Taking a spin soon? Colorado roads can be tricky ones to drive at times. Recently, a crash map was developed to allow drivers the ability to locate areas that might be of higher concern. The interactive crash map pulls data from the last several years and outlines areas where drunk, distracted, reckless, and drug related accidents have occurred. Its a very valuable tool for motorists to learn about potentially dangerous areas they should avoid before heading out. Check out the crash map here: Interactive Crash Map
Drunk driving is the main cause of death among young people between the ages of 15 and 24. Thus, it is incredibly important to teach children about the dangers of driving under the influence, not only to protect themselves, but to protect the lives of other drivers and pedestrians.
One mistake parents often make is the assumption that they do not need to address the subject of impaired driving as their teenagers learn to drive. Perhaps they think they don’t need to worry, as their child is not drinking yet. However, it is prudent to bring up this topic as early as possible. One does not need to be behind the wheel of a car to understand the dangers of drunk driving, as it has the potential to affect any of us at any time, whether driving or not.
When someone is learning to drive, it is important that they know the driving laws of their particular state, or any state where they will be driving. Different states have different legal limits and different consequences of violating the law. As a parent or guardian, explain to them that driving drunk can not only land them in prison, but can ruin career prospects, and result in them losing their license for varying amounts of time.
There are many potential consequences to driving drunk. In addition to possible legal ramifications, it is important to understand that if you injure someone due to drunk driving, that is something you have to live with for the rest of your life. If a person is badly injured or killed, it not only alters their life, but has a devastating impact on their family and friends. Such long-term consequences are not always easy for teenagers to understand, but it is essential that they do.
Despite your best efforts, it is still quite possible for your teenager to end up in a position where they or their friends have been drinking. It is important to let them know that you would prefer to be called at any time of the day or night, than to have them drive or get in a car with a friend who has been drinking. Some parents even make a deal with their teens that they will not get in trouble for drinking in the event that they make this call. This is a decision to be made at the discretion of the parent, but regardless, these are guidelines should be discussed before the situation arises.
This, of course, is not an endorsement of teenage drinking. However, kids can find themselves in sticky situations and it is valuable to help them to make sensible and mature decisions instead of taking their life or the lives of others in their hands.
Finally, remember that one of the best ways to teach your children is through example, so make sure you do not drink or drive. If your kids see you leaving your car keys at home and taking a taxi to a party, then they are more likely to follow suit
The United States Department of Transportation has stated that every year in bad weather on the septic tank there are more than 450,000 accidents. Learn how to prepare for safe driving while driving in different weather conditions.
Extreme weather conditions can affect normal driving. This often affects your ability to watch, which is very limited in bad weather conditions such as rain, fog, ice, snow and dust.
Of all weather conditions, fog is probably the most serious, so if you drive in fog time, reduce the speed and turn on the headlights. If the fog becomes so thick that you can hardly see, pull it safely and completely off the road.
You have to slow down on the first sign of rain, spraying or snow on the road. This is where many of the road surfaces are of the highest quality because the humidity mixes with oil and dust that does not flush. Sloping roads can reduce towing, and you are in danger of losing control over the vehicle.
Driving in ideal time is heavy enough, but when time is serious, it is important to take additional precautions. You may already know that slowing down and increasing concentration can make a big difference. But these extra precautions for certain types of weather can help you safely reach the destination.
Snow or Ice
• Slow down. Bridges and bridges freeze first, so slow it down and avoid sudden changes in speed or direction.
• Keep the windows clear. The vision is critical, especially in bad times. Turn on the handle and handle until the frost is removed. Also check to remove all items from the window’s back window. If you still have trouble viewing, carefully go to a safe location on the road.
• Carefully bend. Sudden braking can lead to blockage and loss of control. If you have anti-lock brakes, apply a constant, firm pressure on the pedal.
• Resist the need for “calling”. If you stuck in the snow, level the wheels and accelerate them quickly. Avoid rotating the tire. Use sand or blocks under the wheels.
• Turn on the space. Yes, obviously, but do not forget to keep it. Spaces should be replaced every six to twelve months for optimum performance.
• Use the headlamps. The vision was often threatened in rainy conditions. Headlights can help.
• Keep the windows clear. Deep freezers or air conditioners can help make windows and mirrors clear.
• Be patient. Take it slower than usual. The wet pavement can cause drag traction and lead to slipping or hydroplaning.
• Go around. Never cross the flooded road, as it is difficult to know the depth of the water. Take some time to find an alternative path. The last thing you want is to catch the flood.
• Turn off the speed control system. When the roads are wet, it is best to allow the driver to control speed and respond to conditions.
• Turn on low beams. Day or night, the headlights must be switched on and set to low beam.
• Wait. If you are having trouble viewing, you must secure the right side – good from the traffic bar – and turn on the emergency flash. Wait for visibility to improve before continuing.
• Be careful. Watch the wreckage. Use extra caution near trailers, small trucks or wagons.
• Vehicles should not be routed. It’s best not to drive a trailer, van or some other “high-performance” vehicle (high-powered cars such as SUVs and trucks) in strong winds.
• Turn on the headlights and spacing.
• Listen to the radio. Listen to the local meteorological station for storms and traffic updates.
Find shelter. Pull the cover by pulling over the bridge or bridge.
• Never try to overcome the hurricane. Get out of the car and find a haven. If you can not access a secure structure, lie in a weed or a low surface. Keep your face down to protect yourself from flying scrapers, covering your back with your head and neck with your hands. Be careful about sudden floods.
• Do not wait. Leave a range of areas and go inside.
All weather safety
• Secure the seat belts. Every trip, every time.
• Focus on your destination and avoid interference.
• Fill and store accessories in the trunk or cargo area with items that can be used in case of road conditions.
The Risks of Distracted Driver and Guide to Safer Driving
Close to 1.2 million people die each year on the world’s roads, and that number is expected to rise by 65% by the year 2020.
Read the following infographic for more information: