New Bike Laws Take Effect July 1st in Virginia

New bike laws in Virginia now in effect: what you need to know When bikers are on the road, everyone shares a responsibility for their safety. Even when they practice every recommended precaution and follow all traffic laws, they still place an immense trust in the capabilities and awareness of nearby drivers. Sadly, drivers can be reckless and accidents do happen. In 2019, the Virginia DMV reported 651 crashes involving bicycles, with 13 resulting in fatalities. Two new bike laws passed by the state legislature this year aim to reduce the danger to cyclists on the open road. If you…

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Memorial Day Travel: What to Know

Memorial Day 2021 Travel Tips As Memorial Day approaches, many American families are making their first weekend travel plans since the start of the pandemic. Though holiday traffic is still not expected to surpass pre-COVID-19 volume, AAA research predicts a 60% increase in Memorial Day travel from 2020 to 2021. With millions eager to reclaim a sense of normalcy and leisure, it is as necessary as ever to keep safety a top priority this holiday weekend. Planning on driving? If your weekend plans entail hitting the road, you are far from alone. The same AAA report referenced above found that…

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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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New Year’s Eve: Helpful Tips To Stay Safe and Enjoy!

3…2…1…. Happy New Year! This is probably the year to skip elaborate celebrations, but one thing that never changes is counting down til midnight to ring in the new year. New New Year’s Eve is just around the corner, so remember commonsense safety practices in your celebrations. Drinking and driving is usually at an all-time-high during the holidays. According to the official CDC website, “every day, 29 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashed that involve an alcohol-impaired driver” (CDC). Any amount of alcohol in your system can severely impact your response time. Some other ways alcohol…

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The Biggest Auto Accident Stories of 2020

  While COVID-prompted remote work has some of us staying at home and away from our local freeways, negligent drivers are as common as ever in 2020. If anything, negligence is even worse among some drivers, who assume that they can get away with irresponsible behavior when roads are less crowded. In other cases, road rage leaves drivers and passengers vulnerable to deadly collisions. A few of the year’s most noteworthy accidents are detailed below: Ashley “Ms. Minnie” Ross Dies in Disputed Accident In April, reality star Ashley Ross was involved in a head-on accident. Known as Ms. Minnie from…

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A Summary of CDC Guidelines for Safe Holiday Travel

With the holidays fast approaching, millions of people across the country will be traveling to visit their families. Amidst the current pandemic, ensuring safe travel practices has never been more important. Whether you plan to travel by road or by air, there are several crucial safety measures to keep in mind. For those traveling by plane, the CDC has provided information about the safety of air travel and outlined necessary precautions: Airline Travel Tips: Fortunately, viruses do not transmit easily on airplanes due to how air circulates throughout the cabin. However, practicing social distancing can be especially difficult on flights…

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Driving Safety Tips After Taking a Break Due to Lockdown

  After a long break from school or work, you’re about to resume some semblance of normalcy, complete with a mask and social distancing. You’re also going to discover the greatest silver lining of quarantine: no commute. Now that you’re back on the road, you might be surprised by how rusty your driving skills have become. Keep these auto safety tips in mind as you once again get behind the wheel: Review Your Vehicle’s Maintenance If your car has been sitting in the garage for several months, you’ve likely acquired a case of ‘lot rot,’ in which a lack of…

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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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