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Distracted driving is becoming an ever increasing problem for driver safety. Get in the habit of waiting to make your phone calls and text....

Driver Positioning   [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wJQV9SAQZ0[/embedyt] position.  In order to sit comfortably and good control over the car with a balanced motion you should be 10-12 inches from the steering wheel or at a distance where your wrist rest comfortably on the steering wheel at 12:00 with a slight bend in the elbow. The steering wheel should be slanted toward your chest or body and not your face. The potential danger of the air bags deploying makes this distance necessary for your protection. The air bag deploys at 200 mph in 1/25th of a second. It is impossible get out of the way in time...

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text]DRIVER SAFETY TIPS: THE S.I.P.D.E.METHOD OF DECISION MAKING SCAN, IDENTIFY, Tools PREDICT, DECIDE, EXECUTE   [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvcggCTD4zE[/embedyt]   [caption id="attachment_17783" align="alignnone" width="300"] Scanning can help avoid slow vehicle clog up.[/caption]   Driving within the Highway Transportation System requires constant mental alertness and scanning skills.  Your visual scanning skills and your ability to make split second decisions can affect your driving safety.   SCAN:   What are you looking for? Scanning skills and defensive driving skills are learned. They do not come naturally.   Just as learning any skill takes training and practice, driving is no different.   An inexperienced driver will not scan the roadway as an...

The most frequent distracted drivers are from ages 35-39 and 65+ The average text takes 4 seconds, in that amount of time at 45 mph you have covered 264 feet!   [caption id="attachment_17516" align="alignnone" width="300"] Especially be sure and pay close attention at intersections.[/caption] A recent study by the VA Tech Transportation Institute shows that 80 percent of all crashes and 65 percent of all near-crashes are the result of driver inattention. The top five driver distractions last year were, in order: Drivers not having their eyes on the road Fatigue Looking at a roadside incident Cell phone use Passenger distractions There are 3 basic types...

Driving in flooded water- safe driving tips   Emergencies on the road Do not panic! Many situation can come out a lot better if you maintain a calm mind.  Only drive in flooded areas in an emergency.   [caption id="attachment_16971" align="alignnone" width="300"] When driving in flooded water be sure you can see the road.[/caption] Driving in Moving Water  Your car floats! Never, never, drive into moving water! The power of moving water is unimaginable. You can be swept away by a swollen stream that seemed harmless the day before the rain. Not only is moving water powerful, but your vehicle floats! The combination can cause you to...

PROPER DRIVER POSITIONING [caption id="attachment_17052" align="alignnone" width="300"] Position your hands at 9 and 3 on the steering wheel.[/caption]   In order to maintain balanced, smooth control over your car, you should be in the proper driving position. Position your hands on the outside of the steering wheel at the 3 and 9 positions. Adjust the top of the head rest to the top of our ears Your left foot should be on the dead petal. Your right foot go from the accelerator to the brake without lifting your foot from the floor. Additional resources: www.drivesmartva.org Position yourself 10-12 inches from the steering wheel [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wJQV9SAQZ0[/embedyt] Place your wrist...

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...

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...