How March’s Fast-Changing Weather Can Create Unique Hazards on the Road

The month of March brings newfound optimism at the end of a long winter, but that doesn’t mean that the harsh weather is over. This highly changeable month can bring both warm temperatures and blizzards — often in the span of a few days. This brings a variety of hazards to local roads, including the following: Overconfidence Many of the biggest driving problems in March have little to do with specific weather issues, and instead, stem from overconfidence among otherwise cautious drivers. Suddenly, after months of slow speeds and other adjustments, drivers feel that they can remove their snow tires,…

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Staying Safe During Daylight Saving Time

This Sunday marks the beginning of Daylight Saving Time. While we certainly want to “spring forward” and update our clocks, statistics tell us we should pay special attention while on the road. Last January, the University of Colorado at Boulder released a study of the tragic effect daylight savings has on drivers. Analyzing 732,000 accidents over two decades, the study found that the annual spring switch to daylight savings increases the rate of fatal car accidents by 6% during the week following the change. The findings are in line with more general research that suggests the one-hour loss due to…

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What Happens If You Are in an Accident While Driving Someone Else’s Car?

Have you ever borrowed a family member or friend’s car and wondered what would happen if you were to get in an accident? Whose insurance would pay? Yours? Theirs? Neither? Here is a breakdown of how it works in the DMV: Washington D.C. DC Code § 50-1301.08 states that “whenever any motor vehicle . . . shall be operated . . . by any person other than the owner, with the consent of the owner . . . the operator thereof shall in case of accident, be deemed to be the agent of the owner of such motor vehicle ….

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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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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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Frost on the Roads: Identifying the Dangers And Navigating Around Them

Believe it or not, there’s plenty to love about the cold season. Road conditions, however, do not belong on that list of positives. With the end of summer construction comes a sudden increase in weather-based hazards that place even the most attentive drivers at risk. With a little awareness, however, it’s possible to navigate winter roads without finding yourself in harm’s way. Ice Is Not the Only Danger Winter drivers are well aware of the perils posed by black ice, but this is by no means the only cold-weather hazard that can make roads dangerous in the winter. Frost can…

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Halloween Driving and Safety Tips

October is finally here, and with it the joys of the autumn season. Whether the crisp, cool air, the warm spiced beverages, or the excitement of Halloween to look forward to, it seems everyone has something to love about this time of year. Unfortunately, with Halloween comes a number of increased safety risks to be extra mindful of. Twice as many children die from car accidents out walking on October 31 than any other night of the year, and everyone can play a role in reducing that number. Many of the deaths that occur are a direct result of drinking…

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Halloween 2019 Safety Tips For Children

It is that time of the year again for jack-0-lanterns, costumes, and candy. No matter how you plan to celebrate Halloween this year, its always important to stay on top of safety for this year’s events. Making sure kids have safe arrangements for trick-or-treating, or other activities, will ensure no unforeseen accidents ruin the fun. Costumes Try to pick a costume with bright or reflective colors to make kids more visible at night Opt for face paint over face masks which can obstruct kids’ vision Pick a costume that kids can move freely in that will minimize tripping hazards Trick-Or-Treating…

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Ridesharing Safety Tips For Drivers And Passengers

Ridesharing apps like Uber and Lyft have completely changed how we think of transit. These apps are increasingly popular, with 36 percent of respondents in a Pew Research Center survey claiming to have used ridesharing services at some point. Many others drive; Uber claimed over 3 million worldwide drivers as of 2018. The benefits of ridesharing cannot be denied, but safety concerns persist. Whether you’re a proud driver or a devoted passenger, you’ll definitely want to check out the safety tips highlighted below: Double Check the Car’s Make, Model, and License Plate Number An alarming number of people have been…

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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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