Posts Tagged ‘avoiding accidents’

August 10, 2010 @ 6:00 am
posted by Mego Rider

A writer for the New York Times Wheels section recently described his youth as “driving down the back roads of America pretending his Volkswagen was a Porsche racecar.”

The story (and the writer) may be old, but the dream hasn’t changed. Teenage drivers, particularly males, still feel the need for speed – a need that can be as devastating as it is enticing. According to the Centers for Disease Control, or CDC, teenage car accidents are the leading cause of death among U.S. teens, with those in the 16-19-year-old group four times as likely to crash as older drivers. Read more

August 3, 2010 @ 7:36 am
posted by Mego Rider

No matter how good of a driver you think you are, the second you hear the sound of sirens on the road, you might find yourself frozen and unsure of how to respond. We’re not talking about a police vehicle flashing behind you trying to pull you over, but one that you’re simply sharing the road with. If you thought we meant otherwise, you may have seen one too many episodes of the show COPS! Those police cars, ambulances and fire trucks have an important job to do as they come wailing down the road and the last thing any driver wants to do is stop them from getting where they need to be. The best way to make sure you respond correctly and quickly when you see an emergency vehicle on the road while you’re in your car is to know the rules! Read more

July 15, 2010 @ 5:06 am
posted by Mego Rider

Oops.

Across the country, cell phone laws that prohibit drivers from texting or talking while driving are being enforced. In the past there may have been some leniency with enforcement but now police are cracking down. Recently, even superstar Beyonce  got handed a $100 ticket in New York for texting and driving.   Unfortunately, according the Pew Research Center, many more adults are engaging in this risky behavior. Media attention from campaigns like Oprah Winfrey’s “No Phone Zone” is  putting pressure on lawmakers demanding that their roads become safer. As drivers, we should do our part too.

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July 13, 2010 @ 7:34 am
posted by Mego Rider

There’s probably nothing more stressful than a car that simply stops working. Obviously, staying safe when your vehicle breaks down is essential. Whether you’re driving a brand new car or an old clunker, these are some tips to make sure you’re prepared. Read more

July 12, 2010 @ 6:26 am
posted by Mego Rider

We’ve all had the frustration ( and sometimes downright fear) of a driver following much too close behind you on the road.  There are several things you can do as a safe driver to reduce the danger of a rear-end collison – accidents often  caused by people following too closely to the car in front.

As a refresher, make sure you know how close is “too close.” Experts say to use the ‘three second” rule. Pick a fixed object in front. When the car in front passes that object, three seconds should go by before YOU pass the object. In poor weather, it should be 4-5 seconds. You can also use the two-car lengths rule – for more details on maintaining a safe driving distance go to Smartmotorist.com

What to do if someone is not observing good driving practices? Here are a few tips that may help keep both cars safer and help you feel more in control. Read more