This is Why Speeding is a No-No

speedingcarCar accidents can be caused by a number of factors – speeding is one such factor. There are several reasons why people may speed. Maybe they were in a hurry because they thought they were going to be late to a meeting or an appointment. Sometimes a driver is just impatient and doesn’t want to be sitting in a car for any longer than he/she has to. A bad mood can also cause a person to speed because their anger comes out in their driving. Maybe the driver just likes to drive fast and does not think he/she will get caught. Many people may not see speeding as a big deal, however, it is against the law and can have serious consequences. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that in 2013 – 9,613 traffic fatalities in the United States were speeding related. The drivers involved in these accidents were mostly men between the ages of 15 and 24. The majority of these accidents took place on non-interstate roads, such as local roads and collector roads.

Speeding often leads to reckless driving, such as weaving in and out of traffic. Not only does this put the driver at risk of getting into a car accident, it also puts other drivers on the road at risk of being injured. Certain types of weather or times of day also increase the risk of getting into a car accident when speeding; rain can cause the roads to be slick making it hard for a speeding car to slow down or stop, fog can make it more difficult for drivers to see other drivers on the road, and speeding at nighttime when it is very dark out only increases the risk of causing an accident. It is important to follow the posted speed limit signs to ensure the utmost safety when driving. In order to avoid speeding remember the following:

  • The posted speed limits signs are there for your safety as well as the safety of other drivers.
  • Allow plenty of time to get to your destination, so you won’t feel the need to speed.
  • If you tend speed or drive recklessly when in a bad mood, try to calm yourself down before getting behind the wheel.
  • If other drivers are causing you to become impatient, try to relax and safely get around them.
  • Know that speeding puts your life, your passengers’ lives, and the lives of other drivers at risk.

Speeding is reckless and can lead to injury, so make sure to follow the posted speed limit signs to help ensure a safe arrival to any and all destinations.

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Rainy Day Driving

rainydrivingDriving on a normal sunny day comes with the risk of getting into a car accident.  Add rain to the equation – driving only becomes more precarious. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2013 there were 570,000 accidents during rainy weather conditions.  Of these accidents, 158,000 were injury crashes and 2,130 were fatal crashes.  The U.S. Department of Transportation explains how forms of precipitation have roadway impacts, traffic flow impacts, and operational impacts with the following table:

As you can see rain clearly presents safety hazards to drivers. It also affects traffic, which may increase travel time leading to frustrated drivers. Rain creates extra dangers to both drivers and passengers. Not only are the wet, slick roads cause for concern but also other drivers, who may be anxious driving in the rain or reckless. In order to avoid a car accident while driving in rainy conditions, there are several tips to remember.

  • Make sure to check your tire treads from time to time to ensure that your tires are safe for driving in the rain.
  • Make sure your windshield wipers are working properly, and replace them if they leave streaks.
  • When driving in the rain, turn on your headlights. Not only does this help make the road more visible to you, but it also makes you more visible to other drivers.
  • Slow down during rainy weather conditions to help avoid hydroplaning or skidding.
  • Avoid using cruise control because if your car does hydroplane, you will not be able light your foot off the accelerating to reduce your speed.
  • Leave plenty of room between your car and the car ahead of you.
  • Stay calm in heavy down pours, and keep both hands on the wheel.
  • As always, wear your seat belt and focus your full attention on the road.

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Is Whiplash a Pain in Your Neck?

whiplashA car accident may result in a number of injuries to both the driver and passengers. One common injury that occurs during car accidents is whiplash. Many times, however, people don’t realize they are dealing with the condition because the pain may take days or even weeks after the car accident to develop.

What is whiplash?

Whiplash most often occurs during a rear-end accident but can result in any type of car accident. The sudden jerking of the neck backward and forward affects the normal curve and can cause injury to the ligaments in the spine. The ligaments, which are the soft tissue that connect the bones in the neck and back, are overstretched and sometimes torn. The stretching and tearing of the ligaments is often the main cause of pain for the driver or passenger.

Do you have whiplash?

Each person has varying degrees of pain when dealing with whiplash and some people may experience few symptoms while others may experience many. The following are common symptoms resulting from whiplash:

  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Dizziness
  • Numbness or tingling sensations
  • Difficulty sleeping and focusing
  • Headaches
  • Muscular aches
  • Pain in arms or back
  • Muscle spasms

Whiplash has the potential to cause serious damage to your spine. It is important to stay alert on the road in an attempt to avoid a car accident that may result in this injury. If you are in a car accident, however, and are jolted backward and forward, remember that pain from whiplash may take time to develop, so it is beneficial to get examined as soon as possible.

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Driving Tips for Last Minute Shoppers

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Christmas is only a couple days away! Shopping for last minute gifts and organizing holiday gatherings with family and friends can be stressful. Not only do drivers have to deal with stress, but also an increase in traffic, which leads to a greater risk for car accidents. Buying gifts to make loved ones smile should be a joyful time, but last minute shopping can be overwhelming. In order to prevent an unnecessary car accident, follow these helpful tips while out driving to different stores for the perfect gift.

  • Know that there will be increased traffic due to fellow last minute shoppers, so allow extra time to get to your destination.
  • Focus your attention on the road and avoid unnecessary distractions such as your cell phone.
  • Don’t run red lights and follow the posted speed limit signs.
  • Don’t drive too closely to the car in front of you.
  • Avoid reckless maneuvers like weaving in and out of traffic.

Each driver is only in control of his/her own emotions while driving, so how should you react if you come across a reckless driver rushing to finish their Christmas shopping?

  • Wear your seat belt at all times and make sure that all of your passengers are wearing their seat belts.
  • Safely get out of the way of the other driver.
  • Avoid engaging the driver with eye contact or gestures that may cause further frustration.
  • Ignore any gestures the other driver may make.
  • Stay composed and continue to follow the rules of the road.

Stress from last minute holiday shopping can cause frustration, which may increase the amount of careless drivers on the road. In order to stay safe this holiday season remember to keep your emotions in check on the road, and don’t let other drivers affect you. Instead of letting your stress come out in your driving, think about the smiles on your family’s faces as they receive your thoughtful gifts. No one wants to deal with the car accident injuries or the hassle of car damage over the holidays, so keep the above tips in mind as you finish your shopping and have a safe holiday season.

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Avoid Aggressive Driving During the Holidays

holiday-aggressivedrivingThe holiday season is in full swing, and Christmas is right around the corner. Shopping for last minute gifts and preparing for holiday get-togethers can be stressful. Couple that stress with increased traffic, and there is a greater risk for car accidents. The holidays are meant to be a time of giving and merriment, but often time drivers are overwhelmed and irritable. In order to avoid a car accident caused by aggressive driving follow these helpful tips to stay in control on the road:

  • Understand that there will be increased traffic during the holidays, so allow extra time to get to your destination.
  • Concentrate on the road and avoid unnecessary distractions, like a phone call that may increase frustration.
  • Follow the posted speed limits and avoid reckless maneuvers, such as running red lights.
  • Don’t drive too closely to the car in front of you.
  • Avoid weaving in and out of traffic.

It is up to the driver to control his/her own emotions while driving, but what about other drivers? What should you do if you come across an aggressive driver?

  • Make sure that all passengers are wearing their seat belts.
  • Get out of the way of the driver as safely as possible.
  • Do not engage the driver with eye contact or gestures that may cause further aggravation.
  • Ignore any gestures made by the other driver.
  • Stay calm and continue to follow the rules of the road.

Stress from the holidays can cause frustration, which may increase the amount of aggressive drivers on the road. In order to stay safe this holiday season remember to keep your emotions in check on the road, and don’t let other drivers phase you. Instead of letting frustration come out in your driving, think about the time you will spend with your friends and family. No one wants to deal with car accident injuries or car damage over the holidays, so keep the above tips in mind and have a safe holiday season.

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