Woohoo, you're on leave, school's on break and it's high time for that annual escape! Whether it's a theme-park getaway or a sun-drenched beach vacation, isn't it time you all enjoyed some quality time together? With helpful hints from seasoned experts, you'll score a truckload of travel tips on keeping your children content, safe and secure on your travels.
As weather and road conditions change with the season, following fall driving safety tips will help keep you safe as you enjoy the cool crisp air and the beautiful colors of the autumn leaves. When leaves accumulate on the roadway and become wet, they can get extremely slippery, making the driving conditions similar to driving on ice. If the temperature drops below freezing, the wet leaves will freeze and turn into dangerous icy leaves on the roadway. Besides reducing the car's traction, causing skidding and the possibility of losing control of the vehicle, leaves often cover the painted road markings, making it difficult to know the locations of the lanes.
According to Department of Transportation data, summer, not winter as many might expect, is the most dangerous driving season. Eighteen percent more fatal accidents occurred during the summer months of June through August in 2012 compared to the winter months of December through February. Multiple factors contribute to this spike in crashes including increased road congestion due to vacation travel and a rise in road work.
Additional info.: In 2013, 49 percent of crash deaths occurred on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, 32 percent of crash deaths occurred between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Do you remember playing "Red Light / Green Light" as a kid? Too bad it wasn't "Green Light / Yellow Light". Maybe then we'd all be a little better at handling the light changing from green to yellow when driving. So, what should you do, or better asked, what shouldn't you do when a stop light turns from green to yellow to red? Read more.
In a national phone survey conducted for Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) of parents of teen drivers, 83 percent of those who bought a vehicle for their teenagers said they bought it used. There are two tiers of recommended vehicles: BEST CHOICES and GOOD CHOICES. Prices range from less than $5,000 to nearly $20,000, so parents can buy the most safety for their money, whatever their budget. Read more.
Driver Education Toolkit from NHTSA.
This is a collection of studies and reports put together by NHTSA with the assistance from national driver education community of experts and practitioners. Taken together, this impressive assembly of information and guidelines should give the States their best chance to produce safe young drivers. Read more.