July 2018 – Setting Mirrors to Eliminate Blind Zones

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When you’re behind the wheel, what you see – and what you don’t – can mean the difference between a safe ride or a sudden collision.  That’s why properly setting your mirrors to minimize blind spots is critically important.

However, it’s not unusual to fall into the habit of incorrectly positioning mirrors. For example, many drivers will position their mirrors to show a large expanse of the side of their own car.  This limits the field of view of the side mirrors. Continue reading “July 2018 – Setting Mirrors to Eliminate Blind Zones”

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June 2018 – Sharing The Road With Motorcycles

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Experts say that approximately 66% of motorcycle-and-car collisions are the fault of the car’s driver, not the motorcycle rider.  The reason is that all too often it is difficult to see a motorcyclist, or drivers see them too late.

Motorcyclist fatalities have been on the rise.  In 2015, 4,976 motorcyclists were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes — an increase of 8% from the 4,594 motorcyclists killed in 2014, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Continue reading “June 2018 – Sharing The Road With Motorcycles”

May – Avoiding Drowsy Driving

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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”

April – Merging, Passing and Changing Lanes on a Highway

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Keep Moving When Merging

When you are merging onto a highway from an entrance ramp, please keep moving.  DO NOT STOP (unless directed to do so) – It slows the flow of traffic and it’s downright dangerous.  Again, the driver behind isn’t expecting you to stop.  If the traffic on the highway is moving at high rate of speed, it is very difficult to move or merge into a gap between vehicles from a standing start.  Accelerate to the speed of traffic to make it easier to move into the gap between vehicles.  If you’re on the highway and a car is trying to merge from the right, make it easier for them to get into that lane.  Ease off the gas slightly to make room – or move to the left lane if safely possible, then you can move back to the right lane of traffic.

Continue reading “April – Merging, Passing and Changing Lanes on a Highway”

March 2018 – Preventing Costly Auto Repair

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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”

February 2018 – Four Ways to Avoid a Rear End Collision.

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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.”

January 2018 – Understanding Traction Control

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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”