Part of your responsibility as a driver is to do your best to drive safely and avoid an accident. Under normal driving conditions, if all drivers on the road are driving carefully and obeying traffic laws, that might not be too difficult. Unfortunately, some accidents are caused by unforeseen circumstances. To help you avoid an accident while driving, we would like to offer tips for dealing with three common things you may encounter while driving.
Traffic Light Out
Most drivers will, at some point, encounter a traffic light which is not working correctly. If police officers or other authorized personnel are directing traffic, do as they tell you. If temporary stop signs have been put in place, obey those. If neither of these things has happened, as is often the case, treat the intersection as though everyone has a stop sign. Wait your turn, and proceed cautiously. This will help to prevent accidents.
Flat Tire on the Freeway
When possible, take the next exit and park your vehicle in a parking lot if you experience a flat tire while driving on the freeway. When that is not possible, steer your vehicle to the side of the road and park as far off the roadway as possible. Turn on your emergency flashers. Because traffic is going by so quickly, for your own safety, it is best to stay in your vehicle rather than try to get out and fix the tire. Call for a tow truck or emergency personnel, or wait for the appropriate authorities to arrive.
Debris in the Road
When safe, drive around debris in the roadway or stop to avoid hitting it. This only works if you are able to see the debris early enough to avoid it. Switch lanes or otherwise drive around the debris when it is safe to do so. If the option is running over the debris or hitting another vehicle, go for the debris. Slow down as much as possible, and avoid puncturing your tires when possible. If you hit the debris, particularly if you think it may have damaged your vehicle, pull off the road at a safe location and check for any damage.