Along with high-speed head-on collisions, car rollovers have a high fatality rate. The occupants of the car can be tossed about if they are not restrained by seat belts. In addition, many safety features of cars such as their crumple zones do little to protect rollover victims. The rolling motion is often violent enough to eject unrestrained occupants out of the car. Ejection from the car is a major cause of rollover fatalities.
How Rollovers Occur
Rollovers can occur when a vehicle skids sideways and the tires “trip” on a curb, pothole, or other feature that catches the tires. All types of vehicles regardless of their center of gravity location can rollover in this way.
These commonly occur to vehicles that have a high center of gravity, either because of their design as is the case with many SUVs and minivans, or because they were carrying loads that made them top-heavy. Cars carrying heavy loads on roof racks or pickup trucks carrying large loads are susceptible to un-tripped rollovers. These accidents often occur when making high-speed swerves to avoid an accident. Sometimes a tire blowout occurring on the same side as the vehicle is leaning during a hard turn is sufficient to cause a top-heavy vehicle to rollover.
Any vehicle that goes down an embankment risks a rollover because the slope, unevenness of the ground, and speed of the vehicle combine to induce rolling. A collision with another vehicle can also tip a car over, especially when the car is swerving.
Avoid A Top-Heavy Vehicle
Short of buying a car with a low center of gravity and a wide wheel base, you can avoid many rollover situations by not carrying heavy loads, especially up high on your vehicle.
Drive At A Safe Speed
For perfect road conditions, this is the speed limit. When the road surface is wet or otherwise slippery, drive at a lower speed. Cars do not have tripped rollovers unless they are skidding or sliding sideways, which occurs because of speeding.
When you are swerving, do not oversteer.
Turn In The Same Direction As Your Tilt
If your vehicle is starting to tip, turn in the same direction as the lean or tip of your vehicle. Turning against the tip worsens the situation because it increases the tipping (or centrifugal) forces.
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