Summer’s Simple Distractions
Summers in Northeast Georgia are known for being hot, humid, and perfect for spending some time outdoors near the Savannah River. However, all this sunshine comes with more vehicles on the road and increased driver distractions unique to the season.
Over 3,000 drivers are killed each year nationally from distracted driving, and many more are injured or involved in collisions because of it. Knowing which distractions are most prominent during certain times of the year and how you can avoid them can help everyone on the road get where they're going safer.
Although not exclusive to the summer, carpooling may increase during this season since kids are out of school and more families go on road trips. With backseat drivers, song requests, and long conversations, having more passengers in a vehicle can make it much harder for the driver to concentrate. To avoid getting distracted by this inevitable increase in passengers, set some ground rules in your car, such as:
- The playlist is controlled by whoever is in the passenger seat.
- Hands and objects from the backseat should remain in the backseat.
- What the driver says goes.
Driving with the Windows Down
Few things make it feel more like summer than driving with the windows down and blaring your favorite songs. But unfortunately, this is also classified as distracted driving. Long hair getting in your eyes and the possibility of getting hit by bugs or things flying out of your car can not only be distracting for you but also for other drivers on the road.
Two of the easiest ways to avoid getting distracted by this summer rite of passage is to ensure that you're wearing some form of eye protection and have all loose items stored away before rolling those windows down.
Bicycles and Motorcycles
It is not uncommon to see an influx of bicycles and motorcycles on the road during the summer, but those on two wheels may be a distraction for motorists in areas without a designated bike lane. When driving near any kind of rider, it is crucial to stay alert and know how to navigate around them. Georgia law states that a motorist must have three feet of clearance between their vehicle and the bicyclist when passing, so ensure that you are aware of your surroundings when making turns or lane changes.
Boats on the Road
Georgia being coastal and even the Northeast side of the state being a short drive to lakes and rivers means that you can definitely expect to see boat trailers on the road during the summer. Although we all love to pause and appreciate the sound systems and features of the latest models, spending too much time gawking could take your eyes off the road for too long and lead to an accident. To avoid this, be mindful of the speed you are going when driving near a boat and stick to only staring at it while stopped in traffic or at a red light.
While these are only four of the common distractions you may see during the summer, it is crucial to avoid distracted driving year-round.
Northeast Georgia Car Accident Injury Attorneys
Collisions caused by distracted drivers can result in dangerous consequences like costly medical treatments and years of recovery. If you or a loved one is suffering from an injury caused by a distracted driver, the personal injury attorneys at Berelc Law Firm are here to help.
Call (706) 914-1915 or fill out the form on our website to get in touch with a member of our team.