5 Ways to Stay Safe on D.C. Roads

Car accidents are common, and they can occur at any time of the year. Several factors are responsible for causing an increase in car accidents. Accidents may be caused by drunk driving, drowsy driving, poor weather and an influx of visitors who are unfamiliar with D.C. roads. How Can I Avoid an Accident During the Holidays? Plan ahead. Plan ahead to limit any surprises on the road. Ensure your vehicle is up-to-date with maintenance, check the weather before you leave on your trip, and know your route beforehand (or have your GPS ready). You should also keep emergency kits in…

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Why Pedestrian Deaths Are on the Rise

Walking seems like a perfectly safe means of getting around, right? Increasingly, however, evidence suggests otherwise. An alarming report from the Governors Highway Safety Association suggests that pedestrian deaths are on the rise. In 2018, for example, an estimated 6,227 pedestrians were killed in accidents involving motor vehicles. Shockingly, projections indicate that 2018 saw the largest number of pedestrian deaths since 1990. What’s behind this rise in fatalities — and what can be done to keep pedestrians safe? Read on to find out. What Causes Pedestrian Deaths? A variety of factors may be to blame for the sudden increase in…

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How the Daylight Savings Switch Impacts Driving — And What to Do About It

Every year, we gain an hour in the fall and give up an hour in the spring for the sake of daylight savings. Most people regard this as a mere inconvenience — but if statistics are to be believed, this tradition wreaks havoc on our health and safety. Our roads, in particular, are more dangerous in the aftermath of daylight savings, as you’ll discover below: Daylight Savings and Car Accidents: By the Numbers Multiple studies suggest that daylight savings impacts our ability to complete a variety of essential tasks, such as safely operating motor vehicles. A 2014 University of Colorado…

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How You Can Avoid a Car Accident While Driving in the Snow

Washington D.C. is known for its brutal winters, and the city is no stranger to heavy snow and possible storms. Extreme winter weather can bring an increase in car accidents throughout the city. While commuters still need to travel to and from work, snow and ice can accumulate and make road conditions extremely dangerous. According to a study by the American Public Health Association (AJPH), more than 1.5 million car accidents per year involve poor weather conditions. The AJPH also reported that poor driving conditions involving bad weather are responsible for 7,000 deaths and 800,000 injuries per year. 4 Ways…

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Here’s Why D.C. Traffic Fatalities Increased Dramatically During 2018

On a Wednesday night in December 2018, a tour bus driver hit and killed two people on Pennsylvania Avenue. The two victims were women visiting the city for the holidays, and one of them was the mayor of Skagway, Alaska. With 35 traffic fatalities in D.C. in 2018, residents are fed up. The 2018 traffic fatality total reached the 2017 traffic fatality total in October 2018, which proves the exponential increase in accident deaths last year. Can D.C. Traffic Fatalities Decrease in 2019? Washington D.C. residents are concerned about the factors that have caused an increase in local traffic accidents….

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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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