How To Survive 10 Driving Emergencies | Edmunds

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How To Survive 10 Driving Emergencies | Edmunds

To avoid and react to emergencies on the road, drivers need knowledge and practice. These tips will get you started.

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  • pbinCApbinCA Pleasanton CAMember Posts: 1
    #11....you suddenly blinded by blockage of your windshield. I've had the hood fly open, and it happens so fast, you hear a bang and your visual field is blanked out. Or, it could be a plastic bag that gets snagged on your windshield wiper. There have even been paint spills. A good reflex to practice is rolling down the driver's window, and sticking your head out. Once you can see ahead, hit your emergency flashers. Toot your horn. Start pulling over. Use your mirrors. Analyze the situation. Would flicking on the wipers help?
  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAMember Posts: 9,372
    No quite as sudden, but I had my washer fluid run out (no extra bottle in the car) one winter on a rural road behind a truck that hit a slush/mud puddle and absolutely painted my windshield. I did exactly what you suggested. Head out the window until I could safely get off the road. Then I used some snow to wash off the windshield as best I could, and paid too uch at the next gas station for a bottle of windshield wash :)
  • Hikeandbikeare4me_Hikeandbikeare4me_ Creston, bcMember Posts: 46
    PF_Flyer said:

    No quite as sudden, but I had my washer fluid run out (no extra bottle in the car) one winter on a rural road behind a truck that hit a slush/mud puddle and absolutely painted my windshield. I did exactly what you suggested. Head out the window until I could safely get off the road. Then I used some snow to wash off the windshield as best I could, and paid too uch at the next gas station for a bottle of windshield wash :)

    Yeah, that is what happens to us a few years ago. My dad and my family and I were on the highway in the snow with mud everywhere like you said above. Man, that was a rough drive. We had to drive this highway back and forth twice a week!
  • Hikeandbikeare4me_Hikeandbikeare4me_ Creston, bcMember Posts: 46
    pbinCA said:

    #11....you suddenly blinded by blockage of your windshield. I've had the hood fly open, and it happens so fast, you hear a bang and your visual field is blanked out. Or, it could be a plastic bag that gets snagged on your windshield wiper. There have even been paint spills. A good reflex to practice is rolling down the driver's window, and sticking your head out. Once you can see ahead, hit your emergency flashers. Toot your horn. Start pulling over. Use your mirrors. Analyze the situation. Would flicking on the wipers help?

    With the bag, I would think the wipers would work. That must be scary!
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