As you are gearing up for the spookiest holiday weekend, take a minute to setup a safe ride home. TrafficSchool.com and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) encourage you to not drive impaired this Halloween!
You’re no mummy, vampire 🧛, or Frankenstein 🧟—once you’re gone, there’s no coming back from the dead. You have one life—don’t waste it by driving drunk. #BuzzedDriving is drunk driving.
A good time can quickly turn into a nightmare if you, or someone you know, get behind the wheel after using drugs. Don’t let your drive home become a cautionary tale. If you feel different, you drive different. #ImpairedDriving
Did you know that motorcyclists and bicyclists share the same rights as other vehicle drivers? Bicyclists and motorcyclists must follow laws and regulations just as drivers of automobiles. Since both cyclists and motorcyclist are less visible and much smaller than the average car, we have to be mindful and always keep an extra eye out for them as they face different challenges; challenges that other motorists might not always face. Weather can impact cyclist and motorcyclists much differently. Rain, wind, sun glare, and low light can make driving much more dangerous for them than for drivers of passenger vehicles. So when you’re in your car and see a bicyclist or motorcyclist make sure to treat them with the same consideration as you would any other vehicle on the roadway.
With Spring just around the corner it’s important to know what comes along with it. Spring is known for being the season of new beginnings, but did you know it is also the windiest season?
During the months of March and April wind speeds tend to be about 3 to 5 times stronger than other months. With strong winds come High Wind advisories. But what does that have to do with driving? Well, high wind is on the list of top car accident causes because high wind advisories are usually overlooked by drivers. When driving in high winds there are a few precautions you should be taking.
During high winds be sure to slow down, maintain a firm grip on the steering wheel, and keep a safe distance from larger vehicles such as busses, trucks, and RVs. Larger vehicles are more affected by high winds and usually have difficulty staying in their own lane. And as always, make sure to be alert and aware of your surroundings.
Loss of vehicle control can be scary. To help avoid skidding on slippery surfaces, reduce your speed and increase your following distance behind the vehicle ahead.
In addition, you can:
Beware of Icy or Wet Locations
Ice tends to collect in shady areas, under bridges and overpasses, and low points on the road. As a result, on cold days slow down even more when approaching shaded areas, bridges, overpasses, and dips.
Don’t Make Sudden Maneuvers
Sudden changes in acceleration, braking, or fast turns can spin your car out of control and into a skid, especially on an icy or wet road where traction is greatly reduced.
Keep to the Paved Portion of the Road
Don’t drive on the road edge or the shoulder; poorly maintained pavement, gravel or dirt surfaces could cause a loss of vehicle control.
When you are behind the wheel of your car, the most important responsibility is safe driving.
Driving is a skill that requires your complete attention to not only control your vehicle but also respond in case something happens up ahead or around your vehicle. It involves continuous and complex coordination between your body and mind. Anything that prevents you from operating your car safely is considered a distraction. This video from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows just how scary it can be to drive a car while texting.
Child Passenger Safety Week is September 20 to 26, 2020. This video from the Ad Council reminds parents and caregivers to make sure they secure children in the correct car seat for their age, height, and weight.
National Stop on Red Week starts this Sunday, August 2 and runs through August 8. Red-light running is extremely dangerous. Red-light runners cause hundreds of deaths and tens of thousands of injuries each year. Together, we can put a halt to the crashes, injuries and fatalities. Make the choice to stay alert and help people stay alive.
Motorcyclists have the same driving rights and responsibilities as other motorists on the road. However, due to their smaller size, they can be hard to see. Tennessee Highway Safety Office gives some great reminders on sharing the road with motorcycle riders.
The start of Daylight Saving Time is right around the corner, which means it’s a good time to take care of a few safety essentials around the house. Set your clocks ahead, check smoke detectors, and check your VIN for recalls at NHTSA.gov/recalls.
Daylight saving time will begin Sunday, March 8, 2020.