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THE "ZIPPER" MERGE! This is a concept I have taught in my driver improvement classes and teen classes for years. The idea of "blocking" a lane to prevent other cars from getting in front of you in a long merge lane is not helpful. With lanes that "bottleneck" or merge into smaller lanes it is not best to get into the open lane as soon as possible as most believe. The two lanes are open to expedite traffic as much as possible until the merge begins. If the cars in line will "zipper" merger, each person taking a turn at the bottleneck,...

Driving Defensively-Side Impact Collisions     https://youtu.be/xJ8pgQQxoJ8   Between 8,500 and 10,000 Americans are killed each year in side impact crashes. Side impact crashes occur at intersections when one vehicle makes a mistake that creates an impact on the other vehicle.  With the increase of traffic, and the increase of impatient and aggressive drivers, it is important to exercise extra caution at intersections to protect yourself. Although manufacturers have recently begun to increase the strength and security of the side of the vehicles, largely due to IIHS research, these accidents continue to be especially dangerous as the car enters at the side where there is...

Safe Driving Tips Expressway Driving VA to Fine Slow Left Lane Expressway Drivers 1.Communicate on the expressway  Virginia law states that you must always signal when changing directions.  You need to increase communication on the expressway by signaling.  Be sure to communicate lane changes, merges, exits and entrances.  By signalling, you prepare those around you for your change in direction.   Statistically,  there are less crashes on the expressway than on urban and rural roads, but crashes are usually more serious due to high speeds.  You should make every effort to increase expressway driving safety by communicating. IF THERE IS NO ONE BESIDE YOU AND...

Summer Driving  with Your Teen [caption id="attachment_17298" align="alignnone" width="266"] Ian receiving his driver's license.[/caption] Summer Driving  with Your Teen Join us for an 8 hour refresher course for teens that need extra pointers or first time drivers! Summer school break is a great time to allow your teen to practice their driving skills.  Consider letting them drive on the highway during summer family trips, in the mountains when heading out to enjoy the outdoors or in beach traffic.  These experiences will add greatly to your teens understanding of the road and their practice with interacting with other road user.  It takes 1-5 years for...

Pre-trip Inspections Before planning a trip, check out your route to find out about any construction or traffic issues that you may run into. By planning ahead, you can save time and frustration. By call 511, visiting the free VA website at 511Virginia.org, or downloading the 511 app, you can find the travel information that you need to plan your trip in VA. This website will provide you information concerning road work, special events, weather closures and other pertinent information. By linking to www.fhw Inspect tires before you begin  a.dot.gov you can have free access to nationwide traffic information. Plan any long distant trips, if...

Knowing your instrument panel!       [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3-ShrVp6K4[/embedyt]\  ...

IIHS test passenger side safety!   Wait for it! https://youtu.be/EyTG3C5qFCU The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety is now testing passenger side safety in crashes.  The institute is located in Virginia and has played a major role in improving safety in our automobiles.  From 2009-2014, there were nine (9) vehicles that had no fatalities per million cars on the road. The IIHS has does great work in encouraging automobile manufactures to beef up their vehicles to protect the passengers.  At the IIHS they test new safety devices, side  collision safety, driver side front end collision safety, roll over top crush safety, among many other things.  They...

Be Seen! Jogger's 6 safety tips! Be Seen! [caption id="attachment_17126" align="alignnone" width="300"] Don't assume you are seen! Be sure![/caption] Be Seen! Jogger's 6 safety tips!  BE SEEN!   Always wear clothing that can be seen from a distance.  Reflective wear, or even a reflective vest is the best, but at least wear clothing that is a contrasting color from the environment.  Even during the day, runners in dark clothing can be difficult to see in shaded neighborhoods or busy streets. LIMIT EARPHONE USAGE! We all like to use headphones when running, but just use one earphone.  Listen for sounds around you to alert you...

https://youtu.be/FFrUY8yl11o Risk vs reward! Speeding Almost all endeavors in life of great reward, involve some risk. What is the actual reward for taking the risk of speeding on the Virginia roadways.  Is there a reward at all?  Is it time?  Watch the video below if you  are speeding to save time!  Realize risk in not all circumstances leads to proportionate rewards! For example, investment risk often brings large economic rewards, however, the down side of that is monetary failure on a large scale.  Gambling incurs large risk, but brings a thrill to many, that causes them to take the risk for the ride...

Runners Safety Tips An irresponsible texting driver is about to run over a pedestrian at an intersection which shows how dangerous texting and driving is. Stop the text and stop the wrecks. With the coming of spring, runners are getting enthused to get back on the running trails!  Running brings with it so many benefits, not only in respect of health, but also mental and emotional aspects, so many new people are taking up running as their exercise of choice, also.  Running is a wonderful way to connect with your community and enjoy health benefits as well. It is a great way...