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Avoiding dangerous debris out on roadways

If debris comes from your car, or if it hits you, Herrick said to call 911 so a crew can pick it up. / Mary Green

Have you ever been driving along when a piece of debris comes sailing toward your car?

If that happens, Deputy First Class Kris Herrick of the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office said the one thing you shouldn’t do is jerk the wheel to try to avoid it because that could cause an accident if you hit another car or the barrier.

Herrick said it would be better to run over it than to swerve, but the ideal situation is to have enough room between you and the vehicle in front of you to have time to change lanes.

There should be one car length between you and that vehicle for every 10 miles per hour you’re traveling, according to Herrick, so if your speed is 70 MPH, that distance should be seven car lengths.

If debris comes from your car, or if it hits you, Herrick said to call 911 so a crew can pick it up.

There are also some steps you can take to prevent road debris in the first place.

“Not overloading your vehicles if you’re pulling a trailer or anything like that,” Herrick said. “Making sure that your tires are in good, proper working condition, especially before you go on a long road trip. Take it by your local mechanic shop and just have them check your tires.”

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