On the often-dangerous road, every little bit of technological helps. Every time you get behind the wheel of a car or turn your motorcycle onto the street, you face the risk of a serious accident. Defensive driving helps, but driving cameras can assure that any accident is well documented.
Driving cameras are an added insurance policy or your own personal “black box” to record every movement of your travels. They record your driving habits so you can learn from your mistakes. Some insurance companies use the cameras to audit your driving habits, which can lead to discounts of as much as 30 percent (http://www.comparenow.com/auto-insurance/guides/dashboard-camera.aspx )on your insurance premium, reports Comparenow.com.
In the case of an accident, where the facts might be disputed by other drivers or in the courts, the evidence is at your fingertips to prove the truth.
Technology for safer driving
Driving cameras attach to the dashboard or your vehicle, much like a navigational GPS device. Some insurance company programs record data that check the average rate of speed, the time you spend driving at night, how hard the brakes are applied, and other factors that could increase the chances for collision. The camera technology enables you to review a trip or regular commute in a manner that can easily identify moments where your attention lapses, if you popped a curb, or did something else that was less than safe.
Driving cameras also ensure that the moments of an accident are recorded. Many of today’s cameras record high-definition video at night, so every sight and sound of an accident is documented.
Barbara Marquand of Carinsurance.com, in a post by MSN Money, says that driving cameras are popular (http://money.msn.com/auto-insurance/article.aspx?post=f0c73edc-59aa-489c-8880-0a466b95d3a8 ) in Russia due to the country’s strict liability laws against unsafe driving. Many people have decided to invest in $100 cameras rather than deal with the he-said, she-said tug-of-war in court to determine the at-fault driver in an accident.
Benefits for motorcycles, too
No dashboard? No problem. Motorcyclists can benefit from the same video recording technology by attaching it to their helmets or handlebars. Cameras for motorcycles can both record footage in front of the bike, and display activity to the rear of the bike.
Brands like Skully are pioneering driving safety for motorcyclists, with what Gizmodo.com writer Corey Hass describes as wireless camera technology that make mirrors obsolete. The lack of mirrors also makes the bike feeler leaner, and more streamlined.
Bikebandit.com provides other types of hands-free digital video cameras that are easy to attach for less than $150. A simple camera, protective apparel (http://www.bikebandit.com/riding-gear-and-accessories), and a solid helmet will go far in protecting you in the event of an accident.
Many hands-free motorcycle cameras can simply be attached to any helmet or set of handlebars. Even GoPro cameras will work to give you the added piece of mind to document the road conditions in case they’re ever called into question later.
We haven’t quite advanced to the point where every helmet will have a built-in computer screen or every car has cameras rather than mirrors. There are simple solutions now, though. Attach a camera to your dashboard or helmet, record the data, and become a better driver instantly.
“When we hit the water I couldn’t believe what was happening. My husband had been napping in the passenger seat and was jolted awake to me screaming that we were in the water. Once the car finally stopped it bobbed a little and the front end started sinking.
The water was almost at the windows which no longer worked nor did the sunroof.
My husband and I had no idea how deep the slough was or if anyone had seen us go in. We just needed to get our son and get out. We had seen a segment with Dr.Geisbrecht and the resqme window punch on the CBC’s Rick Mercer Report and did our best to recall what to do. We didn’t waste time trying to open the doors or calling 911.
We made a plan to get our son. I pushed the luggage that flew up to the front on impact out of the way while my husband reached over the passenger seat to undo our son’s carseat belt. While he was undoing our son, I used our resqme window punch to smash my driver side window. Water started coming in through my window and the front end started sinking faster. There was too much luggage and glass to pull our son through my window so I swam around to the passenger side to help my husband get our son out. My husband used the resqme to punch out his window but not before covering our son in a blanket and punching the rear passenger window as well. My husband got out and then pulled our son out. We swam to shore with the assistance of some good samaritans who jumped in to help us. By the end of it the car was partially submerged with front end completely submerged. I have nightmares when I think about how the scenario could have played out if we did not have our resqme. Preventing accidents is priority – Being prepared in the event of an accident can make all the difference. Thank you for this inexpensive, effective and life-saving tool.”
Natalie ends her story with these words for the resqme team: ” It has been embarrassing airing my mistake, but worth it if it can help someone else. There are no words to express my gratitude for your kindness and support. You have helped turned this traumatizing event into something positive.” Natalie Millar
Writting by “Social Monsters“
When you’re a new driver, hitting the road is exciting. But whether it’s a short drive around town or a cross-country road trip, you should always be prepared. The most important things a driver can take on the road are proper skills and safety, but there are also a few other necessities that no new driver should be without.
1. Backup Cell Phone; Charger
You probably take your cell phone everywhere, but if your battery dies or your phone breaks during an emergency you will need a way to contact help. Many drivers use their phone’s GPS for driving directions or listen to fresh tunes on Pandora or Spotify. Both of these activities can quickly suck up battery life. A car charger can help you stay connected on a long drive. When all else fails, however, MSN Autos recommends keeping an old cell phone in your car at all times. Did you know that even a can be used to call 911? Make sure to keep the phone fully charged and in an accessible place.
2. Tire Repair Essentials
According to WyoTech Automotive School, tire repairs and replacements are one of the most common breakdown problems drivers encounter. Always carry a tire gauge in your car and check your tire pressure often before leaving the house. Refer to your vehicle owner manual to know exactly where your tire pressure should be. You should also carry a spare tire and a jack so if you do have a flat or a blowout you can quickly change your tire to get to the nearest auto repair shop. A tire repair kit can also quickly patch a punctured tire. Just remember these are short-term fixes and you should never drive for a long distance on a patched or a spare tire.
3. Emergency Kit And Personal Necessities
Always keep in your car for minor injuries or ailments. According to the Red Cross, this should include bandaids and bandages, alcohol wipes, ointment, gauze, a breathing barrier, scissors, cloth tape, aspirin, cold compress, thermometer, scissors and a first aid manual.
You should also include other emergency essentials like a change of clothes, an emergency blanket, duct tape, a multitool and a flashlight in case you breakdown in the dark. Check your kit regularly to make sure nothing is outdated and your flashlight batteries are still good.
Think about your personal needs when building an emergency kit. Motion sickness medication and extra water in BPA-free bottles are good additions to your kit.The Red Cross suggests checking with your doctor for specific medications. If you need corrective eyewear to drive, keep a spare pair of contacts or glasses in your car at all times. Online retailers like are often a less expensive place to buy extra.
4. Jumper Cables
You’d be surprised at how many people forget this essential. According to AskMen.com, people who winterize their car or live in hotter climates need a jump as often as people in cold climates and might forget to bring cables too late. The important thing is to check your owner manual to make sure you have the right kind of cables for your car. You might need something different from the standard four-clamp cables.
Most drivers rely on GPS to get them where they need to go. But if you lose power or service you could end up lost and out of luck. Always carry a standard paper map or atlas in your car and update your copy every few years.
Writting by: Andre Smith
Approximately 6 million automobile accidents occur every year, and negligent drivers cause more than half of them. Negligent drivers are people who operate vehicles without considering the health and welfare of other people on the road. Examples of such people include drunken drivers, traffic violators, and people who intentionally violate traffic rules. The United States has laws in place to protect drivers who obtain injuries from negligent drivers in car accidents. However, a driver will want to prevent getting into an accident in the first place. The following contains information on ways that drivers can protect themselves from negligent drivers.
Add Extra Length to Following Distance
Various organizations advise motorists to allow two to four seconds of stopping distance in between cars. A 10-second distance is reserved for extreme conditions such as an icy road. A driver who wants to give himself or herself extra protection against negligent drivers can implement a five-second following distance in between himself and herself and the next vehicle. Increasing following distance will allow the following driver adequate time to stop his or her vehicle if an inebriated driver makes a sudden irrational move with the other car.
Drive During the Day on Holidays
Holidays are the most dangerous times for any drivers on the road. Many drivers perform irresponsible acts such as drinking and driving without designating a sober person to operate the vehicle. Such conditions are often much less likely to occur during the daytime hours. Therefore, a driver who wants to avoid an accident with a negligent driver can elect to travel during the day on holidays. The earlier the driver does the traveling, the less likely he or she is to run into a drunk person on the highway.
Report Erratic Driving
Drivers can help other drivers and passengers by reporting erratic driving as soon as it occurs. Erratic driving indicates that the driver has lost his or her sense of judgment. It could mean that person is under the influence of drugs or alcohol. It can also mean that the person is distracted. Either way, the police will investigate a complaint from another driver. If they discover that the driver in question is indeed driving erratically, then they will take steps to stop the vehicle and prevent that person from operating the car any more that day. A person who reports erratic driving can save lives. Examples of such driving is swerving, speeding, stopping and starting the vehicle, and repetitive lane drifting.
Peer to the Left and Right
Just as pedestrians need to look to the left and right before crossing the road, drivers need to look to the left and right before pulling off from a traffic sign or signal. Many drivers place their faith in the lights and the signs when true safety comes from all drivers conducting themselves in a responsible fashion. A stop light can tell a driver to stop, but that does not mean that he or she will do such. Therefore, a driver my use all the resources that he or she can to evaluate the surroundings. Using peripheral vision can help, but it does not always work as well as a complete head turn works.
Honk the Horn
A loud horn and a long honk can be a lifesaver in a situation in which a driver is falling asleep at the wheel. Some drivers try to drive for too many hours without getting proper rest. Inadequate rest can lead to severe automobile accidents. A driver who notices that another driver is falling asleep can try to alert that person with a complimentary wake-up honk. It just might startle the driver enough to wake him or her.
The best way for a driver to protect himself or herself from negligent drivers is to avoid being a negligent driver (the penalties for which can be severe, you can find penalties on this traffic offences page (scroll down)). A person who does not have his or her full attention on the road might miss an opportunity to use a defensive driving technique. A driver can avoid negligence by turning off cell phones, DVD players and other distracting objects. The driver should keep intra-vehicular conversations to a minimum and avoid turning his or her head to speak to people in the rear of the car. Additionally, a driver should not operate a vehicle while he or she in under the influence of illegal drugs, alcohol or prescription drugs.
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Andre is a marketing consultant from Brisbane, Australia. His two great passions are cars and football. He is also a blogger and has written a number of automotive articles that you can read on his Google+ page.
Over time, many people have been led to believe that winters are the most dangerous times to drive. This is because of the icy and wet winter conditions that are commonly associated with slippery roads. This could however be lesser in magnitude if the details of the Department of Transportation data depict the reality on the ground. The data indicates that summers are the most risky times to drive. It goes ahead to give statistical evidence that between the summer period of June and August 2012, eighteen percent more accidents occurred that the winter months of December through to February.
This spike in summer crashes can be attributed to many factors including congested roads, unroadworthy vehicles and stress driving. Driving safe during winter is a collaborative effort but you must do all that is within your capacity to ensure that you play your role. Below are some tips to help you drive through summer safely.
Ensure Your Vehicle is in Good Condition
Different seasons come with different weather conditions. Summers are generally hot and sunny. This in itself is enough to strain the mechanical parts of your vehicle. Doing a vehicle check up before you embark on your vacation drive will guarantee you safety and peace of mind. Some of the major car systems to inspect include:
• Cooling system- Inspect the radiator for leaks and cracks while at the same time check the rubber cooling system hoses to ensure that they have no swellings or leaks.
• Battery- the car battery should be checked for loose connections and terminals. This will enhance performance and prevent costly breakdowns.
• Tires and suspension- ensure your tires have no dangerous sidewall breaks or excessive wear and tear. This will guarantee you excellent road traction even in slippery roads. Check the suspension and make the necessary alignments
• The braking system- The salts used on roads during winter can cause substantial damage to the braking system. After every 20,000 kilometers, you need to have your brakes inspected. Brake failures have caused a significant portion of road accidents.
• The exhaust and lighting system should also be checked to ensure that everything is running smoothly before you turn the ignition key.
Heat and Glare management
When driving, glare can affect your eyes making you see imaginary dark spots. These can cause poor visibility and ultimately accidents. Having sun glasses on while driving in sunny weather can help you decrease the effect of glare. A sun shield can also come in handy when you park your vehicle. This shield will keep the interiors of your vehicle free from the excessive summer heat. This heat can also cause dehydration especially during long trips. To counter this, ensure you carry enough drinking water to last you through the journey.
Exercise Good Road Use
It is commonly said that while driving, you have to assume that everyone else is not a good road user except you. You therefore need to be extra vigilant on the road in order to avoid accidents. Summers are characterized by many road users, a situation that can lead to congestions and traffic snarl ups. To maneuver in these roads, you need to know how to share the road with others. For instance you should have enough following distance when behind motorcycles. Also you need to be extremely careful when driving through construction zones. Never ignore even a single road sign it could mean a lot for your road safety.
Always Be Alert and Sober
Driving over long distances can cause fatigue and stress at the steering wheel. Avoid the temptation to drive for long distances without a break even if your destination is tucked far away. The nature of the roads can also reduce your concentration level. Before you start driving, ensure that you get sufficient sleep. In the course of driving, be sensitive to your body and stop when you feel fatigued. Having regular breaks will enhance your blood circulation and make the trip more enjoyable.
Always Carry Emergency gear
Imagine suffering a tire burst in the middle of nowhere. This will not only inconvenience you but endanger your life as well. It is always good to carry an emergency gear such as rags, flashlights, reflective warning signs, extra coolant and oil and even food. For communication purposes, ensure that you always have your cell phone full charged and with an extra battery.
In addition to the above tips, you also have to confirm that all the car occupants are properly buckled up before you set off. Children under the age of 12 should always be in the back seat and not at the front. The airbags can easily cause injury or even death to young children.
Brenda Panin is a full time mom of two beautiful girls and a great car lover.
Useful information for this article has bee kindly provided by Berwick Motor Group.
Laurent received news on July 29th from Jesuralem.
Daniel Katzenstein is telling a beautiful story about a man who wanted to end his life and who ending up surviving.
Just wanted to tell you about another great save. One of our medics is a supervisor at a methadone clinic in southern Jerusalem. A few days ago someone called his office that one of the clients from the clinic had attempted suicide outside their offices. He ran down the stairs, hopped on his ambucycle was in the alley where someone found the troubled client with a cord tightly wrapped around his neck. Without any tools handy and concerned about cutting the man’s neck he reached for his ResQme tool, slid the blade guard under the cord and watched as the blade made short work of the offending cord. The cord virtually snapped off the man’s neck and within moments he began to sputter and recover. By the time an ambulance was on scene the man was conscious and even initially refused transport.
The man has a troubled life but at least now he has a chance and a hope to make it better.
Thanks for everything,