AS families set off to their annual holidays, no driver wants to think about the possibility of being involved in a car crash.
The unfortunate truth is that it can still happen, despite your best efforts to avoid it.
Imagine a scene where you are hundreds of kilometres from home with a damaged car and injured passengers.
What do you do?
Managing director of MasterDrive, Eugene Herbert, said as much as one does not want to think of that possibility, it pays to be prepared nonetheless.
“Once you have ensured that people and cars are out of the way of secondary collisions, check if there are any injuries. If there are, call emergency services immediately and do not try to move or treat their injuries yourself.
“While you should not move injured people, it is still better to move them if they are in harm’s way, for example if fuel from the car is at risk of igniting. Never assist someone without first obtaining their or a fellow passenger’s permission,” said Herbert.
“Also be cautious of assuming passengers and drivers are not injured because they are conscious and responding. If someone is dizzy or not feeling right, rather call emergency services.”
Once you have handled injuries, decide what to do with the car.
Steps to follow:
In case you are unresponsive, have emergency numbers, medical aid details and other essential information stuck to your visor or on one of the windows.
Before you move vehicles out of the way of potential secondary accidents, take photos of the car for insurance purposes. Do this as quickly as possible.
Swap details with the driver of the other vehicle/s, get their insurance details and take photos of the documents if you can.
Record as many details as possible including date, time, weather conditions, location, type of road on which the crash occurred, for example intersection or highway, and the direction each vehicle was travelling in.