- Lateral Force Rollovers – Vehicles with high centers of gravity are most susceptible to this type of rollover, which happens when a driver turns the vehicle while traveling too fast.
- Sideways Skid (and Trip) Rollovers – This type of rollover happens when a driver loses control of the vehicle and it begins to slide slideways. The tires hit and get stuck on a curb, guardrail or another object, but the vehicle’s body keeps moving, causing the rollover motion.
- Ramp Rollovers – When one side of a vehicle drives up onto an object, it’s usually a guardrail, and the other part stays on ground, a ramp rollover occurs. Alcohol impairment, speeding and loss of control are the main factors that contribute to this particular type of rollover collision.
- Side Slope Rollovers – The slope of ground under the vehicle causes side slope rollovers, which means it usually happens when a vehicle drives off of the road onto or over an embankment.
How to prevent a rollover from occurring:
- Make sure your vehicle’s maintenance is up-to-date
- Perform daily quality inspections to look for any parts that may be broken or worn
- Check and maintain tire pressure, which can improve traction and fuel efficiency, decrease braking distance, and increase your tires’ lifespan by reducing wear.
- Inclement weather – Slow down and adjust your driving style when roads are covered in snow, ice and/or rain. Lowered levels of visibility can also contribute to rollover accidents.
- Poorly maintained roads – Watch for drop-offs and roadway barrier design.
- Winding or narrowing roadways – You’re more likely to get into a rollover on a rural road or highway – the narrower the road, the bigger chance of a rollover, because of the smaller room for driving errors.
- Don’t drive when you’re tired. Always pull over when you’re feeling sleepy. Try to get enough rest before trips to avoid fatigue when you’re out on the road.
- Stay calm – Don’t over-correct when you’re in a panic, this can often cause a more dramatic accident then it would have been otherwise.
- Stay alert – When drivers let down their level of attentiveness and fail to anticipate bad road conditions.
- If your vehicle is carrying more passengers than it is made to carry, it can contribute to a rollover.
- Cargo that’s been loaded poorly into the vehicle can shift and affect its center of gravity, resulting in a rollover.
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