Posts from the ‘Car Safety’ Category

Cell Phones And Driving

A Cell phone and driving don’t equal car safety. Put your cell phone away and keep your hands on the wheel when you are driving a car.

It’s the new drinking and driving — and for good reason. As Americans become more addicted to their cell phones, BlackBerry devices and other PDAs, lawmakers throughout the nation are taking action in the wake of a disturbing national trend linking cell phone use with car crashes.

The National Highway and Traffic Safety Agency (NHTSA) reports the use of cell phones and other mobile devices now accounts for 25 percent of all police-reported traffic crashes. Research shows that driving while talking, texting or e-mailing with a cell phone or PDA can pose a serious distraction and interfere with driving a motor vehicle.

As a result of the growing number of cell phone-related car accidents, more states are pushing for legislation to ban cell phone use while operating a motor vehicle, according to FindLaw.com, the Internet’s leading Web site for legal information. States that have banned the handheld use of cell phones by drivers include California, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Utah and Washington as well as the District of Columbia.

The facts are especially alarming for teenagers, for whom driving-related incidents are the leading cause of death. According to an NHTSA report, more than 50 percent of teens admit to talking or texting on a cell phone while driving. At least 20 states, including Texas, currently ban any kind of cell phone use by teenage drivers, says FindLaw.com.

Because of the alarming trend linking cell phone use and driving, the National Safety Council has gone even further by calling for a complete ban on the use of all cell phones, including “hands-free” devices, for drivers nationwide.

Any activity a driver engages in while driving has the potential to distract the motorist from the primary task of operating the vehicle. A distraction is defined by any event or action that takes your eyes off the road (visual), mind off the road (cognitive), or takes your hands off the steering wheel (manual). Some research findings compare cell phone use to other activities such as passenger conversations or changing a CD while driving.
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Properly Inflated Winter Tires

Properly inflated winter tires are so important. Your tires support your entire car, be sure to fill them to the proper levels as recommended in your car owners manual.

Make sure your tires are properly inflated before the snow flies or you could find yourself needing a tow truck, or worse, an ambulance.

Since the air pressure in tires supports the weight of your car, it is absolutely vital that you inflate your tires to just the right degree. This is especially important in winter when tires lose their pressure faster because of the colder weather. Underinflating or overinflating your tires increases your fuel consumption and expenditures, pumps out unnecessary harmful emissions and increases the risk of damage and injury to you, your passengers and your vehicle.

Here are a few tips from Transport Canada to maintain proper winter tire inflation:

• Measure your tire inflation at least once a month.
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Check Your Car Mirrors – Take Action Before You Hit The Road

Check your car mirrors everytime you get into your vehicle. Check your seat belts too…regular maintenance and vehicle checks can save lives. And when you are in a vehicle safety is very important.

(NewsUSA) – Checking mirrors and seat belts every time you get in you car might seem overly cautious, but driving experts say that what you do before you turn on the ignition may mean the difference between life and death.

“So many accidents can be traced back to bad decisions before you even get behind the driver’s seat,” said Jeff Purner, a professional driving instructor for Porsche Cars North America.

Routine maintenance is critical to your safety. For example, under-inflated tires are the primary cause of tire failures and can adversely affect you car’s handling and fuel mileage. Check you tires, including your spare, at least once a month.

You should check your wiper blades monthly as well. Worn blades impact visibility and create glare on the windshield, even when they are not in use.
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