The State of South Carolina is in for a harsher than usual winter, according to weather experts, making typical road conditions more hazardous than usual. Our roundup of driving news, tips and ideas designed to keep you and your loved ones safe on the road is detailed below. We hope that by being aware of these coming hazards, you can avoid injury this winter.
Traffic on the Rise
According to statistics from AAA, the 2018 holidays saw drivers hit the roads in record numbers and we imagine the upcoming year will follow suit. School is back in session and people are back to work. More vehicles mean more delays, plus angrier drivers and more congestion on the roads – the perfect setting for accidents.
Trucks Turn out in Massive Numbers
As brick and mortar stores in the state continue to see increases in online shopping demand, the number of trucks on our highways has increased. Recent wintery weather also rendered some shipping avenues impassable several days; this has led to an increase in freight traffic as well as truckers rush to speed supplies to where they are needed. Expect to see more trucks on the road throughout the winter season and to take additional precautions.
Distraction and Drinking
Distracted drivers are just as dangerous as impaired ones; according to the State newspaper, it is legal to drive with headphones on (rendering the driver less aware of his surroundings ) or driving with a dog loose in your vehicle (or sitting on your lap). These distractions, coupled with eating or texting while driving, contribute to additional risk on our roadways.
Proceed with caution as you travel our roadways and know what to do if you spot a drunk driver.
Kids at Risk
Reduced visibility on roadways coupled with an increase in traffic make the roads particularly dangerous for cyclists of all ages and children. Kids climbing off of school buses, playing in or near the street are at heightened risk due to conditions this time of year.
If you or a loved one has been injured by an aggressive or impaired driver, we can help. Contact us to learn more about your options and to talk about the specific details of your case. Our hope is that you will be able to avoid injury and accidents, but if you are harmed by someone else’s negligence, we are here for you.