Hurricane Irma taught many of us how awful loosing your power can be. Being without power in your home for an extended period of time can be more than inconvenient. It can be dangerous. Here are 5 tips to help you and your family stay safe during a power outage.
Pedestrian safety is so important, but often overlooked. On the busy streets of Metro Atlanta, everyone worries about car wrecks, yet constantly ignore pedestrian dangers. All car accidents don't just involve other cars. Pedestrians are at risk all the time from being hit by a vehicle or injured from unsafe conditions around them. Here are some tips to help reduce your risk of injury as a pedestrian.
1. Always Use Crosswalks:
Never cross in the middle of the road. Only cross the street using crosswalks. If the intersection has pedestrian crosswalk signs, follow them strictly.
2. Make Eye Contact:
If you aren't 100% positive a car sees you crossing the street or in a parking lot, make eye contact with them. Be sure the driver knows you are there and your proximity to their vehicle.
3. Pay Attention To Your Surroundings:
Don't stare down at your phone, listen to loud music with earphones or be distracted by other people nearby. Know who and what is around you at all times.
4. Wear Bright, Reflective Clothing At Night:
Nighttime can be very dangerous for pedestrians. Be sure that you are as visible as possible when walking.
Car accidents are literally everywhere in Metro Atlanta. Many of them even end in serious injury or fatalities. It is important to be proactive when it comes to staying safe on the road. Reducing your risk of a car accident is important no matter how experienced of a driver you are.
Here are 3 safe driving tips that may help you stay safe on the road:
1. STAY OFF YOUR PHONE:
Cell phones have become a huge distraction for many drivers. Turn your phone off if at all possible. If you are using the navigation through your phone, silence the ringer and text alerts so you can stay focused.
2. TAKE A DEFENSIVE DRIVING COURSE:
I know it may sound cliché, but they really can help. These types of courses can update you on new driving laws, dangerous driving trends and better prepare you to deal with reckless drivers.
3. KEEP YOUR VEHICLE WELL MAINTAINED:
A poorly maintained vehicle has much more of a chance of breaking down. Tire blow outs, transmission failure and poorly maintained windshield wipers are just a few of the vehicle issues that can lead to serious car accidents.