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…]
Just as cell phone use at dinner is a major faux pas in terms of table etiquette; there are several driving etiquettes that people often ignore. You should always consider pedestrians, other drivers, cyclists, passengers, and yourself when you start the engine. Your driving habits can either lessen the risk of an auto accident or cause a detrimental outcome to occur.
Practice good manners on the road by adhering to these driving rules. [Read more…]
The automobile industry constantly works on innovating new safety features for the latest cars, trucks and motorcycles. With California having 3,176 fatal accidents in 2015, the demand for advanced safety features to lower the risk of auto accidents is on the rise. While airbags and seat belts are necessary for safety, our cars need to be equipped with more features that prevent the collisions that cause injuries and fatalities. [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…]
Drivers with road rage can make even the most patient and calm people loose their cool. There are aggressive drivers who occasionally put the lives of others and their properties in danger. Your reaction to an aggressive driver is essential for your safety, as well as the safety of other drivers and passengers surrounding you. Here are a few tips for defusing a road rage situation.
This year, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is taking further steps to end railroad accidents. According to NHTSA, 232 people died in railroad crossing accidents last year alone. In recent years, fatality rates as a result of railroad accidents have dropped, but since 2014 the number of deaths has begun to increase. In an effort to eliminate these accidents, NHTSA has developed a $7 million radio and digital video campaign, “Stop! Trains Can’t” to educate drivers about the risks associated with improper railroad crossings.
In case of an emergency situation, you always need to be prepared. Driving elicits unpredictable factors that could put you in a potentially dangerous situation. According to the Association for Safe International Road Travel, 2.35 million people in the US are injured in road crashes each year. Certain items should always be kept in a safe spot in your car in the event that you need to access them during an emergency. Whether you have been involved in an automobile accident, or are experiencing car issues on the side of the road, you should be keeping these items on hand at all times.
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!
After any automobile accident, there are particular steps you need to take in order to ensure your safety, and the safety of others on the road. If you are involved in a hit and run accident, the procedure you should follow will be different than if the other driver stays to exchange information. Accidents can be stressful and scary. In most cases, if a driver flees after being involved in a car accident, it is most likely because they do not want to be held responsible for the consequences of the accident. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports 11 out of 100 automobile accidents are hit and run situations, and of those accidents, 43% result in a fatality. If you are injured in a hit and run accident, stay calm and follow these appropriate steps following the accident.