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Holiday Driving Tips – Avoiding Holiday Accidents

Holiday celebrations can be happy and exciting times for friends and family. Many people travel during the holiday season, looking forward to visiting with family and friends who live long distances away. Unfortunately, the holiday season has a high incidence of traffic accidents, turning a celebration into a tragedy if people are injured or killed. During the holiday season, all motorists should be aware of the increased traffic, and holiday travelers should follow proper safety precautions to ensure the safety of everyone on the road. Drivers should be mindful of these holiday travel tips to protect themselves, their passengers, and the occupants of other drivers.

Leave early. By allowing yourself plenty of time to reach your destination, you can drive at safer speeds, take adequate rest breaks, and keep your stress levels down. Without enough stops, drivers can become overly tired or distracted and cause an accident and a result.

Avoid peak travel dates if possible. The day before a holiday is usually the day most people travel. Sometimes you can avoid traffic conditions by traveling on the holiday itself or by planning your family celebrations on other days.

Before you leave, check the condition of your car, including your tire pressure, oil, and lights. Carry spare and emergency equipment with you. Always have a spare tire, jumper cables, a jack, and emergency equipment such as road flares and extra blankets in case of an accident.

Keep your passengers safe. Make sure everyone is buckled up properly with seat belts and child restraint or booster seats.

Plan out a route with alternatives. Get directions in advance, with alternative routes in mind in case of bad weather or traffic congestion. Expect traffic near large cities.

Inquire about weather conditions and construction on highways from friends and relatives. Listen to local radio stations for indications of adverse weather.

Hide any sort of gift or present during stops. Brightly colored packaging during the holidays invites thieves to break into your vehicle.

Keep distractions to a minimum. Provide children with plenty of their own distractions, and always pull off the road to use your cell phone.

Don’t drink and drive. Always have a designated driver if there will be drinking at your holiday celebration.

By following these safety precautions, you can make the holidays a little safer for everyone and avoid a tragic traffic accident. For more safe driving tips and information on car accident prevention, visit the website of Waukesha car accident lawyers Habush Habush & Rottier, S.C.…

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Driving Tips – Breaking the Fixed Stare

What happens before most all collisions? The driver has a fixed stare. That is why the most common comment after a collision (other than “It’s not my fault!!”) is “I just didn’t see him.”

Breaking the fixed stare is a challenge for all drivers – not just beginners. Remember, if you look at an object for longer than two seconds, you begin to lose your peripheral vision (the vision that enables us to detect movement from the sides).

So, how do we break the fixed stare pattern? There are several ways. Here are some that you want to coach while you are in the vehicle with your teen driver.

Turn your head slightly as you before you enter and pass intersections without lights or signs. (The tendency here is to stare straight ahead – never assume that the other drivers will yield or stop.)

Check the mirror before slowing, changing lanes or turning and again after turning.

Use S.M.O.G. for your lane change sequence.

Turn your head to scan the intersection while you are counting 1-2-3 after the vehicle ahead of you has started to move (this occurs when you are back in the pack at a light and the light turns green – wait until the vehicle directly in front of you moves before you start your count).

Use commentary while clearing the intersections.

Yes, there are more things you can do to break the fixed stare and in the next ezine, I will discuss how you can develop a figure eight search pattern to help make your eye movements more fluid.…

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How to Maintain a Safety Margin When Driving in Fog

There is no doubt that driving in foggy weather is particularly challenging, with the visibility greatly reduced the chances of having an accident certainly increases, especially as not all drivers drive in a way appropriate to the prevailing conditions.
If at all possible your trip should be postponed until the fog has lifted. However, should you need to take your car out on the road there are some tips that can make your excursion safer.
Having a vehicle that is in good working order will be invaluable to your journey. The windscreen should be clean and the lights must be functioning properly. This should include the fog lights on your car. If you have less than 100 metres visibility you will want to engage your fog lights. This not only enables you to see better, but other vehicles will be aware of your presence as well. The use of your regular lights will be of no benefit to you at this time. They actually reflect the fog and limit your visibility even more.
One of the main hazards that occurs when there is foggy weather is that cars tend to follow each other a little too close. It may be from a sense of security that they are not the only car on the road or they may just be driving too fast for the conditions. There is also the possibility that they think they can escape the fog sooner if they go faster. Any of these scenarios can contribute to major accidents. It is very important that you keep your speed under control so that in the event of a sudden stop you are able to have enough space between your car and the one in front of you.
The air temperature cooling lower than the dew point brings about the fog. You will find that many conditions affect the density of the fog. They can be made up of atmospheric circumstances or the terrain.
Typical times and places to expect fog are normally on cold winter mornings in low lying ground, valleys or significant dips. Because the fog can change thickness and in turn reduce visibility very quickly, you will constantly need to reassess the conditions and tailor your driving accordingly.
Once visibility improves to over 100 metres you will need to turn your fog lamps off. It is a driving law, and more other drivers could be distracted by the lamps. If you have rear fog lights you will need to turn them off, as they could be construed as your brake lights.
While foggy weather does present more difficult driving conditions, practicing safe driving techniques can help you and others arrive safely at your destination.…