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You Will Need
- Quick reflexes
- Relaxed muscles
- Cool head
Assess the situation
To avoid a wreck that’s just happened in front of you, take your foot off the gas: jamming on the brakes only makes it more likely that the cars behind you will crash into you. Try to bypass the accident, but avoid a drastic lane change unless no other cars are around you.
Take your hands off the wheel
If slamming into the wreck ahead of you is unavoidable, or you've lost control of your car and are headed for a wreck of your own, take your hands off the wheel and cross your arms over your chest to protect your thumbs and wrists.
Hit the brakes
Hit the brakes, but don't straighten your legs, which can increase your risk of breaking an ankle. Relax your muscles and slow your breathing as much as possible.
Lean into the impact
If you're facing a rear-end or side collision, ignore your instinct to move away from the impact. Instead, to minimize whiplash, lean into it and rest against the back or side of the impact-absorbing headrest and seat. If you're about to collide head on, rely on your NASCAR HANS device -- a collar that connects your helmet to your driver's suit and keeps your head from snapping forward.
Grip your helmet when flipping
If your car is flipping, lift your visor and grip the lower part of your helmet with both hands to keep your head from bouncing around and your hands tethered safely.
Make your exit
Once you've settled to a stop, if the car catches fire, remove the steering wheel so there’s room to make a clean escape. Then, undo the seat belts and unhook yourself from the radio, air hose, and drinking tube. Pull down the window netting, and get out of there!