Nobody likes to think they’ll be in a car accident, but it can happen to anyone. The result will likely be some headache and expense at a minimum, but it could escalate to serious injuries and years in litigation. That’s why it’s so important to be prepared. The right training can save your life in the moment and the proper precautions can save you money and time in the aftermath. Here are some tips to help reduce the cost of an auto accident.

Understanding Your Insurance

Saving money is always good, but sometimes we let it get in the way of buying what we really need to buy. Auto insurance is one of the businesses that is famous for a constant battle for market share–and famous for being incredibly confusing. Get on the phone or at a desk with an insurance agent who can help you understand what is paid by full coverage policies, what deductible is best, and so on. Also, be sure to keep your policy paid up so that you don’t experience a lapse in coverage that will leave you holding the bag. Keeping track of your finances can help prevent future disaster.

Knowing Who Does Good Work

You don’t wait until you get sick to choose a doctor, and you don’t wait until you have an accident to know who you want to deal with your car. Do your homework ahead of time. Make sure not only to identify a capable body shop with a good reputation for quality work and good prices but also to find a towing company that responds quickly, handles vehicles carefully, and stores them securely to minimize additional damage. This can also help you in the aftermath of the accident, when you are likely to be frightened and confused. Having a plan ahead of time will help prevent further distress.

Purchase Vehicles Wisely

Features and price can easily cloud our judgment as we shop for cars, but accident readiness should be in the equation too. Research not just the relative safety of the car compared to other models but also the expense of body repairs. The space-age materials and specialized paint that make your car look great on the street could make it look very expensive at the shop.

Get Driver’s Education

When it comes to driver’s ed, most of us think of boring high school classes or punitive sessions required by the state for you to get a speeding ticket off your record. However, there are some excellent classes that are much more enjoyable and very beneficial. The AARP hosts driver’s education classes for senior citizens, and many local schools offer lessons that will reduce your risk of experiencing an accident–and may also lower your insurance costs.

Like any other crisis, auto accidents are easier to handle when you prepare. These tips will help reduce your risk of a crash in the first place while also making it more affordable to get back on the road. Hopefully you will never experience a car accident, but if you do, you will be prepared.