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Road Trip Safety Tips

Road Trip Safety Tips

In late October I packed up everything I could fit into my compact car in Upstate, New York and logged over 3,600 miles to settle down in sunny San Diego. I grew up loving road trips and explored just about every area that was under an 8-hour drive from my hometown. Prior to my move in 2014 I flew to Seattle to read more…

Could Truck Platooning be a Revolutionary Technology for the World’s Highways?

Could Truck Platooning be a Revolutionary Technology for the World’s Highways?

When you’re driving at speed on highways anywhere on the planet, one of the biggest safety threats is always the cumbersome trucks and lorries that share the roads with smaller and more nimble passenger vehicles. Not only are they difficult to see past, there are countless stories about these vehicles impacting with smaller ones, simply because the drivers were read more…

Increase in Traffic Deaths on U.S. Roadways

Increase in Traffic Deaths on U.S. Roadways

Despite a significant increase in both auto safety mechanisms and road infrastructure, the U.S. has seen quite a hike in motor vehicle accidents. Reports show that in 2015 alone there were over 2.3 million car accident injuries and more than 35,000 fatalities—a 6.3% increase from 2010.

 

When you break down these numbers, the fatality rate equates to about 96 deaths each day on America’s roadways. read more…

Post-Car Accident Checklist

Post-Car Accident Checklist

A car accident is a shocking and traumatic event, even if no one is hurt. While you might have a hard time processing what just happened, you need to be aware of what’s required from you to protect yourself legally and ensure you and the other drivers on the road are safe while the situation is addressed. The following checklist is provided so you can be aware of your responsibilities after a car accident. read more…

School Buses Across the Nation Getting Ticketed

School Buses Across the Nation Getting Ticketed

School bus drivers are trusted by millions of parents across the nation to get their children to school on time and, more importantly, safely. While most bus drivers do just that, some are a bit more reckless. They receive traffic tickets while driving the bus, which often goes unreported–if not swept under the rug entirely. However, a recent report showed that, in four of the country’s largest school districts, bus drivers consistently commit traffic violations, specifically running red lights. read more…

Must-Have Car Safety Features in 2017

Must-Have Car Safety Features in 2017

Like any other average car buyer, I had not set foot into a dealership in over eight years, but I decided that 2017 was the year for a new purchase. Excited at first, I stepped into the dealership office and immediately felt overwhelmed as I stared at the newest, sleek models. I couldn’t help but peer into the car windows and notice how many glamourous features had been added throughout the years. read more…

Will Self-Driving Cars Eliminate Accidents?

Will Self-Driving Cars Eliminate Accidents?

As Uber rolls out a small fleet of self-driving cars and Tesla begins production on vehicles with full self-driving capability, autonomous cars are all the latest buzz. Although advancements in technology are not quite up to par with that of George Jetson’s flying aerocar, they are certainly pushing the limits with cars that we could once only dream about. read more…

Driving Safely Around School Buses

Driving Safely Around School Buses

With the devastating loss of six children in November’s Chattanooga school bus crash, school bus safety is the nation’s new topic. Unfortunately, it often takes tragedy to pursue much needed change.

 

And needed it is; while deadly crashes are rare, school bus accidents themselves aren’t. Dallas County School District in Texas reported a 103-percent increase in crashes, jumping from 200 in the 2014-15 school year to 405 the following. A second study discovered Florida school bus crashes increased 16 percent between 2012 and 2015, with one county jumping a startling 200 percent. read more…

2016 Thanksgiving Meal Giveaway


 
On Wednesday, November 23, 20016, Driver’s Alert teamed up with the Broward County Sheriff’s Office to hand out Thanksgiving meals to families in need. It is a great annual tradition that puts smiles on many faces.

Are You a Distracted Driver?

Are You a Distracted Driver?

Distracted driving has slowly become second nature to drivers. Though we don’t get behind the wheel with the intentions to disregard traffic, I can’t be the only one pleading guilty of not always giving the road my full and undivided attention.

 

As you make your morning commute to work, chances are that within minutes of merging onto the freeway you’ve already been fiddling with the radio, sent a quick text message, checked your hair in the mirror and maybe even programmed your GPS for the quickest route to the office. read more…

Just How Dangerous is Drowsy Driving?

Just How Dangerous is Drowsy Driving?

Have you ever driven on less than eight hours of sleep?

 

For most people — no matter age, gender or occupation — the answer is yes. It’s a safe estimation that every driver would plead guilty to at least one count of “driving while drowsy.” Of course, it’s not a crime (except for two states); however, recent research provoked the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to add “drowsy” to its list of driving impairments, along with drunk, drugged and distracted. read more…

Would Higher Texting & Driving Fines Create Safer Roads in Florida?

Would Higher Texting & Driving Fines Create Safer Roads in Florida?

For just $30.00 in Florida, a driver is able to engage in texting and driving, a potentially life threatening activity to not only themselves but to all others on the road.  However, throwing a piece of trash out of the car while driving has a minimum fine of $100.00.

 

Most are surprised to see littering fines surpass texting fines in Florida, but there are far more shocking state comparisons. read more…

Truck Driver Job-Related Injuries in Overdrive

Truck Driver Job-Related Injuries in Overdrive

SOURCE: Originally appeared on the U.S. Department of Labor Blog and written by Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) economists Sean Smith and Patrick Harris. BLS employees Nicole Nestoriak and Erin Huband also contributed to this blog post.

 

When you think of dangerous jobs, what comes to your mind? Police officers, firefighters and construction workers might top the list for most people. Tractor-trailer truck drivers probably don’t come to mind, but Bureau of Labor Statistics data show that driving a truck is risky in ways you might not expect. read more…

Driving Safely Around Semi Trucks

Driving Safely Around Semi Trucks

One of the most crucial elements in the American economy is the vast fleet of semi trucks that use our roadways daily. These millions of trucks carry billions of tons of cargo annually from manufacturers to retailers for consumers to then buy. In fact, they carry about 70 percent of all cargo in the United States. When it comes down to it, our consumerist society simply wouldn’t survive without semi trucks and their drivers. read more…

Can Apps Be the Solution to Distracted Driving?

Can Apps Be the Solution to Distracted Driving?

Whether it is an app on our phone, a text message, or our GPS system, many drivers can’t seem to put down their devices while on the road. As a result, the number of car accidents have substantially increased within the past few years and the number of distracted driving fatalities continues to climb. In fact, 8 people are killed and 1,161 are injured every day in distracted driving accidents. read more…

Snapchat’s Facelift: What Dangers Are Associated For Drivers?

Snapchat’s Facelift: What Dangers Are Associated For Drivers?

Snapchat just received a major facelift called Chat 2.0 on March 29th, and new features have been continuously rolling out since. This update enhances the application in hopes to make the platform a user’s primary go-to app. Looking at trends for millennial and teen social media users, studies found that Facebook is still the leader of social media sites for 12 to 24 year olds, but Snapchat isn’t far off from their goal. Of the study’s respondents, 74% use Facebook, followed by Instagram at 59% then Snapchat with a 57% use. read more…

Motor Vehicle Records (MVRs) Unplugged!

Motor Vehicle Records (MVRs) Unplugged!

So you’re about to run your annual MVRs on all of your drivers…then you’ll be set for another year, right? Think again! MVR programs are not like a Ronco® Rotisserie oven. You can’t just set it and forget it. Suppose Uncle Jed “forgot” to pay his child support last year. The state suspends his license until he goes back to court and gets current on his payments. read more…

Get Your Head Out of Your Apps!

Get Your Head Out of Your Apps!

This summer, I put in over 24 hours of windshield time driving to our annual vacation destination from Tennessee through Georgia, South and North Carolina. (We go to an island where the only motor vehicles are golf carts. And after you read this you will know why). After our vacation trip, we made the drive from the Nashville area to “beautiful” Waco, TX and back. Another 24 hours of windshield time! I haven’t made that particular drive read more…

AR HUDs Distracting?

AR HUDs Distracting?

No, I’m not referring to the Arkansas Department of Housing and Urban Development.  And before you think that I can’t spell or that I’ve gone all pirate on you, AR in this case actually means Augmented Reality. (You know, the place where Kim Jong-un lives). And HUD stands for Heads-Up-Display or when combined “AR-HUDs”. Now that you know a couple of cool new acronyms, how about some visual aids… read more…

Halloween 2015: Food and Fun at Driver’s Alert

Halloween 2015: Food and Fun at Driver’s Alert

The 2015 Halloween Spooktacular at Driver’s Alert is in the books! From fog machines and great food to creepy music and amazing costumes, it was another incredible party. Many thanks go to Mike Kroll (pictured above sitting in the command position as ‘The King’ for a day) for being the coolest CEO around and letting all of us play dress-up for a day! This year’s event surpassed last year’s performance with employees donning their best costumes ever. Here’s a look at a few of those creative disguises.

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