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Economic troubles at least reduce car accidents

The economy is struggling lately. Many people are out of work for the foreseeable future. Some have less work than before. Businesses aren't making money or, at least, aren't making enough money. Products aren't selling. Many industries, like the travel industry, are making almost nothing.

On top of that, even those who are earning are often saving up money for an uncertain future. They've heard that a recession is either coming or already in progress, and they want to set money aside. That's wise, but it also means that money gets pulled out of the general economy.

Why do you ride a motorcycle?

People sometimes get so caught up in thinking about motorcycle safety and crash statistics that they forget why people ride in the first place. What is it about motorcycles that draws us to the open road? Why do we love these vehicles, even though they are often impractical and they do come with safety risks?

Everyone has their own reasons. You likely can list a few of yours. Here are a number of top reasons from industry professionals:

  • It's their passion in life. The same way that people love playing team sports, doing science experiments, going rock-climbing, writing books or anything else, people love to ride.
  • They love the friendships that it creates. Riding can be a solitary experience, and there is something to be said for the sense of freedom it creates, but it can also be a community experience. Some refer to this as a "brotherhood."
  • It's a good way to relieve stress. You see this reason from a lot of athletes and runners, as well. Getting out and doing something you love helps you work through the stress of the daily grind.
  • It does have a practical side. A motorcycle generally uses far less gas than a car, it takes up far less space and it gives people a fast, easy way to get around when they don't need to carry more than one passenger. Many people ride for their daily commute all summer long.

Being a safe driver when facing the unexpected

It's easy enough to be a safe driver when everything goes as planned -- though some people do struggle with it. You generally just need to focus on the road and drive defensively. You can't prevent all accidents, but you can reduce the chances that you'll cause one.

But what about when the unexpected happens? That's when safety gets a bit more difficult, but it's even more important at a time like that.

Understanding the danger of high speeds

People often complain about "speed traps," saying that the police just set them up to make money, not to keep people safe. However, speed limits -- and the enforcement that goes with them -- really do have a main goal of creating safer roads. The police understand that higher speeds put everyone in danger.

First and foremost, the speed that the cars are traveling at during a crash often relates directly to the severity of the injuries suffered by those in the accident. A crash may have been survivable at 55 miles an hour but may turn deadly at 75 mph. More force acts on the bodies of those in the vehicles.

Never pass a turning truck on the right

When a semi-truck driver has to turn right, he or she often takes the turn as wide as possible. This is done to make sure that the trailer, which cuts the corner, actually makes it through the turn.

The problem is that some people think that the open space on the right side of the truck is wide enough for their car. They don't realize that the truck needs that space to turn. This then leads to a potentially serious accident.

Consider these driving behaviors warning signs of intoxication

Driving in Pennsylvania can be challenging, especially during winter. If you're the parent of an inexperienced teenage driver, you likely worry every time you hand your son or daughter the car keys and he or she heads out the door. Perhaps, you provide instructions and reminders to keep eyes on the road and hands on the wheel at all times, and to stay focused on the task at hand. Whether you're the one driving or your child is, other motorists can place you at risk for injury.

Drunk drivers, especially, are menaces to Pennsylvania roadways. A key to avoiding driving disasters is to learn how to recognize signs that suggest a specific driver might be dealing with intoxication. When a drunk driver is nearby, there may be little to nothing you can do to stay safe. Then again, staying alert and observing your surroundings might be a key factor to avoiding collision.

Ice causes massive crash in Pennsylvania

Driving on icy roads is something you cannot always avoid during these Pennsylvania winters, but it also massively increases the risks motorists face. This became only too clear recently when icy conditions led to a massive, multi-vehicle crash near the border with New York. It happened on I-90, in the eastbound lanes.

The crash occurred on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. It is unclear exactly when the wreck began, but it happened sometime in the early morning hours. By 7:28 a.m., the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) had responded to the accident scene and shut down the eastbound lanes entirely. They kept them closed for more than an hour while they cleaned up the crash site, finally getting things moving again around 9 a.m.

Daydreaming is very common and very dangerous

Do you ever feel like your mind wanders a bit too often? It's a common issue. What we're learning is that it's also very risky, especially for those in the car.

How much do we do it? The answer may surprise you. One study, carried out at Harvard, determined that people daydream roughly 47% of the time. That means half of the time that you're awake, you're thinking about something other than what is happening around you.

Why UPS trucks aren't supposed to make left turns

If you watch UPS drivers in town, you will sometimes notice the trucks make left turns. However, it is very uncommon. They generally attempt to make as many right turns as possible to get to the same destination, even if that means it takes them longer.

This is a curious decision from a company that makes its money with fast shipping. Why wouldn't they want the most direct route? Why would they tell drivers that they usually need to go all the way around the block, rather than turning left?

Preparing your car for winter weather

Getting into a car accident in the winter can be devastating. It's important to know how to drive safely. You need to slow down, create longer following distances, and understand how to react when the car slides on the ice and snow.l

However, you can't always prevent accidents. Someone else may drive recklessly and cause a crash. As such, it's also important to know how to prepare your car and your passengers for this eventuality.

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