Cars in Atlanta: tips for avoiding road debris

I’m willing to bet that almost all cars in Atlanta have had their fair share of run-ins with road debris. Southtowne has seen and fixed a lot of damage caused by road debris. You’re driving down the road and you suddenly notice an obstruction in your path too late and feel that gut-wrenching thump as it goes under your tires.  The following few moments can be a little stressful while you listen and feel for anything that may have been damaged.  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.

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.

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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