Posts Tagged ‘driving’

22

May

Save the Response Until Later: The Dangers of Texting and Driving

 

Did you know there is one distraction that seems to be on the rise with teens? It’s texting while driving. Whether it is a simple one word response or a few sentences, any amount of time that you take your eyes off the road to text is a threat to your safety as well as the safety of those sharing the road with you.

Check out these facts to see how much you know about the dangers of texting and driving:

-Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death in U.S. teenagers. Although we understand that not all crashes are a result of distracted driving, texting has become the number one cause of accidents due to distracted driving.

-Almost 65% of teen deaths due to car accidents occurred when another teen was driving. Set a good example for a friend and offer to respond to a message they receive while driving.

-80% of all car accidents involve driver’s not paying attention about only three seconds before the crash. With time spans this short, it shows that although it may only take you a few seconds to send a message, those few seconds could be the only time you need to cause the accident.

-Texting while driving makes you four times more likely to cause one of these crashes. With several dangers already present while driving, it’s important not to add to your potential harm by doing something such as texting.

-Texting while driving impairs your motor skills as much as having a blood alcohol level of .08 percent. Similar to the effects of alcohol, it can cause you to swerve into other lanes, miss a traffic signal or not break soon enough.

-Not only is it dangerous to text while driving, but as of last month, it also will cost you some cash if you get caught. In March of this year, Pennsylvania passed a state-wide law banning the use of text messaging while driving. The penalty for doing so can be up to a $50 fine and you may face points on your license.

Now that you know the facts, it’s clear that texting and driving is a dangerous. Spread the word to friends and do your part in keeping your travels safe.

12

Jan

Playing It Safe On The Road: Bad Weather Driving Tips

 

As the winter season approaches and temperatures drop, safe driving becomes a top priority, as motorists take precaution against unexpected road conditions. Ice and snow covered roads become more common and snow or rain storms may pop up unexpectedly during a long drive. Keeping your safety in mind, here are a few tips on how to be a safe driver during bad weather:

  • Keep a slow and steady speed and allow yourself plenty of room to stop. It is recommended that you allow at least three times more space than usual between you and the car in front of you; this way, if you have to stop suddenly you can avoid any accidents.
  • When the roads seem slick, break gently rather than pressing down once on your breaks. To slow yourself down to a full stop, tap on your breaks numerous times until you come to a full stop. This warns other drivers that you are taking precaution and also prevents you from skidding on slippery roads.
  • Be cautious of black ice, which is a thin, nearly invisible coating of ice that can form on the pavement. Just because the road doesn’t look slippery doesn’t mean it isn’t.
  • Even if it is daytime, turn on your lights. This increases visibility for yourself and other drivers and could help you see any upcoming dangers in the road.
  • Keep distractions at a minimum. With today’s smartphones, it’s easy to pass the time at a red light by texting or using an application. No matter if your car is stopped or not, you should always be paying attention to the road around you. Even when stopped, bad weather conditions may cause another car to skid, and you should be prepared to avoid a collision at all times.
  • Always be prepared! Get clear directions to your destination and make sure that you have enough gas to get there. Running out of gas while driving in a storm can cause your car to stall which is potential for a crash or can leave you stranded during dangerous weather. Also, keep winter weather tools in your trunk such as an ice scraper and always keep your windshield wipers in good shape, making sure your car is filled up on wiper fluid and that the blades wipe away as they should.

As we know, you can’t predict the weather and storms can really put a damper on your driving route. Keeping these driving tips in mind will help make sure that you arrive at your destination safe and sound.