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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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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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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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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Are Pedestrian Accidents on the Rise in the DC Area?

Pedestrians in the DC area are advised to become extra vigilant as they are walking along the streets of our communities. Local crashes are leaving a string of victims, many of whom are seriously injured and others whose death leaves a mourning family. The first concern in attempting to prevent a spike from becoming a trend is to make drivers and pedestrians aware of the situation and re-educate everyone on basic safety guidelines for sharing the roads and obeying traffic signals. Are Pedestrian Accidents Getting Out of Hand in the DC Area? Listed below are just a handful of recent…

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Does the Color of Your Car Affect How Safe It Is on the Road?

How does car color affect road safety? At first blush, the question may seem trivial. If you’re worried about accident prevention, isn’t it more important to focus on problems like DUI, distracted driving and failing infrastructure? Those factors obviously matter. But perhaps surprisingly, car color does seem to play a role—possibly. How might it matter? And why? First off, some colors can be harder to see in certain environments. Black cars at night, for example, can disappear into the unlit background. Under certain snowy or rainy conditions, silver cars could similarly be harder for other drivers to perceive. It’s also…

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Autonomous Car Crashes: What Causes Them?

Some would say it was bound to happen eventually. In March, the ridesharing platform Uber made the news in spectacular fashion when one of its self-driving prototype vehicles struck and killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona. In theory, at least, autonomous cars are supposed to make us safer because human error gets removed from the equation. This accident underscores that developers may still be far from realizing that goal—and critics have already used the incident as a push to eliminate autonomous vehicles completely. So if autonomous (i.e., self-driving) vehicles are programmed properly, why would they ever be involved in an…

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