Driving in Georgia can be a scary undertaking. Anyone who has spent time on Interstates 75 or 85 in rush hour traffic can tell you how dangerously some Georgians drive. We all know that aggressive driving has become a serious problem in Georgia. Every day, there are hundreds of car accidents throughout the state. These accidents can be devastating both physically and emotionally. The financial costs alone are serious, not to mention costs related to lost time, injuries, car damage, and many other factors.
Tips to Avoid Dangerous Drivers and Accidents
In order to keep our families and ourselves safe, we must know how to drive safely and avoid aggressive drivers. The following are important tips that you should follow while on the road.
- Do not speed. This may seem counterintuitive. If everyone else is speeding, it seems logical to go with the flow. However, driving too fast contributes to almost one-fourth of car accident fatalities in the U.S. every year. While you should not stop the natural flow of traffic, sticking to the speed limit and staying out of the fast lane can save lives.
- Do not tailgate other drivers. If you do not leave enough space between your car and the car in front of you, you can cause an accident. Even if you are switching lanes in a hurry to avoid an accident or another roadblock, you must leave enough space to change lanes safely.
- Focus on driving. People in Georgia are usually accustomed to long commutes and heavy traffic. When you are stuck in a car, it can be tempting to use that time to accomplish tasks such as eating, chatting on the phone, or checking email. Distracted driving has proven to be incredibly dangerous. If you are focusing inside the car, you can miss hazards outside. It is important to keep your eyes—and your mind—on the road.
- Do not escalate conflict with other drivers. If a person cuts you off, it is tempting to retaliate in some way, but this is dangerous. Do not change lanes to cut the driver off, use inappropriate hand signals, or otherwise act aggressively. These actions will only make the situation worse.
- Always signal first. When other drivers are aware of your intentions, they can help avoid an accident. Always signal when you change lanes, turn, or need to pull over.
- Keep your car free of unnecessary clutter and distractions. It may not seem as important as the other tips, but remember that anything that can move your focus away from the road is dangerous. Furthermore, trash like empty water bottles can roll around under your feet or brake pedals, leaving you unable to brake.
- Be polite and courteous with other drivers. By being politely, you are less likely to provoke other drivers to act aggressively around you.
- Avoid aggressive drivers when you identify them. While this list is designed to help you avoid aggressive drivers, the best thing you can do to avoid accidents is to stay away from people who act aggressively. When you see a person zooming past other cars and changing lanes constantly, the best thing you can do is let them drive away.
It may not be easy to always follow these rules, but they will help you avoid accidents and keep your family safe. Unfortunately, it is not always possible to avoid accidents no matter how carefully you drive. If you have been in an accident caused by someone else’s aggressive driving, you deserve compensation for your injuries and damage. Van Sant Law LLC is here to help. Call us today for a free consultation to learn how we can help you get the insurance companies to settle quickly and provide you with the compensation you need.