Tuesday 22 Aug 2017
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Highways, look 15 to 25 seconds
On freeways and highways, look 15 to 25 seconds ahead to be pro-active, and plan ahead for exits.
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A recent study of 10,000 young passengers killed in car crashes involving a teen driver conducted by the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and State Farm Insurance indicate the three deadliest distractions were:

1. Riding with an unbuckled seatbelt
2. Driving at high rates of speed
3. Riding in the car with multiple teens.

Other distractions included texting while driving, applying makeup, talking on the cell phone, eating, and surfing the radio. All of these seemingly harmless distractions can lead to car accidents that seriously injure or kill both the teens, and whoever else that is infortunate to be involved.
Even if teens are educated and instructed in driving in bad weather, collision avoidance, and proper speed limits, all of these lessons can go out the window when a carload of friends, loud music, and mobile devices are added to their environment.  The best way to educate your child about dangerous driving distractions is to simply talk to them about the importance of keeping their focus on the road 
Parents need to enforce some essential rules of the road ie:
Cell phones to stay turned off while in the car. 
They aren't allowed to drive more than one friend at a time.
Choose the radio station or CD before you start driving and stick with that one.

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 According to the Canadian Safety Council, ten common driving errors cause most accidents. They are: 

  1. Not checking traffic before pulling out.
  2. Failing to signal.
  3. Passing without checking for traffic in the passing lane.
  4. Pulling from the curb without checking for oncoming cars.
  5. Driving at excessive speeds.
  6. Inattentiveness.
  7. Distraction inside the vehicle, such as loud music or eating while driving.
  8. Inadequate defensive driving techniques.
  9. Making incorrect assumptions about other drivers.
  10. Tailgating.
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Avoid wearing earbuds and headphones, and texting.

Most of the time, you don’t even think about it: walking anywhere, you turn on your iPod and pop your earbuds in before you’ve even gone ten steps. But listening to music deprives you of some of your awareness of your surroundings: you may not be able to hear a car approaching or another pedestrian’s warning shout. Texting divides your attention and inhibits your awareness of your surroundings. You need to be alert to any circumstances that would require your immediate response. 

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Wear a bicycle helmet at all times when bicycling. (All riders under the age of 16 - its the law.)

Follow the rules of the road: Stop signs, speed signs and Traffic lights.

Know and use appropriate hand signals.

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  1. Plan and map out your route.
  2. Contact a friend or relative and tell them about your trip and the route you plan to take.
  3. Upon your arrival each night make arrangements to call on your safety.
  4. Have a friend or relative call police if they haven't heard from your that night.
  5. Keep all valuables in trunk.
  6. If your vehicle gets stuck or becomes disabled, activate hazard lights, display Call Police sign, sit in passenger seat and lock all windows and doors.
  7. If identification is requested, pass it through a slot at the top window.  If you are asked to step out of vehicle refuse unless you make a cell phone call or can be in a more populated area.
  8. Make sure battery is always charged on cell phone and it is programmed with emergency numbers.
  9. When getting fuel at night, go to a well-lit gas station, which is populated and busy.
  10. When going to a restaurant make sure vehicle is parked so that it can be seen from window or is in a well-lit area.
  11. If a vehicle is disabled go back into building to get help.
  12. Carry keys through fingers and walk with a positive step.  Use common sense when traveling alone.
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Suddenly a wall of fog rose up out of nowhere causing a random display of brake lights to appear over the two-lane highway. Too late; the early morning tranquillity was shattered by the horrendous sound of crunching metal and crashing glass.

Sporadic explosions as heard by helpless drivers trapped in their crushed vehicles were interrupted by desperate screams. Eight people died and countless others, physically injured would suffer nightmares for many following months.

Labour day weekend, September 3rd 1999. More than 80 vehicles were involved
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The first successful automobile was designed by Karl Benz in 1886. It was later modified with practical advancements by a very modern woman for her time period, Bertha Benz, mother of two children and wife of Karl.

Mrs. Benz, along with her two children, completed the first recorded tour of the new automobile. She quickly discovered a few shortcomings. For example, she realized an extra gear was needed for steep hills. Poor braking was an additional causefor concern, and Bertha found she had to make a quick modification to the carburetor, using a bobby-pin to do it! Ultimately, Mrs. Benz's recommendations