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Drunk driving remains a big problem that some are trying to solve

Being involved in an accident with a drunk driver in Conshohocken can be devastating. Injuries from these types of accidents can be extremely serious and sometimes even deadly. Despite numerous public campaigns that aim to deter people from getting behind the wheel when they have had too much drink, drunk driving continues to be a big problem in this country.

In fact, according to CBS News, 2015 was a terrible year for drunk driving accidents. The number of those killed in alcohol-related crashes rose 300 from the prior year to 10,265. While the numbers for 2016 are not yet in, some fear that the number of fatalities could jump even higher.

7 Auto Insurance Myths

Did you know that in Pennsylvania your auto insurance carrier has the right to cancel your policy if the premium is not paid on time? There is no law that requires your insurance company to give you a grace period. This is just one insurance myth that many people believe. It is good to know the truth about your insurance policy to protect yourself in case of an accident. Here are seven other common auto insurance myths you might want to be aware of.

How can I keep my children safe while riding in the car?

While you may never foresee getting into an accident when you hit the road in Conshohocken, the chance does exist. While many elements may be out of your control, one of the things you can take charge of is making sure that you and your passengers are secured properly inside the vehicle. By obeying Pennsylvania’s seat belt laws, you can ensure that your family will be as safe as possible in the event that an accident does occur.

For older kids, they should ride in a booster seat until they are tall enough that a shoulder belt can fit them properly, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The belt should fit nicely across the chest and the lap belt should be below the hips. Children under the age of 13 should also refrain from riding in the passenger seat as they will be safer in back if a crash should happen. If your child is too big for a booster seat, they are still required to use a seat belt.

Facebook Live poses a new distraction for drivers

When drivers in Pennsylvania get behind the wheel, they are counting on everyone else on the road paying attention to what they are doing. Unfortunately, distracted driving is a huge problem and can often have serious consequences. For some people, the need to be constantly connected to the world via social media is more important than basic driving safety. Facebook unveiled a new feature this year called Facebook Live, which may only increase the temptation for some people to put themselves and other drivers at risk.

Facebook Live allows users to livestream whatever they happen to be doing at any given moment. As Mashable points out, this can certainly be useful especially when capturing video evidence of events that could not be recorded otherwise. However, some people feel that encouraging people to broadcast every mundane detail of their lives is simply unnecessary.

How to share the road with motorcycles

When it comes to highway safety, often it is the smallest vehicles that are at the biggest risk. The difference in the size and agility of motorcycles compared to cars can make it easy for the two to become involved in collisions during any time of year. Here are just a few of the facts and ways you can make the roads a safer place for all motorcycle drivers.

How can drivers stay safe in winter weather?

Winter is officially here and drivers in Conshohocken may find themselves having to drive in weather that is chilly, icy and snowy from time to time. While some accidents are simply the fault of another driver, there are some things you can do keep yourself as safe as possible when you must drive in wintry weather.

As the American Automobile Association points out, making sure your car’s maintenance is up to date is one good way to stay safe. Your tires should be properly inflated, your gas tank should be full and your lights should all be working. Someone is much more likely to hit you if they cannot see you.

Seat belts on school buses becoming a hot topic for debate

When parents in Conshohocken put their children on the school bus in the morning, they assume their children will make it to school and home again safely. Unfortunately, each year a number of accidents involving school buses do occur and CNN reports that four children are killed annually as a result of school bus accidents. That then leads some people to question why school buses are not required to have seat belts the same way cars are required to, especially when seat belts have been proven to save lives.

There is no federal mandate that requires school buses to have safety restraints. Rather, that kind of decision-making is left to the state and local level. Indeed, six states have passed laws making the installation of seat belts on school buses mandatory. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration points out that the number of school bus fatalities could be cut in half by requiring seat belts.

Are cat bites dangerous?

With the holiday season underway, you may be visiting homes of friends and family and chances are, some of these people will have pets. While there is much made of getting bitten by a dog, there generally isn’t as much fanfare made about getting bitten by a cat. However, cat bites are indeed dangerous. One study found that getting bitten by a feline is actually more dangerous than being bitten by a dog, according to Consumer Affairs.

Cats have a bit of a reputation for being aloof and standoffish. But they can also be very aggressive, especially when they feel provoked. While a bite from a cat may not look like much, it can quickly turn serious. In fact, it was found that one-third of patients who go to the hospital for a cat bite end up being admitted. In addition, of those in the hospital, two-thirds end up requiring surgery.

Teen drivers and speeding

Getting a driver’s license is a rite of passage for many teens in Conshohocken. Being able to drive means greater independence but it also means greater responsibility. While drunk driving and distracted driving often get a lot of attention in the media, speeding does not seem to be an issue that is talked about as much. Perhaps that should change as the AAA Foundation for Safety reports that of 14,000 fatal crashes involving teen drivers over the previous five years, speeding was a factor in 4,200 of them.

Speeding is especially problematic for younger drives since they lack the experience to be able handle their vehicle as well as older drivers. Teen drivers often have passengers in their vehicle and speeding puts the lives of those people at risk as well. In fact, in accidents involving teen drivers, their passengers account for almost two-thirds of fatalities and injuries.

Will autonomous trucks make roads safer?

Trucking accidents are extremely dangerous and often fatal. Some of the main causes of trucking accidents are distracted driving and driver fatigue, which are so frequent because of the long, monotonous hours that truck drivers often have to work. You may have heard of autonomous, or self-driving, cars but cars are not the only autonomous vehicles being developed.

Self-driving trucks are in the works as well. Autonomous trucks could have many benefits, but will they truly make roads safer for anyone? Many are saying that these trucks would indeed decrease the number of truck accidents each year.

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