Protect Yourself From Carjacking

February 22nd, 2017

People tend to feel safe when they are behind the wheel. They believe that once they slide into the driver’s seat, they will get where they are going without incident. Few people, if any, expect to fall victim to a carjacking. Unfortunately, the crime occurs more often than people believe.

Most experts say that the crime is preventable as long as drivers stay alert. One of the worst mistakes that a driver can do is to let their guard down, especially in certain situations. Here are tips to help you avoid becoming a victim of this serious crime.

1. Keep Your Eyes Peeled

When stopped at a traffic light, what do you do? If you are like many people, you quickly check your phone, change the radio station or even give yourself a once-over in the mirror. You are far better to spend that time surveying the scene around you car. Know what is happening in front of, behind and to the sides of your vehicle.

2. Don’t Be Isolated

Avoid the temptation to pull into the closest ATM that you see when you need cash. Isolated areas offer opportunity for would-be criminals. If you need to make a Read more

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Keep an Eye Out for Pedestrians

February 22nd, 2017

Drivers regularly look out for other drivers when they are on the road. People keep an eye out for others who are speeding, they look twice before passing through intersections, and they even watch out for motorcycles when the weather turns warm. Do drivers look out for pedestrians with such regularity? Statistics would say no.

On average, a pedestrian is injured by a vehicle every seven minutes. A pedestrian is killed in an accident every two hours. Pedestrians don’t hold all of the responsibility for preventing these accidents; drivers must be aware that there could be a pedestrian around any turn. Here are some tips for drivers that may help prevent these serious accidents.

1. Avoid Any Distractions

Distracted driving is especially dangerous. Drivers should keep their eye on the road at all times. A driver is much less likely to strike a pedestrian if they are paying attention to the road. If you absolutely need to talk to or text someone, pull over into a parking lot or wait until you get to your destination.

2. Pay Attention

Scan the area ahead and around your car for pedestrians. This is especially important in areas where pedestrian traffic is likely. Read more

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Caught Up In a Car Chase? Here’s What You Do

February 21st, 2017

Thankfully for many of us, high-speed police chases are events viewed on television from the comfort of our couches. For others, a chase is something seen up close and personal. The bad news is that being caught up in the middle of a car chase can induce a feeling of panic. The good news is that you won’t be caught up for long.

If you see a chase approaching you, there are ways you can react to keep you safe. Here are a few tips to follow should you find yourself in this harrowing situation.

1. Drive Predictably

One of the most dangerous things you can do is to drive erratically. The natural reaction of most people is to veer to the shoulder and get out of the way. Imagine if you are on the highway and every driver in your lane tried to get to the shoulder at the same time. Not only is it hazardous, but it’s close to impossible.

Instead of applying your brakes and moving over, maintain your lane and speed. The police chasing the suspect are aware of the speed limits, and they are looking to not only get their suspect, but to keep Read more

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Texting and Driving: A Tough Habit to Break?

February 21st, 2017

People today are on the go. We are a nation of busy people, and multi-tasking has become the norm. Perhaps frighteningly, one of the most common places people are trying to do multiple things at once is behind the wheel. From eating to putting on makeup, people take care of a variety of things when the only thing they should be focused on is the road ahead.

One of the most dangerous and unlawful habits that people have behind the wheel is texting. It may seem harmless, but texting and driving is against the law in many states and it is extremely dangerous. In the few seconds your eyes are taken away from the road while texting, your vehicle can travel the length of several football fields if you are traveling at normal highway speeds. Can you imagine driving the length of several football fields without looking at the road? Please do not text and drive. Here are some ways to help make sure you don’t have the temptation to send a text while you are behind the wheel.

1. Silence Your Phone

One of the easiest things to do is to simply put your phone on silent or do Read more

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Francesca Holborn Wins Spring 2017 Auger & Auger Disabled Scholar Award

February 21st, 2017

Francesca_Holborn_Auger_&_Auger_Disabled_Scholar_Award_winnerAuger & Auger is proud to announce that Francesca Holborn of Murrieta, California has won the Spring 2017 Disabled Scholar Award, worth $1,000.

Since she was a child, Francesca (Frankie) knew her life would not be as easy as that of her peers. Growing up, she would ask her mother questions like,  “Why can’t I tie my shoes like everyone else, Mom?” “Why doesn’t my hand do what I want it to?” “Why can’t I see what everyone else sees?”

Her mother’s answer? “You’re special babygirl.”

And Frankie is a special young woman. She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, compounded with vision loss. This made even simple tasks much more difficult. Yet, Frankie never let her disabilities keep her down. Her biggest struggle growing up with cerebral palsy and a vision impairment was accepting that there are obstacles that her body cannot conquer.

Yet, she overcame her disability by  learning that, even though she cannot do some things she is faced with, she can do so many other things. She knew she would likely never excel in activities like sports, so instead she focused on what she was good at: her academics. Yet, even though she graduated in the top Read more

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Common Vehicle Problems Can Lead to Accidents

February 21st, 2017

People feel safe in their vehicles. Drivers open their doors, slide behind the wheel and turn the key. They back out of the driveway or pull out of the parking lot, and they drive to their destination without issue. It happens millions of times a day across the country.

Unfortunately for some people, their daily commute won’t turn out as planned. That feeling of safety will be shattered, however briefly, as they deal with an accident caused by a mechanical problem. Driver errors aren’t the only reasons for car accidents. Sometimes, the vehicle we are so comfortable placing our trust in fails us. Here are the five most common mechanical problems that could very well cause an accident.

1. Brake Issues

The failure of brakes to work properly is one of the most common defects in vehicles. There is certainly a reduced risk with today’s modern braking systems, but problems do occur. Have your brakes inspected with every oil change, and replace them when you are alerted to the need.

2. Blow Outs

Worn out tires and those that are not inflated properly are a big problem. Cars today have low pressure sensors that alert drivers, but it is still Read more

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Why Tire Blowouts Happen and How to React

February 20th, 2017

If you spend enough time driving in your car, you undoubtedly have seen pieces of tire scattered along the side of the highway. This debris is the result of a tire blowout, typically from a semi truck. Unfortunately, passenger vehicles can sustain blowouts as well, and many people don’t know how to react when a blowout happens.

Causes of Blowouts

While manufacturer defect cannot be ruled out as a cause for tire blowouts, other causes are much more common. Potholes, cuts, small punctures and even overloading the vehicle can cause tires to fail. A tire blowout can happen quickly, but new technologies have reduced the number of accidents that are caused by these mishaps.

Unfortunately, when an accident from a blowout does occur, the results are often severe. This is typically because a driver does not know how to react to such an incident. It takes a quarter of a second for a tire to blow. This offers very little reaction time. In many cases, the loud noise coupled with the sudden movement of the car causes drivers to react drastically.

How To React to a Blowout

Experts suggest that there are ways for drivers to respond to blowouts that Read more

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Be Mindful of Airbags When Driving

February 17th, 2017

Cars today come with multiple safety features meant to protect occupants in a crash. What happens when one of those features is the thing that causes injury? If you aren’t at least somewhat familiar with how airbags respond in a crash, you could find yourself with injuries you wouldn’t have sustained otherwise.

When you are in a head-on crash, the airbag may deploy depending on how fast your car was moving at the time of the collision. When the airbag bursts from the steering wheel, it is at speeds over 100 MPH. Not only does the airbag come out at high speeds, but it is covered in the chemicals that help it deploy and is hot. Imagine a hot beachball covered in chemicals rushing toward your face at speeds higher than a professional fast pitch.

Once the airbag deploys, it only stays inflated for a second or two. The bag will deflate almost immediately and leave the cabin of your car filled with dust and those chemicals that help it escape your steering wheel. These chemicals can cause irritation to the skin and eyes.

In some cases, people are injured because an airbag deploys when it should not. For example, Read more

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Understanding Why Rollover Accidents Occur

February 15th, 2017

It’s not uncommon to hear of a rollover accident in the news. Typically, the story begins with tales of someone speeding, making a quick maneuver and ending up on their roof. There is a reason these accidents are in the news so frequently. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are more than 280,000 accident involving rollovers each year. These accidents cause the deaths of more than 10,000 people annually.

Statistics point out that SUVs are far more likely to experience rollover than any other type of vehicle. Just over a decade ago, 35.7 percent of all fatal accidents involving an SUV ended up with a rollover. The reason behind this is that SUVs tend to be more top-heavy than other vehicles, moving their center of gravity to a higher elevation.

What Causes Rollover Accidents

These type of crashes are related to the stability of a vehicle in turns. A higher center of gravity, like that which is found in SUVs, and a narrow wheel width contribute to a vehicle being unstable. When a driver of one of these vehicles makes a sharp turn or takes a curve too quickly, they are at risk of rolling over. Read more

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Offensive Driving May be the New Recommendation

February 13th, 2017

man driving a carThink back to your driver’s education training. If you are like most adult drivers, you were taught that defensive driving was your best option if you wanted to avoid a car accident. The tide may be turning on that bit of advice. Today’s drivers are being told that offensive driving may be the right idea.

The word “offensive” brings to mind someone speeding in and out of traffic, cutting people off and generally driving recklessly. In this case, however, that is not at all what people are discussion. Offensive driving is a manner of driving that is proactive rather than reactive. Think about it.

When you are defending yourself, you are acting in response to someone’s actions. For example, you may see someone speeding up behind you on the highway and move to the next lane to give them room. A person may try to veer into your own lane because you were in their blind spot, and you either slow or swerve to avoid them. These are examples of reactive, or defensive, driving.

Driving with an offensive mindset, however, means that you behave in such a way that you stay out of situations that could cause an accident. For Read more

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