We get our information about the world from many sources. Because not all information sources are reliable, many of us carry around a lot of misinformation in our heads. Although some incorrect beliefs are harmless, those related to driving can kill. Here are four driving misconceptions that make you a danger to yourself and others on the road: Distracted Driving Is a Teen Problem The first step in overcoming a driving safety problem, is knowing that one exists. Thinking that only teens have this problem implies that you don’t because.
The spare tire in your trunk can be a real life saver. Without a spare, you would have to get your car towed to a repair facility. That being said, improper care and use of a spare tire may also cause a serious car accident. Here are three ways this comes about: Driving on an under-Inflated Spare Tire Tires leak air over time, even when they aren’t used. People who diligently keep their tires inflated to the proper pressure (and those who don’t), often forget they even have a spare.
Motorcyclists have the odds stacked against them. Their small size means they’re less likely to be seen in busy traffic situations. Their lack of a protective cage means their riders are more likely to suffer a serious or fatal injury in an accident. Their two wheels make them less stable on poor road surfaces and wet pavement. For these reasons, motorists should not drive around them as they would other cars. Safely sharing the road with motorcyclists requires giving them special consideration like you would to pedestrians and bicyclists. Here.
Backing vehicles account for one in four accidents. Given that the average distance covered while backing up is measured in tens of feet, that’s a lot of car accidents per mile driven. The reasons come down to the driver’s poor visibility and not exercising the proper precautions. Here are eight safety tips to avoid becoming a statistic: Don’t back up. Whenever possible, position your car while parking so that you can leave by moving forward. If you can’t do this without backing into the space, it is still preferable to.
One of the most underrated causes of car accidents is glare. Even a few seconds of glare induced blindness is long enough to cause a car accident. Glare is caused by low angled sunlight and by car headlights at night. While sun induced glare only occurs during certain times of the day in fair weather, headlight glare is an ever-present hazard at night. However, there are a number of precautions you can take to avoid an accident. Wear polarized sunglasses. Polarized glasses block sunlight that is scattered by the windshield (glare).
Unlike head-on and rear-end collisions where there is plenty of “car” separating you from the other vehicle or object, there is only the roof structure to keep the car occupant area intact in a rollover crash. In addition, the seat and shoulder belt is less effective at injury prevention in rollovers because of the complex tumbling motion. For these reasons, rollover accidents have a high fatality rate compared to other accident types. However, rollover accidents are avoidable. Here are five suggestions on their prevention: Buy a vehicle with a low.
Although many people love the hot weather of summer, your car is better off without it. High temperatures just above the hot pavement stresses the components of your car and puts the engine cooling system to the test. Proper summer maintenance not only prevents unnecessary wear and tear and a possible breakdown on the road, it can also prevent a car crash. Have a safe summer by following these three hot weather maintenance tips: Watch and Maintain Your Tire Pressure Of the different maintenance tasks, this one is the most.
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.
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.