St. Patrick’s Day Safety Tips

After a long and difficult winter, St. Patrick’s Day is about to usher in spring — and you’re ready to party! In this time of celebration, however, many party-goers find themselves vulnerable to a variety of risks, most of which involve alcohol. Follow these tips to stay safe this St. Patrick’s Day: Plan to Use Public Transit or Ridesharing Apps According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), 60 people were killed in crashes involving drunk drivers on St. Patrick’s Day in 2016. The fatality rate that year averaged 29 people per day; clearly, people drove drunk on St….

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Staying Safe on the Highways for Parents

Safe driving is important in a world of traffic jams, work commutes and other drivers who do not respect the rules of the road. When we become parents, safe driving takes on added importance. Child deaths due to car accidents have been dropping, and much of it is due to parents following the right safety tips for their children. Driver Safety Tips for Parents Keep your loved ones safe when you are out on the road by making the right decisions. Wear a seat belt. What is true for you is also true for your little one. Few things could…

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Are Advanced Car Dashboards a Safety Hazard?

Advances in car technology are leading to a dangerous trend in the name of vehicle innovation – smart, advanced car dashboards. These dashboards have multiple features that can easily distract a driver, such as cameras, hands-free phone capabilities, and GPS. How dangerous are these gadgets and what are their consequences? What Are Advanced Car Dashboards? Car companies are competing to produce the most advanced, high-tech, and innovative vehicle on the market. However, can this competition go too far? Many vehicles have advanced dashboards to improve the driver experience and add additional impressive features to the car. Some of these dashboards…

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Safe Driving Apps: Do They Work?

Distracted driving is a huge public hazard; the National Safety Council reports that distracted drivers cause 1.6 million crashes annually. According to tech gurus, however, the very devices that distract us could also make us safer drivers. Skeptical? You’re not alone. Read on to learn about the latest safe driving apps and whether they could actually improve behavior behind the wheel. AT&T DriveMode Available on both Android and iOS devices, AT&T’s DriveMode silences incoming text messages and send calls to voicemail to reduce the urge to look at your phone while driving. The free app is activated when your vehicle…

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Why Children Should Remain in Rear-Facing Car Seats As Long As Possible

Our nation’s roads are safer for children than they used to be. Car seat vigilance, in particular, has greatly reduced the risk of fatality among the nation’s youngest passengers. An especially promising Centers for Disease Control study revealed that child passenger deaths decreased 43 percent between 2002 and 2011. Despite this, motor vehicle crashes remain a leading cause of death among children. An easy way to beat the statistics? Keep your child in a rear-facing car seat as long as possible. How Long Should My Child Remain in a Rear-Facing Car Seat? If you’re like most parents, you’re tempted to…

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Teens or Seniors: Who’s More Dangerous Behind the Wheel?

Auto accidents kill tens of thousands of people every year in the United States. No age group is safe. Two demographic groups in particular, however, seem to be at elevated risk: teenagers and the elderly. We’ve all heard awful stories involving both types of drivers—for instance, teens texting and blowing through red lights into oncoming traffic, and confused seniors slamming the accelerator instead of the brake, leading to tragic consequences. But what can an objective assessment tell us? Are teens more dangerous behind the wheel, or are senior citizens? Let’s look at the data. Teenage Drivers Per CDC statistics from…

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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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Memorial Day Weekend Safety Reminders for 2018

Memorial Day weekend hails the unofficial start of summer, and millions of people will be hitting the highways, airports, campgrounds and beaches to celebrate the occasion. However, here’s a startling statistic: Memorial Day weekend is also one of the deadliest times to be on the roads. According to CBS News, thanks to an average of 312 traffic fatalities annually, you’re four times more likely to die in a car crash during this particular holiday weekend than at any other time of year. Ironically, Memorial Day isn’t the heaviest drinking holiday—New Year’s Eve has that distinction—but it is one of the…

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Writing a Parent/Teen Prom Night Contract? Some Dos and Don’ts

For high school students, prom night represents a rite of passage; for parents, it often represents a long night of worry. Without supervision and self-restraint, a night of celebration often turns into a nightmare, with the ongoing threats of drugs, alcohol, drunk driving, STDs and more. To bring added peace of mind and hopefully reduced risk, some parents in recent years have begun creating a parent/teen prom night contract and having their children sign it. While it’s not an ironclad deterrent, it does sometimes help children remain mindful and accountable—but even so, some approaches to these contracts can be more…

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Bicycle Safety—How to Avoid “Dooring” or Being “Doored”

One of the greatest fears of bicyclists—and with good reason—is the fear of being “doored” while riding a bike in traffic. Dooring is what happens when a driver or passenger in a car opens a street-facing car door without looking, causing an oncoming bicyclist to crash into it. Dooring accidents frequently cause serious injury or death to bicyclists, and while they aren’t the biggest statistical threat, they do pose enough danger that many states have passed laws making motorists responsible for checking behind them before opening a car door into traffic. Hard data on the number of dooring accidents is…

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