Six Safety Tips to Avoid Alpharetta Summertime Auto Collisions
According to the National Safety Council, the dates between Memorial Day and Labor Day are the 100 deadliest days for motorists, a time period that includes seven of the ten deadliest driving days every year. In fact, in 2012, in the months of June, July and August, there were approximately 10,000 fatal traffic collisions.
What is it about these weeks that makes them so dangerous? One of the most obvious is the larger number of vehicles on the road, and the longer distances many drivers are driving. Summer is the time when vacation is common, and Alpharetta residents are on the move. In 2013, Americans logged over 780 billion miles on their vehicles during these 100 days. That’s a lot of driving and with a lot of driving comes more opportunities for auto crashes including drivers who consume alcohol during summertime parties and family gatherings.
Alpharetta Safety Tips
All Georgia drivers should be extra cautious during the summer months and follow the following safe driving tips:
Do Not Speed: It may be tempting to drive a few 5-10 miles over the posted speed limit, but residential neighborhood and business zones tend to have pedestrians, children, and animals. By maintaining the speed limit, you can adequately watch out for hazards and avoid a collision if a bicyclist zooms in front of you or a kid off of school for summer break runs into the road.Maintain a Consistent Speed: This is particularly important on a highway. You should find a speed that is safe and consistent with the flow of traffic in the “slow” lane. If you have cruise control, use it. If you constantly speed up and slow down, often passing other cars, you are much more likely to get into an accident with another vehicle.
- Minimize distractions: According to the Department of Transportation (DOT), the state of Georgia saw an increase in 2015 traffic fatalities and the DOT puts most of the blame on distracted driving. The increase was 16 percent above 2014 traffic fatalities. The Georgia Department of Transportation confirms that 1,345 people died in 2015. Driving deserves and needs all of your attention. Do not eat while you drive or try and handle your coffee cup or large iced beverage. If you are on a summer road trip, stop in at the restaurant instead of getting food in the drive-thru. Minimizing distractions also means keeping music to a soft level and not getting into excited or heated conversations with passengers
- Put Away Your Cell Phone: A cell phone is always a major distraction even in the best of circumstances. Your cell phone should be put away while you drive so that you are not tempted to make a call or respond to a text. Even a hands-free device can create a distraction.
Never Forget Blind Spots: It is important to be aware of the blind spot that affects your specific vehicle and to check around your vehicle before beginning to drive. While driving it is important to be aware of your blind spots and to double and triple check around your vehicle.
- Maintain a Safe Vehicle: Avoiding an accident sometimes comes down to the ability and overall maintenance of your vehicle. Be sure to have properly inflated tires and to replace any overly warn tires. It is also important to have your breaks checked on a regular basis as well as to perform all manufacturer suggested maintenance.
Alpharetta Auto Collision Attorneys
Even the safest drivers are sometimes involved in an auto collision, often times because of the negligent acts of another driver. If you or someone you love was injured in an auto crash, it is important to speak to an Alpharetta auto accident lawyer as soon as possible.