- Roll-over crashes explained and how to be safe on the road
- How roll-over accidents happen and how to avoid
When a road accident occurs it is of utmost importance to determine what was the cause – there are many reasons for a vehicle accident to materialise. Next to a head on collision a vehicle overturning can be one of the deadliest motor vehicle accidents. What could cause a vehicle to overturn?
A roll-over crash can occur for many reasons the most common cause is miscalculation by the driver in terms of speed, steering input and road friction. A driver’s driving ability and training is a big contributor to how they would handle the vehicle on the road. To avoid vehicle malfunction as the cause of your accident be sure to do all checks and recommended maintenance to be safe on the road. Some of the checks to make sure of include: brakes, wheel alignment, tyres, shocks as wells as the design of your vehicle.
Driving and environment conditions play a big role in the driver’s ability to keep control and concentrate. Here are a few situations in which a vehicle is likely to overturn, these examples can teach us what to avoid. Overcorrecting your vehicle when veering off the road can have tragic consequences when over-done. When drifting off your lane or the road it is a common mistake to jerk the steering wheel to correct your position, this leads to overcorrecting and a car to overturn.
A tripped roll-over is a common occurrence, this accident is caused by when a driver hits a ditch, curb or side barrier at high speeds. In most cases a driver will lose control of the vehicle, hit a curb and the vehicle will flip over. The type of vehicle you own plays a role in stability and aerodynamics. A minibus, SUV or truck is more likely to overturn compared to a compact or sedan. A top heavy vehicle will distribute the weight unevenly and will topple over when faced in a situation of overcorrecting or hitting a curb or barrier.
Overloading or weighing a vehicle down will cause the vehicle’s centre of gravity to be further from the ground which, in turn make it more susceptible to a roll-over. Placing a lot of weight on the roof or inside your vehicle can contribute to the risk of flipping over when in an accident.
Reckless driving can cause a roll-over to occur without any obstacles being the cause. High speeds and reckless lane changing can lead to disaster, causing an accident involving other unsuspecting drivers.
Road safety is about being aware, considerate and making sure your vehicle is in good running condition for the road. When weather conditions are strenuous always drive at a slower speed, keep your distance and if you are feeling fatigued always pull over to refresh.
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