Safety advocates urge caution as states ease pandemic stay-at-home restrictions
South Carolina has already begun loosening COVID-19 restrictions under certain social distancing guidelines. As life starts to transition back to the new normal, more people will begin traveling.
The Governors Highway Traffic Safety Administration is urging drivers to use caution behind the wheel.
Rusty driving skills due to lack of traveling
GHSA Executive Director Jonathan Adkins explains how the lack of driving over the last few months can be problematic:
“Many of us may be a little rusty behind the wheel, so it’s critical that drivers give the road and everyone on it their complete attention. Safety doesn’t take a holiday. Remember to buckle up, drive sober, stow your cell phone, and watch your speed. We have lost too many of our friends and neighbors, and we do not want to lose any more to traffic crashes.”
While most people were under quarantine, speeding and reckless driving increased across the U.S. due to less traffic congestion. Some drivers who have developed a dangerous habit of speeding may not promptly adjust back to normal traffic conditions. In addition, fatal crash rates increased by 14 percent during the month of March.
Drunk driving and traffic congestion could increase?
The GHSA also warns that there could be an increase of:
- Drunk driving: Restaurants and bars have already begun opening across South Carolina. This could lead to a sharp increase in drunk driving, as some people consume alcoholic beverages in public establishments for the first time in several weeks.
- Traffic congestion: Many people will avoid using public transit, taxis, and ridesharing services to avoid the spread of COVID-19. According to an IBM Institute of Business Value survey, one-quarter of drivers plan on using their own vehicles for transportation.
Driving safety tips amid COVID-19
Whether you have been driving regularly during the first wave of COVID-19, or you are just transitioning back to normal, it's important to practice caution behind the wheel. This can be done by:
- Brushing up on your driving skills if you haven't driven much over the last few months
- Driving defensively and being vigilant on the road
If you notice someone driving recklessly or noticeably impaired, keep a safe distance.
If you or a loved one is involved in a crash, you may be faced with a complex and lengthy car accident claim. Your may be facing medical bills piling up while you're unable to work and collect a paycheck.
An experienced South Carolina car accident attorney at Twenge + Twombley Law Firm can investigate and can help you get the compensation you need to cover all crash-related expenses. To get started on your claim, contact our firm online or call our Beaufort office at 866-452-6315. We offer free and confidential case evaluations.