The Dos and Don’ts of Car Accidents

align"left" It's where we learned everything we were supposed to learn about being a driver. How to parallel park? Yep. How to change lanes and merge? Of course. How to share the road with farm equipment? OK, I'm from Ohio, but I'm sure you learned some pretty obscure traffic rules too. The object of Driver's Ed was to teach and prepare us for any possible traffic situation, and how to deal with it. But we were never taught about the most common driving issue: what to do if you're in an accident.

I think it's fair to say that with less experience, the risk of having an accident might be greater. So make sure you are prepared for what's ahead. There's no better time than before you ever get behind the wheel.

• Make sure you have the right insurance coverage. If you ask ahead of time, you can make sure repairs are made with original parts, and you don't wind up with aftermarket, salvage or counterfeit—which can compromise safety.
• Find a body shop YOU trust. Don't rely on recommendations alone, even those from your insurance company. Call the shops and check them out first.
• DON'T SIGN ANYTHING until you read and agree to everything first.
• Make sure your body shop or dealership uses original parts. They are the right parts for your vehicle.

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