DRIVING WITH DEBRIS
How to avoid these hazards on the road
What Did the Study Find?
AAA found the following common characteristics among road debris crashes:
- 37 percent of deaths in such crashes resulted from a driver swerving to avoid an object
- 1 in 3 road debris crashes happen between 10 a.m. and 3:59 p.m
- Crashes caused by debris are more likely to occur on interstate highways
What Can You Do?
Take care of your vehicle.
Prevent a blowout—and the resulting debris—by checking tires for wear or underinflation. Also inspect exterior hardware such as exhaust systems for rust or corrosion. Take your car for regular inspections; a professional at an Approved Auto Repair facility can help spot potential problems.
Secure your load.
Be careful not to overload your vehicle, especially when moving large objects such as furniture. Use rope, netting, or straps to fasten cargo directly to the vehicle, then cover everything with a sturdy tarp or netting.
Information taken from “The Prevalence of Motor Vehicle Crashes Involving Road Debris, United States, 2011-2014,” AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, July 25, 2016.