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Hitting the Road After a Wreck

KeysCars are safer than ever these days, which means a lot more people are walking away after accidents. But when should you drive away after an accident?

Don’t judge by appearance

It’s usually (note: usually) true that if you can’t see any physical damage, nothing important is going to fall off in the near future. There still could be damage you can’t see that can linger, fester and cause problems down the road – pun intended. To make a more serious comparison, think of it like a concussion. Symptoms don’t always appear immediately.

Drive, but don’t assume

You have to follow all the necessary steps immediately after an accident, such as getting to a safe spot, calling the police, sharing information with the other driver, etc. Then, in cases of minor, non-injury accidents, you will reach a point where you need to get on with your day. How do you know if it’s ok to take your car with you?

Look – Use a “prudent man” standard when visually inspecting the damage, especially in a front-end collision. Leaking fluids and rough starts are a big red flag. In these cases, it might be best for a tow.

Listen – A grinding or rubbing sound can indicate something is wearing down one or more of your tires. You might be able to get a few miles, but don’t go too far and press your luck with a blowout.

Feel – If the steering seems loose or wobbly, there could be damage you can’t see. And you drive your car more than anyone else, so if it doesn’t feel right to you, trust your instincts.

Even when you don’t suspect any damage, it’s always best to have an auto body professional check your car after an accident. Problems with the alignment, for example, may not always be detectable until you’ve put several more miles on your car.

Need a post-accident checkup? Call Great Plains Auto Body 402.334.7100

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