Posted by: safedriver | August 28, 2015

Time to re-focus in school zones

crossing 2It’s that time of year that makes parents happy; school starts again! We all seem to enjoy the summer months and the vacations we may take, but we now have to re-focus on the school year. When I say “we” I’m not just talking about the kids at school. I’m also referring to the parents and especially those who are driving in or near school zones. Here’s a few things to consider at any time during the school year.

The first few days after a long break, such as after summer vacation, many of the kids are very excited to see their friends again. They may forget to look before crossing the street, may walk between vehicles and of course, may just dart out at the last second. Because we know this will happen, as drivers we should expect this to happen and prepare for this.

The first thing to do is to keep your speed reduced in those areas. You can respond much quicker to the sudden actions of pedestrians or cyclists if you’re driving much slower. If you’re running late for work, speeding through your community won’t really save you much time. With this in mind, I would suggest you leave for work a few minutes earlier when school is in session. That will give you time to also deal with the higher volume of traffic; including stopping for school buses.

017 (2)To give you more time to respond to the sudden movements of pedestrians and cyclists, you could also drive closer to the middle of the road, especially while passing parked vehicles when there isn’t any oncoming traffic. That added distance from the sidewalk can help you spot those entering your path and allow you to stop sooner. Speaking of parked vehicles, if you take a quick glance under the parked vehicle, you may be able to spot feet or bicycle wheels moving toward your path. That will only work if you’re doing it a couple of car lengths before you reach the vehicle. You could also do a quick scan through the vehicle to see if you can see their upper body walking in front of the vehicle.

To help spot the kids sooner than that, keep your eyes moving from building to building as you drive. Some of the kids may be coming down their driveway, so if you can anticipate them entering the roadway earlier, you’ll have more time to respond to them. And keep in mind, a couple light taps of the horn may also help protect them from being struck. You won’t always have to slow down or stop if you can get them to stop.

Since the kids don’t drive they often won’t think like a driver does. Any time they reach the corner and are about to cross the street, don’t expect they will look your way first. Before school and after school are the busy times in school areas, so you may want to have a good look along the sidewalk before the intersection. They may be cyclists, pedestrians running or skateboarders hurrying to reach the corner.

If you’re a more observant driver, it will help to spot the kids sooner. And remember to be patient. You’ll still reach your destination. Waiting those extra few seconds or dropping your speed slightly won’t make you any later. Since you’ll also have to deal with school buses before and after school, here’s a few reminders that will help keep the kids safe and refresh your memory of what to do when dealing with school buses.

Kids are our future. I’m sure you want to protect your own kids, so let’s protect others as well. Our communities will become much safer for each of them if you make these little changes to your driving pattern.

Posted by: safedriver | August 20, 2015

Parallel parking made easy

IMG_20150820_145832For the most part, many people learn to avoid what they don’t like. We even make excuses why we should avoid it. I don’t like it. I’m too busy and don’t have time. And the ever popular; I don’t want to. Does any of this sound familiar with you? One of the most common things drivers avoid doing is parking; parallel parking to be specific. However, you won’t have to avoid it any longer after you read this!

The first part of parallel parking, or as I sometimes call it – paranoid parking, you need in order to become successful with the park is to choose a space large enough for your vehicle. Typically, you should find a space 1.5 to 2 vehicle lengths long. Once you become good at parallel parking, you’ll be able to park in smaller spaces. Also, when you’re just getting used to parallel parking, use a quiet road to park. A busier road with heavier traffic may put pressure on you and that may cause more mistakes and frustration.

IMG_20150820_145553To begin, pull up and stop beside the lead parked vehicle and parallel to it, 1 metre (3 feet) beside and slightly ahead of that vehicle. Signal right on approach and once you stop, select reverse. Your signal and reverse lights will let anyone coming from behind know your intentions of wanting to parallel park. Most drivers would stop to allow you room to park. Other drivers may just drive around you.

IMG_20150820_145633After checking all around your vehicle for pedestrians, other vehicles and cyclists approaching, begin moving your vehicle slowly (creeping) in reverse at walking speed. When you can see the rear corner of the lead parked vehicle in your rear most side window, begin steering average speed all the way toward the curb while looking behind you over your shoulder.

IMG_20150820_145712As your vehicle reaches a 45 degree angle to the curb, begin steering the opposite way as far as the steering goes. As you do that, have a quick glance at the front passenger side corner of your vehicle to ensure its passing the rear of the lead parked vehicle. It generally will miss it with ease as long as you keep the vehicle moving continuously at walking speed.

Since you’re now approaching the parked vehicle behind you and you know you’ve cleared the back of the lead parked vehicle, keep looking over your shoulder at the vehicle behind you. To help you get straight in your space, look through the parked vehicle behind you. This will allow you to use your peripheral vision to know when your vehicle is almost parallel to the curb.

IMG_20150820_145859If you have a back-up camera, the time to use it is when you’re getting so close to the vehicle behind you. Do quick glances at the screen to know when you’re getting very close to the vehicle behind you so you know when to stop.

Now you have a choice; you can either begin to straighten your wheels as you continue to reverse, if there’s room, or you can pull forward to straighten your wheels. If you elect to pull forward to straighten your wheels, look through the parked vehicle ahead of you so you can again use your peripheral vision to help keep your vehicle parallel to the curb. Once you’ve straightened your wheels and your vehicle is in the middle of the space, put the gears into park.

To know if you’ve just done a good parallel park, your vehicle should be within 30 cm (1 foot) of the curb. Now you know how to parallel park. As with anything else, practice these skills until you’re confident with them. Turn your paranoid park into a parallel park.

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Posted by: safedriver | August 12, 2015

When you have a fear of speed…

meging3Throughout our lives we’ve always had to do things we never really wanted to do. We had to clean our rooms, eat our vegetables, visit the relatives we never really liked and be nice to our siblings. In many cases, these feelings of doing things we never like to do transfers over to us when we begin driving. Ever have those same feelings while driving?

I remember when I was an on-air judge during season one of Canada’s Worst Driver on Discovery when a participant was asked to drive faster than her comfort zone. She was so uncomfortable going beyond 50 km/h that she became a huge risk to herself and other road users whenever she had to travel on faster roads; including the freeway. She knew she had to drive faster, but never did.

I seem to witness the fear of speed almost on a weekly basis, especially on the freeway. Many drivers begin to accelerate to get on the freeway and for some reason, merge into traffic roughly 30 km/h slower than the traffic in their lane. Do they not realize what they’re doing is unsafe; for both themselves and for those around them? Do you think their fear of speed is blocking out their common sense? If you have the same feelings and fears, let me help you.

Quite often we don’t feel how fast we’re going when we’re traveling the same speed as everyone else. To the drivers who really dislike speed, it feels worse when everyone else is going so much faster than you are. As you travel along the acceleration lane before merging into traffic, matching the speed of the traffic which is already on the freeway will make blending into traffic much easier.

Once you begin to accelerate down the acceleration lane, check your mirrors and blind spot early. This will give you added information about whether you should ease off the gas slightly to let the driver next to you pass or if you should accelerate slightly harder to get ahead of them. Remember, your goal is to match the flow of traffic during your lane change onto the freeway.

Signal early enough to alert the traffic on the freeway of your intentions. Quite often drivers on the freeway will either adjust their speed to help you change lanes smoothly, or even change lanes themselves to help you. Hint, hint.

Just before you reach the end of the acceleration lane, check your mirrors and blind spot once more to ensure the space you’ve planned is still available. If an unthinking driver has taken that space from you, that’s ok. Directly ahead of you in most cases is a shoulder that is wide enough to allow you to temporarily drive on. I know that might not sound ideal, but it’s better than stopping and tying to merge into traffic at a very slow speed.

So there you have it. Simple techniques to allow you to merge safely on the freeway…with the same speed as those around you. If you find that you can’t handle the freeway speeds, use the alternative – lower speed highways. You’ll still get there, just a few minutes later.

Posted by: safedriver | August 7, 2015

Never ignore summer maintenance

boostingMany people often prepare their vehicle for winter driving. They’ve have a tune up and place winter tires on their vehicle, hopefully before it’s too late. But what about preparing your vehicle for summer driving? There are things you can do to ensure your vehicle is readying for summer. It’s never too late in the summer to take advantage of summer vehicle preparation. It’s always a good idea to ensure your vehicle is mechanically sound before driving, so here are a few tips to do yourself.

Check each of the fluid levels before summer, especially before heading out on that summer vacation. Use your vehicle owner’s manual to locate each fluid reservoir. Fluids you should check include; oil, transmission, brake, power steering and washer fluid. Some have a see-through reservoir which makes your job easier to do. You could also check the hoses for cracks. It’s a good idea to do these checks when the engine is cold. This is so you won’t touch anything hot and burn yourself.

When you’re cleaning your vehicle, look for pit marks on your windshield. If a stone has flown at your windshield while you were driving, it could lead into a crack. Getting the pit mark repaired before a crack develops is a good idea. The windshield isn’t just to see out of; it’s also a safety feature if something like a large tree branch falls on your vehicle. It helps to keep the seating compartment intact. Speaking of windshields, check your wipers as well for cracks or wear. Typically, windshield wipers only last about a year. Replacing them annually can reduce streaking while you use them in heavy rains.

Tires are a big part of your driving safety. Properly inflated tires can help your tires grip the road better; especially if road conditions are not ideal. Check for the proper inflation level on the inside door jam on the driver’s side. The sidewall of the tire only lets you know the maximum air pressure; not the recommended air pressure. Check your air pressure once a week or so and do it before you begin driving that day. As you drive the pressure in the tire builds up and may give you an inaccurate reading.

Check the tread depth of your tires as well. Worn out can easily create hydroplaning on wet roads. It’s time to replace the tires if tread wear indicators touch the road or if the tread depth is less than 3 millimetres (roughly 1 inch). Some feel 1.5 millimetres (half an inch) is deep enough, but that’s up to you. Check the face of the tires for flat spots. Rotating your tires according to your owner’s manual may help your tires last longer.

Other checks that may need to be done by a professional would include; oil filters, air filters, fuel filters, brake systems, cooling systems suspension and steering systems. I’ve heard many people say they don’t think those are important, but doing a proactive check before something goes wrong can help reduce the costs if something does go wrong.

Posted by: safedriver | August 3, 2015

When a crash hits close to home…

11805778_10203123214440893_29606230_n[1]One of the things I enjoy about heading up to the cottage for a vacation each year is the actual drive itself. Spending five hours behind the wheel with family creates good conversation and a relaxing time for me. Time at the cottage is very relaxing as well and we can’t wait to get there, but being patient with traffic during the actual trip is a trait all drivers need to have. That wasn’t the case this year.

While heading to the cottage on a sunny Saturday afternoon a severe collision occurred a mere few minutes behind me on the same highway. There were two campers ahead of a driver of a pickup truck, which seemed to slow them down. At a point on the road, the driver of the pickup truck behind the campers pulled out to pass. Visibility wasn’t good as they were cresting a hill, but they did it anyway. This unsafe pass attempt put them in the path of an oncoming vehicle. The rest was chaos. This particular collision sadly took the lives of two seniors.

The investigation from the police has revealed the driver of a northbound pick-up truck attempted to pass two trucks pulling campers and was forced to swerve to miss a southbound SUV. The SUV swerved into the northbound lane as a sudden reaction to avoid the pickup truck and hit a northbound camper truck head-on. The driver and the passenger of the SUV were pronounced dead at the scene. Such tragedy could have been easily avoided.

11798122_10203123214560896_494452377_n[1]First and foremost the pavement markings are guidelines of when passing could be done. If the pavement markings are broken lines, you’re allowed to pass if the way is clear. Solid line pavement makings are put down mainly because visibility is poor; such as cresting a hill or approaching a curve. You really have to think; why attempt a pass over a double solid line on a busy Saturday in the summer? The repercussions of their actions – two fatalities.

I discussed this collision with a few people at the cottage after we heard about it. They each said it hit close to home since this collision happened within minutes of us. We all want to reach our vacation spots but we must also remain patient behind the wheel. Eventually there may be a time you’ll be able to pass slower moving vehicles. But until then; just stay back and go with the flow.

When we hear and read about collisions like this in our own area we tend to think a little deeper about how we drive. It often reminds us to drive more cautiously. But in reality, it shouldn’t have to take a collision like this to make us change our driving techniques, should it? Shouldn’t we always drive in a way that will protect us from collisions? The time we save by making ill-advised passes or by speeding or running red lights is minimal. But people still do it. Many times, like this example, the innocent suffer. Why put other road users at risk?

I’ve often said, if we all drive like we were supposed to, there wouldn’t be any collisions. Life is a journey, not a race. Take the time to enjoy the ride. Our lives depend on it.

Posted by: safedriver | July 24, 2015

Where should the kids sit?

002Raising my four kids has been very demanding, exciting and fun. It’s no secret we lead a busy life with all of their activities. Being in the vehicle is something my kids have learned to accept and deal with…and so have I. knowing where the kids should sit is important for their safety.

Protecting our children is something each parent does without blinking an eye. But some drivers make the mistake of letting their kid’s sit where they shouldn’t. It’s not always about following the law. It’s also about understanding the facts about their safety.

In most jurisdictions, there’s a place for the kids at certain ages. Infants should always be in a rear facing car seat. The rear facing car seat helps support the child’s head and neck in case of collision or a sudden stop. This is important to realize since their neck muscles aren’t that strong during those years. Many jurisdictions say they can move away from that type of seat when they reach two years of age. However, the longer they remain in the rear facing seat, the safer they become. Some rear facing car seats can hold kids up to 45 pounds. As long as they haven’t outgrown the rear facing car seat, keep them in it.

A forward facing child seat is for older kids with stronger back and neck muscles. There are some models of child seats that can safely hold a child up to 65 pounds. Having the double harness of a child seat will help protect the child a lot more than a typical seat belt harness. Even if your child weighs 40 pounds and your jurisdiction says you can use a booster seat, your child is safer in the forward facing seat as long as they are still below the child seat’s weight and height limits.

Once the child is in the booster seat, ensure they use the shoulder strap and lap belt properly.  Ensure the shoulder strap rests over your child’s shoulder, and never on their neck, arm, or under their arm. Those placements may injure them in case of a sudden swerve or sudden braking. The lap belt should be as low as possible and over their hips; never their stomach. Also keep in mind the middle of the back seat is the safest place for any passenger. It’s farthest away from any of the four sides in case of collision.

So now we know where our kids should sit in the back seat, but when can they move to the front seat? In many jurisdictions kids over the age of 12 can sit in the front seat. Keep in mind the front seat is where the airbags are. Airbags have been designed to deploy as fast as 320 km/h or 200 mph and with great force. Why would you want that force coming into the face of a child or into their small body?

Keep your kids in the back seat as long as possible. It’s a whole lot safer for them. Make sitting in the back seat fun. Avoid talking about the front seat and how cool it is. They’ll have plenty of time to sit there when they get older.

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Posted by: safedriver | July 22, 2015

Are you a risk taker?

027Are you a risk taker? I know that’s a bold question, but one I think we need to ask ourselves from time to time. Smart risk takers in business grow their business and do well for themselves. Is there such a thing as a smart risk taker when it comes to driving?

Let’s face facts; driving at most times of the day can become risky. At any moment another driver may drift toward your vehicle while they pass you or pass them. Another driver may miss seeing the red light or stop sign and enter the intersection the same time you enter it on a green light. Pedestrians and cyclists also add to the risks, not to mention weather and road conditions. But with all of these risks which we have to deal with while driving, are we able to lower them?

When teaching risk perception to students I’m teaching at Young Drivers of Canada I start out the topic in class by asking if anyone would take me up on the offer of tossing a paper ball into the container I have at the front of the room, which is usually a garbage can. I tell them if they put up money, they can win more money; usually 10 to 1 odds. Once I have my “victim”, I reach into that container and pull out a small cup and tell them that’s the container I was referring to. The normal reaction of my student is they don’t want to attempt the toss any longer. They’ve realized their risk of losing their money and made the proper choice of declining. If only drivers on the road could make educated choices to reduce their risk of crashing.

Almost every day we witness drivers driving too fast for conditions. If conditions are not ideal, why would you want to drive the speed limit? Whether the road conditions reduce your traction or if visibility reduces your ability to see far enough ahead of you, it’s time to slow down. Speed limits are set for ideal conditions. If the conditions are not ideal, drop the speed.

For those who are regular readers of my work, you’ll know tailgating is a pet peeve of mine. Do drivers who follow so closely realize what risk they are creating? By the time they realize the driver ahead of them is braking hard, they won’t have enough time to stop without hitting them. That increases the risk of vehicle damage, personal injury to the driver and passengers of each vehicle. If that’s the case, why do it? Find out more about a safe following distance here.

Drivers who weave in and out of traffic create a risk as well. With so much going on with the vehicles they’re passing, any slight change of the flow can create a collision. These drivers who weave are usually in a hurry but the results of their weaving usually gets them to the red light sooner. If that’s the case, why weave?

If you want to help keep your vehicle looking its best, you should also think about where you park in a parking lot. Avoid parking beside a vehicle with front wheels angled severely or if the vehicle is parked on an angle. You should also avoid parking across from another aisle or the parking lot entrance as that’s where traffic tends to accumulate. And finally, avoid parking at the end of the row of parking spaces. This can cause your vehicle to be clipped by someone else as they cut the corner while they turn the corner.

These are just a few of the risks we see each day. It’s time to think of your actions before you do them. So I ask you again, are you a risk taker? If you can honestly say you drive in a risky way that can endanger you, your passengers, other road users and your vehicle, maybe now is the time to stop.

Posted by: safedriver | July 14, 2015

Hips don’t lie…and neither do wheels

corolla headlightsI try to live my life in a proactive manner. You know, buying things before I need them, preparing for the worst before the worst happens. I do my best, but sometimes that doesn’t always happen. I take driving the same way. Why wait until the last moment to do something you know you should be doing sooner? Do you procrastinate while driving or are you the type of person who gets the jump on things?

One of the things that can help drivers respond early to other drivers is knowing the direction and movement of other drivers well before they really get moving. Getting those extra few seconds to respond to someone who is turning toward you, moving into your lane or pulling out in front of you can make a huge difference between avoiding a collision and being involved in one.

Think about what drivers may do that becomes deceiving. They signal for a turn but they do not turn. They may signal a lane change but do not leave their lane. Sometimes they become even worse than that. They may signal one direction but move the opposite way. How tricky is that? I do have a solution for those deceiving drivers.

Let’s start with those pesky drivers who signal turns but don’t turn. One thing I tell the people I’m teaching to drive at Young Drivers of Canada is when they see a turn signal the only thing it tells them is that it works. To know if the driver is really turning, glance at their front wheels to see if they begin to angle toward the direction of the turn. Wheel angle gives you direction. Rotation of the wheels determine motion. If the wheels remain straight, the driver is going straight. It’s that simple.

weave 4The same can be said if the driver is attempting a lane change. Glance toward the front wheels and the lane markings. If the wheels begin to fade toward the lane marking – with or without a proper signal – you know the driver may be moving over. Why wait until they are fully into your lane before you do something? The moment you see the wheels drift toward your lane, adjust your speed to create space. If the driver is very close to your vehicle, tap the horn while you adjust speed. Those two responses can help you avoid the sideswipe crash.

The wheels also let you know if a stopped vehicle is beginning to move. You could do a couple things to get the jump on them. First is to glance at the wheels and compare their movement to the stationary items near them, such as the ground. It’s a pretty easy way to see movement. The other way is to compare the vehicle movement to the stationary items behind the vehicle; such as trees, fences, buildings, etc. The moment you see movement, you know that driver is getting ready to pull away from their stopped position. Again; adjust speed or tap the horn to get them to stop. Perhaps they didn’t notice you or didn’t realize they had eased off their brake.

I often refer to the front wheels of a vehicle like the hips of an athlete. It doesn’t matter where the athlete is looking, what they’re doing with their head or hands or what they may be doing with their foot. Their hips tell you the direction they’re about to move toward. Hips won’t lie and neither will front wheels when a driver wants to move toward your lane.

Posted by: safedriver | July 2, 2015

Has your driving mentality changed?

mannersAs written for Driving in the Real World

Let’s face facts; life is busy. We know that. We fill our lives with our jobs, family, friends, and adult responsibilities each and every day. It’s sometimes difficult to focus on the things we need to because we’re so busy. We also tend to take many things for granted. With so much on our minds as the days pass, it’s sometimes tough to realize how much we’ve changed over time, especially when driving is concerned. How much has your driving mentality changed over the years?

Learning to drive is a big step for many people. It gives them the opportunity to travel to more remote areas, obtain employment, and live their lives with more conveniences in this fast-paced world. But with the years passing us by, how much has your driving mentality changed? Has it changed for the better or the worse?

When most people learned to drive, they kept two hands on the wheel, they looked out for the other driver, and, for the most part, followed the rules of the road. As I watch many drivers over the years, I see most of these things changing. To those who make these changes to their driving mentality, I ask this question: why?

As time goes by, we tend to get a little sloppy with things. Do you check your mirrors as often as you should? Do you make quality turns, or do you cut the corners? What about full stops at stop signs? Do you speed up toward a red light? Has your mentality changed from doing things safely to “it’s close enough that I won’t get a ticket”?

If something goes wrong, do you blame someone else, even though you know deep down that you screwed up? I doubt you started your driving career like that. It’s time to think back to the beginning. It’s time to take ownership of your own actions. No one really belongs to the “It won’t happen to me” club. In fact, it can happen to you if you’re not careful.

I remember speaking with a former student a few years after I taught them to drive. I asked them if they were still driving the way I had taught them. They smiled and said “Yes. Why wouldn’t I? Why change something that works?” Sound advice, don’t you think?

A responsible driver respects themselves, their vehicle, their passengers, and other road users. It has to change from being a “me – me” attitude. Following rules, being safe, and taking your time while on the road will get you to your destinations safely. It will also help other road users reach their destinations safely. Driving is a journey, not a race. Take the time to enjoy it—safely.

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Posted by: safedriver | June 30, 2015

Which month has the most vehicle crashes?

128d3f654d919d62247603ebcbceFor years I would ask the question to drivers; which month of the year has the most vehicle crashes? Typically I would get December, January or February. But that’s not the case. Do you have any idea which month has the most crashes?

How does July sound? After revealing the answer, I would often see a surprised look on their faces. You also may be asking yourself, how can a month filled with great weather be the month with the most vehicle crashes? Any guesses?

towing trailerWell, if you think about it, July is the busiest month for summer vacations. I too take my family away for a week during that month. It’s not surprising with all those vehicles on the road that crashes seem to escalate. Everyone seems to have a place to get to. Even those who are having a “stay-cation” will head out for day trips. Then there are those who head away from home for that much needed week “away from it all”.

But what about the winter weather of snow and ice – why doesn’t that escalate into a high crash month? Well, for the most part, people stay home in poor weather. For many, it’s just too cold to head out for trips in the cold winter weather. Many others won’t vacation in the cold weather. They would rather save their vacation time for the warmer weather.

So with that being said, what can we do to reduce the number of vehicle collisions during the summer months? Well, glad you asked. Staying home isn’t really the way I’m thinking, so plan your trip well. If it’s a long trip, plan where you’ll take breaks that would include where to have a washroom break. Needing to use the washroom can seriously take the attention away from any driver. Ensure you have your maps ready or if you use a GPS, ensure you program your trip accordingly. No one really likes to miss their turn. And if you do, there are a few things you can do to get back on track. (Find added information here.)

Making that long drive to your vacation spot can be tiring. Fatigue is a big problem for those heading out or coming back from a vacation. There are a few things you can do to help stay awake and alert. Pulling into a rest area is the perfect plan to catch a quick nap. That’s the best solution to avoid drowsy driving. However, until you can find a good place to pull over, ask your passenger to have a good conversation with you and put the air conditioning on full blast to help keep you awake. Caffeine can help too if you have it. If your brain’s awake, you’ll stay awake.

Other suggestions is, as always, remove your distractions. Keep a water bottle nearby so you won’t have to reach all about the seating compartments to find one. Of course, turn your phone off so you won’t text. Let your passengers help you with that if needed. Since many people enjoy sightseeing, I recommend you do that while walking. Slowing your vehicle down to a crawl where traffic shouldn’t be crawling can be a recipe for disaster.

Packing your vehicle properly will also help. Ensuring you can see out the rear and sides is important. If you have a van, SUV, station wagon or crossover vehicle, ensure baggage is no higher than the top of the backseat. Also ensure nothing loose can fly over the top of the rear seat in the event you have to brake or suddenly steer to avoid a hazard. Other than having flying distractions, these objects can injure an occupant of the vehicle with a sudden change of speed or direction. If it hits the driver, the driver could lose control of the vehicle.

These are just a few things drivers can do to reduce collisions during the busy driving months of July and August…and any other time of the year as well. The main thing is to be prepared and stay focused on driving. After all, it’s now summer and time to enjoy the weather!

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