5 Tips to Keep New Georgia Teenage Drivers Safe

Car accidents can be devastating financially, physically, and emotionally. Even a small fender-bender can wreak havoc with your schedule and leave you struggling to keep your life on track.

We all know how dangerous roads such as Veteran’s Parkway in Georgia can be. Here are a few tips to keep you safe when commuting to work or traveling in our beautiful state:

  • Stay focused. When you get behind the wheel, make driving your priority. This is not the time to multi-task. Program your GPS before you leave, do not eat or drink, put on makeup, or do anything other than drive while behind the wheel. If you must talk on your phone, only use a hands-free device. Scan constantly so that if you see an aggressive driver coming you are ready to take protective action if necessary.
  • Do not tailgate. Leave some room between your car and the ones in front of you and behind you. If you need to switch lanes in a hurry to avoid an accident, leaving yourself ample space will enable you to change lanes instead of plowing into the car in front of you.
  • Do not speed. Speeding causes accidents. Stay within the speed limit and let the aggressive drivers have the fast lane.
  • Stay away from aggressive drivers. It is annoying when an aggressive driver cuts us off. We may have the urge to zoom past and slow down, or we may not want to let the driver into our lane. These types of actions add fuel to a potential conflict. Yes, it is hard to stay calm, but it is the wise thing to do. If you see a car cutting into and out of lanes, do your best to put yourself in a position that is away from the aggressive driver.
  • Always signal. If you need to change lanes, use your turn signal so that those who are near you are aware of your intentions.
  • Be courteous. If someone signals a turn into your lane, allow his or her car to enter. Drivers who are not courteous can provoke other drivers to become aggressive—increasing the likelihood of an accident.
  • Keep the interior of your car clean. Objects like empty water bottles can slide or roll around under your feet, and make you unable to brake.

Georgia car accidents can be avoided.  As a Georgia car accident lawyer. I hope these tips help you avoid a car accident.

Assembling a Bicycle Safety Kit

Bicycling is a healthy and fun sport.   More and more people are taking to the roadways with their bikes, and it is important that they adopt a few basic safety precautionary measures to minimize the chance of having an accident.

The Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has officially declared May as Bicycle Safety Month.

Many state and local groups join in the bike safety effort. The NHTSA reported there were 630 cyclist deaths in 2009. These deaths accounted for two percent of all traffic fatalities. One of the ways that responsible bike riders can promote safety and prevent serious Atlanta bicycle accidents is to assemble a well-stocked bike safety kit.

Some of the items that a biker should include in a bicycle safety kit include the following:

  • A helmet. No matter your age, you should wear a helmet. One out of every three people admitted to the emergency room for a bike accident is there for head trauma, according to the Georgia Bicycle Law Enforcement Pocket Guide. In Georgia, you are required to wear a helmet if you are under 16 years of age, whether you are the driver or the passenger on a bike. Be wise and wear a helmet regardless of your age.
  • Water. Biking is strenuous exercise and it is easy to become dehydrated on a hot day. The best way to keep hydrated is to bring sufficient water along with you and drink it throughout the day.
  • Tools. Bicycles have parts that can easily break down and disrupt a ride or cause an accident. A puncture repair kit and pocket maintenance and mini-repair kit are necessities of the road. These tools are sold in kits that are small enough to fit into a pocket or a saddlebag. They include tools such as spoke wrenches and screwdrivers as well as chain tools. Before you set out on a ride, check your bike and use your tools to perform any maintenance tasks.
  • Reflectors. Bicycles must have a reflector on the front for use at night. A second reflector, while not required, should be placed on the rear for safety.

I hope the tips help keep bicyclist riders safe.  Go out and enjoy the beautiful Georgia weather this spring and go for a bicycle ride.

Originally Posted on May 6, 2011