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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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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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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Roll Over Crashes

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Roll over crashes are responsible for thousands of deaths and devastating injuries that destroys peoples lives each year.

Contrary to what is said, it is not the SUV’s fault, it is not the vans fault, ultimately it is the drivers fault.

When drivers change the type of vehicle they normally drive, there should be some driver training to help educate the driver on the differences.

Roll overs occur for the following reasons, the driver is going too fast or something happened that they didn’t expect and they didn’t react properly to the situation because they didn’t have proper driver training.

When an inexperienced or uneducated driver sees a danger, they might slam on their brakes and turn the wheel quickly. The vehicle then begins to slide sideways and rolls over.

New drivers should be taught the number one rule, see the big picture. Drivers need to observe everything going on around them, at all times. If you are an aware driver, then you won’t be surprised by other drivers actions.

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Teenagers and Driving

Teens have a crash rate 3 times that of older drivers. How can we change that?

If you think about it, a new teenage driver has been riding around in the back seat for 16 years, and you as a parent have probably been trying to keep them occupied in the back seat by having them watch videos and playing games, not teaching them about driving safely.

Did you take the time to teach them anything about safe driving during all those trips? Did you demonstrate good driving skills for them to follow? Or were you speeding, talking on the phone, and sometimes yelling at other drivers? Often times we wonder where teens developed these bad habits. Parents need to make sure you are always using every opportunity to teach your child about safe driving.

Just remember, if you are practicing safe driving while driving your child, you can teach your child safe driving. If you feel like you need help teaching your child, get them driving lessons. Let a professional teach them how to be a safer driver, so you can feel confident handing them the keys to drive alone.

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Running Red Lights

Every year close to 1, 000 people are killed due to drivers running red lights, a thousand more are seriously injured and their lives destroyed.

What is not discussed, is why this issue is on the rise. Speed is present in 90% of all traffic crashes, so contrary to the idea that is just happens, the truth is, its planned.

The faster you go, the more stopping distance you need.

Make sure you are slowing down and avoid running red lights.

Only law enforcement and driver training will slow this issue down.

In the state of Florida,

 

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Tire Pressure

Maintaining proper care of your car is an important step for being a safe driver. Something that many people forget to check is their tire pressure.

Many times, you won’t realize that your tire pressure is too low or too high. Driving with your tires not properly inflated is very dangerous. Did you know that a tire doesn’t actually have to look like it needs air for there to be a problem?

Why is Tire Pressure Important?

There are many reasons why tire pressure is important, the first one is that it helps keep your car in correct working condition. It also helps you prevent getting a flat tire or a blowout while driving. Having your tires all be inflated to the same amount will actually help the alignment on your car and help the tread wear evenly on them. If you over inflate your tires, you are having less of your tire on the road which means that you have less of a handle and might increase your chance in accidents.

What Should Your Tire Pressure Be?

What your tire pressure should be will depend on your car and your tires. If you look in the owner’s manual or on the door frame of the driver door, it should be listed there for you.

Tire pressure is measured in PSI, or pounds per square inch. Once you locate and know what the PSI for you tires should be, you need to check the pressure by using an air gauge. Make sure you are checking when the tires are cold—and it couldn’t hurt to check it multiple times.

Once you have it checked, either add air or take away air. Make sure you replace the nozzle once you are finished inflating and you are now ready to go.

Make sure you are practicing safe driving and check your tire pressure!

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Why American Safety for Online Traffic Course?

So, you may be wondering why you should take a course at American Safety, if you find yourself needing to enroll in a traffic school course. We have some really amazing benefits for choosing ASI:

·         Take it at your convenience, at any time and place that suits you.

·         Most courses you start and stop the course at your leisure.

·         You can pace the course to match your learning style.

·         You can replay a section if you don’t understand what was covered.

·         You can adjust visual and audio settings to your needs.

·         Excellent customer service if you need any help or have questions

·         Top of the line learning materials and subject matter

·         Affordable

 

Although taking a traffic course might not be everyone’s favorite thing to do, we have worked very hard to make our courses enjoyable and information packed. With American Safety Institute, you will be enrolling in one of the best traffic schools!

Click here to see a full list of the online courses we offer!

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Defensive Driving

What is Defensive Driving?

 

You have probably heard the term, Defensive Driving. Defensive driving isn’t just a catch phrase that traffic schools and insurance companies use, it’s a driving technique that all drivers should be doing!

 

Being a defensive driver means you:

Watch ahead for what is happening on the road
You monitor your speed
Keep a safe following distance
Ready to safely react to other driver’s actions
Don’t get distracted while driving

 

As you can see, being a defensive driver is so important for safe driving. The reason why many traffic schools have defensive driving courses is because they are teaching you the material and information needed so you can be a defensive driver. When you take a defensive driving course, you are going to be better prepared for driving and you could save money on your insurance.

Whether you take a driving course or just research it on your own, you should know and practice what it takes to be a defensive driver.

 

Defensive Driving = Safe Driving

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