The road trip car safety checklist for 2020

Here’s how a road trip car safety checklist can help keep you safe while traveling in 2020. One of the affects of COVID-19 has been a big decrease in air travel (TSA reported a 96% drop in April), and what looks like a corresponding increase in car travel. As families drive to campsites and parks across the country, the standard road trip car safety checklist just isn’t enough. I recently drove from Washington State to northern California. Before leaving on our journey, I thought a lot about how we could be prepared, knowing that it would be difficult to stop (and, it was). I purchased a portable battery charger, a portable air pump, stocked a cooler and made sure that

Increasing speed limits will make highways more dangerous

Michigan’s 75 MPH speed limit has made its highways more dangerous, according to a new study. The state raised speed limits by 5 mph – from 70 mph to 75 mph –  on many of its rural highways in 2017. In 2018, crashes on those roads went up an astonishingly 17.2 percent, compared to just 3.4 percent statewide.  Other states have also seen more injuries and deaths in places where speed limits have increased. Since the nationwide 55-mph speed limit was abolished in 1995, 41 states have increased their speed limits to at least 70 mph on highways. Seven states allow vehicles to travel at 80-mph on some highways, and one stretch of Texas tollway has a posted speed of

3 important tips for safe driving during the holidays

It is anticipated that more than 104 million holiday travelers will drive to their destinations this holiday season. The National Safety Council estimates that 115 people may be killed and 13,100 seriously injured on roadways between 6 p.m. on December 24, and 11:59 p.m. on December 25. Estimates for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day car crashes are even higher. 5 p.m. December 31 through 11:59 p.m. Jan. 1, 2020: 163 people could be killed,  and another 18,600 seriously injured. Three common-sense reminders for safe holiday driving 1. Drive sober. Many of the car crashes over Christmas and New Year’s will be alcohol-related. The holidays are a festive times and many take the opportunity to celebrate with family and friends.

New “cover your load” commercial truck law proposed for 2020

On February 22, 2004, Maria Federici was blinded and nearly killed by a piece of particle board that flew out of a rented trailer, struck her windshield and hit her in the face. The driver of the vehicle pulling the trailer had been moving all day, and failed to properly secure the particle board in the trailer. At the time, there was no law addressing the consequences of poorly secured loads. The driver was merely cited for a traffic infraction and paid a small fine. Because of her daughter’s life-changing injuries and the lack of laws protecting the general public from unsecured loads, Maria’s mother, Robin Abel, became an activist for safety laws and began a fight for new and

Being thankful for the invisible forces of safety

This morning, you got behind the wheel of your car. You checked traffic, and revised your route. You dropped the kids off at school, and navigated your way to work. This afternoon, you’ll do the same thing in reverse. The things that didn’t happen … You didn’t trip and fall on a broken sidewalk. Your car didn’t get hit by a garbage truck. Your kid didn’t get hit by a distracted driver in front of the school. You didn’t drive your car off the edge of an unpaved road. In short, you didn’t get hurt. Most of the time, things go well – and we don’t even notice. But your safety isn’t coincidental: it happens by design. Be thankful for

The Golden Rule for safe summer driving

It’s the start of a season of warm weather, family vacations, and outdoor adventures. But summer break has an unfortunate side affect: the extra highway traffic. Memorial Day Weekend is one of the most dangerous times to be on the road. Your vehicle could seriously hurt or kill someone. Driving safely is a serious responsibility, and we often take it far too lightly. You know the basic rules for safe driving: Put the phone down, and keep your attention on the road. Don’t drive if you’ve been drinking. Signal before you change lanes. Maintain a safe following distance. All of these actions boil down to one simple rule for safe driving the summer months. Drive like your family is in every


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