We’re constantly reminded of the dangers we face every time we get in the car. We pass accidents on the way to work, we hear about fatal collisions on the news at night and, from time to time, we read articles on the Internet that link to scary articles telling us that auto accidents are the number one cause of death for teenagers in the United States. We don’t need to be told the importance of safe driving.
We do need to know what being safe actually means. There’s more to safe driving than just knowing the universal language of lights and signs. Knowing what to do in potentially dangerous situations is vital, but it’s also hard to practice. Keep the following things in mind when you’re on the road and they might just help keep you in one piece.
Don’t Overreact When I Tell You This, But…
Overcorrection often turns relatively minor situations into seriously bad accidents. Even the best of us lose focus from time to time. Rumble strips exist for a reason. It’s not always easy to stay calm when dangerous situations arise, but doing so could save your life.
In an analysis of 478 real-life rollover accidents, the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine found that overcorrection contributed to 22% of the cases. This means that more than one in five may have been prevented by a controlled response as opposed to a panicked reaction.
If your vehicle is leaning over the edge, just ease your foot off the gas and gently nudge it back into the lane. If you’re presented with a sudden obstacle, be it a stalled car or a frightened moose, a quick lane change is generally better than jerking the wheel in a random direction.
Having an awareness of the traffic around you is important for this very reason – you’ll know if changing lanes is an option. If it’s not, you can always just…
Hit the Brakes!
While it’s far better to underestimate the stopping power of your vehicle, many people don’t know its true potential, either. That may sound odd, but when was the last time you slammed the brake through the floor? If you’re headed straight for an obstacle and there are cars on either side of you – an inadvisable position in the first place – the ABS system is your best bet.
The ABS system won’t just help you stop as quickly as possible without skidding; it’s made to let you turn the wheel as you brake. As the vehicles next to you pass by, holding a slight turn can maneuver you around the obstacle. Keep the above advice in mind, though – overreaction has consequences in these situations as well.
This is all assuming that your tyres are in good condition. We all know that having a good set will improve the handling of your car – especially in adverse conditions – but research conducted by Goodyear Tire and the NHTSA found that tread depth also has a significant effect on stopping distance.
And speaking of tyres…
Know Your Way through Snow and Rain
Having high-quality tyres and wheels is of the utmost importance when driving through adverse road conditions. That’s not all there is to safe driving in these conditions, though, and even if you live in the driest of deserts, chances are good you’ll face them at some point in your life.
The very best way to handle skidding on a slippery road is to avoid skidding entirely. The speed limit goes out the window when there’s a chance the roads aren’t dry. Go as slow as you need to maintain control. Even just a little rain can bring oil to the surface, and the effects of snow and ice on even the best of tyres is always detrimental.
While having electronic stability control and all-wheel drive on board does wonders in inclement weather, everyone should know how to catch a skid. It takes practice, but practice can be as fun as finding your local go-kart facility featuring a “slick track”. It may just be a go-kart, but the skills translate directly to the real thing.
While careful driving and acute attention to the road – and the laws of said road – are vital to the safe operation of an automobile, situations like the ones described above are sometimes simply unavoidable. Keeping a clear head and following the advice you’ve just read can mean the difference between a day at the beach and a trip to the hospital.
Make the right choices at the right times and you’ll hit the beach every time.
By Guest Author: Matt Milstead
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Nicholas Brit is a contributing writer for OldJunkCar.com, a national junk car removal, appraisal and salvage service based in Brooklyn, New York. Nicholas has a background writing for small print publications on various topics. His interests include working on cars as both a hobby and profession.
A lot needs to go right with a car each and every day you drive it. From the ignition to the engine and exhaust — from the axel to the wheels and tires, everything needs to be in working order if you’re going to make it to work on time. Some essential parts may be wearing down and while they may not be dangerous yet, these parts are worth replacing now before they become hazardous.
In most cars, airbags are hardly ever used. They stay out of sight and out of mind. When they do deploy it is only for an instant — and hopefully at the right one. Airbags are part of the supplemental restraint system (SRS). Nearly every car with airbags has an SRS monitoring system. Since airbags are hidden, it is difficult to know if they need to be replaced or inspected for functionality. Some car owner manuals state how often the airbags should be checked. But if the SRS light on the dashboard lights up it’s crucial to take your car to the dealer as soon as possible.
Unfortunately, airbags are not covered by a lifetime warranty. Instead they are usually covered by a new-car limited warranty. However, paying to make sure your airbags are working properly is always worth it. If you need new airbags, the only guaranteed replacement can be bought from the dealership.
Tires are designed to carry different loads and are built for different speeds. You can find the number code or load index displayed on the doorjamb of your vehicle. The load index is the weight each tire can hold, so multiply that number by four to get the total. The gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) will also be displayed there. The GVWR is the weight of the car, passengers and any cargo you may be hauling. As long as the GVWR is less than the load index multiplied by four, your tires are safe.
Tire wear in unavoidable, so regularly check your tire tread for excessive wear. Bald tires are a hazard, as they are more susceptible to punctures and slow leaks. Under-inflated tires can affect handling as well as fuel efficiency and if a tire blows out while on a freeway it could cause you to lose control of your vehicle and result in a multi-vehicle accident. Use a penny and quarter to measure the tread depth of your tires by gauging how far the tread comes up on each coin in various places on the tires. If Lincoln’s head isn’t covered by tread, your tires need to be replaced.
Front-wheel drive cars have constant velocity (CV) joints. The inner joints connect to the drive shaft and the outer joints connect to the wheels. EachCV joint is packed with a special lubricant and then sealed with a rubber or plastic boot in order to protect the joint from the elements. CV joints don’t typically need maintenance. But if the protective boot around the joint becomes damaged and the seal loosens, problems may occur. At this point the joint is open to the elements and the lubrication may be jeopardized. With a lack of lubrication, corrosion begins and can cause your CV joint to disintegrate while you’re driving, which can cause you to lose control of your car. To prevent this from happening, have your mechanic check on your CV joints during regular tune-ups.
Alex Clark-McGlenn is currently taking his MFA in creative writing from the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts. He has been published in eFiction Magazine, Inkwell at Evergreen, Slightly West Literary Magazine, and appeared in Smokebox Literary Magazine July, 2014. He currently lives in Bellingham, Washington.
The most beautiful gift to give your mom is her safety.
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When you’re on the road, you’re automatically prone to accidents. However, some people are more prone to road accidents than others and they are people who are employed as drivers. These include bus drivers, truck drivers, heavy vehicle drivers and delivery drivers and anyone who drives as part of their job. Here are some tips that both employers and employees can use for safe work related driving to minimize the likelihood of road accidents.
- Control Driving Hours
It is an employer’s duty to control the daily driving hours by assigning tasks accordingly. The recommended limit for driving each day is 9 hours in total. Also, no driver must be required to drive more than 4 hours consecutively. A break after a few hours is necessary to prevent accidents and ensure the driver is alert at all times during driving.
- Avoid Tight Delivery Deadlines
Employers must make sure not to assign tight delivery deadlines to drivers as they may resort to rash driving, which increases the risks of accidents by many folds. Employers must assign each drivers tasks accordingly to ensure the business operations run smooth without any mishaps or accidents.
- Think of Alternative Arrangements
Is driving unavoidable? Can the meeting be done via telephone, video chat or any other way? Can you send someone on foot, or on bike? An employer must answer these questions to think of ways to avoid driving as it increases the risk of work related driving accidents.
- Ensure Insurance Coverage for Employees
Every state has laws for worker safety, thus employers should offer a workers compensation benefits program or insurance coverage to help employees in case of a work related injury. This works for the benefit of employees. An employer has the right to hire a work injury lawyer to file a lawsuit in case the employer denies benefits.
- Certificate for Good Condition for Vehicle
All employers must issue a written document that states that the vehicle is safe for driving. This especially is essential for vehicles that are older than three years. These documents should be revised and the vehicles should be investigated once a year to see whether they’re up to working standards.
- Follow Road Safety Rules
First and foremost, all employees must follow the prescribed road and driving safety rules. This includes not driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, ensuring passengers are safe when a driver is behind the wheels, driving on a particular side of the road, rules for overtaking, driving in different weather conditions, etc.
- Know Emergency Measures
Drivers should know what actions to take in case of an emergency situation. E.g. in case of an accident or in case of vehicle failure, poor weather conditions, etc. You must have the knowledge of different routes, have some knowhow about the red signs in a vehicle so you can detect problems and have them sorted before they occur and cause accidents.
- Drive Within Speed Limits
The importance of driving within speed limits can never be overemphasized. As a driver, it is your responsibility to make sure you follow road safety rules and drive within the given speed limits, follow the signboards, not cross the red traffic sign, etc.
- Follow Instructions from Employer
It is very important to follow the route advised by the employer. This will help you and employer stay on the same page and will allow the employer to make necessary arrangements accordingly in case of emergency.
- Report Vehicle Defects
It is also important for you to report any defects in the vehicle to the immediate manager and make sure to not to drive that vehicle. Most employers will take action and cease the use of such a vehicle until it is safe for driving.
Work related injuries due to road accidents are common. It is important for both employer and employee to ensure that all safety precautions are taken to minimize the occurrence of unfortunate incidents which can result in huge losses for a business in form of vehicle costs, penalties and charges, poor traffic records, and high number of workers compensation claims.
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