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January 2017 Archives

Wet weather safety tips

As a motorist faced with wet weather, including rain, snow, sleet and ice, your goal is to see and be seen. Safety information provided by the AAA Exchange includes the disturbing statistic that nearly 1.2 million annual car crashes are related to wet pavement issues. When you live and drive in the eastern part of our country, you must be especially careful during harsh winter weather. It only takes a thin layer of snow on the roadways to make driving problematic, and as colder, icier conditions develop, roads can become increasingly dangerous.

Steps you should take following an auto accident

You have certain legal obligations if your car is involved in an accident, a few of which are to remain at the scene, determine the extent of injuries and vehicle damage and report the accident to the police, even if it was a minor fender-bender. You must also report the accident to your insurance company. There are many facts you should gather for your report, but there is also information you should keep out of it.

A drowsy driver is a dangerous driver

You are probably able to spot a driver who appears to be drunk: someone who is weaving, following the car ahead too closely, perhaps slowing down then suddenly speeding up. However, a drowsy motorist can drive just as erratically and be just as dangerous as someone driving under the influence of alcohol. In a National Sleep Foundation survey, 37 percent of respondents admitted to having fallen asleep while driving. Unfortunately, this is easy to do because fatigue is sneaky, it can creep up on you before you know it.