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How can you prevent SUV rollovers?

On Behalf of | Jun 1, 2020 | Car Accidents

As with any large vehicle, you can easily lose control of an SUV when something threatens to overturn it.

With a higher center of gravity than many cars on the road, they are especially at risk for rollover accidents.

Routine usage tips

One of the biggest preventative measures for rollovers you can take is to not speed while driving. Any speed above 55 miles per hour is typically putting you at risk for a crash. It is also always a good idea to keep your seatbelt on at all times, no matter how tempting it is to drive without it.

Being familiar with how your brakes work, especially if you do not often drive the vehicle, is also key. Practicing braking hard can help you feel safer in situations where you have to use your brakes suddenly.

Practicing for the worst

However, it is also important to know what to do if you find yourself struggling on the road with an immediate situation where a rollover could happen. First off, you should never yank the wheel suddenly. It only increases the chances for a rollover, even if it is your first instinct.

It also helps to turn the wheel into the direction you are falling and fight your natural inclination to turn the other way. This helps right your vehicle and prevent a full rollover. Do not attempt to drive any further until after your SUV has come to a complete stop if a rollover does occur. Waiting until it is no longer moving helps prevent further damage to you or your vehicle.


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