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Driver Safety

Be a Responsible Driver This Holiday Season.

responsible driver

December is a festive time with many holidays where people engage in drinking alcohol.  It makes it a good time for alcohol awareness campaigns such as “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” “Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving,” and National Impaired Driving Prevention Month.

No matter the name of the campaign, the bottom line is that drinking alcohol and driving do not mix. Alcohol use impairs judgment, delays reaction times, and can result in deadly consequences.

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Two Winter Driving Hazards to Watch Out For

Winter Driving hazards

Roughly, ¼ of auto accidents are caused by adverse weather.

The USDOT Federal Highway Administration data lists an average of 1,836 deaths and 136,309 injuries per year due to snowy and icy roads. These figures represent the 10 year average between 2005 and 2014.

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Texting and Driving Statistics Show Distracted Driving Risks

Texting while driving statistic

Smartphones allow us to be connected all the time no matter where we are, including behind the wheel of a vehicle. This means that far too many drivers have the potential of driving distracted, and the statistics paint an alarming picture, too, with cell phone usage accounting for 14% of fatal driver distracted crashes in 2017.

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Five Risks for Teen Drivers

Teen Driver risks

Five of the greatest dangers for teen drivers to contend with are: driving impaired, not using a seat belt, distracted driving, speeding and driving with passengers in the vehicle. What do you see wrong in the picture above?

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How Many Teen Passengers is Too Many?

Teen Drivers with Passengers

Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of teen crashes and cell phone use is a major contributor. However, another distracted driving behavior leading to teen car accidents is passenger interaction. Studies show that a teen’s chances of getting into an accident increase with each additional teenage passenger in the car.

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Proposed Change to Commercial Truck Drivers’ HOS Regulations

HOS Regulation Proposed Change

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulates and monitors trucking companies throughout the United States, setting forth regulations governing commercial motor vehicles and trucking companies.

Within the FMCSA Regulations are a set of rules referred to as Hours of Service (HOS). These regulations govern commercial truck drivers and the hours they work and drive.

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What Makes Driving at Night More Dangerous?

Night Driving

Night time driving is a must for anyone who works second and third shifts as well as for those who are taking care of day-to-day activities or who just want to enjoy the evening with family and friends.

Unfortunately, driving gets more dangerous as the light fades. While we only do one quarter of our driving at night, 50% of traffic deaths happen at night. In fact, more than 40,000 people were killed in car crashes in 2016 (according to Injury Facts).

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Is Hands-Free Risk-Free?

Hands Free Device while driving

According to the National Safety Council, at any moment 7 % of drivers are using cell phones, which means they are driving distracted.

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Illegal U-turn by Commercial Truck Turns Deadly

Illegal Truck U-Turn

Making a U-turn is one of the most dangerous maneuvers any driver on our roadways can make. When done by a large commercial truck, the results can be devastating and often deadly.

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Consequences of Drowsy Driving

Drowsy driving

Did you know …

  • About 100,000 crashes each year are caused by fatigued drivers?
  • 55% of drowsy driving crashes are caused by drivers less than 25 years old?
  • Being awake for 18 hours is equal to a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08%, which is legally drunk and leaves you at equal risk for a crash?
Drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as driving under the influence. Click To Tweet

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