Anyone who gets behind the wheel of a vehicle in South Carolina takes on the risk of getting in a car accident. However, being a defensive driver and being aware of the hazards of the road can help to reduce your chances of serious injury.
According to the South Carolina Department of Transportation, there were over 1,000 fatalities on the state’s roads in 2019. While it is not always possible to prevent the negligence of another driver from causing an accident, drivers who are aware of the following common road hazards may stay a little safer.
In South Carolina, bad weather almost always consists of rain. Any water on the roadway can cause hydroplaning, so be aware that you should turn it into a skid to avoid overcorrecting. Always turn your headlights on in the rain so that you can see better and so that other drivers can see you.
There are many times when South Carolina roads are getting worked on. When in a construction zone, remember to slow down. There may be sudden stops and starts, and heavy machinery may be entering and exiting the area.
Unfortunately, aggressive drivers are pretty much everywhere these days. Do not be tempted to compete with a fast, aggressive driver. Instead, let him or her pass you and continue on your way safely.
Driving safely is possible when you are aware of what hazards could cause potential problems. Your best bet is always to slow down and avoid distractions so that you do not have to deal with the outcome of a car accident.