More and more people are out on the road as the country opens up and holiday activities are in full swing. You will agree that there is a good chance you might encounter a piece of debris on the road, even if you travel occasionally in your vehicles. Small wooden pieces, plastics, worn out bits of tires and metal pieces are a few examples of the debris you may face. In order to help you minimize the risk of getting into a collision due to debris, we at Top Notch Auto Body & Mechanics would like to share a few tips.
Watch Your Speed
Driving at a moderate speed is the most important tip to avoid a debris-related collision. There isn’t much you can do to avoid a collision if you are driving fast and suddenly come across debris. Driving slower will buy you much needed time to make a maneuver thereby avoiding a collision on the other hand. Additionally, without considering how close you are, the driver ahead of you might apply brakes suddenly. Driving at a moderate speed will give you extra response time to apply the brakes and avoid an imminent collision in such instances.
Stopping Sight Distance (SSD)
The minimum distance a car requires to stop when brakes are applied is the Stopping sight distance (SSD). According to the speed of the vehicle, the Stopping Sight Distance varies. For any unwanted piece of debris on the road, it is advisable to keep eyes on the stopping sight distance and keep looking. There is a good chance you can avoid a collision with a timely maneuver if you have visibility up to the Stopping Sight Distance.
Do Not Follow Other Cars Too Closely
It is ideal that you keep an appropriate distance between your vehicle and the one going in front of you when you are driving on a road. When you see the debris, tailgating or following the vehicles too closely will decrease your response time so much that you won’t be able to do anything. You are completely relying on the driver going ahead of you in such instances. There is a high chance that your car might collide into the one going ahead of yours if that driver applies brakes suddenly.
Authorities Need to Be Alerted of Debris in the Road
By all of us, road safety requires. It is advisable to report it to the relevant authority as soon as you can whenever you see debris on the road that might be dangerous for a car or motorist. There’s nothing else more precious than a human life and your timely response can save someone’s life. To remove the debris, you reported and thereby leading to a cleaner and safer road, the responsible team will send someone.