Summer is the time of year when kids get their much deserved summer vacations and adults get some time off as well. It’s a time to get away and do some travel. When you’re on the road, be sure to watch for these five summer driving hazards: Children School is out and so are the kids. Be especially careful when driving around neighborhoods. Children are less aware of traffic dangers, and will cross roads without looking as they chase after balls and other toys. They will cross the road again.
Bad drivers often cause accidents because of unexpected maneuvers made without signaling their intentions. However, experienced defensive drivers can read the intentions of other motorists in some situations by picking up on certain cues. Here are five of them: Turning the head before a lane change. Before driving beside a car in a multilane highway, watch the driver’s head. Drivers about to change lanes often turn their head to the left to check their blind spot. If this happens, allow the driver into the lane. Rapidly approaching a car from.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, food poisoning deaths in the United States average 5000 deaths each year. They also state that: “More than 200 known diseases are transmitted through food (1). The causes of foodborne illness include viruses, bacteria, parasites, toxins, metals, and prions, and the symptoms of foodborne illness range from mild gastroenteritis to life-threatening neurologic, hepatic, and renal syndromes.” Fatal food poisoning generally occurs to those with weak immune systems — typically the elderly and small children. Why is our population exposed to contaminated food?.
Motorcycle helmets save lives by protecting the head against injury in an accident. People who dislike the feel of wearing a helmet, often justify themselves with arguments that refute established knowledge about the safety benefits of helmets. This established knowledge is based on testing and statistical studies covering decades of helmet use. Over time, some of these arguments against using helmets become popular myths. How do myths increase the lethality of motorcycle accidents? By convincing motorcyclists to ride without helmets. A Helmet Is Too Thin to Protect against the Forces of.
Unlike other modes of freight transport such as shipping, air, and rail transport, freight transport by truck exacts a heavy death toll on our population. The reason is that trucking shares the roads with the driving public. In 2011, 17% of truck accident fatalities occurred to the occupants of the trucks, while 72% occurred to the occupants of the other vehicles involved in the accidents. In spite of regulations that limit the number of consecutive hours that truckers can drive, and more money spent on trucking inspection, accident rates are still high..
The trucking industry is essential to the nation’s economy. The reason comes down to one simple fact: bulk overland transport of goods is only possible by either railroad or truck, and the multiple destinations requiring these goods aren’t reachable by railroad. We need trucking. Unfortunately, large trucks also share the roads with the driving public and subject them to great risk. Why are they so dangerous? Here are three reasons: Trucks Are Heavy Semi trucks are about 20 times heavier than cars. When the two meet in a collision, the.
A front tire blowout at highway speeds is the stuff of nightmares for most truck drivers. When the front steering tire of the tractor goes, the driver will feel the steering tug hard to the side of the blown out tire. A blown left tire means veering into oncoming traffic, while a right tire blowout means going off the road. While both of these alternatives are equally grim, there is a third: coming to a safe stop at the shoulder of the road without incident. This is doable because drivers.
Even drought stricken California experiences rain when an El Niño weather pattern arrives or when a summer afternoon thunder-storm pops up in the mountains. When driving through rain-soaked roads, hydroplaning is an ever-present possibility. Hydroplaning occurs when a film of water lifts the wheels of your car off the pavement. Normally, the weight of the car on the wheels pushes the water out of the way. In addition, the tire tread channels the water away. When driving too fast over deep puddles however, the tires can’t move the water out.
Potholes are a common and mundane sight on our roads. However, this doesn’t make them any less dangerous. They cause property damage and fatalities even among auto drivers. However, it is the motorcyclist who is most vulnerable to this hazard. The motorcycle’s small size and two wheels make it more prone to losing control after hitting a pothole. This may cause a motorcycle accident such as flipping over or veering into oncoming traffic. Potholes often go unseen until it’s too late. When filled with water, they don’t appear any different.
According to Newton’s first law of motion: “Every object in a state of uniform motion tends to remain in that state of motion unless an external force is applied to it.” This law applies to everyone and everything inside your car in an accident. When your car suddenly stops in a collision, unsecured objects and people continue to move forward until they impact against a dashboard, window, person, or barrier that prevents them from moving further. The speeds of these projectiles are close to the car’s speed before impact. If.