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Tips for driving safely in heavy fall rain

With the fall season in full swing, you should expect to find yourself on the road in the rain every now and again. It's not preferred, but there are times when you have no choice but to contend with inclement weather.

Here are three things you can do to improve your safety when driving in heavy fall rain:

  • Slow down and take your time: The faster you drive the greater chance there is of hydroplaning, thus losing control of your vehicle and increasing the risk of an accident. Leave enough time in your schedule that you never feel like you're in a rush.
  • Use your headlights: Your headlights allow you to more easily see the road ahead and other vehicles. They also help to make your vehicle more visible to other drivers.
  • Give yourself more time to stop: It's more difficult to stop your vehicle on slick roads, so leave a few extra seconds of following time. This is a good rule to follow no matter if you're moving along nicely at highway speeds or sitting in stop and go traffic.

Highway driving safety tips to keep you out of trouble

Driving on the highway is different from driving in the city for a variety of reasons. In addition to the speed at which you're moving, you're also more likely to find yourself in proximity to larger vehicles.

Commercial trucks, for example, spend the majority of their time on the highway. It's important to share the road with these vehicles, as neglecting to do so increases the risk of an accident.

Potholes can cause an accident: Tips to avoid trouble

As you make your way through the state of Georgia, you'll come to find yourself contending with potholes time and time again. These pop up both on highways and city roads, so you're never in the clear.

Not only can potholes damage your vehicle, but they can also cause an accident. Here are some tips you can follow to avoid trouble on the road:

  • Check the air in your tires: Proper inflation ensures that your tires are ready for any pothole you hit. Conversely, a tire with too much or too little air could blow out upon impact, thus leading you to lose control of your vehicle.
  • Watch when you brake: It's best to brake before hitting a pothole, instead of when you're directly over it. This minimizes damage and allows you to maintain full control.
  • Hold the steering wheel with both hands: Striking a large pothole can result in a loss of control, so keeping two hands on the wheel is a must.
  • Take special caution in wet weather: For example, if a pothole is full of water, you may not realize how deep it is.

Nighttime driving safety tips: Follow these to avoid trouble

Even if you do your best to avoid it, there's a chance you'll find yourself driving after dark. This is different from driving during the daylight hours, as you're relying on your headlights to show you the way.

Here are several nighttime driving safety tips you can follow to avoid trouble on the road:

  • Always use your headlights
  • Regularly inspect your headlights and brake lights for proper use
  • Don't use your high beams when traveling toward other vehicles
  • Turn off all interior lights
  • Keep your windshield clean as to reduce glare
  • Slow down because your visibility is limited
  • Increase following distance between vehicles
  • Pull to the side of the road if you feel drowsy

Retained foreign bodies: Common surgical error in Georgia

Having any type of moderate to serious surgery is never like a walk in the park. If you undergo surgery, you may have a lot of pain and discomfort for a few days or weeks afterward, depending on the type of operation and other current health details. It's a fact that the skill level and diligence of your surgeon may have a lot to do with how successful your surgery is.  

Sadly, medical malpractice is problematic in Georgia and many other states. To entrust your health to a licensed medical professional only to wind up in worse condition because he or she was negligent is tragic. It's also frustrating because many negligence injuries may be entirely preventable. Surgical errors rank high on lists regarding medical negligence that places patients at risk for injury.  

Alcohol impacts the body in more ways than one

While there is a big difference between taking a sip of alcohol and downing an entire bottle of wine, nothing changes the fact that consumption impacts the body in many ways. The more you drink the greater chance there is of a serious impact.

Here are five of the most common ways alcohol impacts the body:

  • Decision-making: Alcohol consumption can cloud your judgment, thus making it more difficult to make sound decisions (such as when driving).
  • Confusion: The last thing you need while driving is confusion, as this makes it more difficult to obey the rules of the road.
  • Fatigue: Too much alcohol can lead to fatigue, thus resulting in you falling asleep at the wheel.
  • Aggression: There's never a good time to be aggressive when driving, but it's one of the top side effects of alcohol.
  • Changes in coordination: Too much alcohol makes it difficult to carry out normal, everyday tasks.

Follow these tips when passing another vehicle

As a driver, you know there will be times when you need to pass another vehicle. For example, when you're on the highway, slower moving vehicles are typically in the right lane. In order to get past them, you'll move into the left lane and accelerate.

While there is nothing wrong with legally passing a vehicle, doing so is easier said than done. There are some important tips to keep in mind when making this move:

  • Don't pass unless it's necessary: Don't get into the habit of passing every vehicle in front of yours, as the more you do this the greater chance there is of an accident.
  • Never pass if there is a solid centerline: You may think it's okay to do so, but there's a reason why you're in a no passing zone. If you attempt to pass a vehicle on this type of road, it could result in a serious collision.
  • Watch what's going on around you: Just because you want to pass a vehicle doesn't mean it's a good idea. There are other vehicles on the road, and you can only make your move when it's safe to do so.

Do these things to avoid aggressive drivers

No matter how hard you try to get along with everyone on the road, there will be times when you come across aggressive drivers. These people don't care about anyone else, so it's best to keep your distance.

Here are five things you can do to avoid aggressive drivers:

  • Stay in the right lane on the highway: By doing this, you give others the ability to pass without you "being in their way."
  • Avoid tailgating: One of the easiest ways to anger another driver is to tailgate them. Leave plenty of space between your vehicle and the one in front of yours.
  • Ignore cursing: If another driver yells and curses at you, look straight ahead and remove yourself from the situation as quickly as possible.
  • Don't take up two parking spots: This is common courtesy, so avoid doing so at all costs.
  • Allow other cars to pass you: Even if you don't consider it safe, it's not your place to stop other cars from passing you. Simply move to the right lane and let others do their thing.

How dangerous are the Georgia roads you drive on?

Whether you live in a quiet, rural neighborhood where people still head out for evening strolls and sit on their porches after supper, or your home is in the heart of a busy Georgia metropolis, chances are you get behind the wheel of your car to navigate highways on a regular basis. No matter how cautious and alert you are while driving, at any moment, you may be at risk for injury if a distracted driver is nearby.  

Distracted driving causes thousands of fatalities every year. If you have someone in your household who is currently learning to drive, you're wise to have multiple discussions on how to recognize a possible distracted driver and also how to avoid being one. The problem is that many people have become accustomed to certain behaviors that they mistakenly think are harmless when, in fact, they are placing themselves and others in harm's way. If you suffer injury because of a distracted driver, you may face economic, as well as physical, damages. 

These conditions are commonly misdiagnosed

When you seek medical treatment, you assume that your doctor will do whatever it takes to provide you with a high level of care. You put your trust in this person and hope that they'll take care of you to the best of their ability.

Unfortunately, it's not out of the question for your doctor to misdiagnose a condition. If this happens, the risk of serious injury, illness or death is very real.

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