is an emergency make sure to stay in the car and call for help.

Timothy January 11, 2015 - 2:26 pm

Always keep extra blanket and non-perishable food in the car for emergencies.

Richard Hicks January 11, 2015 - 8:46 pm

We make sure that we have supplies in the trunk to cover the most common emergencies

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