October 2017 – Driving While Sleepy

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As Americans, we are not well-rested.  As a result of being poorly rested, we tend to have poor productivity, our well-being decreases, it affects our mood and our health, and it affects our driving alertness and reactions.  According to Sam Fleishman, MD, of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), most people believe that sleepiness and drowsiness are only due to lack of sleep, but there are other factors that affect our levels of alertness throughout the day.  These include staying awake for 16 hours or more, sleeping less than seven or eight hours a night, have interrupted sleep or suffering from untreated sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea.  Fatigue and exhaustion can impair one’s performance even if one does not feel sleepy.  The more fatigued one becomes, the more difficult it becomes to pay attention and react quickly while driving.  Continue reading “October 2017 – Driving While Sleepy”

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September 2017 – School Bus Safety and What Drivers Need to Do.

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The end of summer vacation comes too quickly for most of us.  The end of summer vacations means increased traffic as people go back to work and back to school.  It means busy playgrounds, more kids running across the street and yellow school buses seemingly everywhere.  It also means different driving patterns and rules of the road.

Every fall, over 55 million children across the United States head back to school.  13% of those children typically walking or biking to their classes.  Drivers must be especially vigilant for pedestrians before and after school hours.  The afternoon hours are particularly dangerous.  According to a report by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHSTA), early autumn is the most dangerous time of the year for pedestrians, with 29% of pedestrian-related fatalities, and nearly one in four child pedestrian fatalities occurred between 3 pm and 7 pm.  Continue reading “September 2017 – School Bus Safety and What Drivers Need to Do.”

August 2017 – Driving in Bad Weather

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Driving defensively is especially critical during adverse weather.  Plan ahead and be prepared for all weather conditions.  Heavy rain, snow, ice, fog, smoke, and wind create concerns for all motorists.  Regardless of the type of adverse weather condition, the hazards encountered are generally the same:  reduced visibility, reduced traction, increased stopping distances, increased traffic congestion, and uncertainty over how other motorists will behave.  The strategies safety professionals recommend for negotiating these hazards safely are also similar:  reduce speed, increase following distance, turn and brake carefully on slippery roads, turn on your lights, look far ahead for emerging hazards, and during severe adverse conditions, park in a safe place and wait until conditions improve.  Continue reading “August 2017 – Driving in Bad Weather”

July 2017 – Is Hands – Free Really Safe?

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Are hands-free devices safer to use while driving?  Several recent studies may change your mind.  Hands-free devices are only safer psychologically.  Some of the studies conducted at Texas A&M Transportation Institute, the University of Utah, and the University of Sussex show hands-free devices were no safer.  Volunteers were studied on a closed course driving simulator under three conditions: texting/phone conversations by hand, texting/phone conversations by voice control (Siri/Vlingo), and without texting/phone conversations.  The researchers found no difference between texting/phone conversations by hand and texting/phone conversations by voice control.  Response times were significantly delayed no matter which method used versus without using a device. Continue reading “July 2017 – Is Hands – Free Really Safe?”

June 2017 – Just Drive – Work Zone Smart

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Summertime is here and a lot more things to be on the lookout for on the roadways: more drivers, motorcycle enthusiasts, and roadway construction.  No matter where you are driving, there is a good chance that you will encounter road construction along the journey.  It is so common during our warmer months that we don’t pay it as much attention as we should. Continue reading “June 2017 – Just Drive – Work Zone Smart”

May 2016 – Operation Lifesafer: It’s Your Call

As drivers, we don’t think about railroad crossings when we are driving our daily routine.  Rarely do we see a train, but when we do we should use more precaution.  Per the National Safety Council, a driver is 20 times more likely to be killed with a collision with a train, than with another vehicle.  In the United States, a person is hit by a train on average once every three hours.  That is a lot more accidents than what you would think.  These types of accidents can result in serious injury or death.  Many of these accidents could have been prevented if we all took more precaution.

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April 2017 – How to Survive A Tire Blowout

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*Due to certain language that we cannot repeat for our audience, the following article is paraphrased from an article on the website Thrillist.com.  The author is Aaron Miller, the Rides Editor for Supercompressor.  At the bottom is posted the link to the original article.

You’re cruising at 70 mph on the interstate on a beautiful day.  You have plenty of fuel in the tank.  So far, the road trip has been perfect and then *BAM*  thudthudthudthudthudthud.  You’ve just had a tire blowout on the highway.  What do you do?  Continue reading “April 2017 – How to Survive A Tire Blowout”