The Most Dangerous Places on Black Friday — And How to Stay Safe

There is more to Black Friday than discounts alone. This post-Thanksgiving occasion has become a huge cultural phenomenon, capable of rousing people from their turkey-induced slumber to fight cold weather, long lines, and aggressive shoppers. Discounts and freebies abound, but dangers do as well. A morbid but enlightening website highlights the annual Black Friday death count, referencing shocking altercations that led to serious injuries and even mortalities. While such incidents remain rare, the following Black Friday dangers should not be discounted: Roads And Parking Lots Frenzied crowds receive the bulk of Black Friday attention, but the day’s real hazards may,…

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Driving Dangers Before and During the Thanksgiving Holiday

  As one of the year’s biggest travel holidays, Thanksgiving prompts its fair share of traffic headaches. It’s only natural to grumble about gridlock, but traffic is not the only driving concern worth considering. Unfortunately, a variety of road-based dangers threaten to ruin your holiday weekend. Icy Roads In many regions, Thanksgiving weekend marks the beginning of the winter driving season, complete with deceptively icy roads. Temperatures hovering around 32 degrees Fahrenheit can prove especially dangerous, as they may prompt a hazardous cycle of freezing and thawing. Combine icy conditions with rushed drivers traveling above the speed limit, and you…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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100 Deadliest Days for Driving Teens Begins Memorial Day

This Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of a season where rates of car crash-related deaths among teens tragically rise. Dubbed ‘the 100 deadliest days’ by AAA, the time from Memorial Day until Labor Day sees a 14% increase in teenage auto accident related deaths when compared to other periods of time. This meant that an average of 1,022 deaths occurred from auto collisions which included teens between 2010 and 2014 during this season. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A study from AAA using the same data found that , This problem is caused primarily by distracted teens with insufficient…

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