The statistics don’t lie. Teenage drivers are responsible for an inordinately high proportion of motor vehicle accidents in the United States. The latest data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) suggests that 15-24 year old drivers are responsible for about 30 percent of accidents, even though they represent only 14 percent of the overall population. That means they are almost twice as likely to be involved in an accident than other age groups.
It seems obvious that the most inexperienced group of drivers would account for the highest number of car crashes. While underestimating dangerous situations, following too closely and failing to account for inclement weather are some of the most common causes for accidents amongst teens, a lack of driving experience doesn’t tell the whole story.
Teenage drivers also make poor decisions before even starting the car. Here are three easily avoidable choices that every new driver needs to be aware of.
Failure to Inspect The Vehicle
Most young drivers share a car with parents or other siblings, which makes inspecting your vehicle before you drive even more important. Walk around the car and visually check the tire pressure lights. Driving-tests.org has acomplete checklist of external features that should be inspected before you drive. Once inside, pay special attention to side and rearview mirror adjustment. Every driver has a preference when it comes to mirror placement, and you should always assume that someone has repositioned the mirrors since the last time you drove the car. Pick a fixed object in your blindspot–like a telephone pole or a parked car–and adjust the mirror until this object comes into view. Failure to account for other cars in a blind spot is one of the most common causes of accidents among new drivers. Your mirrors are the first line of defense.
Too Many Passengers
For teenagers, the ability to drive is synonymous with freedom, and that freedom typically includes picking up and transporting a carload of friends to school or the mall. However, the chance of an accident increases with each additional teenage passenger, according to the CDC. Every passenger is an opportunity for distraction and young passengers are far less likely to respect a driver’s need to focus on the road. During the first six months of driving, parents should limit the number of passengers to one. It’s the perfect number for getting your teen acclimated to driving with a controlled amount of distraction without them being overwhelmed by a car full of immature teens.
No Seat Belt
Teen drivers may not have a lot of experience driving, but they do have a lot of experience riding in a motor vehicle and wearing a seat belt. That’s why it’s so strange that teenagers have the lowest rate of seatbelt use. The CDC reports that in 2013, only 55 percent of high school students reported that they always put on a seatbelt when riding in car. In general, teenagers are more likely to take short trips, which can give them a false sense of security about their own safety. Make sure your new driver knows that a seat belt is for every trip, not just high-speed interstate travel. You are just as likely to get in an accident driving down the street as you are driving across the country. They should also have a zero tolerance policy for passengers who won’t wear a seat belt. In reality, no one is too cool for a little safety.
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Resqme, Inc is pleased to announce a very exciting up coming event. On Saturday, October 25, Sonia Colasse, our very own Social Media Consultant will be the co driver for Emme Hall in the Powder Puff race in Barstow CA. The women will start at 12:30 and race through off road conditions until 4:30. They will be dealing with rough terrain, flat tires, and high heats, all for a good cause.
In continuing our efforts to protect drivers and increase breast cancer awareness, resqme will be donating 150 pink resqme tools to the event. This is not the first time resqme has teamed up with Emme. We also proudly sponsored her and her car in the Gazelle Rally in Morocco back in March, 2014.
We are so excited to see their great performance this weekend and wish them both the best of luck and a safe trip!
Most car drivers are aware that the use of alcohol abuse , smoking any thing other than cigarettes or calling while driving is detrimental to road safety.
But these same drivers should also learn that there are other factors that can hinder a more confident driving .
Fatigue , stress and emotions have a serious effect that can cause serious consequences ob our driving. It is best if you are tired to not take your car out and rather to stay and rest. When we hare emotional, it is good to share and relieve stress and avoid endangering our lives and those of others. An accident can happen quickly.
If you are worried , angry , scared, or depressed your ability to drive can be as negative as if you had responded to a call or after consuming several alcoholic beverages. Please avoid getting behind the wheel when you are in a state of anger.
It is advisable not to repress these emotions, discuss them, find peace within before causing a fatality in an accident due to your behavior.
Behaviors of others
If when driving , you happen to witness a major speeder, they cut you off the road, it honks at you as it squeals by you, you are best to stay calm in your vehicle and move to the side of the road as quickly as possible.
Take a moment to close your eyes, take a few deep breaths and relax. If you are in an emotional state, it would be good to get out of your vehicle, walk, or get something to drink like water. So you can keep calm with peace of mind.
If you feel rushed or impatient, give yourself some time before taking the wheel. Think about the importance of getting into your vehicle, you put your hands on the steering wheel, buckle your seat belt , and ready to leap out of your driveway , driving with confidence and security.
Is it not more important to arrive safely than winning a few seconds burning brake lights, and not respect the allotted speed limit?
Impatience is really not a good solution to get to the place you want to reach faster.
Calm down , breathe, come to your senses , because driving down the street in such circumstances can cause an accident to yourself , but remember : you are not only putting your life in danger, but also that of others, your family , friends who accompany you or other speeders .
Talk Before It Is Too Late
Road Safety announced that in January 2014, 238 people died in road accidents in France , against 239 a year earlier, representing a relatively stable (-0.5%) rate. The association of 40 million motorists challenged this figure. In fact, he noted that Road Safety announced 271 deaths for the month of January 2013. The difference is explained by the fact that road safety is based on provisional figures to present his monthly report, and its software statistical calculation overstated the final number of deaths in January 2013. However, 40 million motorists denounced a “statistical approximation,” wondering how road safety can compare final figures for January 2013 to provisional data for January 2014 (which will be consolidated in June).
Source: LARGUS.FR 02/07/14 and 02/10/14 PARIS newspaper )
Australians want to reduce drunk driving by random breathalyzers use.
In Ghana, there is support for a national ambulance service.
Malaysians want to change the road infrastructure to improve safety.
The United States of America wish to increase seatbelt safety through the campaign “Click It or Ticket.”
The Vietnamese want to improve the rate of helmet use by law enforcement.
Source: Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011 – 2020 / World Health Organization .
– 157: The number of drivers arrested on suspicion of drunk driving.
– 2: The number of people killed on our roads last week.
Will you be in the numbers next week ?
Ask yourself this painful issue as many times as it takes because behind each number there is a real person: Your father, your brother, your child, your spouse, your neighbor or even a stranger, and the stranger is a real person!
Each time you use the car on the road, you can help reduce these numbers.
Authoritative driving is a step towards better road safety.
You can change everything, it is you who are the master of your destiny!
And I sincerely believe that we should look at such an image being aware that tomorrow might be us!
The Smile of a Firefighter:
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How to Handle Your Teenager’s First Car Accident
By Guest Author: Marie Sulenski
All parents worry about their teen drivers getting into a car accident. Joanne Helperin of Edmunds Inc. told Disney Family that, statistically speaking, there’s a good chance a teen driver will be involved in an accident during the first 12 months of driving. We’re not saying it’s going to happen… we’re just saying it could. Read this before it does:
Get More Involved
Take this step long before you hand your teenager the keys. The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) told Forbes that parental involvement is the most critical factor in reducing the risk of accidents for teenagers. Teenagers who are given supportive yet direct rules regarding their driving are half as likely to get into a crash, and 30 percent less likely to use a cell phone while driving.
Teach your teen safe driving habits and agree upon ground rules when he or she is behind the wheel. Driving-Tests.org offers a variety of resources, including a parent-teen driving contract you can print out. Use it as a guide to set rules, penalties and a mutual understanding of what is expected.
Parents should also take advantage of graduated driver licensing programs in their respective states. These enable teen drivers to gradually gain experience in different driving situations.
The first few moments when both parties exit their vehicles and begin communicating typically go a long way in determining the outcome of the incident. Remind your teenager: Less is more. The only information he is required to give the other party is insurance, driver’s license and contact information. Discussing the particulars of the accident itself is discouraged.
Your teen should never admit an accident was his fault, even if it seems obvious that it was. The admission can be used against him in administrative proceedings or court (if it gets that far). Instead, instruct him to use his smartphone to take several pictures of the scene. This includes photos of the damage both cars sustained, the interior of the car, the surrounding scene, etc. Many insurance providers now have accident apps that allow you to snap and upload photos directly to them.
The New Car
Hopefully the first accident your teenager is involved in is of the fender-bender variety. There will, of course, be cases in which the car is totaled or the repairs are so costly it makes more sense to get a new vehicle. Whether you will help pay for the new car is up to you, but this could be used as an incentive for safe driving. You could pay half of the monthly payment each month they go without an accident and moving violation. You could also pay for a less expensive car in cash and forgive portions of the payback from your teenager based on the same conditions.
Finally, Remember This
Accidents are going to happen with teenage drivers. Well-prepared, involved parents can mitigate the anxiety that comes with them. The most important thing is your teenager’s health and well-being. Remind him of this, too. Cars can be replaced; people can’t.
About the Author:
Marie is entertainment and lifestyle freelance writer who dreams of writing the next great American novel.
Save the Date! Check out upcoming events for the month of March and be sure to mark your calendars.
– March 8 to 9: The First Global Congress “Women and Road Safety: Society Project” Palais des Congres, Skhirat – Rabat, Morocco
– March 11 to 13 : The International Travel Goods Show, Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, Arizona
– March 13 and 14: Shows – France-EC Dôme Disney ® Village Disneyland ®Paris
– March 18: EC showroom, we have so much to share, Stade de la Licorne, 25 Rue Chapter 80016 Amiens
– March 19 to 21: National Drowning Prevention Alliance Education Conference, Orlando, Florida
– March 14 to 29: Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc in Morocco
– March 25 and 26: ELUCEO, Stade de France
– March 25 to 27: ASI Show (Ad Specialty Industry) in Long Beach, California
The resqme team supports all those experiencing difficult weather. Dominik Jung, a German meteorologist, explains that next winter will be abnormally cold, and so does American Joe Bastardi, who works for weather giant AccuWeather, and who explains that “it’s going to be very cold.” These forecasts are based on the calculation of climate indices showing that Arctic air masses will move to Europe. The abnormal cold is also determined by the Arctic oscillation–one of the main factors of influence on winter weather in the northern hemisphere.
Floods in Brittany, France: A state of natural disaster will be recognized for Brittany in France. Several Breton municipalities have feet of the water after the flooding of many rivers. New disturbances are expected in the coming weeks.
Storm of snow and freezing rain in Slovenia and Croatia: There are more than 200,000 homes without electricity due to a severe snowstorm and freezing rain that affected the Slovenia.
Snowstorm in the United States: 13 dead, at least 13 people killed in accidents related to the winter storm affecting the southern United States. In Alabama, five people killed in road accidents caused by the bad weather, while in Mississippi four people, including two children, killed in a fire after a heating problem. Four other people killed in road accidents in North Carolina and Georgia, where, between Tuesday morning and Wednesday evening of last week, there were more than 1,460 collisions and 175 people were injured.
Snowstorm in Romania: there are more than 100 national roads and highways that were closed to traffic due to a snowstorm affecting northeast Romania. Low temperatures and high winds have caused many difficulties in many cities of the country. Some 60 cars are remained blocked because of snow, in Calarasi and Uuziceni counties.
Powerful storm of hail in Lisbon: Lisbon, the capital of the Portugal, suffered a violent hail storm storm last Thursday. The hail that fell in the early hours of the morning left a thick white coat, giving the normally mild temperature of the town an aspect of a winter sports resort.
Heavy rains in the southeast of the Philippines: at least 13 people were killed and seven others went missing in the southern Philippines due to floods and landslides caused by heavy rains. Thousands of people were forced to leave their homes. The floods have affected 132,000 people in 10 provinces.
Britain is facing the worst series of storms of the last 20 years: a new storm named Christina was approaching and the Meteorological Agency has had 73 alerts to flooding, and about 217 areas are on flood alert. After weeks of bad weather, water-saturated soils and rivers are in spate.
Cyclone Bejisa: end of red alert in the island of Réunion. 2 killed, 15 wounded. Cyclone away now from the Reunion Island, he was at 07 h 100 km in the South of the island.
Storm Dirk: one dead, one missing and more than 17,000 homes without electricity in Brittany: the storm Dirk that key Northern Europe currently has 944 hpa pressure at its center located Northwest of Scotland. High winds and heavy rains plan to touch the Atlantic coast, the channel, Belgium and Great Britain.
Bernd storm: thousands of homes without electricity in Ireland. Bernd storm which is located north of Britain with a pressure of 950 hpa, mainly affects Ireland, Scotland, Wales and West of England, with violent gusts of wind and heavy rain.
Rare snowfall in northern Vietnam: a cold wave hit many parts of East-Central and northeastern Asia, giving rise to intense snow falls, reaching even the North of Vietnam.
Rare snowfall in the Arabian desert: cold wave that hit Eastern Europe and the Middle East has caused significant snow falls in Israel, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, and the Gaza Strip. In Jerusalem and Bethlehem, the overlapping of snow often exceeded 40 to 50 cm in some areas, with close overlapping of 80 cm at an altitude of 700 meters.
In drought, there’s good sources; in distress, good friends. We are counting on you to help people in difficulties no matter where you are in the world.
The resqme tool…”when seconds count…”
Source: World Weather
Author: Sonia Colasse
World Cancer Day (February 4) is dedicated to awareness and education regarding cancer in the hope it can save lives and stimulate action. According to worldcancerday.org, it “is a chance to raise our collective voices in the name of improving general knowledge around cancer and dismissing misconceptions about the disease.”
Since 2009, resqme, Inc. has partnered with the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) to directly fund mammograms and research for the cure through the sale of its pink resqme tool.
The pink resqme tool not only helps fund breast cancer charities, it also increases the safety of motorists on the road in case of an emergency.
Consider the pink resqme tool on World Cancer Day and together we can save more lives.