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How to avoid dying in a rollover crash

Rollover accidents are not very common. However, they account for a disproportionate number of traffic deaths.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to avoid a rollover crash.

Secure loads properly

Do not overload your vehicle and make sure you tie down or otherwise secure anything you are hauling. Avoid dangerous activities, such as driving with a mattress on top of your car.

Reduce speeds in corners

Do not exceed the posted speed limit when going around corners. If you are driving in poor weather conditions or are pulling a trailer, you may need to drive slower than the posted speed limit.

Steer into the tilt

If your vehicle begins to tilt, turn your steering wheel in the direction the vehicle is tilting.

Protect your head

If your vehicle starts to roll, cross both arms over your upper chest and grasp your shoulders. Stay in this position until the vehicle stops rolling. This position keeps your head and neck straight and supported.

Do not try to brace yourself. You are unlikely to be able to hold the position and attempting to do so exposes more of your body to injury.

Exit the vehicle if you can

Once the vehicle has stopped rolling, use your hands and feet to brace yourself against the roof of the vehicle and then unbuckle your seatbelt. Attempt to exit the vehicle through a window or door and then call 911.

Rollover accidents are dangerous and the most effective way to survive them is to avoid them. However, if your vehicle does roll, taking these steps may give you a better chance of staying alive.