Passenger vehicles continue to improve their safety features. However, driving is one of the most dangerous activities Americans regularly participate in.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, SUVs and pickup trucks contribute disproportionately to fatal single-vehicle crashes such as rollovers. If you own an SUV or larger vehicle, continue reading to learn how to minimize the risk of tipping your car over.
Drive newer models
If possible, upgrade your vehicle. Driving an SUV from the early 2000s is much more dangerous than driving a newer model. Manufacturers continuously work to improve the safety records of their vehicles. You must still practice intelligent driving habits, even with a brand-new SUV. Do not rely on new features to keep you and your passengers safe.
Check tire pressure
Tire pressure makes a big difference in the stability of your vehicle. Florida residents do not have to worry as much about losing tire pressure in the winter, but now is an excellent time to double-check your air levels. Keep a pressure gauge in your glove compartment and check your tires once per month.
Driving larger vehicles like SUVs requires a calm driving style. Smaller passenger vehicles might be able to swerve to avoid small objects, but SUVs should rely on their brakes when an unexpected obstacle appears in front of them. Keep both hands on your steering wheel, and try not to oversteer, especially on the highway.
SUV rollovers are still a significant problem on American roads. No matter how good technology gets, safe driving techniques and regular maintenance will go further to prevent catastrophic accidents.