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Autumn is here! This time of year is widely seen as prime riding season, particularly for those of us fortunate enough to live in the South.
Here in Georgia, hopping on my bike in “the dead of winter” isn’t a stretch.
That being said, no matter where you live when you do decide to hop on your bike here 10 Secrets for Smart Touring, courtesy of our friends at the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA):
Did you know that Georgia has a new Distracted Driving Law? The Georgia Legislature recently passed House Bill 673, also known as the new Georgia Distracted Driving Law, which prohibits motorists from handling their cell phones or any electronic devices that may distract them while driving.
This does not necessarily mean that motorists cannot use their cell phones or other electronic devices while operating their vehicle, but it does require drivers to utilize hands-free technology.
Under the new Georgia Distracted Driving Law drivers are now prohibited from doing the following things, although this is not an exhaustive list:
Drunk driving is a major problem on the roads of Georgia and across the nation. Though incidents are on the decline, hundreds of thousands of people every year are still injured and killed in car accidents related to drinking and driving. The scary thing is, though, that many people are unfairly charged with DUI every year.
If you’re arrested and charged with drunk driving, it’s important to remember that you have rights. Learn a few fast facts about drunk driving in Georgia, and what to do to protect yourself if you are unfairly arrested and charged with a DUI in this state.
- Drunk Driving in Georgia
This question is very common. Nearly 12% of all Georgia drivers do not have car insurance coverage. This means that if you are involved in an accident, there is a 1 in 8 chance that the other driver will be someone who does not have proper insurance to cover the expenses that result from the accident.
What does the law require?
Georgia law requires that all drivers have the following coverage for their vehicles:
We’ve had an especially wet summer. While it is always important to have your full attention on the road, it is especially important while it’s raining. Staying alert helps prevent accidents that can cause injuries and have other devastating impacts.
Unfortunately, many drivers do not pay enough attention when weather conditions take a bad turn. Rain pulls motor oil, grease, and dirt from the road — making roads slick, especially during the first 15 minutes of a steady rain. All too often slick roads, reduced visibility and distracted drivers lead to catastrophic accidents.