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Driver Safety Tips For The Fall Season

Autumn can be a perilous time for drivers and pedestrians. As the heat of summer fades and the school year begins, more pedestrians hit the sidewalks and streets. More walkers mean more chances of accident occurring. Nearly 100,000 pedestrians are injured each year. Roughly 6,000 are killed by cars and trucks. Pedestrian deaths have dropped considerably over the years, but that is largely a function of fewer people choosing to walk. Walkers are in as much danger now as they have ever been.

Children make up 20 percent of the people killed in pedestrian accidents. Children are more likely to make errors in judgment, placing them in harm's way. It is up to drivers to exercise caution when children are likely to be out walking. Mornings and afternoon when children go to and return from school are high times for pedestrian traffic and pedestrian accidents. Drivers should be on the lookout for children, and not just in school zones. Any street in the city or surrounding suburbs could be the site of a pedestrian accident. 

Atlanta does not typically suffer from heavy rainfall during fall months. Snow and ice are not common problems during the fall, here. But Atlanta is a city of trees. The changing colors bring out more pedestrians and can make driving conditions dangerous. While most drivers could benefit from giving the car in front a little more room, the fall is a good time to focus on proper vehicle spacing. The speed limit, road conditions, traffic and other factors determine what is a "reasonable" space to leave between vehicles. It never hurts to add a few feet to help protect yourself and others from the threat of an accident.

Source: Esurance.com, "dangers of fall driving ," September 2014 

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