Georgia Automobile Accident Attorneys Offer Traffic Safety Tips to Avoid Accidents
Each year, as reported by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Highway Loss Data Institute, there are over 30,000 fatal automobile accident crashes and millions of car accidents that result in property damage or injuries. For every 100,000 people across the United States, ten motor vehicle accident deaths will occur. In Georgia alone, more than 1,000 individuals are killed each year in motor vehicle crashes.
Given these frightening statistics, all drivers have a vested interest in learning new safe driving techniques and improving upon already established safe driving skills. The following is a list of tips, among others, from the North Carolina Department of Transportation, that can benefit all users of the roadways in Georgia:
- Give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination on time.
- Closely monitor your speed and do not exceed posted speed limits. If the weather or road conditions are poor, reduce your speed even further to prevent accidents. Speeding is a major contributing factor to fatal and serious car accidents, so always travel within the posted speed limit.
- Stay Alert and focus intently on the road ahead. Distracted driving is another major cause of serious accidents. Distractions come in many forms, from cell phones to children or pets. When you are driving, force yourself to focus on the road ahead and set aside all other distractions.
- Do not drink alcohol and drive.
- Stow your cell phone and other electronic devices in a place where you will not be tempted to look at them. This will help to decrease the chance that you drive distracted.
- Wear your seatbelt each and every time you get in the car. Seat belts save thousands of lives each year and their importance cannot be overemphasized. Be sure your children are always wearing their seat belts or are secured in appropriate child safety seats.
- Maintain a safe and reasonable driving distance between you and the vehicles around you. The general rule has always been to leave two car lengths between your vehicle and the car ahead. The three second rule is an easy way to determine if you are leaving enough room to allow for safe stopping in the event of an obstacle.
- Scan the road ahead for debris or pedestrians.
- Check your tire pressure before you drive your vehicle. As temperatures drop in the winter, tire pressure can drop as well. If you have not re-inflated your tires yet this summer, it is likely time to do so. Under-inflated tires can lead to loss of control and accidents.
- Beware of blind spots. Although you have adjusted your mirrors to provide the best vision, do not rely solely upon them. Always look directly into the lanes beside you before merging or turning to ensure there is not a vehicle left undetected by your mirrors.
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