How to Be Safe On Your Commute to School

As students return to school, it is important to be reminded of the many dangers we all face in our daily commutes. Listed below are important safety tips, especially for your child’s commute to school. Whether you have kids going off to school for the first time, teenagers who just got their license, or are a regular Metro area commuter, the dangers of school starting back up will affect you. Cars New drivers, eager drivers, and sleepy drivers all share the road. As a car commuter you should be aware of the risks you take every day. Safety tips include:…

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Hot Car Deaths: An Ongoing Threat to Children

Local Hot Car Deaths As reported by NBCWashington.com, a 5-year-old boy recently died from heat stroke after being left in his mother’s SUV in Springfield, VA.  The temperature outside was 93 degrees with a 100+ degree heat index.  The child was left inside the vehicle for several hours as the temperatures rose well above 100 degrees. In 2007, a Virginia child died after the mother forgot him inside a car.  The outside temperature was only 66 degrees but the temperature inside the car climbed to 120 degrees.  Hot car deaths are a continuous threat in the metropolitan area, especially for…

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The Most Common Causes of Distracted Driving — And What to Do About Them

Distracted driving feels a bit like the status quo these days. We all technically agree that it’s important to pay attention to the road, but all too often succumb to the lure of checking our phone, applying makeup, or grabbing a snack. All three behaviors are dangerous, as we explain below: Cell Phones Mobile devices are among the most common sources of distraction behind the wheel. Texting is an obvious culprit, but using navigation apps or even chatting on the phone can be problematic. Increasingly, many drivers also use social media while operating vehicles, with some even adding to Instagram…

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Driving in the Pouring Rain: Do’s And Don’ts

You made it through the worst of the winter driving season and feel relieved as the weather grows warmer. Don’t get too comfortable just yet — your local roads can be just as dangerous when spring arrives. In fact, experts at the Federal Highway Administration point to rain and wet pavement as being responsible for the majority of weather-related car accidents. The more you prepare for rainy driving, the easier you’ll find it to avoid and respond to common hazards. These do’s and don’ts should help: Do: Check Your Tires Wear and tear can make even modest amounts of rain…

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Why Are Women at Greater Risk of Injury from Car Crashes?

All drivers and passengers are vulnerable to auto accident injuries, but major disparities exist between men and women. Recent findings about female injuries in car accidents could hold significant implications for which vehicles women choose to drive. Key takeaways include the following: Women Are More Susceptible in Frontal Crashes Even when they wear seatbelts, women are more likely to be harmed in car crashes, with data from the University of Virginia suggesting 73 percent greater odds of injury. This is true even when controlling for collision severity, body mass index, and a variety of other factors. The Role of Vehicle…

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Zoom Zombies? Why Cognitive Overload Makes Roads More Dangeorous

At the beginning of the pandemic, many people assumed that the increase in work-from-home arrangements would limit car accidents. This theory makes sense: fewer people on the road means fewer crashes, right? In reality, however, auto fatalities are on the rise. This could be prompted, in part, by the cognitive overload that accompanies both remote work and general life during a pandemic. Such concerns leave us unable to maintain our attention behind the wheel, thereby reducing our ability to respond effectively to hazards on today’s increasingly dangerous roads. Overburdened By Work Demands A variety of factors are likely contributing to…

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How to Drive Safely This Winter

As fall turns to winter, safe driving becomes more of a challenge. Amidst all the festivities, it is easy to forget about the precautions you should take to prepare your vehicle for the change in weather. However, following the guidance offered by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration can help keep you and your loved ones safer throughout the holiday season. PREPARE YOUR VEHICLE Make sure that your car is ready for winter conditions before you get behind the wheel. Some important things to pay attention to are your vehicle’s battery, wipers, coolant, and tires because they all suffer in…

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D.C. Council Moves to Widen Legal Protections for E-Scooter Riders Involved in Accidents

  Amidst ongoing changes with transportation, the D.C. Council recently passed transportation measures to help e-scooter riders collect damages after being injured in an accident.  E-scooter riders will be considered a “vulnerable road user” and thus no longer fall under D.C.’s contributory negligence tort regime. Under contributory negligence, an e-scooter rider would not be able to recoup any medical bills if the rider were even 1 percent at fault. However, this measure is set to only bar recovery if a jury finds an e-scooter rider to be beyond 50 percent at fault – making it much easier to recoup medical…

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Hitting the Road As Lockdown Ends: A Reminder about Defensive Driving

Irresponsible drivers abound even during the best of times. Unfortunately, road-based negligence is all but guaranteed to take over as quarantine restrictions begin to ease up. After over two months of staying at home, local drivers are eager to hit the road — and if you expect them to behave, you’re in for a nasty surprise. If anything, they’ll be far worse now that they’ve had time to get rusty. Defensive driving is more important than ever. You can’t control how others behave behind the wheel, but you can at least be wary of their worst impulses. These tactics will…

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