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Why do more accidents occur close to home?

Through the years it has been known that often times car accidents are within only a handful of miles from the drivers home. In fact, one survey showed that 77% of accidents occur within a 15 mile radius of the driver’s home. The question is: Why is this? What factors contribute to this? 

Reasons accidents occur close to home:

  1. Being too comfortable with their surroundings

When a driver is incredibly used to driving the same route home or away from home it can be all too easy to zone out. Drivers can end up relying on muscle memory or going on autopilot in a familiar territory causing them to let their guard down. Drivers are more likely to pay close attention to the road in an unfamiliar setting.

2. Increased distractions when leaving or arriving home

Whether drivers are setting their navigation up, connecting to bluetooth, changing their music or texting a friend to say they are on their way they are driving distracted. These types of distractions typically occur right after leaving the home or pulling up to their home. These distractions leave room for accidents to occur. 

3. We drive close to home most often

Most people take shorter trips more often than longer trips. Even those longer trips start and end close to home. So, the shear fact that you drive close to home more often means the chance of getting in an accident here is more likely. 

4. Driving under the influence

If drivers are going to a bar close by or a friend’s near their home they may think they can get away with driving although they will be drinking. This should never be the case. This will absolutely increase the chance of an accident putting yourself and others in danger. 

5. Fatigue 

The fatigue from driving home after a long day at work can lead to drowsy driving or a lack of attention to the road. 

So, now you can see that just because you’re close to home or in a familiar area does not mean you should let your guard down, in fact it means the opposite. Stay alert and stay safe whether you’re just going down the street or on a long trip!

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Spotting drunk driving

According to the NHTSA, “every day, almost 30 people in the United States die in drunk driving crashes–thats one person every 50 minutes”.

“Alcohol is a substance that reduces the function of the brain, impairing thinking, reasoning and muscle coordination. All these abilities are essential to operating a vehicle safely…Because of this risk, it’s illegal in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher. However, even a small amount of alcohol can affect driving ability.”

Those driving under the influence are a danger to themselves, any passengers and everyone else on the road. No one should ever be behind the wheel while under the influence. Be a responsible driver—if you are drinking, just do not drive.

However, you can only control yourself so unfortunately drunk driving still occurs. Which means it is really important drivers are able to spot this in others on the road in order to avoid them and to alert authorities. Try and remember these tips for your future reference in staying safe on the road.

Signs of a drunk driver:

  • Quick acceleration/deceleration 
  • Weaving in and out of lanes
  • Swerving 
  • Driving in the middle of the road
  • Almost driving into an object or vehicle
  • Tailgating 
  • Signals that do not match their movements
  • Slow reactions to traffic signals 
  • Driving very slowly (10 mph under the speed limit)
  • Driving without headlights on at night 
  • Abrupt breaking or turns 

What to do if you spot drunk driving:

  • Try and put space between you and that vehicle. Slow down and do not attempt to pass them
  • Attempt to get their information such as car make/model, license plate without risking your own safety. Pull over to safely call 911 and report them
  • Do not follow or interfere with the driver, let professionals handle the situation

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Winter Driving

A few posts ago we  talked about refreshing on your winter driving tips/skills and so we thought we would just go ahead and give the reminder!

We know a lot more long distance driving is going to occur over the holidays and that the winter months are here. So, here are the things we think you should keep in mind:

Be sure your car is winter prepared:

  • Test your battery – the power may decrease as the temperature does 
  • Test your windshield wipers, defrosters and cooling system
  • Check your tire pressure as the cold air causes it to lower
  • If possible keep your gas tank at half full or above
  • Be sure your floor mats are installed properly 
  • Wipe off exterior cameras/side view mirrors and remove snow/ ice from sensors

Stock your vehicle:

Include: 

  • Snow shovel, ice scraper
  • safety absorbent or something like cat litter to help your car regain traction in ice or snow
  • Jumper cables
  • Flashlight
  • first aid kit
  • blankets/hats/gloves
  • cell phone with charger
  • non perishable food and bottled water
  • any needed medication 

When driving:

  • Avoid cruise control 
  • be aware of your speed — you should accelerate and decelerate slowly
  • According to NSC, “Steer in the direction of a skid, so when your wheels regain traction, you don’t have to overcorrect to stay in your lane”
  • they also recommend increasing your following distance 8-10 seconds 
  • As always avoid distractions and risky driving

Lastly, NHTSA wrote what to do if you do find yourself in a winter emergency: 

If you are stopped or stalled in wintry weather, follow these safety rules:

  • Stay with your car and don’t overexert yourself.
  • Put bright markers on the antenna or windows and keep the interior dome light turned on.
  • To avoid asphyxiation from carbon monoxide poisoning, don’t run your car for long periods of time with the windows up or in an enclosed space. If you must run your vehicle, clear the exhaust pipe of any snow and run it only sporadically — just long enough to stay warm.

We wish you a safe and happy holiday!

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Click it or Ticket!

The US Department of Transportation announced earlier this month a click it or ticket seat belt enforcement nationally. Their role here is to remind everyone the importance of wearing seat belts. 

They have run click it or ticket ads since the 9th and will continue through the 29th of this month. However, enforcement of seat belt laws will start the 16th and continue through the 29th of November.

According to the NHTSA, “From 2013 to 2017, seat belts saved almost 70,000 lives” yet “nearly 27.5 million people still don’t buckle up….In 2017, 51 percent of men killed in crashes were not buckled up, compared to 39 percent of women.”

So, why aren’t those 27.5 million people wearing their seat belts? It is very clear that seat belts save lives — in fact they are the number one effective way to protect yourself in a car. They work, people just have to wear them to gain the benefits which is why campaigns like this are necessary to remind the public just how effective they are. 

NHTSA Deputy Administrator James Owens explained that, “Click It or Ticket reminds everyone to wear their seat belt every trip, every time, and officers will be patrolling our roads to enforce these lifesaving laws”.

Everyone wants to keep those on the road safe and no one wants a ticket for failing to wear a seat belt. So—be sure to wear them! Click it or ticket!

Follow this link below to our previous blog on how seat belts save lives, who exactly isn’t wearing a seat belt and how to wear them properly.

Follow this link on seat belt safety, seat belt safety for tweens, and seat belt safety for pregnant women— NHTSA.

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Holiday Driving Tips

Thanksgiving is just over two weeks away. This time is one we look forward to all year — time for the holidays and to spend with those we love. This year the holiday may look a little different. However, if you are driving to visit family we know that your drive could be long. We want to be sure that you’re prepared.

Brush up on these tips before leaving for your holiday trip:

  1. Be sure that all of your maintenance is up to date

         Check your tires, battery, brakes, windshield wipers, and lights. These should all be in good working condition before a trip.

2. Know the route you are taking before you leave.

         Check for construction along the way.

3Be prepared for traffic as this is a popular time to travel.

         Drive defensively and remember to stay patient.

4. Try to avoid traveling at peak times. 

         The day before Thanksgiving, and the Sunday after Thanksgiving are the busiest days of the season to travel. Do your best to avoid long trips on these two days. 

5. Check what the weather conditions are going to be prior to leaving

6. Go through a refresher of winter driving skills 

7. Be cautious of your speed

8. Be sure you are well rested before you leave for your trip

         If on a long trip be sure to take breaks to avoid drowsy driving.

9. Avoid distractions on the trip at all costs

         Driving requires your full attention. 

          If kids are with you on the trip be sure to bring things that will keep them occupied and comfortable keeping them from distracting the driver.

10. Do not drive impaired

11. Secure valuables you have brought with you 

12. Always have a charger with you 

   You don’t want to be caught on the road with a dead phone. You want to be able to reach others in case of emergency.

We want to wish you all a fun and safe Holiday. Happy Thanksgiving!

Contact: Glisson Law 

Election Day Safety

Election Day is an incredibly important day in our country. This is a day we get to exercise our right to vote. No matter a person’s political stance, it is important to consider safety on this day. Many people are out and some in areas that they aren’t familiar with to cast their ballots. This day can be an exciting time. Tensions may be high, and the excitement could be a distraction while driving. 

   NPR wrote that there is a “study [which] suggests that there is an increased risk of car crashes on presidential voting days.”

Astonishingly “research revealed an 18 percent increase in motor vehicle deaths on voting day. ‘This equaled about 24 people [deaths] per election,’ Redelmeier says, adding that 

‘this was remarkably consistent across different locations and years.'” And that “These injuries and deaths far outnumbered those reported during times associated with an increase in drinking and driving, such as Super Bowl Sunday and New Year’s Eve.”

There are a few factors that could contribute to this including emotions running high, the fact that people will be rushing to fit voting into their schedule, paying attention to polls while driving or the fact that there is a higher number of vehicles on the road. 

This is really interesting information that we can take and use to exercise more caution.

Tips for a safer Election Day:

  1. Arrive early

         Allow yourself time to get there without rushing. 

2. Know the location youre voting at ahead of time 

3. Be patient and wait to check polls until you are safely parked 

Also, as you know, we are voting amongst a global pandemic which presents its own set of challenges. There are things we can do as voters to prepare in order to vote safely amongst the COVID-19 pandemic.

1. Be sure to arrive with your mask and hand sanitizer

2. Remain 6 feet from others

3. Wash your hands before and after voting 

4. Avoid touching your mouth or face

Let’s do our part to ensure we have a safe election day. 

Further Election Day COVID-19 Safety information: CDC

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Halloween Safety During Covid

Halloween is always a fun time of the year to get festive and celebrate. However some of those activities may need to be tweaked this year. Halloween might look different but it can still be fun while being celebrated safely.

Here is a list of activities outside of trick or treating that can be a fun and safe way to celebrate: 

  • Decorate/carve pumpkins at home
  • Scary movie night
  • Scavenger hunt
  • Apple orchard or pumpkin patch
  • Corn maze
  • Outdoor costume contest

If you do choose to participate in trick or treating the CDC has included a few ways to make this safer: 

  • Avoid direct contact with trick-or-treaters.
  • Give out treats outdoors, if possible.
  • Set up a station with individually bagged treats for kids to take.
  • Wash hands before handling treats.
  • Wear a mask –  Do not substitute with a costume mask –          Do not paint the mask
  • Stay at least 6 feet from others 
  • Bring hand sanitizer 

Don’t forget that Halloween is very high up on the list of days with the most pedestrian injuries and fatalities. In fact, it is the deadliest day for child pedestrians. So, in thinking about Covid safety dont let pedestrian safety fall to the wayward. 

         Wear bright costumes, stay on sidewalks, use crosswalks, bring a flashlight. Parents be sure that a responsible elder is supervising the situation. Stay alert and don’t let yourself get distracted.

   Check out our previous blog on further Halloween safety here: Halloween Night

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Teen Driving Safety

This week is NHTSA’s Teen Driving Safety week. “2,121 people were killed in crashes involving a teen driver in 2018” and crashes remain to be the leading cause of teen deaths. This is why NHTSA continues to promote teen driving safety annually.

According to the CDC, “per mile driven, teen drivers [aged 16-19] are nearly three times more likely than drivers aged 20 and older to be in a fatal crash.

And according to the National Safety council, “Half of all teens will be involved in a car crash before graduating from high school”. 

 So, why are so many teens getting in car accidents? 

Reasons crashes are so high among teen drivers:

 The largest reason is due to the teen driver’s lack of experience, however, several more reasons are listed below

  • Inexperience
  • Speeding
  • Lack of seat belt use
  • Alcohol use
  • Nighttime and weekend driving 
  • Distracted driving
  • Reckless driving

Tips parents can follow to increase teen driving safety

So, what can parents do to combat this risk with their teens? The NHTSA offers a few ideas: 

  • Talk to your teen early about the responsibility of becoming a new driver
  • Learn about your states GDL Laws
    • This is a three stage system that limits high risk driving situations for new drivers
  • Set your own rules and consequences
  • Talk to your teen and remind them about the dangers of driving under the influence or getting in the car with someone under the influence.
  • Set a good example yourself before they even start driving. Your child watches and follows your behaviors more than you think. Keep your message to your teen and your actions consistent. 

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Railroad Safety

According to the National Safety Council there were 7,867 railroad incident injuries and 907 railroad incident deaths in 2019 alone. This number is drastically reduced from years prior but it still proves to be an issue that we need to continue to shed light on. 

In fact, the NHTSA has launched a “stop, Trains cant.” Campaign to raise awareness and save lives at railroad grade crossings. 

It may seem like a topic people already understand, however, “It’s easy for drivers to forget that even in an emergency, trains can take a mile (or more) to stop. They’re also three feet wider than the tracks — on both sides…[And that] trains need at least 18 football fields of track to reach a complete stop.”

Tips to keep in mind at railroad crossings:

  1. Never assume that a train is not coming. Come to a full stop, remain alert and look both ways. Trains move much faster than you think, you will not beat the train, so don’t take the risk.
  1. Leave plenty of space (15 feet) between you and the railroad when you stop.
  2. Before crossing once the coast is clear be sure you have enough space to completely get off the track.
  3. Never stop on the track.
  4. Always abide by the signals and gates.
  5. Wait for the gate to rise completely and lights to stop flashing to proceed forward.
  6. Never assume there is only one train coming in one direction.
  7. If there were to be an emergency such as your car stalling on the tracks know what to do.

Heres a good tip posted by Geico in the case of emergency situations: “If your vehicle ever stalls on the tracks, exit immediately and run away from the tracks toward where the train is coming from. If you run in the same direction as the train is moving, it could push your vehicle and other debris toward you.

If you see a vehicle stopped on the tracks, immediately call 911 or the number on the Emergency Notification Sign posted near the crossing. It will list the crossing number and street so train operators can be notified as early as possible.”

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Pedestrian Safety Month

This October is the National Highway Traffic Safety administration’s first annual pedestrian safety month.

Walking and biking have surged as a way for people to get out of their homes during the pandemic.

However, as expressed by the NHTSA, “Sadly, as the end of Daylight Saving Time approaches and the nights get longer, the risks for pedestrians increase. From September to February, over 30% of pedestrian fatalities occur between 6 p.m. and 8:59 p.m.” This is why it is even more important for us to refresh on crucial pedestrian safety. 

Pedestrians and drivers can each do their part to keep pedestrians safer. 

Pedestrian Tips:

  • Walk on sidewalks as much as possible. If not available walk on the far side facing traffic
  • Walk on crosswalks when crossing any street. If there is not a crosswalk, cross cautiously on a well lit section of the road
  • Stay alert. Dont be distracted by your cell phone, music, etc. 
  • Be aware of and follow traffic rules 
  • Never assume a driver has seen you and will slow down for you to cross the street. Attempt to make eye contact with the driver first
  • Be visible. Wear bright or reflective clothing, especially once the sun has begun to go down 

Driver Tips:

  • Always be on the lookout for pedestrians
  • Follow speed limits and slow down when approaching a crosswalk. Be prepared to stop 
  • Allow for space between you and the crosswalk and never pass vehicles stopped at a crosswalk
  • Be sure you’re being extra cautious in bad weather and that your lights are on so that you can see and pedestrians can see you
  • Always yield to pedestrians at crosswalks 
  • Also be extra cautious when backing up 

“In 2018, there were 6,283 pedestrians killed in traffic crashes in the United States, which accounted for 17% of all traffic fatalities in 2018.” Drivers and pedestrians, let’s work together to decrease these numbers and keep everyone safe. 

Follow NHTSA throughout October as they’ll be sharing more information on Pedestrian Safety Month!

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