“Hmm... what if I get rear-ended out there?”
Getting into a car accident is problematic, to be sure. Be the uncertainty that comes with a rental car wreck can be even worse. Many people simply don’t know what to do because most car rental agencies offer insurance programs that are more complicated than astrophysics!
Before you get yourself into a hellish rental car situation, make sure you know that you are covered. This may be through your own car insurance or perhaps a credit card that you have. What’s important is that you know these things before you ever get to a rental car counter, because it will come in handy should something happen, trust us.
Crunched up Kia
“Should’ve rented a SUV…”
This Kia compact vehicle was hit by a much larger vehicle. Remember that when you go cheap on a rental that these smaller cars sustain more damage than most.
It Came Out of Nowhere!
“I didn’t even see it coming…”
Often times when people rent a car, they are driving in an unfamiliar area. Sure, utility poles are everywhere, but you could hit one in a place you may least expect.
“Next time, I’ll park in the driveway perhaps.”
This rental was hit unsuspectingly as the driver was inside a friend’s house, proving nothing is worse than an accident than a hit and run, especially when the car’s not your own.
“A Nissan would have sufficed on this trip.”
This rented Ferrari was hit by a truck going down the road, badly damaging the front end. The more expensive the rental, the more expensive the damage will cost.
“Good thing I didn’t have a passenger.”
The “T-Bone” accident is one of the most damaging and expensive, because insurers don’t have to junk the vehicle, just pay for new parts.
Front End Fiasco
“I swear that rental is frowning at me!”
Even if accidents may not be your fault, some states have what’s known as a “no-fault” rule. Remember that when traveling, you’re subject to the laws of whatever state you’re in.
“I’m pretty sure that was not there when you rented it.”
It’s important to remember that whenever you rent a car that you take a quick look around the exterior to make sure it has not already been damaged.
“The wheel seems slightly off.”
Even small rental car accidents can become problematic. Make sure that you understand how your insurance deductible will work for rentals.
Contact the Agency
“I would hold off calling the rental company, but my passenger can’t get out of the door.”
You should contact your rental agency as soon as you can after an accident, along with whoever is providing your car insurance.
It’s Not Your Own!
“Yeah, I was driving too fast.”
Many times people who rent cars act like they can abuse them. But what will happen if there’s an accident? Think about the consequences.
Tags: rental car, crash
Make no mistake; tunnels are intriguing but dangerous passageways to drive through. Most people don’t even think about the risks of tunnel traffic accidents. If a mishap occurs there could be some serious problems for those who happen to be involved. If any of the following situations happen to you, it’s sure going to be helpful to have some good car insurance because inside a tunnel, there’s nowhere to go but into a wall or some other structural element.
Russian Tunnel Madness
This is a very long city tunnel in Russia, and it appears that it must get pretty slick on this stretch of road. Either that or these drivers are possibly getting pretty slick off of Vodka. Kudos to the dual bus driver in this clip, he knows how to handle things! Very professional.
Not Paying Attention
Important safety note: if you’re going to be driving in a tunnel, you need to be paying attention. See, you’ll never know when someone is stopped in front of you if you aren’t actually looking straight out of the windshield. Paying attention is helpful no matter where you are, but in this situation it’s paramount.
This is a beautifully captured (well not for the driver of the car) sequence of a small snafu turning into a serious problem when you’re in a tunnel. It would probably be pretty hard for the truck driver to be able to even see this Mercedes change a lane like that!
This is crane craziness! Apparently this driver was in a hurry or something, because he didn’t seem to even notice that his payload was generating massive amounts of sparks. It sure is a good thing that there weren’t a whole lot of cars around, and that there were no injuries other than equipment damage.
Motorcycle + Tunnel = Danger
Here is a clip of a motorcycle rider on a police chase. Amazingly, this guy gets back up and starts trying to limp away after being completely flipped over when he essentially does a faceplant into the front of an opposing police car. Obviously you should try to avoid tunnels and cop cars while on a motorcycle.
Tags: tunnel, crash
Some days, you may want to consider fitting your car with a pair of these.
Any sort of pileup is bad news for someone’s day. But a pileup on ice can get pretty hectic in a hurry. This video, shot by innocent bystander (and hilarious commentator) Ian Smith, then broadcast on CNN, shows an icy hill in Colorado Springs which claimed an incredible 20 cars in December. Watch the carnage, as it happens in slow motion:
Smith’s crash-by-crash commentary (“Not a good idea! Not a good idea at all!”) is the most entertaining thing we’ve seen on CNN in a long time – maybe he’s got a future as a weather correspondent?
There’s not much you can do when you find yourself sliding on ice, but here are some tips to keep in mind:
Don’t Slam On The Brakes
Pressing down firmly on your brakes in order to stop a skid on ice is not going to work. In the age of anti-lock brakes, you still might be better off trying to pump sporadically in order to gain traction.
Use Your Accelerator, Slightly
Be light on the foot!
Trying to control your vehicle in slick conditions sometimes requires you to accelerate in order to gain control. Your wheels will not go anywhere when confronted by a situation that has no grip. Slightly using some gas is what may work.
Get Some Practice
Get yourself comfortable.
Go out to a snowy parking lot and learn how to drive in slick conditions. This will teach you what to do in an untimely event. The more you know, the better off you will be should you be confronted with some really crappy conditions.
You shouldn’t do this since it takes your hands off the wheel.
Panicking only makes the situation worse. Try to remain calm when you start to lose control. Use the steps above to try and regain control. Tensing up always makes a situation worse than it really is.
Tags: pileup, crash, icy roads
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