Thursday, June 30, 2016

Work Zone Safety Tips

Work Zone Safety Tips

As summer begins roadwork continues to grow throughout this busy time of year. The signs are all around keeping you aware of all the constructions sites ahead and the reality is many accidents happen due to changes in road conditions through roadwork areas. Every nine minutes, someone is injured in a highway work zone. It is important to keep your eyes on the road and follow the directions of the signs. Many of these accidents and injuries can be avoided if we followed these helpful tips:


·      Slowing Down. Speed is one of the leading causes of work zone related crashes. Take your time, just because it might still be on the highway doesn’t mean there’s not a change in traffic
·      Pay attention to the signs. The signs are here to help move traffic safely and effectively. Even if workers aren’t present, the area is still a work zone and you should obey the signs. You may continue the normal speed and traffic pattern after you see the sign that you’ve left the work zone.
·      No tailgating. Speed and rear end collision are top reasons for accidents. Keeping a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you are important. The change in traffic pattern can cause quick changes in driving.
·      Minimize Distractions. It is important during anytime of driving to avoid distractions. Work zones need to change road traffic; staying alert to these changes is extremely helpful.
·      Stay Patient. It is important to remain calm. Work zones can add traffic and delays trying to reach your destination. Remember the work zones crew is working on improving the road to make your job easier.
·      Plan accordingly. Make a pre-trip plan. Before heading out check your travel route in advance and schedule for traffic to give yourself enough time. A great resource is the National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse (http://www.workzonesafety.org/).  This website contains information on work zone delays throughout the country.


Remember to be safe throughout the various work zones. Many of these accidents can be avoided, it is up to you to contribute your part and stay alert.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

What To Do After Witnessing A Car Accident

What To Do After Witnessing A Car Accident


Witnessing a car accident can be a frightening experience. It is important to stay calm, cool and collected throughout this moment. Car accidents injure, disable, or kill more than 2.35 million people a year in the United States, and cost more than $230 billion annually, according to the Association for safe International Road Travel. Whether you are a driver on the road or a bystander, if you do end up witnessing a serious road accident there are a few things you can do to help those affected.

Evaluate the situation
First and foremost evaluate the situation. If you’re driving make sure you pull over at least 100 yards along with your hazard lights to prevent blocking any traffic, leakage or debris. If you are a pedestrian, keep a safe distance as there could be a risk of a fire.
                                                                                           
Get Help
Depending on the severity of the accident determines whether you need medical attention or not. If the accident seems anything more than minor, call 911 so emergency medical services can be sent. Calling for medical service will automatically bring law enforcements. If no one seems injured or the accident seems minor, call the non-emergency number for your local law enforcement agency.

Check on the Victims
After ensuring the scene is safe to approach, you can check on the condition of the crash victims to make sure they’re okay. While this moment might be extremely stressful for victims it is important not to judge whose fault it is. You should never admit to fault at the scene. In addition, if you can tell that people have been seriously hurt, do be advised not to attempt to move or treat the victims. Unless there’s a risk of the car catching on fire, do not under any circumstance move an injured person. Despite your best intentions, you could actually end up making the injuries worse. 

Stabilizing the vehicle (if possible)
When the accident is minor and vehicle is left running warn the driver to put the impacted vehicle in park and turn off the ignition. This will reduce the risk of fire since the accident most likely caused oil, and other fluids to leak. If you can and it’s safe, offer to move the car out of harms way. If it’s not possible and you have the correct equipment set up flare or traffic triangle to warn other drivers.

Give a statement
After police arrive you might be asked to recall any facts or just your contact information. In the following days you may be contacted by  legal or medical authorities to go over your statement.

Accidents are always upsetting and stressful. It is best to be honest and report anything to the best of your ability. Remember only exit your vehicle if to render aid only if it’s safe to do so. Your calm and collected assistance can make a huge difference in the outcome.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Tips on Driving Safely in the Rain

Tips on Driving Safely in the Rain

Everyone has had the chance to experience driving in the rain. However, there are some who have been more fortunate to not experience driving in heavy rain, wind, or even hail. Being caught in the rain while driving is definitely not fun. Unfortunately, there are conditions that arise when it begins to rain that causes many drivers to be affected negatively. Although everyone would prefer to stay in when it is raining outside, we don’t always have that option.

Take Your Time
Try your best to drive the speed limit or under when you are driving in the rain. The best way to keep yourself from getting into an accident during rainy weather is to drive slow. Of course no one wants to be the slow car in the lane nor do they want to be the one to drive with their hazards on. However, these may be the things that prevent you from getting into a life threatening accident. Contrary to belief, the most dangerous times to drive is right after it begins to rain because that is when the roads are their slickest due to oils on the roadway, and if you get caught on it or are about to go somewhere, try slowing down or waiting a while before leaving. No driver wants to risk their car sliding all over the place in the rain.

Slowing down is also a good way to keep yourself from hydroplaning which is when your vehicle begins sliding uncontrollably on a wet surface of the road. One would like to think you will always have control as a driver but the truth is when you hydroplane you completely lose all control and it takes a great deal of skill to avoid having an accident.  What exactly happens when your car hydroplanes? Essentially what happens is your vehicle is on top of water instead of the pavement; that is because the water is building up in front of your tires much more quickly than your car can push through it, causing it to lift slightly and your steering and control of the car to become limited.

Make Yourself Visible
Although you may be able to see the road perfectly, having your lights on during the rainy weather is a great way to make your vehicle more noticeable to other drivers, both in front of and behind you. It also makes you visible to the pedestrians who are also caught in the same harsh weather. In certain states it is the law to have your lights on while it is raining so either way you want to be careful when driving during inclement weather.

Don’t Tailgate
Clearly tailgating is never a good idea, not only is it rude but it also can cause others drivers to become nervous or rushed. During rainy condition this is likely to cause an accident. In these conditions it can take up to three times the distance to come to a full stop in your vehicle, and if you’re tailgating someone and they have to brake suddenly, you’re likely going to hit them right in the back before you even realize what happened.


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Friday, February 19, 2016

Rules and Tips for Motorists When Turning

Many accidents occur when a driver is in a turn lane to turn left. A left turn can be a dangerous maneuver because the left turning vehicle enters the lane of traffic for other vehicles. It’s one of the maneuvers that require the most caution to be used.

Most states require in some form that the left turning motorist is required to signal his or her intent to make a left turn at least 100 feet before reaching an intersection. In addition to giving the proper signal, the driver is required to make a proper observation that the turn could be made without endangering a passing vehicle.

The left turning motorist also has the duty to yield to all vehicles approaching from the opposite direction that are within the intersection or close enough to be an immediate hazard. And in intersections where there is an inoperative traffic signal especially, motorists have to use extreme caution.

But a surprising number of drivers neglect to use their turn indicators or turn them on late as they are turning. According to a report from 2012 by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), turn signal neglect causes as many as 2 million crashes per year in the U.S. The SAE studied a total of 12 turning and lane-changing vehicles, and found that the neglect rate for lane changing is 48% and 25% when making turns. Here are some tips for the use of turn signals:

-       Get into the habit of signaling every time you change direction. Signal even when you do not see anyone else around because you might miss someone who needs to know what you are doing.
-       Signal as early as you can. You should signal at least three seconds before you make your move. You must signal at least 100 feet before a turn if the speed limit is 45 mph or less. If the speed limit is faster than 45 mph, you must signal at least 300 feet before you turn. But be careful that you do not signal too early either. If there are streets or entrances between you and where you want to turn, wait until you have passed them to signal.
-       If another vehicle is about to enter the street between you and where you plan to turn, wait until you have passed them to signal your turn. If you signal earlier, the other driver may think you plan to turn where they are and they might pull into your path.

These tips may seem like common sense, but many drivers fail to follow these tips and that is what causes many accidents to happen. So it’s important to make a habit of properly using your turn signals, even in parking lots. You should never rely on what other motorists might guess what you do. Make your intentions known as much as possible.


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