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Dangers of Road Debris

Jun 4, 2018, 05:17 AM by Discount Auto Glass

It’s not at all uncommon to see road debris on the interstates and highways … torn up tires, pieces of wood, glass, metal, or even a larger item like furniture that has fallen out of someone’s vehicle while they are moving. It is challenging to avoid road debris, especially because you usually don’t see it until you’re about to hit it. Dangerous road debris can be the cause of a windshield repair or windshield replacement, auto accidents, or even highway in fogfatalities.

According to AAA, between 2011 to 2014, road debris was a factor in more than 200,000 police-reported crashes. It also caused about 39,000 injuries and 500 deaths. The numbers are staggering and scary. Help yourself and others to not be a statistic by following a few simple guidelines.

  1. Properly secure any items you’re moving in a truck bed, trailer, or trunk.

    AAA said two in three debris-related crashes result from items falling from a vehicle due to improper maintenance or an unsecured load.

    1. Buy a set of heavy-duty ratchet straps. These straps will help secure loads and keep them strapped down in the event of swerving or hitting a bump.
    2. Bundle your long boards and flimsy material. For long boards in particular you should place the heaviest board on top of all other boards and bundle them with straps. For flimsy material, try purchasing a roll of stretch cling film and wrapping both ends of the material so that nothing bounces around or out of your vehicle.
    3. Use a cargo net for items that can fly out of your truck bed. If you’re not sure if an item is heavy enough to stay put in the bed of your truck, use a cargo net. This will ensure that the items don’t fly away and hit other drivers on the road.highway through windshield
    4. Put a red flag on items that hang off of your truck bed or trailer. It’s not always easy for drivers behind you to determine that items are hanging over the truck or trailer. A red flag helps indicate just how far out these items stick. Also, it’s required by law.
  2. Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained. In particular, make sure your brakes and tires are maintained.
    1. Brakes are essential and can make a difference in rather or not you have an accident when having to stop quickly on interstates and highways. Wrecks on these large roadways almost always produce debris that can cause accidents for other drivers.
    2. Also, keep an eye on your tires. You should always get your tired rotated and buy new ones when it’s time. Hitting a small bump on tires with no tread can cause a tire to shred on impact. That can have catastrophic results for the driver of the vehicle and others who may hit that debris on the road.

big city interstateLuckily for you, at Discount Auto Glass we have the expertise you need in case that road debris ends up damaging your auto glass. We can take appointments at one of our eight locations throughout Arkansas, our location in Joplin, Missouri, our location in Memphis, Tennessee, or our mobile team can come to you at no additional cost. Give us a call at 501-377-9575 or use our online form to get a quote. Stay safe out there!

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