Ridesharing Safety Tips For Drivers And Passengers

Ridesharing apps like Uber and Lyft have completely changed how we think of transit. These apps are increasingly popular, with 36 percent of respondents in a Pew Research Center survey claiming to have used ridesharing services at some point. Many others drive; Uber claimed over 3 million worldwide drivers as of 2018. The benefits of ridesharing cannot be denied, but safety concerns persist. Whether you’re a proud driver or a devoted passenger, you’ll definitely want to check out the safety tips highlighted below: Double Check the Car’s Make, Model, and License Plate Number An alarming number of people have been…

Read More

Commonly Confusing Driving Situations: How to Handle Them the Right Way

The open road can be a confusing place. Unfortunately, many of the most perplexing circumstances behind the wheel are rarely discussed in driver’s training. These issues are even more likely to be ignored later on, leaving baffled drivers to muddle their way through potentially dangerous situations. Below, we highlight a few especially confusing scenarios — and how they can be handled appropriately. Traffic Circles Roundabouts are supposed to make roads safer, but drivers confused about basic navigation can prompt their fair share of fender benders. When in doubt, treat lane selection as you would in a typical multi-lane intersection. Select…

Read More

The Essential Safety Checklist For Long Road Trips

The road trip is a classic American tradition that allows travelers to explore routes and attractions far away from home. But while road trips can bring an appealing sense of spontaneity to vacations, they also come with their fair share of hazards. Read on to learn how best to address these risks to keep you and your loved ones safe. Invest in Proper Maintenance For Your Car Nothing destroys an otherwise enjoyable road trip more quickly than a flat tire or bad brakes. These and other issues can be avoided with regular maintenance. Stop by your local service center for…

Read More

How Self-Driving Vehicles Endanger Pedestrians: Part II

In the first part of our series on self-driving vehicles, we examined a few of the main factors that underlie pedestrian-related accidents. Now, we’ll take a closer look at the latest statistics in the interest of determining how these vehicles are already impacting those traveling on two feet. Pedestrian Deaths on the Rise For years, American automakers and drivers have consistently made design and purchasing decisions that benefit drivers and passengers while placing pedestrians at risk. As a result, deaths have declined dramatically for vehicle occupants, while pedestrian and cyclist fatalities have seen a dramatic upswing. Federal data suggests that…

Read More

How Self-Driving Vehicles Endanger Pedestrians: Part I

Self-driving vehicles are poised to take over our roads in the near future. While preliminary research suggests that they will reduce accidents by removing human error from the equation, they remain far from perfect. Pedestrians, in particular, could be at risk as these vehicles become more prevalent. Below, we examine the many ways in which self-driving cars can prove dangerous: Poor Detection Detection issues often lie at the heart of self-driving accidents. Autonomous vehicles simply cannot respond appropriately to pedestrians if they are not detected quickly enough. Unfortunately, detection issues abound. Research from the Georgia Institute of Technology suggests that…

Read More

What UBER Does to Protect Riders

Ridesharing is gaining in popularity every day, but many riders are wondering what exactly UBER is doing to protect them. With tales of women being sexually harassed or raped, drivers being rude or reckless, and other news stories across the nation, riders are becoming more and more wary of UBER. Here’s what UBER does to protect you as a rider. Insurance Coverage From the time you request an UBER to the time that you arrive at your destination, UBER covers the driver and all passengers with a $1 million policy. This insurance is in addition to the insurance that the…

Read More

Electric Scooter Safety in the District

It’s nearly impossible to walk around the streets of DC today and not encounter people riding electric scooters. This relatively new addition to transportation has changed the way transit in the city operates. Here are some guidelines about safety practices around electric scooters, whether you’re riding one or you encounter them on a daily basis. New Technology, Old Problem Functionally, electric scooter safety is similar to bike safety. However, electric scooters are novel, easy to use, and widely accessible, which has opened up scooter use to many more casual commuters who might not apprecaite the risks associated with electric  Electric…

Read More

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Reminds Parents that Napping in Car Seats Can Result in Death

A recent recall of an inclined Fisher-Price crib, due to dozens of infant deaths, highlighted concerns over safe infant sleeping practices. The recall comes at a time when infant sleeping safety is already well-known in the pediatrics community, following the release of a long-term study published in Pediatrics that looked at infant mortality. The study found that most infant deaths in a seated position occurred in car seats where infants had been sleeping. Safest Sleeping Position for Infants? The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) states that the most safe sleeping position for infants is on their back using a firm,…

Read More

Buying Used Tires Not Worth the Safety Risks

New sets of tires can be expensive, but purchasing used tires for their cost savings is not worth the risk. Although used tires are cheaper than new ones, opting to purchase used is not the same as making a similar decision when shopping for other expensive items. Hidden Risks of Used Tires While many consumers believe that finding a used tire with good tread depth implies it is safe to drive, there are many hidden factors in buying tires used. Tires degrade more quickly if they are driven for long periods of time while underinflated, overinflated, overloaded, or at high…

Read More

Summer 2019 Metro Closures Highlight Traffic Dangers

This summer, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), is shutting down six Metro stations on the blue and yellow lines south of Ronald Reagan National Airport. These stations include Braddock Road, King Street-Old Town, Eisenhower Avenue, Huntington, Van Dorn Street, and Franconia-Springfield. The Washington Post estimates that 17,000 daily commuters are affected by these station closures. Increased Traffic Volume The displacement of passengers affected by the station closures will likely increase traffic in the District and surrounding areas over the summer, especially during rush hour. Commuters not affected by the station closures should still be aware that they might face denser…

Read More