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Tag: Driving Safety

The Dangers of Distracted Driving

In 2013, 3,154 people were killed in distracted driving crashes. Distracted driving has become an increasing issue over the last few years and is easily preventable. Texting and driving is one of the most common forms of distracted driving. Seventy-one percent of young people say they have sent a text while driving. Texting and driving is not… read more

Driving Safety During Strong Winds


This past weekend, the Portland area experienced strong winds causing accidents, power outages and other catastrophes.  Driving can be dangerous in windy conditions so it is important to use safety precautions on the road.  Expect sudden gusts at any time but particularly on open roads, when passing bridges or gaps in hedges or overtaking high-sided… read more

Hands-Free Voice Controls Increase Driver Distraction


A new study by AAA found voice-activated infotainment systems can pose more of a risk than talking on a cell phone while driving.  Researchers at the University of Utah conducted a test with 40 driver’s ages 18-40 in nine different scenarios with a voice-control system created just for the study.  The hands-free version they created… read more

Railroad Crossing Safety Tips


A motorist is 20 times more likely to die in a crash involving a train than in one involving another motor vehicle. Keep these tips in mind next time you are around a railroad crossing to avoid an accident: Always yield the right-of-way to the train; they cannot yield to you. Never ignore warnings such… read more

Fall Conditions Driver Safety

October means a 15-20%  increase in accidents on the roads.  With the weather conditions changing, the first few rainy days make the roads extra slippery.  Oil on the road and falling leaves are important to watch out for.  Make sure to drive carefully to avoid accidents in these wet conditions.