Checking your smartphone while driving is tough to resist for many people. Whether it’s to read the latest Twitter feed, see who “liked” a Facebook post or take a photo to share on Snapchat or Instagram, people check their phones constantly. Numerous studies conducted about cell phone usage while driving has shown that it causes distractions and often leads to accidents. And in some states, including California, all hands-on use of cell phones is against the law. California’s new restrictions on cell phone usage took effect in January of this year. [Read more…]
Our reflexes and attention span ages as we get older, which can affect our driving. Many seniors are able to drive well into their 80’s and even early 90’s, but certain health conditions can affect a driver’s abilities behind the wheel. If you or a loved one is over the age of 65, it’s important to understand how age and health can alter someone’s judgment on the road. This will allow you to recognize when the time comes to give up the keys for your safety and the safety of others. [Read more…]
Getting four hours of sleep, versus six hours, could be the difference between life and death on the road. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety completed a study correlating sleep deprivation to traffic accidents and found some eye-opening results.
“Drivers who reported that they usually sleep for 4-5 hours per day had 5.4 times the crash rate of drivers who usually sleep for 7 hours or more daily.” [Read more…]
Motorcycle riding can be dangerous even for the most experienced rider. Assertive riding takes training and practice. As riders spend more time on the road and experience different riding conditions, they gain a stronger skill set and feel more comfortable on the road. From seasoned pros to first-time riders, these motorcycle safety tips are some of the things all confident riders should know!
To the traditional driver, wind doesn’t seem like a typical travel issue, but to the motorcycle rider, wind can be a frustrating and potentially life threatening issue. As a motorcycle rider, you are constantly susceptible to the elements. Any change in weather conditions should result in a reaction plan from you.
Highways and freeways are often noted as safer than other roadways, but the high speeds and heavy traffic make it a dangerous place for any motorcycle rider. As a motorcyclist, you have no control of the other cars and trucks on the road, but you can make decisions and educate yourself with safe riding techniques to keep you as safe as possible.
The decision to take up motorcycle riding or to purchase your first motorcycle is a big one. Riding motorcycles is a hobby for some, and the preferred way of travel for others, but it can be dangerous. The most recent statistics on motorcycle accidents are from 2014, when 4,586 people died in motorcycle crashes while another 92,000 motorcyclists were injured. Still, the frequency of motorcyclists on the road has stayed consistent with 8.4 million motorcycles on the road that year. Being knowledgeable about motorcycle safety can help to prevent these accidents from occurring. Before you consider riding a bike for the first time, keep these safety tips in mind.
Unexpected storms can be a nightmare on the road, causing frequent fender-benders and slowing traffic. The chaos caused by rain is an inconvenience for everyone on the road, but can be potentially life threatening for motorcyclists. While you can’t always predict the weather, sudden rainfall may catch you off guard. Riding in the rain is an important skill to have to ensure your safety and the safety of those around you.
Getting your motorcycle license requires you to drive numerous miles on your bike, as well as be comfortable handling it. In addition, you must know the basic safety tips to avoid a motorcycle accident. Just like practicing anything else in life, it is important to practice riding properly and to not act in a careless manner. We’ve put together a list of things not to do when it comes to riding your motorcycle.