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
As a parent, do you often worry about your children getting hurt? It's ingrained in you. When they were babies, you worried about everything they put in their mouths. As toddlers, you followed them around while they learned to walk. When they first got on a bike, you helped them balance, bought them a helmet and gave them as much support as you could.
You are aware, of course, that driving is dangerous. You see news stories about accidents all the time. However, you are not sure just how dangerous it is or what risks you really face.
Getting into a car accident often makes you feel alone. You wonder how it could have happened to you. You blame your bad luck and misfortune. You feel like you're the only one who has to deal with injuries, medical bills, car repairs, police reports and a lot more.
The car accident leaves you shaken and scared, but you do not think you got injured. There is no blood. There are no broken bones. You get out of the car on your own and walk to the side of the road, where you wait for the emergency crews.
Car accidents do not always impact people the way that they expect. These are traumatic events. If you get into a crash, it's normal to go through a period of shock after the crash.
We know that helmets save lives. If you talk to safety experts about motorcyclists and traditional cyclists, they'll tell you that every single one should have a helmet on. They'll tell you that it doesn't matter what the law says -- many states do not require helmets -- because the evidence shows that helmets increase safety, decrease death rates and a lower brain injury rate.