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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...

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]\  ...

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...

DRIVER IMPROVEMENT CLINIC FOR SENIORS As we age we will all experience some challenges.  For each of us the time may come when we need to consider letting someone else take over the responsibility of driving for us.  As we age our reflexes along with our eyesight and cognitive abilities slow down.  This is a natural process of aging.  We can make our best efforts to slow down or retard this process as much as possible, but it is something that seniors need to take into consideration. Driving tips! There are some tips that I can offer as a driving instructor to help...

Holiday travel-safe driving tips Inspect your vehicle [caption id="attachment_16560" align="alignnone" width="300"] Be carefaul and stay back from large trucks. They cannont stop on a dime and they have huge blind spots.[/caption] There are some simple checks that you can do before you take off on a long trip that will make your trip safer and more pleasant. Taking a little time to check out your vehicle and prepare can save you hours and money on the road. Check all tires The time to check your tire pressure is before you get out of your driveway. A hot tire has an elevated tire pressure reading. Even...

Holiday Safe Driving Tips: Don't drink and Drive A driver under the influence of alcohol will stare straight ahead. The ability to scan is diminished and he will focus on the lights in front of him. If you suspect a person behind you is under influence because they are swerving or losing control of the car, you need to turn right and try to get their license number as they pass. Do not just pull over as they may follow your tail lights and collide with you. Turn out of the way and if you can get the license number of the...

Driver Positioning: To maintain a balanced, smooth control over your car, you should be in the proper driving position.  Maintain proper driver positioning at all times. Sit comfortably and maintain good control over the car with a balanced motion. You should be 10-12 inches from the steering wheel. This is the 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...