How to Prep for the Autumn Roads Ahead

Posted: Monday, November 8, 2021
Trauma Outreach & Injury Prevention Coordinator

Autumn is here, which means trick-or-treating, apple picking, football season, and enjoyable scenic drives. However, the season can also bring driving challenges with the change of weather and shorter days.

The Georgia Department of Transportation states that in 2019, around 75% of fatalities in car crashes were caused by unsafe driving behaviors, with almost one-fifth of the fatalities being pedestrians.

We have put together tips to help prepare you and your loved ones for the perfect fall road trip, free of injuries.

Make yourself comfortable

Do you feel comfortable in the seat? Each time you drive, you should adjust your seat to provide at least 10 inches in between your breastbone and airbag. Your head restraint should be appropriately adjusted so that in the event of a crash, you could help prevent an injury. The center of the head restraint should be 3 inches or less from the center of the back of your head, not against your neck.

Buckle Up

Always wear your seat belt over your breastbone and across your hips – do not place your seat belt behind your back or under your arm. Seat belts reduce serious injuries and deaths from a crash.

Take a buddy

 The route less travelled may not always be the best route! Research your trip ahead of time and choose the route with left turn signals and easy parking. 

Hitch a Ride

Consider an alternative to driving on your own. Carpooling with a friend or family member can make for a pleasant and memorable experience, especially if you are not comfortable driving yourself.

Check your line of sight

It’s always best to start your drive during the daytime. Before you start your road trip:

  1. Check the weather conditions.
  2. Don’t start driving if there appears to be inclement weather ahead.
  3. Make sure your line of sight is clear! You should be able to see at least three inches above the steering wheel.

Slow down, enjoy the drive!

Continue to talk with your doctor at least once a year to have your eyes checked. If you feel that certain medications are causing you to feel dizzy or sleepy, consult with your doctor, as this may increase your risk for a car accident.

Talk to Your Doctor

 Continue to talk with your doctor at least once a year to have your eyes checked. If you feel that certain medications are causing you to feel dizzy or sleepy, consult with your doctor as this may increase your risk for a car accident.