Have you ever heard someone complain that "they just don't make cars like they used to"? Odds are, that person was involved in a minor accident. They may be frustrated by the way their new car seemed to take a lot of damage in the crash, and they may be complaining that a car they had back in the '70s would have simply had a few scratches and been fine.
If you want to avoid car accidents this year -- as we all do -- you need to know what steps to take. Too many people seem to just hope that they don't get hit by attempting to generally follow the traffic laws, rather than taking active steps to avoid a crash. That's often not enough. They get hit by other drivers or cause accidents themselves.
Car accidents happen every day. On one hand, to those involved, they are unexpected and shocking. On the other, as a national trend, they're something we deal with all the time. This duality makes it a bit hard to think about the role that accidents play in daily life. How you view it likely has a lot to do with how much it has impacted you personally.
It's been approximately six months since a seven-year-old girl was hit by a car while getting off of a school bus and crossing the street back in October. The driver who hit her failed to stop properly. The good news is that the girl just got to come home and appears to be making great strides toward recovering.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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