Blown tires, hubcaps, mattresses, landscaping tools and scraps, and large pieces of furniture are seen on the roads every day. A poorly secured load can go airborne if the vehicle carrying it reaches a high speed. Not only can debris damage your car, it can also cause a collision as vehicles swerve to avoid it. AAA suggests the following to help avoid colliding with roadway debris:
Slow down – it gives you more time to react should debris be in your lane
Watch all lanes – if you need to swerve, know which lane is safest for a quick lane change
Don’t tailgate – if the person in front of you veers to avoid items, you need time to react
Report hazardous situations immediately
The daily chore of clearing debris, litter and other hazards from highways is costing a lot of money. And that cost is on the rise. In fact, more than $11.5 billion is spent annually for litter and debris removal annually on U.S. highways. These high cost limits a state’s ability to provide improvement and repairs to our roadways. One way to offset these costs is to support the Sponsor-A-Highway program in your state. Contact us for more information.