Thanksgiving Travel Dangers — And What to Do About Them

Thanksgiving is almost here — and you’re eager to hit the road. Whether you plan on driving for a few minutes or a few hours, your journey may be more perilous than you suspect; data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates an uptick of 19 percent in traffic accidents during the Thanksgiving holiday. Read on to learn about the most significant Thanksgiving travel dangers — and what you can do to stay safe. Increased Traffic Traffic isn’t just a workweek phenomenon; Thanksgiving can spark truly frustrating jams. Combine the usual pitfalls of traffic with drivers determined to arrive…

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How to Use the 2018 SoberRide Program for Halloween

Statistics published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that drunk driving accidents increase on Halloween. According to NHTSA, 44 percent of motor vehicle accident deaths on Halloween night between 2012 and 2016 involved drunk drivers. The National Safety Council reports that children have a twofold risk of being killed by drunk drivers on Halloween. Fortunately, you have options for getting home safely from a Halloween party in the D.C. area. SoberRide is a designated driver program that is operated by the Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP). The program partners with Lyft, a ridesharing service, to offer inebriated…

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What Parents of Newly Minted Drivers Can Do to Protect Their Teens

Your teenager recently aced parallel parking and the rest of the driver’s test. Now, it’s time to hit the road. As parent, however, you’re naturally wary. After all, car crashes remain a top killer for adolescents. You can’t monitor your teen at all times, but you can provide an element of protection from afar. Follow these tips to keep your teen safe on the road: Select Vehicles With Teen Driver Mode Several of today’s finest vehicles feature driving modes specifically designed to address parent concerns. Chevrolet, for example, provides teen driving technology to monitor young drivers’ behavior and, if necessary,…

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Scooters: The Newest Menace For DC Drivers?

Take a look at your average DC street, and you might observe a subtle, yet surprisingly significant change for commuters: scooters. That’s right, scooters are changing the way we commute in Washington, D.C. LimeBike recently added dockless electric scooters to the area’s already impressive array of transit options. Not everybody’s happy, however; numerous drivers have complained of irresponsible scooter riders appearing seemingly out of nowhere, forcing sudden stops and increasing the risk of fender benders. What do these scooters mean for commuters? Read on to find out. How Prevalent Are Scooter Injuries? As of yet, there is no national data…

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Tips for Making Your Labor Day Travel Safer

Traveling during the Labor Day holiday weekend marks the end of summer vacation for many families. Unfortunately, it also frequently includes a higher incidence of traffic accidents and fatalities. Every Labor Day weekend, traffic fatalities spike due to irresponsible behavior and drunk driving. So, what can you do to minimize your chances of being involved in an accident this Labor Day Weekend? Below are several common-sense guidelines to help make your holiday travel safer: Five Ways to Make Your Labor Day Safer Avoid Drinking and Driving – Drunk driving is one of the top causes of holiday traffic fatalities. Don’t…

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Does the Color of Your Car Affect How Safe It Is on the Road?

How does car color affect road safety? At first blush, the question may seem trivial. If you’re worried about accident prevention, isn’t it more important to focus on problems like DUI, distracted driving and failing infrastructure? Those factors obviously matter. But perhaps surprisingly, car color does seem to play a role—possibly. How might it matter? And why? First off, some colors can be harder to see in certain environments. Black cars at night, for example, can disappear into the unlit background. Under certain snowy or rainy conditions, silver cars could similarly be harder for other drivers to perceive. It’s also…

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How Do I Know When I Can Drive Again After a Serious Brain Injury?

After sustaining a brain injury, your life can be put on hold. You may want to know when or if you can go back to your normal routine. One of the biggest concerns after a brain injury is when you can drive again. Depending on the severity of your brain injury, multiple factors will affect when you will be able to drive safely again. What Is the Most Common Question Regarding a Brain Injury and Driving? Will my driving privileges and/or driver’s license be taken away after my brain injury? Just because you have a brain injury doesn’t mean that…

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Do 15-Passenger Vans Have an Increased Risk of Rollover Accidents?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued a warning about the dangers of 15-passenger vans. NHTSA warns that these vehicles are dangerous in the hands of inexperienced drivers. According to NHTSA, 15-passenger vans have a high center of gravity that increases the risk of a rollover accident. Statistics published by NHTSA show that rollovers cause roughly 60 percent of crashes involving these vehicles. In addition, older models of these vans may lack modern safety features that can prevent other types of accidents. There are a few reasons why 15-passenger vans can suffer a rollover accident. First, these vehicles…

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Autonomous Car Crashes: What Causes Them?

Some would say it was bound to happen eventually. In March, the ridesharing platform Uber made the news in spectacular fashion when one of its self-driving prototype vehicles struck and killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona. In theory, at least, autonomous cars are supposed to make us safer because human error gets removed from the equation. This accident underscores that developers may still be far from realizing that goal—and critics have already used the incident as a push to eliminate autonomous vehicles completely. So if autonomous (i.e., self-driving) vehicles are programmed properly, why would they ever be involved in an…

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Why Summer Is the Deadliest Season for Teen Driving, and How to Stay Safe

As we come into the summer months, AAA offers a sobering warning: Memorial Day kicks off the 100 deadliest days of the year for teen drivers, as CNN reports. Over the past several years, the number of vehicle crashes involving teens ages 16-19 has spiked 16 percent per day during the 100-day period following Memorial Day. Perhaps surprisingly for some, the biggest contributing factor in these crashes isn’t drinking or drugs (although these issues remain a consistent threat). Rather, it’s distracted driving, which contributes to about 60 percent of teen crashes during this season, according to the CNN report. Why…

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