Written by Social Monsters
When we think about road trips, the risk of potential hazards and safety issues rarely come to mind. Instead, we think about all of the fun we will be having driving across the country with our families. But there is a risk. Today, new technology is being used to keep drivers safer on the roads. Here’s some of today’s top tech to consider for your next road trip.
Never Lose Service, Even in Remote Areas
Oftentimes road trips take us through remote parts of the country, where cellphone service is non-existent. The small problems caused by lack of cellphone service like not having a solid connection to play Pandora or Spotify or not being able to update your status on Facebook are not as bad as what can potentially happen without service. If you experience an emergency out on the road in a remote area you won’t be able to call for help. Having a satellite phone in your driving safety kit is smart. Roadpost offers a wide range of satellite phones, including Iridium phones. These phones rely on 66 low, Earth-orbiting satellites that operate as a completely meshed network. A study conducted by Frost & Sullivan found that the Iridium network has the best call completion rates and quality when compared to competitors. In fact, it’s so reliable the U.S. military uses Iridium phones to communicate.
Apps That Predict Road Conditions
Driving in new areas can be potentially hazardous. From not knowing the conditions or simply not knowing if the roads take a twist or turn, driving in new territories can pose a number of safety risks. However, you can stay safe by using an app that alerts you of road and traffic conditions in real-time. Download the world’s largest community-based navigation and traffic app, Waze, to stay safe on the road. Waze will alert you of any accidents, traffic jams and road hazards before you approach them. Additionally, Waze can help you save on gas, too. The app will steer you in the right direction to help you find the cheapest gas prices on your road trip. Remember, don’t use apps and drive, instead have a passenger navigate the app for you. The Waze app is available on Google Play and Apple’s App Store.
Driver Night Vision
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), reports that 49 percent of fatal accidents happen at night. And according to data fromAuto Liv, the risk of an accident is nearly four times greater at night than in the daytime. That’s why the safety technology company created a night vision system that can help drivers navigate the roads safely after dark. The company believes that headlights aren’t enough, as they only illuminate up to a distance of 44 yards ahead of a vehicle. Anything past this point is rarely seen by the driver. Hazards like fallen rocks or even animals like deer can cause serious harm to your family and heavy damage to your vehicle. The night vision system uses infrared technology to detect hazards up to three times farther than the standard range of headlights, giving drivers more time to react. The sensor is mounted to the vehicle’s grill, if something is detected, the object is highlighted in yellow on an in-cab screen that can be seen by the driver. If the object is in the vehicle’s path, the object will turn red, alerting the driver of the risk. You can avoid accidents by using a night vision system on your next road trip.
Written by Social Monsters
You’ve seen the videos, billboards and advertisements urging you to refrain from texting and driving. Yet, you continue to do it. You’re convinced you’ve got it all under control and those unfortunate occurrences won’t ever happen to you. You are invincible.
The problem is, you’re not. Each time you take your eyes off the road, you’re taking a huge risk.
1.You Could Easily Pull Over.
Unless you’re driving on an extremely narrow roadway with shoulder, or where there is no parking lots or driveways in sight, you should be able to pull over and respond to that urgent text message. If not, it’s much more dangerous to take your eyes off the roadway, even if it’s just for a few seconds, than it is to keep driving until you find a safe place to bring your vehicle to a halt.
2. You Might Wreck.
If you’re texting while driving, you’re 23 percent more likely to be involved in an accident, notes Driving-Tests.org. Not only do you not want to be injured or killed, but you also want to keep that pretty little ride of yours, don’t you?
3. Safety of Others is at Stake.
You care about your passengers, don’t you? So why would you put their lives at risk by responding to a text message? How about all the other pedestrians and drivers on the road? Don’t risk injuring them and having to live with the guilt on your conscience?
4. You’re Breaking the Law.
Depending on your state of residence, it may be illegal to text and drive. And for a good cause, since focusing on the road, and not the messages appearing on the screen of your smartphone, may save your life. sr22insurance.net offers a comprehensive list of states that ban the use of handheld cell phones while driving.
5. Your Insurance Company Doesn’t Like Excuses.
The greater risk you pose to your insurance provider, the higher your premiums. After all, why should they cut you slack when you’re putting it all on the line each time you whip out that phone. And once law enforcement steps in and issues you a citation, rest assured your insurance provider won’t be too happy about it..
6. Your Reaction Time is Slower.
You’re not as sharp as you think when texting and driving. A University of Utah Study revealed it drastically impairs reaction time. David Strayer, a University of Utah psychology professor and principal author of the study, added:
“If you put a 20-year-old driver behind the wheel with a cell phone, [his] reaction times are the same as a 70-year-old driver who is not using a cell phone.”
7. You Run the Risk of AutoCorrect.
We’ve all had our own terrifying experiences with AutoCorrect. Eliminate the risk.
8. You May Extend Your Trip.
If you’re in unfamiliar territory, you need to pay close attention to the road so you don’t miss an important turn or exit. If your eyes are fixated on your smartphone’s keyboard, don’t be disgruntled if being inattentive tacks on additional time and U-turns to your trip.
9. You’re Acting as a Bad Example.
Assuming there are others that ride in the car with you who do not yet have their licenses, you may be communicating that it’s OK to engage in this risky behavior.
10. It Can Wait.
The world won’t end if you don’t type out your message and hit submit while driving.
Transmitting a message isn’t worth receiving a citation, getting in a collision or putting the lives of others and your own at stake. If you’re not yet convinced, check out the statistics on Don’t Text & Drive. Put down the smartphones and pay attention when you’re behind the wheel to make the roadway a safer place for drivers.
The 1st Global Congress on “Women and Road Safety: Project for Society” will be held on March 8 & 9, 2014 at the Palais des Congrès, Skhirat, Rabat, Morocco.
Every day in Morocco and around the world, many people are killed or injured on the roads. Men, women and children who go to school or to work on foot or drivers never return home, leaving behind anguished families. Thousands of people each year spend long weeks in the hospital after a serious accident and many of them will never be able to live, work, or play as they once did.
Traffic accidents are a major public health problem worldwide, with adverse consequences on economic and social levels.
The risk of being killed in a traffic accident varies by age and sex and it is almost three times higher for men than women. However, according to the World Health Organization, the accidents are among the ten leading causes of death among teenagers and adult women.
In countries with high and middle income, accidents are the leading cause of death among the female population aged 10-44 years.
Considering the central and multifaceted role that women in society play as an active, constructive influence in their environment, the National Committee for the Prevention of Traffic Accidents (CNPAC) and the National Union of Women of Morocco (UNFM), have organized the 1st World Congress on Women and Road Safety under the theme “Women and Road Safety: Project for Society.”
Under the High Patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, the Conference is organized under the chairmanship of Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Meryem, President of the UNFM and to mark the occasion of International Women’s Day, March 8, 2014 in Rabat.
This global event is organized in collaboration with several international organizations concerned with the issues of road safety. In particular, the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Road Safety Organization (PRI) , the Laser International Foundation and Laser Europe, the International Transport Forum (ITF) and the International Automobile Federation (FIA) .
The Congress is also an opportunity to highlight the role of partnership with civil society around a national cause for the preservation of human life and the fight against road carnage.
This Global Congress will also provide an opportunity to remind the world the roles that women and civil society can play in the field of road safety and challenges of the future.
More than 300 delegates will take part in this event. They represent respectively: international organizations, governments, the business community, research institutes and the various components of civil society. A Declaration on Women and Road Safety called “Rabat Declaration” will be developed at the end of the work.
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!
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What to Keep In Your Car Emergency Kit
By Guest Author: Samuel Joyce
Drivers face a plethora of crisis every day. Traffic jams, rough weather, flat tires, dead batteries, stranded miles away from a gas station or eatery, in the middle of the night, overheated radiators and much more. Whether you are few hundred kilometers out of your hometown or on the other side of the country, your only immediate friend in crisis is an emergency kit. Always keep it stacked with all the necessary items that would help you come out of the difficult situations.Image via Flick User State Farm
Your car emergency kit should contain the following:
First Aid Kit
Must have of all is the first aid kit. Pack your first aid kit with all the essentials like latex gloves, anti-bacterial ointment, adhesive bandages- small and large, non-adhesive bandages, gauze, iodine, aspirin and medical tape.
Water-the elixir of life, is the most important item you should keep in your car. Never travel without it.
Keep emergency hammer like window breaker, seat belt cutter and fluorescent orange for signaling. Lug wrench, box cutter, screwdriver, are the basic tools that always need to be kept in the car. The kit should include jumper cables, a tire gauge, a fuel/fluid siphon and a couple of reflective triangles and flat road flares.
USB mobile device charger
The only connection between you and your family is a phone in crisis. A phone with a dead battery is useless. To avert such a situation, always keep a mobile device charger in your car.
Any emergency kit is incomplete without flashlights. In emergencies after dusk, if you are not able to search the things needed, then the entire stacking is pointless. Keep one flashlight with a strong beam. You can keep LED flashlights. They are cheap– two are enough. Always keep flashlight batteries in a jar outside the flashlight.
With smart phones in almost every pocket, road maps seem obsolete. However, what if you are stuck at a place outside the range of your GPS signal or the phone battery is dead. The GPS may also not help. At such places, only a road map or an atlas can help.
Carry a tire in a good condition assorted with a tire jack and tire iron. But, just keeping a tire is not sufficient. You must know how to change the tire as well.
Jumper cables are perfect to deal with a sudden breakdown of batteries. It will not provide a full charge but would be enough to get back home or a service station nearby.
Remember, if the battery is in a bad shape, visit a mechanic or auto parts store with a certified battery charger. You can also exercise the option of mobile car battery replacement which is available everywhere these days, whether you are in Melbourne, Johannesburg or Colorado. They repair and replace your alternator or starter motor. By keeping jumper cables, you can assist a stranded fellow as well.
If you are a victim of tire blowout stranded in the darkness or in low visibility conditions. Convey your distress to the passing vehicles by lighting roadside flares around the perimeter of the car or set-up reflective triangles.
Lighter or matches
It is wise to keep a pack of matches or a simple lighter in the emergency kit. With these, you can light a campfire or heat food or water or drive away the animals.
Keep a good supply of healthy snacks like nuts, muesli bars, dried fruits, wrapped energy bars in the car. These are useful even if you are not facing any crisis.
Keep spare clothes in the car. You might need them in sudden weather changes like rain or snow to layer up. Like clothes, keep extra blankets. They are the best means to keep you warm when the temperatures fall.
Pack your car emergency kit with all the above and have a safe drive!
Samuel Joyce is an automobile expert with keen interest in car safety. Safety while driving on the road is important and wheels, car battery and other parts also form an integral part of it. He has also given reviews for cheap car batteries Melbourne that have helped many to make the best choice when buying a car battery.
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.
By Guest Author: Zoe Florence
Driver Safety Week is an important time to remember how crucial driver safety is to everyone on the road. However, aside from just reminding people about driver safety, drivers should also take the time to ensure they are safe out there on the roads. Many people die or get seriously injured from road accidents each year and so drivers everywhere should always keep the following things on mind when they go on the road.
We all know that we should never drive drunk, tired, or too fast. However, distractions can be just as bad while driving so it’s important that you remove all distractions while on the road. Put your phone on silent mode or turn it off completely. If you are on a long trip or you truly are waiting for an important call, then you should purchase a in-car phone system that can route phone calls to your car’s speaker system to keep your hands free. However, the best thing to do is still to remove all distractions and you should only use the phone in cases of extreme emergencies.
Wear Your Seatbelt
Studies have shown that wearing your seatbelt can prevent fatalities during car accidents. When worn correctly, this prevents the driver and passengers from flying through the windshield or being tossed around inside the vehicle. Even the most minor car collisions can cause the people inside the car to bump into the dashboard or side mirrors. So, buckle up before you start the motor – and tell your passengers the same too!
Keep a Safe Distance
Don’t follow the car in front of you too closely while on the road. You need time to react just in case the person in front of you stops all of a sudden. Different drivers have different reaction times so it’s hard to say exactly how far you should stay back, but a good rule of thumb is the three second rule. Basically, look for an stationary object on the side of the road. As soon as the car in front of you passes it, start counting. You should count to at least 3 before your car passes the same object.
Drive According to Weather
Driving in the summer and the spring can be a pleasant experience. However, when the winter months come, you need to start thinking about the way you drive. Snow and ice can cause your car to slip, so make sure you have more space in between you and the car in front of you. Fog and sleet can reduce visibility so make sure you go just below the speed limit to avoid accidents.
Maintain Your Car Properly
Car maintenance isn’t just about keeping your car in good shape, but it’s actually a safety issue too. You need to take your car in for regular inspections by a mechanic at an auto repair services shop. An auto repair services can help you keep your can in good shape. You should find a reliable and trusthworthy auto repair services shop in your area who will not only charge you a fair price, but have your safety in mind.
Image via Flickr User Sean Freese
Zoe Florence belongs to the world of automotive sales and management consulting. I am a typical introvert, writer, analyst, friendly web fanatic and a travel fan. I loved to share and gather important information on auto industry and auto repair services.
Driver Education: What learning can be more useful than what could save your life?
Author: RICARDO ALEMÁN
It is a unique portable safety device that can be on the keychain. It is a small tool that allows you to escape to from a vehicle or rescue trapped passengers. Some Councils give them to their local police officers, since they serve to rescue trapped people quickly and efficiently. Remember the day where he had to break the glass of a vehicle because there was a minor forgotten inside, thanks to this tool it could fracture glass safely for the child.
Inspired by the concept of the car emergency hammer, ResQMe ™ is a revolutionary and extremely powerful rescue tool despite its small size. As it is in the keychain, it requires no installation and you will always have it at hand.The head is reusable, is restored automatically, and can be used several times. The blade is extremely durable and can cut several safety belts.
AUTHOR: RICARDO GERMAN/POLICÍA LOCAL DE ROQUETAS DE MAR
Editor’s Note: This has been translated into Spanish from the original blog here.
Teen Car Insurance and Driver Safety Guide
By Guest Author: Kerry Blake
It’s a well known fact that teen drivers take more risks on the road than drivers over the age of twenty. But many people do not realize just to what extent teens have problems with driving safely, and what exactly can be done to reduce the problem. Besides the physical risks entailed by reckless driving, teens and their parents are often hit with higher insurance premiums. Fortunately, there are things that can be done to improve teen driving and reduce teen insurance premiums.
Image via State Farm
Teens and Automobile Accidents: The Truth
It’s the shocking truth that according to CDC teens are 3 times more likely to get involved in fatal road accidents than drivers over the age of twenty. An explanation for this is that teen drivers simply do not have the requisite experience to drive safely.
High Risk = High Insurance Premiums
Due to the riskiness of insuring adolescent drivers, insurance companies charge much higher premiums for teenage drivers than they do to drivers 25 or older. Unfortunately, many parents are under the impression that there is little or nothing that they can do to lower their teens’ insurance premiums. This, fortunately, is not the case.
Lowering Teens’ Insurance Premiums
One possible way to lower a teen’s car insurance premium is to ask for a good student discount. Some insurers are willing to offer teenagers with a B average or higher insurance discounts they are not willing to offer mediocre or bad students.
Another way to possibly reduce a teen’s premium is to have him or her take a safety-focused driving course after passing his or her driving test. If the course is recognized by the car insurance company, they may be willing to offer some kind of discount. (Of course, different insurers have different policies, and not all are willing to offer any kind of discount.)
In the event that no discounts are available, it is a good idea for teens to consider buying a used car to help them and their families cut overall automobile expenses.
Helping Teen Drivers Develop into Safe Drivers
Becoming a safe, expert driver takes years of practice. Teens need all the help they can get in order to better develop their driving skills. Parents should provide advice and continued assistance as teens become more and more comfortable with driving on their own.
Naturally, at the same time, parents should avoid playing too dominant a role in teens’ driving education. Doing so may end up resulting in communication problems between parents and teens.
The single best way parents can help their teens develop into safe drivers (who will have substantially lower insurance premiums in the future) is to model good driving behaviors. Parents who fail to practice good driving habits cannot expect their older children to do anything but follow their bad example.
Being a good example is invariably more effective than lecturing. Parents should always be aware of their driving and what their teens might learn from their driving in order to encourage teens to establish good driving habits in the future.
Kerry Blake is a writer of technology and automotive articles. You can find Kerry contributing on several sites like King Of Fuel.