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”

March 2017 – Keeping you safe on the road: What you should do if you hydroplane

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With the last few weeks of winter weather comes the expectation of warmer weather and rainy days.   With the rain comes the risk of losing control of your vehicle to hydroplaning.  The two most important things you can do as a driver are routine maintenance of your vehicle and inspecting your vehicle prior to driving.  In the case of rainy weather, you want to not only inspect to see that your windshield wipers are in good condition, but also make sure your tires are properly inflated and have good tread. Continue reading “March 2017 – Keeping you safe on the road: What you should do if you hydroplane”

February 2017 – What To do if Your Brakes Go Out

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Imagine that you’re driving along normally when you have to stop at a stop light or stop sign.  You press your brake pedal and nothing happens.  You press the brake pedal to the floor, and still nothing happens.  What do you do?

Brake failure is a terrifying scenario, and it almost always happens unexpectedly.  Typically, brake failure is experienced when your vehicle has lost a lot of brake fluid or its brake pads are worn, which lead to the brakes malfunctioning.  Part of your vehicle’s maintenance plans should include a brake system inspection.

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