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…]
Most new cars have quite a bit of technology built into the vehicle. Some of it is for safety, while other technology is for convenience of the driver and passengers. Although most of this new technology is designed to allow the driver to focus on the road and not have to worry about dialing a phone or looking at a map, it can still cause quite a bit of distraction. In 2012 alone, 3,328 people were killed in distracted driving crashes.
Many cars have sensors on the front and rear bumpers to alert you if there is something close to your vehicle. This can be helpful when you are parking, backing out of a driveway or quickly approaching an unexpected object, person or vehicle. However, when a sensor goes off, the drivers first reaction is to identify which sensor is being activated. By doing this, it takes the drivers eyes or attention off the road, creating a distraction. If one of your sensors is activated, be sure to note the sensor, but don’t let it distract you from the action you are taking. When in doubt, stop and assess the situation before proceeding. [Read more…]
With the end of summer upon us, it’s time to look forward to fall and winter. As your family prepares for a busy holiday season and closing out the year, your home and car shouldn’t be neglected. Keeping both healthy and prepared for the colder months is important for your overall safety.
You’ve held their hands, taught them their ABC’s and watched them grow into young adults. Now it’s time to take the next steps in caring for your teens – teaching them to be safe, responsible drivers. Driving lessons, professional instructors and safety courses are a great start. Today’s high-tech world, however, brings with it challenges and distractions that past generations didn’t have to deal with. [Read more…]
While you can’t change the weather, you can minimize some of winter’s biggest threats to your safety and security. At home, at work or on the road, be mindful and plan ahead for the curves that this season can throw. Staying alert and preparing properly for the season will help to ensure your holidays remain happy. [Read more…]
The desire for more efficient, environmentally-friendly transportation, combined with the siren call of the open road means that we are seeing more motorcycles and bicycles on the road than ever. On average, there are more than 40 million bicyclists on the road in the United States, and even more motorcycles, making up 3 percent of all registered vehicles in the United States according to the National Traffic Safety Administration. [Read more…]
Driver fatigue is a serious problem resulting in many thousands of road accidents each year. Today’s fast-paced, 24-hour world with social media addictions and technology distraction all lead to sleep deprivation which, in turn, affects our performance on the road. Research shows that driver fatigue may be a factor in up to 20% of road accidents, and up to 25% of fatal and serious accidents. [Read more…]