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How to React When Traffic Signals Go Down

April 14th, 2017

If you are like many drivers, you got your license many years ago. It’s not unusual to forget the things we learned, especially when we were teenagers. It’s even more common to forget the information we never have to use. One of the things most often forgotten when it comes to driving is how to behave when traffic signals go down.

You may remember what to do when the light at an intersection goes out. Then again, maybe you … Read more

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Traffic Fatalities Rose in 2016 — Again

April 12th, 2017

Car accidentNewly-released data has shown that America’s roads are not as safe as many may have thought. The National Safety Council recently published a report that traffic fatalities rose by 6 percent last year. In 2015, fatalities rose by about 7 percent. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not released its official findings yet (which takes into account deaths that don’t take place on public roads), but they estimate deaths rose by 8 percent.

Though traffic death rates have fallen Read more

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Drowsy Driving Responsible for Thousands of Accidents

April 12th, 2017

Most people know that distracted driving is a problem. One of the most widely talked about distractions is texting and cell phone use. What most people don’t talk about often is drowsy driving, which is responsible for injuring around 40,000 people in car accidents each year.

A Widespread Problem

According to the United States Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), drowsy driving is behind 100,000 or more car accidents annually. The studies conducted by the agency looked only at accidents that … Read more

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These Symptoms May Appear Days After a Car Accident

April 10th, 2017

When you are involved in a car accident, your injuries may be immediate. You may suffer lacerations, broken bones and contusions. It doesn’t always work that way. Not everyone involved in an accident will have immediate injury. In some cases, injuries and symptoms don’t appear for days or weeks after the accident. Here are the most common symptoms that occur in the days following a crash.

1. Headaches

A headache may develop several days following an auto accident. A headache … Read more

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What to Do If You Hit an Animal on the Road

April 3rd, 2017

A runaway bull recently caused a serious pileup in California. It’s fair to say that you don’t expect to see a bull on the road in Charlotte, but stranger things have happened, right? Even if you hit something a bit smaller, say a deer, you still need to know how to react. For most people, hitting an animal is a shock. There is an immediate rush of adrenaline and a bit of momentary panic. Many people wonder how to react … Read more

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Mapping Your Road Trip: The Five Most Dangerous States to Drive In

March 31st, 2017

As people start planning for their summer vacations, many are considering a road trip. Maybe you have a fear of flying or perhaps you think that a few days in the car will be a great family-bonding experience. No matter the reason, mapping out your road trip is one of the most important things to consider when you are making your plans.

There is always a bit of risk to driving, but some locations may be more dangerous than others. … Read more

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Statistics Say These People are More Likely to Cause an Accident

March 29th, 2017

When it comes to vehicle accidents, there are certain people who are more likely to cause accidents than others. Read on to discover what research has shown.

Teenager or Senior?

If the competition for worst drivers is between teenagers and seniors, teens lose. Drivers who are between the ages of 16 and 19 are three times more likely to cause a car crash than drivers 20 and over.

Seniors get a bad rap when it comes to driving. Teens … Read more

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Can We Really Thank Daylight Saving Time for a Rise in Accidents?

March 27th, 2017

Do you feel jet-lagged? Fatigued? If you are feeling more tired than usual this time of year, you aren’t alone. Daylight saving time has kicked in and left people feeling sleepy and sluggish, no matter how much sleep they’ve gotten. It should come as no surprise, then, that vehicle accidents rise after we “spring forward.”

When you stop to think about it, losing an hour’s sleep doesn’t seem like it should matter much. After all, you can always go to … Read more

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Most Common Traffic Violations

March 24th, 2017

With millions of people driving the country’s roadways everyday, it is easy to see why so many traffic tickets are written. At virtually any time of the day, some driver somewhere is violating a traffic law. When you know the most common moving traffic violations, you know not only what to avoid yourself, but what you can expect from other drivers on the road, helping you to avoid accidents.

1. Speeding

Pay attention to traffic around you, particularly on the … Read more

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Help! My Brakes Aren’t Working

March 22nd, 2017

Maybe you have seen it on television. A nefarious criminal cuts the brake line of their victim, hoping to cause a severe car accident. The victim finds out that their brakes aren’t working at the worst time, and chaos ensues.

Brake failure is rarely this glamorous, but it does happen. Brakes can fail for any number of reasons, and most of those can be attributed to wear and tear. Reacting appropriately can help to reduce your chance of accident. Keep … Read more

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