Driving on metro-Atlanta roads always involves risks due to the sheer number of vehicles on the road. The holiday season only increases the volume of traffic throughout the state of Georgia. This year, Georgia traffic fatalities are predicted to increase greatly during the holiday season. The Georgia State Patrol and Governor's Office of Highway Safety are engaging in an awareness campaign with the goal of reducing the number of auto accidents that occur through the end of 2012. This campaign is called Operation: Safe Holidays and Jones & Swanson want to assist in making Georgia drivers aware of tips and precautions that should be taken while operating a vehicle in high traffic areas. We have compiled a list of tips for drivers to be aware of. Although some of these tips seem like common sense, it is important to keep them in mind while driving this holiday season.
Holiday Driving Safety Tips:
- Prior to operating your vehicle, ensure that it has been serviced properly. This includes getting the oil changed, adding brake fluid, checking the battery life, and checking tire pressure and tread. These precautions allow one to be confident that your vehicle is ready for a long trip.
- Get a good night's rest the night before driving on long trips. This ensures that you do not fall asleep at the wheel or navigate while not at peak performance.
- Plan your route well in advance so no detours or unknown areas will be used. It is also smart to have a paper map on hand, even if you have a GPS system.
- Tell other family members or friends where you're going, when you're leaving, and when you should arrive in case anything happens.
- Buckle up. Not only should you wear a safety belt at all times, but it is the driver's responsibility to make sure all passengers are wearing seat belts as well. Children are safest in the back seats of vehicles and should be restrained in proper child seats.
- Begin your trip early so you have no need to rush. Speeding is one of the top causes of Georgia auto accidents. You should provide an adequate amount of time to travel below the speed limit and avoid aggressive driving habits.
- Avoid driving during wet, icy, or snowy weather conditions. If you are scheduled to travel during harsh weather conditions, it's better to reschedule than to risk accidents and injuries.
- Take breaks while driving long distances and if you become tired, do not hesitate to exit into a rest area to rest, walk around, or purchase refreshments.
- If you are attending an event and will be consuming alcohol, designate a sober driver or call a car service to get you home. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is dangerous not only to yourself and your passengers, but to others on the road as well.
- Practice defensive driving. You should always be weary of other drivers and use extreme caution, even when you have the right of way. Leave adequate room for other drivers.
- Make sure all pets are restrained while traveling in motor vehicles.
- If you are towing a trailer or other object, perform tow checks.
The staff at Jones & Swanson cares about the safety of other Georgia citizens. We want to help in any way possible so that the expected increase in traffic fatalities this holiday season is prevented. Auto accidents, injuries, and wrongful deaths are always hard to face, but can be much worse during the holiday season when everyone should be celebrating. In the unfortunate event that you or someone you know are involved in a Georgia auto accident and are injured, do not hesitate to contact our office at (770) 427-5498. We will have staff members available throughout the holiday season via email when potential claims are filed on our
website contact form.