Fatigue can have deadly consequences on the road. Sleepy drivers cause nearly one in 10 crashes nationwide and drivers who skimp on sleep — getting just five hours of shuteye nightly — nearly double their risk of a crash, according to a report from the AAA Foundation.
However, studies show that people are not very good at gauging just how tired they are, notes the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. That’s why it is particularly important for drivers to maintain good sleep habits and know what other steps to take to avoid drowsy driving. Continue reading “May – Avoiding Drowsy Driving”
How to Prevent / Check for Costly Damage Caused by Potholes
AAA recommends the following measures to help protect vehicles from, and check for, damage caused by potholes:
Inspect Tires — Make sure tires are properly inflated and have enough tread. An under-inflated or badly worn tire is more likely to suffer damage, or allow the wheel or suspension to be damaged, when hitting a pothole. When checking tire pressures, ensure they are inflated to the manufacturer’s recommended levels, which can be found in the owner’s manual or on a sticker on the driver’s doorjamb. Don’t use the pressure levels stamped on the sidewall of the tire. Continue reading “March 2018 – Preventing Costly Auto Repair”
Rear end collisions are the most common type of motor vehicle crash in the United States. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that these collisions, in which one vehicle strikes the back of another vehicle, represent nearly a third of all crashes. While few are deadly, they are a major cause of injury and property damage. Continue reading “February 2018 – Four Ways to Avoid a Rear End Collision.”
A vehicle’s traction control system uses the anti-lock braking components to restrict wheel spin when accelerating on slippery surfaces.
This feature, which engages only when the wheels start to slip, helps make driving smoother and also helps drivers maintain control on icy or wet roads. Continue reading “January 2018 – Understanding Traction Control”
Christmas is a busy time of the year, going to multiple parties and getting in touch with family, multi-tasking often happens. Whether it’s making a “Merry Christmas!” phone call from behind the wheel, rushing to the next holiday party or indulging in some eggnog prior to hitting the road, here are some of the most dangerous behaviors drivers exhibit during the holiday season. Continue reading “December 2017 – Holiday Travel Safety”
The best way to avoid needless repair expenses, and prevent vehicle failures which cause customer complaints, vehicle down-time, and vehicle accidents, is to develop and implement a preventive maintenance and inspection program for all fleet and personal vehicles. It is always a good idea to inspect your vehicle before and after trips, as well as having professional seasonal inspections. These inspections will help catch problems early which can lead to a long life of the vehicle. Continue reading “November 2017- Inspecting Your Vehicle Before and After a Road Trip.”
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”