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Responding to a Fender Bender

The story is all too familiar. You are in the parking lot after school, trying to get to practice or work. You look over your shoulder and in your rearview mirror to see if anyone else is pulling out. Satisfied, you ease your car out of the parking spot. All of the sudden, your hear an unpleasant “CRUNCH.” A few naughty words escape your mouth. You exit the car to see what — or whom — you hit.

Fender benders are small accidents that occur between two motor vehicles. There is a high probability it will occur among high school teens because of low experience driving.

So what do you do if you are in a fender bender? First you should stay calm. Then you should exchange contact information and insurance with the driver you hit. It’s also a good idea to take photos of the damage for the insurance companies.

The most important thing to remember, according to Doug Rose, our school resource officer, is this:

“Always call the police,” Rose said. “Let the paid professionals decide how to proceed.”