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distracted driving

Distracted Driving Leads to Double Crash Risk

Distracted driving is not a new topic for this blog by any means. However, “New Virginia Tech research, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, finds that when drivers engaged in distracting activities — including crying, reaching for objects and interacting with others in the car — they more than doubled their risk of crashing.” (Huffington Post)

The three year study lead to some sobering results, including a new list of what qualifies as distracted and could impact driving.

  • Reading or writing
  • Reaching for an object other than a phone
  • Using a touchscreen on a GPS or other vehicle technology
  • Driving while angry, sad, crying or highly emotional
  • Fatigue
  • Interacting with an adult or teen passenger

The biggest take away from this study is this: distracted driving, of any kind, leads to a huge increase in injury and fatality.

Read the full article at Huffington Post

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9 Motorcycle Safety Tips for New Riders

Excited about getting your first motorcycle? Before you dive in, consider these safety tips for new riders.

  1. Don’t buy more bike than you can handle – Find a bike that fits you, both in size and power. No one wants to end up flying off the bad of their bike the first time they hit the throttle.
  2. Invest in antilock brakes – This simple upgrade can keep you 37% safer.
  3. Hone your skills – As Honda’s Jon Seidel puts it, “There is nothing we could say or advise more than to go find a Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) riding course in your area. That’s critical, absolutely critical.”
  4. Use your head – Riders without a helmet are 40 percent more likely to suffer a fatal head injury in a crash and are three times more likely to suffer brain injuries, than those with helmets, according to government studies.
  5. Wear the right gear – It may be toasty out during the summer but flip flops and board shorts won’t keep you protected if you slip.
  6. Be defensive – Car drivers are at fault in approximately 60% of motorcycle involved crashes, which means you need to be even more vigilant while sharing the road.
  7. Avoid bad weather – Not only is it unpleasant to ride around in a torrential downpour with no roof but it’s also not safe.
  8. Watch for road hazards – Motorcycles have significantly less contact with pavement than cars and, therefore, small things, like leaves, debris, small potholes, have a much greater impact to the bike and rider.
  9. Be ready to roll

For more details, see the full article at Consumer Reports

10 Safe Accessories to Add to Your Vehicle

For the nervous driver who wants to know what they can do to feel safer driving on the road or the safe driver who feels “you can never be too safe,” here are ten must have safe accessories to increase your comfort and make you feel safe behind the wheel.

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Antigravity Battery

The antigravity battery is a rechargeable portable battery that is small enough to fit in your pocket. This battery is powerful enough to jump-start your car but delicate enough to charge your smartphone.

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2-Inch Blind Spot Mirrors

If you’re tired of trying to switch lanes and constantly having to look over your shoulder to see if a car is in your blind spot, then you need to invest in these 2-inch blind spot mirrors. These mirrors save you the trouble of guessing whether or not someone is next to you. With additional mirrors, you receive a level of security that could only be purchased in the aftermarket.

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Drop Stop

Whether you’re a driver or a front see passenger, you have experienced the dreadful phone drop between the car seat and armrest. Instead of wasting time stopping the car and digging it out, or putting yourself and other in danger by fishing for your phone while driving, purchase a pair of Drop Stops to prevent phone loss.

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Tire Pressure Gauge

To the people that paid attention in driver’s ed and actually inspect their tires before driving, the Tekton Digital Tire Gauge allows you to get accurate tire pressure readings from a handheld device. Even if you’re planning to inspect your vehicle at night, the screen on the tire gauge lights up.

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Seatbelt Cutter/Window Breaker

In the direst of vehicular emergencies, you need to be prepared to escape. If your vehicle is submerged, overturned, you get tangled or the door is jammed the seatbelt cut/window breaker provides you with an escape opportunity.

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Dowson’s Car Dashboard Video Recorder

When you get into a fender bender or any type of vehicular trouble, you want evidence to back up your argument. Dowson’s dash cam gives you the ability to capture any unusual sightings on the road and have them at your disposal for later.

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Broadway’s 400-millimeter Type A Rear View Mirror

To increase your rear view accuracy, purchase Broadway’s 400-millimeter rear view mirror. This mirror enlarges the view behind your vehicle and even reduces the glare of bright lights shining behind your vehicle.

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iOttie Car Mount

Instead of driving with your phone in hand, invest in the smartphone car mount by iOttie. Don’t place your phone somewhere that it may fall and cause a distraction. The car mount allows you to put your phone at a convenient viewing point that causes less distraction while driving.

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AAA 42 Piece Emergency Road Assistance Kit

Prepare yourself for any roadside situation with this travel kit. Instead of flagging down someone to help or contacting AAA, bring AAA with you wherever you go.

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Automatic Smart Driving Assistant

The Smart Driving Assistant puts your vehicle’s diagnostics at your fingertip. Plug the scanner into the diagnostic port and become one with your car. The smart driving assistant tells you why the check engine light is on and even alerts a crash alert agent in the event of an accident.

The items on this list are not only very safe but also very inexpensive. All the items can be purchased on Amazon for less than $100. If you’re interested in more items of this type then check out Buzzfeed. Increase your safety by being the most prepared driver on the road with these items.

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Hazards of Hoverboards

Just as was predicted in Back to the Future, Hoverboards are the toy of the future. While the popular new toy doesn’t actually hover, these self balancing scooters have been causing headlines all the same. Various reports claiming the products have been bursting into flames have shown up in news cycles again and again, and already many lawsuits have been filed against many of the different manufacturers. When dealing with new products and new problems, it’s important to know when to seek help and when not to, and the brother’s in law are here to help.

Personal injury cases stem from injury that was caused as the result of neglect from another party. In the case of Hoverboards, a personal injury case requires that a defect within the device was responsible for the injury. This could be anything from the device bursting into flames because of cheap parts or faulty construction, to faulty construction leading the device to throw the rider from it. When issues like these occur, it is much easier to set up a personal injury case and attempt to press charges, even though a win is not guaranteed. Personal injury cases cannot be made from injury resulting from improper use of a device or injury sustained from falling off of a properly constructed device. Like many other riding toys, hoverboards come with the inherent risk of injury from falling off or user mistakes while riding them, and should always be used with proper protective gear and caution. Any injury you can prevent is an injury that need not happen.

If you’re looking to join the Hoverboard crowd, please exercise caution when using the device, but know that there is a team that is ready to take your side if your product fails. Personal injury isn’t fun and games, and there’s one team that’s always ready to settle the score.

halloween driving

Halloween Safety for Drivers and Trick-or-Treaters

For most of us, it’s hard not to enjoy Halloween. Endless candy, adorable kids showing off their costumes, themed cocktail parties that put a spooky spin on your favorite snacks, it’s all great! Unfortunately, Halloween is traditionally one of the busiest nights of the year for fire department crews.

Whether you’re rushing home from work or rushing out to a party, it’s not a night to be in a hurry, especially on residential roadways.

So this weekend, on 2015’s All Hallows Eve, proceed with caution. Be vigilant and watch the movements around you.

A few tips to remember for drivers and trick-or-treaters alike:

Toddlers and Younger Kids

  • For your littlest trick-or-treaters, SPD recommends hitting the streets as early as possible. Daylight can make a big difference when it comes to keeping track of tiny tots.
  • Even if it is light, they say keeping a flashlight on hand will help alert cars that someone is near. And don’t use your cell phone as a flashlight, as it should be fully charged in case of an emergency.
  • Remind your little ones to stay close to an adult at all times. You can tell them listening and staying safe now means fun and treats later.
  • Keep groups small to avoid losing someone in the candy rush:

Older Kids and Teens

  • Give your teens a little independence by reminding them about traffic hazards ahead of time.
  • Ask them to use the crosswalk or go the corner when they need to cross the street. On street parking and dark costumes is a bad combination when it comes to moving vehicles. They usually can’t see kids jumping out from between parked cars late at night.
  • Give your older kids their own flashlight or glow sticks. Any light will alert drivers that people are near.
  • You can work with the city to get a permit to block off traffic to your neighborhood.
  • Make sure kids stick to a neighborhood they know:

Drivers

  • Remember trick-or-treating starts early. Watch for little trick-or-treaters who are out before dark.
  • Drive slowly through neighborhoods with on-street parking. Kids are likely to jump out from behind cars in dark costumes.
  • Police will be out in full force on Halloween night to protect families and watch for distracted drivers.
  • Don’t wear a costume mask while driving on Halloween:

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