Importance of Wearing a Seatbelt

The seatbelt is a powerful tool that can help save your life in the event of an auto accident. Did you know, when you wear a seatbelt, it reduces the risk of a fatal injury by 45% and the risk of moderate injury by 50%.

There have been numerous studies that show wearing a seatbelt is the most effective way to reduce injury or prevent death during an accident. Here are some serious reasons why you should always wear your seatbelt:

 

Ejection

If you are in an accident, there is a chance that you may be ejected from your car. You are more likely to have fatal or serious injuries if you are ejected from the car in the event of an accident. One of the seatbelts main job is to keep from being ejected, so its very important that you wear it when driving.

 

Injury

Not only does a seatbelt keep you from being ejected from the car, it also keeps your body protected from hitting things inside the car. If involved in an accident, your body might hit the inside of the car, the steering wheel, car door, or other people in your car.

 

Law

In each state there is some sort of seatbelt law. You need to research your states seatbelt laws to make sure you and your passengers remain safe and following all laws. If you are found not to be wearing your seatbelt in a car, you will most likely get a ticket and will have to pay a fine.

 

Wearing your seatbelt is an easy and effective way to make sure you are safe when driving. Always buckle up and make sure all passengers are also wearing their seatbelt.

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Why do Brakes Squeak?

Maintaining proper function and care of your car is an essential step of safe driving. One aspect of your car that you need to keep functioning right is your brakes.

Sometimes when you drive first thing in the morning, your brakes might squeak for a couple uses. This might be because the surface has rust on it and its just the rust being scrapped off the first few times you use the break pedal. If the brakes stop squeaking after the first few times you break, it shouldn’t be a problem.

Now, if they noise keeps happening most or every time you use your brakes, there could be a more serious problem. The continuous high-pitched squeaking noise is the sound of the built-in wear indicator. This is to alert you that it is time for new brake pads. When the brake pad starts thinning, a small piece of metal contacts with the rotor surface, which is what makes the squeaking noise.

If your brakes are making other squeaking sounds (that are not as continuous), you still need to go get your brakes inspected. These other squeaks and noises might mean that you need to get your brakes cleaned, lubricated, adjusted, or get a part repaired.

If you are not taking care of your brakes, you risk them not working properly and it might result in an accident. Keep all parts of your car in good working order so you can always be a safe driver!

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Safe Driving

5 Tips for Safe Driving

Be Alert

Make sure you are always paying attention to everything around you when you are driving. Especially, pay attention to other peoples actions on the road.

Always Use Turn Signals

Even if others are not using their turn signals, always use yours. Using you turn signals will let other drivers know what your next action is going to be. Use your turn signals to show that you are changing lanes or making a turn.

Obey Traffic Signals and Signs

Be sure to know what each road signal and sign means and follow them appropriately.

Don’t Text and Drive

Don’t be on your phone a drive. Its dangerous and can increase the chance of an accident.

Don’t Rush

Don’t rush to where you are trying to go. Always leave time so you don’t feel rushed when you are driving.

These are only some of the tips and rules to follow so you are a safe driver. You should always be educating yourself the different ways to practice safe driving.

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What to do After Getting a Ticket

Getting a ticket for speeding or any other traffic infraction is never fun. Unfortunately, it’s a situation a lot of people deal with. In fact, according to recent statistics about 112,000 people a day receive a ticket.

If you do not properly take care of a traffic ticket, it can cause a lot of problems. These problems can include an increase in insurance rates, points added to your license, and potentially getting your license suspended.

The first thing you need to do if you get a ticket is to listen to what the  law enforcement officer is telling you. Its important that you listen and understand why you are getting a ticket, how much the ticket costs, whether you can attend traffic school, and when all the fines are due.

It is very important that you pay all the fines associated with the ticket on time. Failing to pay any fine associated with the ticket can cause you major problems and you will probably end up paying more money.

Check to see if you can elect to take a traffic school course to not have any points added to your license. If you choose to take a traffic a course, enroll and finish the course in the appropriate amount of time so you can effectually remove the points.

Check out our Florida Basic Driver Improvement Course here to register if you have gotten a ticket!

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Dangers of Drowsy Driving +How to Avoid Driving While Tired

Driving while tired and falling asleep behind the wheel causes more accidents and kills more people than you might realize. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that drowsy driving was responsible for 72,000 crashes, 44,000 injuries, and 800 deaths in 2013.

To avoid driving while drowsy it is important that you recognize some of the danger signs. If you catch yourself doing any of the following signs while driving, you should pull over and rest immediately.

 

Danger Signs of Driving Drowsy:

  • Your eyes close or go out of focus by themselves.
  • You have trouble keeping your head up.
  • You cannot stop yawning.
  • You have wandering, disconnected thoughts.
  • You do not remember driving the last few miles.
  • You drift between lanes, tailgate, or miss traffic signs.
  • You keep jerking the car back into the lane.
  • You have drifted off the road and narrowly missed crashing.

 

Don’t let yourself drive drowsy, its important to be well rested when you operate a vehicle. Read the tips below for tips on avoiding drowsy driving.

Get enough sleep.  Make sure you have gotten a good night’s sleep before you start driving.

Avoid “down-times.”  Drive during times of the day when you are normally awake and stay overnight rather than driving straight through. Take a mid-afternoon break and find a safe place to sleep between midnight and 6 a.m. This is the time when most fatigue-related crashes take place.

Chat with your passengers.  If you have a passenger, make sure to talk.  Because it is hard to detect yourself, your passenger can let you know when you are showing signs of sleepiness.  Either let your passenger drive or pull over and take a nap.

Take a break.  For long trips, take a break every two hours or 100 miles.  If you show signs of sleepiness, you need to stop sooner and rest.

 

Remember every time you drive, you need to be fully awake and ready to operate the vehicle. Drowsy driving can be avoided by knowing the danger signs and the tips on staying awake while driving.

 

 

 

 

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Pedestrians and Drivers

While there are many hazards encountered in daily driving, dealing with pedestrians can be one of the most unnerving.

In 2015, motor-vehicle-related crashes claimed the lives of 5,376 pedestrians—an increase of 9 percent over the previous year—and injured an estimated 70,000 people.

It is important to know that no one—no driver, bicyclist, or pedestrian—has sole rights to the road. It is a shared space where we all have rights and responsibilities.

Drivers need to know that pedestrians have rights on the road, too, mostly in crosswalks. Drivers should make sure they slow down and are prepared to yield to pedestrians when they’re in a crosswalk. You should never pass other vehicles stopped at a crosswalk, because there is a chance that people crossing that you might not see.

As a pedestrian, you should also follow the rules of the road and obey signs and signals, as they are there to protect you. It is important to only cross streets at crosswalks. If you are walking and there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far from vehicles as possible. If there isn’t a crosswalk and you need to cross, cross at a well-lit place in the road where drivers can best see you.

In order to avoid an accident always be aware, as both a pedestrian and a driver, of the other people near and on the road.

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Driver Improvement Courses

If at any point in your future you receiving a ticket its important to know what to do after so you can learn from your mistake and properly take care of your ticket.

The 4-hour basic driver improvement course is for individuals who have gotten a traffic violation ticket and either elect to take the course or have been ordered by the Clerk of Court to take it. The BDI course can also be used for car insurance purposes.

We offer the 4-Hour Florida BDI course online! Taking the online BDI course gives you flexibility so you can take the course in the fastest, most effective way that works best for you! Our online BDI course is approved by the Florida DHSMV and is 100% online and available for access 24/7!

 

Several advantages for taking our online BDI course:

Removes points from your license

Avoids an increase on your insurance

You can work at your own pace

Friendly LIVE customer support available Monday -Friday 9-5 EST

Unlimited final exams retakes for free

Up to date and informational course material

Fast, Easy, and Convenient

 

Florida 4-Hour Basic Driver Improvement Course 

 

In addition to the 4-Hour BDI Course, we also offer several online courses that you might need or can benefit from:

Florida 12-Hour Advanced Driver Improvement Course (also known as ADI Course)
Florida 8-Hour Driver Improvement Course
Florida 4-Hour First Time Driver Course
Florida Permit Test (DMV Test)
Florida Practice Permit Test 

If you would rather take a course in-person, please call us at 1-800-800-7121 and we would be happy to give you some more information!

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Intersection Safety Tips

Intersection Safety Tips

State Farm Insurance says about one-third of all crashes happen at intersections and a significant number of these crashes are deadly. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about 40% of all crashes nationwide – and 21% of all fatal crashes – occur at intersections. In Florida alone, nearly 29% of traffic fatalities between 2006 and 2010 were related to intersections. During this five-year period, 4,719 people were killed and another 50,408 were seriously injured in intersection-related crashes.

Here are some helpful tips for when you are approaching and crossing an intersection:

  •  Maintain a safe distance between your car and the vehicle in front of you. Rear-end crashes are also very common near intersections.
  •  Try to enter the correct lane for your intended action well in advance of reaching an intersection. Be sure to signal before changing lanes.
  •  After checking to your left when turning right, always look ahead and right before accelerating. Vehicles ahead of you may stop for pedestrians crossing the street. This is a very common rear-end crash.
  • Watch for pedestrians in all directions before making a turn at an intersection. Also, keep an eye out for cyclists going straight through the intersection, either on your right or on the sidewalk.
  • Be alert to traffic from the opposite direction turning across your lane in an intersection. Even though you may have the right of way, some intersections allow left-turns without a green arrow.
  • Don’t change lanes while driving through the intersection. If you are not in the correct lane before entering the intersection, change lanes after you have cleared the intersection.

These are only a few safety tips you should follow when approaching and crossing an intersection. Make sure you are a safe driver and learn all the proper information for approaching and crossing an intersection.

 

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Driving in the Rain

Summertime often means long, warm, and relaxing days; but it also brings more rain, which can cause problems while driving. There are several factors of driving in the rain that every driver should know.

Driving While it’s Raining:

More than 20 percent of reported crashes involve skidding.  While most drivers are cautious on icy or snow-covered roads, they frequently fail to adjust their speed when driving in rain.  Also, few drivers notice early clues that they are about to lose directional control.  When they do begin to skid, many drivers do not know proper braking or steering procedures.  For instance, few drivers are aware they need a much greater stopping distance in rainy conditions.  This additional stopping distance can vary by as much as 165 feet, from 125 feet on dry pavement to 290 feet on wet pavement at 50 mph.  Always adjust your speed when roads are wet.

Driving on Wet Surfaces:

Hydroplaning is when the tires of a vehicle have a layer of water between them and the road surface and begin to skim across this layer.  Hydroplaning can result in the total loss of vehicle control.  Even with properly inflated tires in good condition, a vehicle can hydroplane at 35 mph if water on the pavement reaches a depth of only one-twelfth of an inch.

Standing water on the pavement is always a risk factor for hydroplaning.   A good indication of standing water is when raindrops bubble as they strike the road surface.  To be safe, reduce your speed whenever you travel a wet road.  In a hard, driving rain, keep your speed at or below 35 mph.

Braking on a Slippery Surface:

When braking on a slippery surface, keep your heel on the floor and apply steady pressure to the brake pedal with your toes.   If your vehicle does not have anti-lock brakes (ABS) and starts to skid, ease up on the brake pedal while steering smoothly back to the desired path.  Reapply brake pressure as needed.  Vehicles with ABS will automatically adjust brake pressure if the wheels start to slide due to over-braking.

These are just a few of the factors that can affect your driving abilities when it is raining. It is important to be aware of all the problems that can occur when you are driving in the rain or after it has been raining. 

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Cell Phones and Driving

 

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety,

 “Cellphone use also affects how drivers scan and process information from the roadway. Drivers generally take their eyes off the roadway to dial or manipulate a hand-held phone. In contrast, drivers engaged in cellphone conversations and other forms of cognitive distraction tend to concentrate their gaze toward the center of the roadway, but their attention still may be diverted from driving and this may make it difficult for drivers to process what they are looking at. Researchers have found that brain activity associated with visual processing and attention is suppressed when drivers are cognitively distracted. Consequently, cognitive distractions can lead to so-called “inattention blindness” in which drivers fail to comprehend or process information from objects in the roadway even when they are looking at them. “

This means that looking at your phone while driving is very dangerous, but even once you look away, you might still be distracted from driving.

Don’t use your phone and drive, the results can be life changing.

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