Whether you think “inside” or “outside” the perimeter is better, the most dangerous road in the United States… is the perimeter.
A study released today, using data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to examine where fatal traffic accidents are most likely to occur, found that Atlanta’s I-285 is the deadliest road in America.
And even more concerning, 2015 is looking like the worst year for Georgia roadway fatalities in some time. After 9 consecutive years of fewer roadway deaths, there have already been 1,166 deaths on Georgia roads—a large increase from the 989 deaths in 2014.
So, here are 10 things you can do to keep safe as you drive in and around Atlanta and elsewhere:
- Buckle up.
- Make sure your mirrors are properly set so you can see blind spots and behind you.
- Use you turn-signal when changing lanes.
- Stay focused—Georgia does not allow the use of cell phones or other electronic devices when driving.
- Keep a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.
- If a vehicle is tailgating you, move over and allow it to pass you.
- Don’t speed.
- Avoid driving beside a commercial vehicle for long periods—trucks have much larger blind spots and the driver is less likely to see your vehicle when making a maneuver.
- Daytime driving is safer than nighttime driving.
- Take breaks—not only will breaks help you stay alert and focused… the journey is as important as the destination!