Did you know that insects are the second biggest summer driving distraction? In fact, 650,000 accidents have been caused by bugs flying inside vehicles! Not even celebrities are exempt from the possibility of rogue insects flying in an open car window; actor Seth Rogen crashed his car in 2008 after a bee had flown into his car.
While we may not think of insects as being a likely cause of a car crash, we’ve all probably thought about the possibility and what we would do in that situation. Seth Rogen even said that he had always wondered what he would do if a bee flew into his car, saying that when the incident occurred, “I freaked out and crashed right into the car in front of me. So I now know the answer is, ‘I will handle it as badly as you could ever handle that situation.”
However, you don’t have to handle this situation badly. Knowing what to do ahead of time can be instrumental in saving you and others from a nasty car accident. Here’s what to do if you find a bug in your car while driving.
Step One: Don’t Panic
Panicking is usually the worst thing to do in any situation. Especially when you’re driving a 3,000 lb car at 60 mph down the highway. If you see a bug in your car, remember to keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road, no matter what! Even if there’s a spider on your arm, remember that a bug bite is not as bad as a car crash.
Step Two: Slowly Pull Over
Remember to think about the traffic around you. This means not slamming on the brakes. If possible, put on your hazard lights to signal to other drivers that you are slowing down. Use your signal and pull over safely to the side of the road. From there, you can shoo the bug out of your car, then return to your commute.
Step Three: Be Prepared
If you know you are allergic to bee stings or other bug bites, then you should make sure that you have allergy medication or an Epipen in your car’s emergency kit. It’s also a good idea to keep a phone charger in your car so that you won’t have a dead phone if you need to make an emergency call to 911.
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