The best way of surviving an accident is through not getting into one. Extreme care and consciousness is needed by you, the driver, while on the road. The following is a guide on how to survive 10 driving emergencies. It is based on the top ten emergencies leads to accidents. Practice on each point is necessary.

1. In case of a sudden unnoticed accident
Concentration is needed so as to avoid the unseen accidents. Avoid being a red-light runner. Look far ahead, when the cars in front flash their brake lights, slow down as there must be something happening ahead. In a traffic jam, be at a position where by the front car’s left side, you can see the brake lights in front, or look through its windshield.

2. Pedestrians, motor cycles and hardly noticeable vehicles
Always Brake, Look, and then Turn. Look through the side windows when turning and if it’s a U-turn, look through the rear passenger window. Quick glances via the side glasses when driving straight are also useful.

3. Emergency stops
If a sudden unexpected thing occurs right in front, emergency braking will be required. Vehicles with the Antilock Braking Systems (ABS) can easily be stopped in this case by just a hard braking until the vehicle stops completely.

4. Utilizing ABS to avoid accidents
ABS allows an efficient steering on hard braking. A driver should however ensure that the wheels are steered back to center before releasing the hard brakes. 

5. Wheels off the road
Quick steering back to the road after two wheels run off results to a flip of the vehicle, or a dash into the oncoming vehicles. When two wheels run off the road, free the accelerator and keep steering straight. Steer back after the vehicle slows on its own. 

6. A flat tire
In case of a tire blowout, avoid the brake pedal completely and drive straight. After the car slows, pull over gently.

7. Excessive steering
On emergencies, the steering wheel should be moved rapidly but smoothly. Crude steering easily causes back tires traction loss and leads to a spin. A calm and smooth turn of the wheels to miss an obstacle is needed and a small pause is needed before a smooth turn to return to track.

8. Abrupt acceleration and stuck throttles
Uncontrolled sudden acceleration should be stopped instantly by pressing the brakes and if the acceleration increases after this, release the pedal and try to push it leftwards. If braking doesn’t help, change the transmission to neutral. Turning off the ignition comes as the last option.

9. Front tire skid
Upon front tires grip lose, avoid all pedals, (i.e. accelerator and brake) and leave your hands where they are. More steering should be completely avoided. Wait until traction returns before controlling the vehicle.

10. Rear tire skid
It is hard to efficiently react to this skid. Rear tire slide can only be prevented through ensuring that your tires have enough tread depth and are adequately inflated.

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