How to Avoid a Collision With Debris on the Road

Useful Tips for You

Every day, we share the road with other drivers, and while most people are cautious and law-abiding, there are always a few bad apples who don't take care to clean up after themselves. This can lead to all sorts of debris on the road, from broken glass to nails and sharp metal objects. Here are four useful tips for avoiding a collision with debris on the road.

  1. Be aware of your surroundings. This seems like common sense, but you'd be surprised how many people are completely oblivious to their surroundings when they're driving. Pay attention to the road ahead of you and be on the lookout for anything that doesn't look right. If you see something in the road, slow down and proceed with caution. It's better to arrive late than not at all.
  1. Don't tailgate. Tailgating is not only dangerous, but it also makes it more difficult to spot debris on the road. If you're too close to the car in front of you, you won't have enough time to react if they suddenly brake for something in the road. So back off and give yourself some space.
  1. Watch for warning signs. Most states have laws that require drivers to clean up any debris they may have caused. So if you see a sign that says "Caution: Loose Gravel," for example, you can bet there's going to be some debris on the road ahead. Approach these areas with caution and be prepared to brake if necessary.
  2. Don't assume someone else will clean up after themselves. Just because you didn't cause the debris doesn't mean you shouldn't take responsibility for avoiding it. If everyone took this attitude, the roads would be a lot safer for everyone involved. So even if you didn't do it, help keep the roads clean and free of hazards by being vigilant about avoiding any debris you might come across.

Debris on the road is always a cause for concern, but by following these four simple tips, you can help avoid a collision with debris—and stay safe on the roads in the process. Remember: safety is always worth taking a few extra precautions!

Written by Brown Brothers Body Works