Safe Travels On the Road with Your Furry Friend

It’s summertime again and Americans will be doing a lot of traveling. Whether it’s going to the beach, enjoying a baseball game, or going on your yearly family vacation across the country. Many of us like to take our pets with us to experience the same activities, after all our pets are part of our family.

 

Before You Head Outdog leaning out the car window with funny sunglasses

There are many things that pet owners need to be aware of when traveling with their pets. Before heading out make sure to have a check list of things your pet will need during the trip especially during a long trip. It is best to have a food pouch in case they get hungry during the ride. A plastic water gulpy or a collapsible water bowl is very important to keep in your vehicle at all times in case your pet needs a drink. Any of the items mentioned can be obtained at your local pet store or online. If your pet takes medicine or is on antibiotics it is vital to have those with you at all times. Some pets get anxious while traveling, if this sounds like your pet, purchasing over the counter calming aid for them may lower the anxiety while on the road. If your pet feels safe in his or her crate make sure to crate them so that it minimizes their anxiety (cats should always travel in a pet carrier). If you prefer to have your pet sitting in the backseat it is very important that you have the proper equipment so that your pet does not get hurt during sharp turns or sudden braking. A car seat belt tether and a harness for your pet is the safest way to keep them stable in the backseat. These items are all sold at any pet store or online as well.

 

Cute little red kitten with travel plastic cage isolated on white

 

 

WARNING HEAT KILLS PETS!

Never leave your pet unattended in a parked car for any period of time, whether you are stopping for gas or grabbing a bite to eat. On a warm day your car can exceed temperatures of 120 degrees in a matter of minutes even if your windows are half way open. According to The Humane Society of the United States your pet can quickly suffer brain damage or die from heatstroke or suffocation.

Things to Keep in Mind…

Pets get stolen every year from unattended cars. When taking your pet on a trip they should have two tags – one with a home address and the other with the destination address.

We love our pets and It’s important to keep them safe when traveling whether on long or short trips. Keep these tips in mind when you’re ready to go on your next traveling adventure with your furry friend!

Dog and bags and other luggage in the trunk of the car on the back yard ready to go for vacation

 

Driving Test

Hello Tampa Student Drivers and Parents,

Turning 16 is an exciting time in your life, you are finally the legal age to receive a Drivers License! At the same time, this is a freighting time in a parents life. Let us ease your mind a little by knowing your teen has been taught, by an expert, safe driving habits. Our mission at, Tampa Bay Driving School, is to ensure the safety of all our student drivers by teaching safe and defensive driving techniques. We also stride to make this experience exciting and stress free. Below, is a link to the Department Highway Motor Vehicles, you will find a check list of all documentation to bring with you in order to take your Drivers Test and receive your Drivers License. Good look and we look forward in knowing there will be safer drivers on the road with us.

Thank you,

Tampa Bay Driving School Staff

 

Checklist for documents needed to receive your drivers license at the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Click on the link below :

http://gathergoget.com/checklist/checklist.aspx

 

 

 

Dr. Oz

Please tune in today at 4:00 pm to the Dr. Oz show. Our wonderful instructor, Jorge Santamaria, helps demonstrates the effect of over-the-counter medication can have on a person. Many over-the -counter medications will impair a persons driving ability without them realizing it. A typical dose is equal to three glasses of wine. These medications can lead to a DWI, Driving While Under the Influence. Over-the-counter medications can affect your ability to drive safely. Always remember to follow the advice of your physician or the label about mixing drugs and driving.

Antihistamines are classified as a depressant. Depressants are often referred to as sedative-hypnotic drugs or downers because they depress the functioning of the central nervous system. Small amounts help relax muscles and produce calmness, while larger doses create difficulties with judgment, reflexes and speech.

 

The effects of antihistamines, including over-the-counter remedies:

Slowed reflexes—reducing ability to react to driving situations, ability to stop quickly, and ability to avoid roadside hazards.

Drowsiness—reducing your ability to react to a number of driving situations.

Lack of coordination—reducing control of the vehicle, including: steering, braking, changing lanes, turning, shifting gears, parking, and stopping.

Blurred vision—reducing ability to recognize road signs, signals, pedestrians, and changing driving situations.

Reduced concentration—possibly causing inattention to driver responsibilities and negotiation of traffic. This could include driving off the road or crashing into other vehicles.

Lack of rational judgment—possibly causing a driver to take foolish chances behind the wheel.

Many over-the-counter medications contain alcohol, sedatives, and related substances that are not conducive to driving. Drivers must be aware of what is in the medications they are taking, and that these substances could impair the ability to drive.

Prescription drugs include cough medicine, antihistamines, barbiturates, and tranquilizers. Drivers often fail to recognize that many drugs that are prescribed by a physician have warning labels attached, noting alcohol consumption with the drug could be very dangerous. In addition, many of these drugs warn not to operate a motor vehicle when the dosage can cause drowsiness, light-headedness, slower reactions, intensified emotions, impaired judgment, and reduced concentration and coordination. A driver pulled over under the influence of codeine is still breaking the law, as he/she is driving under the influence. Drivers must be aware of what prescription medicine they are taking and the effects of each.

 

Keep in mind that the use of any drug that impairs your ability to drive is illegal.

http://www.doctoroz.com/episode/oz-investigation-can-over-counter-meds-get-you-dui?video_id=4000943312001

 

 

Thank you Instructors!

Mohamed called earlier today and wanted me to thank all of the instructors who were involved in helping him learn how to drive! (Everyone who had the pleasure of having at least one lesson with him) He did take his DMV road test with us yesterday and obtained his license!
Thank you to everyone for striving to make Tampa Bay Driving THE BEST!!!!!

Handling Emergencies- Part 2

Skidding

In a skidding situation, take your foot off the gas pedal. If possible, do not use your brakes. Pump the brakes lightly if you are about to hit something. Steer the car into the direction of the skid to straighten the vehicle; then steer in the direction you wish to go

Wet Brakes

Always test your brakes lightly after driving through deep water. Brakes may pull to one side or they may not hold at all. You can dry the brakes by driving slowly in low gear and applying the brakes.

Right Wheels Off Pavement

If your right wheels fall off the edge of the road, take your foot off the gas pedal, and hold the wheel firmly. Steer in a straight line and then brake lightly. Wait until the road is clear. At this point, turn back on the pavement sharply and at a slow speed.

Car or Motorcycle Approaching in Your Lane:

Often, other vehicles may be approaching in your lane as they are passing. If this happens, sound your horn and brake sharply. Be prepared to steer for the side of the road or even the ditch.

Tire Blowout

Having a tire blowout can be quite unnerving. Remain calm and do not use your brakes if this happens. Concentrate on steering your vehicle, and allow the vehicle to slow gradually. Brake softly when the car is under control, and then slowly pull completely off the pavement to replace the blown tire with the spare.

 

-Tampa Bay Driving Staff

Handling Emergencies- Part 1

When you are driving, things can happen very quickly. You may have only have a fraction of a second to make the right move. The following are common roadside emergencies and guidelines for handling them:

Breakdowns

If your vehicle has a breakdown while you are driving, park the disabled vehicle where it can be seen for 200 feet in each direction. Move the vehicle so that all four wheels are off the pavement. At this point, turn on your emergency flashers, and move all passengers out of the vehicle on

the side away from traffic. You can tie a white cloth on the left door handle or antenna or raise the hood to alert others that you are in need of assistance. If possible, carry a cellular phone for these types of emergencies.

Jammed Gas Pedal

If this occurs, keep your eyes on the road, and tap the gas pedal lightly. Try to pry the pedal up with the toe of your shoe. Shift into neutral and use your brakes. You may also turn off the ignition, but do not turn the key to the lock position, as your steering wheel will lock.

Brake Failure

If your brakes fail, pump the brake pedal hard and fast. Shift into a lower gear to slow your vehicle. Apply the parking brake slowly, so you do not skid. Rub your tires on the curb to slow your vehicle, or pull off the road into an open space.

Remember to always be alert and aware of your surroundings when driving a vehicle.

Have a wonderful weekend Tampa.

-Tampa Bay Driving Staff

 

Veterans Day

Thank you for your success in making this country a better place for us. We, our children, and our children’s children will surely benefit so much!

You stood for what you believe is right and fought for freedom that is priceless. This day, we assure you that your efforts will always be remembered.

We salute our honorable Veterans who fought for us, who battle to redeem our freedom and who made our country safe and free.

Happy Veterans Day!

Tire Pressure

Checking your tire pressure regularly is essential to safe driving. These are some quick steps to checking the tire pressure and tips on keeping your tires in good condition:

  • Each vehicle manufacture recommends a certain pressure for your tires. You can find this on decal inside the glove box or inside the driver’s side doorjamb.
  • Pressure levels may differ for front and rear tires.
  • Always make sure the tires are cold when checking the pressure, the recommend pressure you find from the manufacture are for cold tires. Driving heats the tires, which makes the air inside expand causing the pressure to be several pounds higher.
  • Be sure to use a good tire gauge. Usually the built in gauge on an air hose or compressor is incorrect.
  • To add air, place the nozzle over the tire stem and squeeze the lever. You will hear the air going into your tire. Be sure to add a little at a time, checking the air pressure to ensure you do not add to much.
  • If you do add to much air to your tire, simply press the needle in the middle of the valve to let air out (you may use a pen or any small object).

If the air pressure in your tire is low it will make your tires run hot, which will use more gas and affects the steering of your vehicle.

Proper tire tread is always important, since that is the only part of the car that touches the road.

Now lets test your knowledge:

  1. Higher speeds can increase tire tread wear. True or False
  2. Tires must be inflated properly. You should check your tire pressure every_____. A) Day B) Month and before a long trip C) Year

Answers: True and B

Have a pleasant and safe day!

Tampa Bay Driving

 

Safety Tips for Rainy Days

Driving in the Rain

Road conditions are the cause of many collisions.

  1. Check your tires before driving.
    • Tire tread and wear: Your tires should have visible tread of at least 2/32 of an inch across the base with no worn spots showing on the ply.
    • Smooth tires on wet roads contribute to thousands of serious crashes.
  2. Maintain Wiper Blades
    • Routinely check to make sure that your blades are clean, not cracked or torn and have a good cleaning surface to remove water and debris from your windshield.
  3. Give yourself plenty of time to drive to a location.
    • While most drivers are cautious on icy or snow-covered roads, they frequently fail to adjust their speed when driving in rain.
    • 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.
  4. Steering and Braking on a Slippery Surface
    • In order to steer your vehicle properly, sit in an upright, relaxed position and place your left hand between the 7 and 9 o’clock and your right hand between the 3 and 5 o’clock positions on the steering wheel.
    • Grip the wheel with fingers and thumbs. Do not grip too firmly, because the palms of your hands are not as sensitive as your fingers.
    • Look and steer in the direction you want to go, not at objects you want to miss. Avoid sudden moves or over-corrections.
    • 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.

Stay Safe- Tampa Bay Driving Staff

Columbus Day

 

Wishing you all a Happy Columbus Day from the Tampa Bay Driving Staff.

“By prevailing over all obstacles and distractions, one may unfailingly arrive at his chosen goal or destination.”

-Christopher Columbus

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