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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Can Thieves Unlock Your Car Electronically?

Do you have an electronic lock on your vehicle? You may be at risk for car theft. Many people have reported experiencing difficulties unlocking their cars in public places. Authorities believe that radio frequency jammers could impact how people can unlock their cars and enable car thieves to break in. What Are Radio Frequency Jammers? Radio frequency jammers are devices that could prevent the reception of radio waves to devices that need it to function. Jammers emit what is known as an “electromagnetic disturbance” on a band that is too intense for the device to receive the frequency. Jammers can…

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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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Scooters: The Newest Menace For DC Drivers?

Take a look at your average DC street, and you might observe a subtle, yet surprisingly significant change for commuters: scooters. That’s right, scooters are changing the way we commute in Washington, D.C. LimeBike recently added dockless electric scooters to the area’s already impressive array of transit options. Not everybody’s happy, however; numerous drivers have complained of irresponsible scooter riders appearing seemingly out of nowhere, forcing sudden stops and increasing the risk of fender benders. What do these scooters mean for commuters? Read on to find out. How Prevalent Are Scooter Injuries? As of yet, there is no national data…

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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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No Designated Driver for St. Patrick’s Day 2018? Get a SoberRide

This Saturday, March 17, millions of people will step out to enjoy the many, parades, parties and pints of green beer in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day—potentially hundreds of thousands here in the D.C. area alone. While many will make arrangements not to drink and drive, the reality is sometimes no one wants to be the “designated driver” for the group. In these cases, many car services and organizations in cities around the country offer free rides to revelers who want to get home safely. Here in the Washington, D.C. area, the Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP) is once again…

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You’re Doing It Wrong! Don’t Make These Car Seat Installation Mistakes

Researchers continue to go to great lengths in designing car seats to keep our little ones safe—but that research has little impact when parents install the seats incorrectly. A study by the NHTSA estimates that nearly half of child car seats are installed wrong—but certified passenger safety technicians often find those percentages to be much higher. (One estimated more than 70 percent, another at over 95 percent!) Statistically speaking…if you’re a parent of a small child who uses a car seat, chances are you’re doing it wrong. Here are a few of the most common car seat installation mistakes to…

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Safety Tips for Driving in Sleet and “Wintry Mix” Weather

February and March are unpredictable times for the weather in the DC area. While driving in snow has its own challenges, as the weather grows slightly milder, we run the risk of other types of “wintry mix” weather—for example, sleet, freezing rain/fog and rain-snow mixes—which can make the roads even more hazardous than snow alone. Let’s look at some of these weather conditions and how you can stay safe on the roads. Sleet Sleet occurs when air aloft is warmer than air at the surface—a condition that frequently happens as the seasons start changing. Snow melts as it falls, then…

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