Atlanta Cars: What’s That In The Middle Of The Road

By a show of hands, who has had a run-in with road debris? At our Atlanta Car Dealership we have seen (and fixed) a lot of damage caused by all sorts of objects in the road. Objects that shouldn’t be there. If you’ve been driving for any length of time, no doubt you’ve run over something in the road that can cause damage to your vehicle. Road debris is a serious problem, especially on highways and interstates.  It is estimated that over 25,000 accidents a year are caused by road debris, and it’s something that can happen anywhere. It’s happened to me numerous times.

While you may not be able to avoid road debris in every situation, there are some things that you can do to help prevent any problems.  Whether you are hauling things, or encounter debris, AAA has some tips to help get around this problem.

  • Take the time to secure your cargo adequately before you hit the road, and re-check it every time you stop.
  • Report unsafe vehicles, unsecured loads and road debris.
  • Brush up on defensive driving, especially around trucks in the event of wheel and tire separations.
  • Maintain a safe following distance. At highway speeds, this means allowing at least 4-5 seconds between you and the vehicle in front of you. Give yourself extra distance if following a vehicle carrying large or difficult-to-secure cargo.
  • Focus your vision further down the road. Scan at least 12 seconds ahead so you have time to react to changing highway conditions, including road debris. Sudden movements by cars well ahead of you often indicate a hazard in the road.
  • Sometimes it’s safer to run over debris rather than try to avoid it. Striking minor road debris can be far less dangerous than veering into oncoming traffic or swerving off the pavement. Knowing where the cars around you are will help you make the right decision.
  • Many state police agencies have special phone numbers to report dangerous road conditions such as road debris and vehicles that appear ready to lose their loads.

Don’t think it can happen to you? Check this out.


Always remember to drive safely and keep plenty of space between your car and the one in front of you.  If you are driving at night or in bad weather, drive slowly and if you can use your high-beams, do so.  if you do have an accident due to road debris, then feel free to the Southtowne General Motors Superstore and we’ll help you get back on the road again.

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