Now that summer is well on its way, families around the country are hitting the road for family vacations. While air travel and cruise ships are not uncommon, the most popular form of transportation in the United States is still by car. That means thousands of vehicles will be hitting the California roadways soon.
Car accidents are on the rise nationwide. Driving while intoxicated, distracted driving, and excessive speeding are among the leading causes. To avoid suffering from a trauma-inducing accident while on vacation, we strongly advise taking these precautions before you start your trip. Read the rest »
Many people have a dream of someday owning a sports car. And while these sporty models are fast, flashy, and eye-catching, their safety records can often fall short of “acceptable standards.”
If you are in the market for a sports car, especially if you are a parent, you’ll want to take the following safety advice into consideration. Read the rest »
Summer is here and that means time for a road trip! You’ve marked off everything you need to do on that checklist you made; things like getting sunscreen and insect repellent, all the way down to making sure your neighbor will feed the cats. But there’s a major item that may not have made it onto your to-do list, and it should be a priority: inspect the car.
Many people overlook this obvious item that needs some attention before a road trip. This can lead to all kinds of potential hazards that could ruin a perfect family getaway. Read the rest »
Let’s see if you can accurately deduce who, in the following three scenarios, is the most dangerous driver on the road: Read the rest »
Prom night and graduation are two of the most exciting moments in a teenager’s life. They mark the end of childhood, and the beginning of the journey toward becoming an adult. Unfortunately, each year tragedy strikes families across the United States when a son or daughter is killed in automotive accident.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that 2015 was the second consecutive year that the number of vehicle-related fatalities of teenagers increased: 2,358 teens were killed in 2015, compared to the 2,176 that died in 2014. Read the rest »
You know how annoying it is—the stoplight turns green, and the car in front of you doesn’t move until after you lay on the horn. Almost nine times out of 10, you see that the reason the car in front of you was so slow to respond was because that driver was looking at their smartphone. This phenomenon is not just annoying, according to an article in The Wall Street Journal, it’s causing a rise in auto insurance rates. And not just for the smartphone junkies, but for everyone. This is because distracted driving caused by smartphones is causing an overall increase in traffic accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, fatal accidents increased by 7.2 percent in 2015. More accidents means the increase in payout costs is outpacing premium amounts for many insurance companies, forcing them to raise their rates across the board.
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Hey California drivers, here’s a quick quiz for you: Why do automobiles have headlights?
You more than likely came up with some form of the following as your answer: “So that the driver can see the road ahead when it’s dark.” That answer seems obvious, right?
Well, you would be 50% correct. What many drivers are unaware of is that headlights are also implemented so that you can be seen by other drivers. Maintaining visibility for other drivers is paramount in staying safe on the road, particularly during times of inclement weather. If it’s pouring down rain on the 805 during a busy commute home, it doesn’t matter if your vehicle is a bright red SUV, silver sedan, or a milk-white bread truck, without the headlights on, your car will be difficult to perceive by other drivers, and you will be a moving hazard and possible accident waiting to happen.
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INNER MONOLOGUE OF THE MAN WHO HAS YOUR LIFE IN HIS HANDS: Hmm, nice outside today…(walks to car)…These new boots are remarkably comfortable…(unlocks car door, gets inside)…Wow, it still smells like that garlic pizza I brought home last night…(starts car, checks mirror)…Hmm. The ol’ eyebrows are getting a little long…(puts car in reverse, backs up)…Which one is NPR? Is it 3?…(pushes the “3” button on the radio, continues backing up and straightens out the car to move forward)…Man, I love Robert Siegel’s voice…(shifts to drive, moves forward)…These new boots are a little awkward for driving…(stops at stop sign)…Excellent question, Robert…(phone beeps)…Aw, damnit…(he fishes the phone out of his pocket as he turns onto a busy Carlsbad Village Dr.)…(he slides his thumb frantically across the face of the phone to open it) I’m sliding, damnit!…(he finally opens the phone and reads the text he just received as he approaches a stop light)…Ha, ha, ha! That’s hilarious!…(he tries to reply to the text, occasionally looking up at traffic)…Damn predictive text!…(he uses his knee to hold the wheel as he moves forward, using both hands to compose a text)…BAM!…(he crashes into another car)…THE END.
Every time we get behind the wheel of a vehicle, each one of us engages in an activity that we may not fully acknowledge, and that is trusting in the judgment of other drivers who will be sharing the road with us. We expect other drivers to use caution and drive attentively, but with the ubiquity of hand-held devices paired with the “down time” of driving, people often get too easily distracted.
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The “most wonderful time of the year” is, once again, quickly upon us. Several folks travel to and from San Diego to visit loved ones and friends. Many people drive all over Southern California for shopping, holiday parties, and sight-seeing. Though ’tis the season to be jolly, all of this added traffic and celebration can lead to poor decision-making on the part of many drivers, and that can lead to life-changing automobile accidents.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind while hitting the roads this holiday season.
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The streets and freeways of San Diego will be filled with cheerful drivers this season, going to and from office events, family gatherings, and parties with friends. And with everything that’s going on around the holidays, it’s easy to overlook a few simple steps to make your travels safer.
Here’s a few tips to take with you on the road this holiday season.
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