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Fall driving safety: Change your driving style

As the fall season arrives in Columbus, Ohio, you can expect many things to change. For this reason, you need to alter your driving style to improve your safety.

Here are five fall driving safety tips that can help you avoid an accident:

  • Watch for wet leaves: If you come across these on the road, do your best to slow down in advance of driving over them. Wet leaves can be extremely slippery, thus causing you to lose control of your vehicle.
  • Watch for deer: The fall months are when deer activity really picks up. It doesn't matter where you're driving, keep your eye out for these animals.
  • Protect against sun glare: The temperature may be cooling off but that doesn't mean sun glare is any less of a problem.
  • Be prepared for morning frost: Some areas of the road may freeze during the early morning hours, such as bridges and overpasses. Take special caution when driving anywhere where ice may be present.
  • Slow down in foggy conditions: Fog is a common concern in the fall, especially during the evening and early morning hours. You must slow down and take extra caution when driving in foggy conditions.

Sharing the road is a big deal: Keep others in mind

Regardless of the time of day, sharing the road with other drivers is a big deal. Not only does it keep you safe, but it does the same for everyone else as well.

Sharing the road is easier said than done, especially when you find yourself in a large crowd of vehicles. Here are some tips you can employ:

  • Always use turn signals: This doesn't always sound important, but it gives other drivers a clear idea of what you're going to do next.
  • Check blind spots: Unfortunately, you can't rely on your mirrors to tell the entire story. You need to check your blind spots, such as when changing lanes, to ensure that another vehicle isn't next to you.
  • Leave more space: This is a good rule of thumb in everything you do on the road. For example, don't follow the car in front of yours too closely. Also, leave more space when changing lanes in front of another vehicle.
  • Don't lane jump: A common mistake in traffic, moving from one lane to the next too often increases the chance of an accident.

Take advantage of new safety innovations for motorcyclists

Autumn is approaching, a great time for getting out on your motorcycle to enjoy the crisp weather and changing colors. However, remember that you are vulnerable to serious injury if you are ever in an accident. Here are six recent safety innovations for you and your beloved bike:

1. More stability

The impact of drowsy driving is very real

Anyone can fall prey to drowsy driving, as this has a way of coming on fast. For example, truckers often stay on the road when they're tired as they have a schedule to keep.

At first, drowsy driving may not seem like that big of a deal. This is particularly true if you're close to your destination. However, it can impact a driver in many ways, including the following:

  • Reaction times are longer when a driver is drowsy
  • Driving after spending more than 20 hours awake is the same as having a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of .08 percent
  • Fatigued drivers are three times more likely to be part of a car accident

Let these rush-hour driving tips keep you safe

If you live in or around Columbus, Ohio, you understand that there is no way to avoid rush-hour traffic.

Even though you may have many years' experience navigating rush-hour traffic, there's always the potential to be part of a motor vehicle accident.

Parents can help prevent teen distracted driving

As the parent of a teen, you know there will come a time when he or she receives a driver's license. As proud as you may be, there is no denying the fact that you will also have some concerns. Will your teen follow the rules of the road? Will he or she know what to do in the event of an emergency?

There are many things you can do to help prevent teen distracted driving, including the following:

  • Talk to your teen: Tell your teen that distracted driving is dangerous, and explain to him or her that it is avoidable.
  • Share a list of common distractions: Your teen may not fully realize all of the most common distractions, which include talking on the phone, texting, listening to the radio and conversing with passengers.
  • Ride along for a time: You can't do this forever, but there's nothing wrong with riding along with your teen for the first few weeks or months that he or she has a driver's license. This gives you the opportunity to provide feedback, while also ensuring that your child doesn't fall prey to any distractions.

Traumatic brain injury requires immediate, on-going treatment

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is every bit as scary as it sounds, as this is the one part of your body that you want to keep protected at all costs.

As a motorcyclist, you enjoy spending time on the road. Unfortunately, there are other drivers who don't take as much caution as they should when driving in close proximity to bikers.

Being charged with drunk driving in Ohio is not a small thing

When stopped in Ohio on suspicion of drunk or drugged driving, most adults will be arrested on operating under the influence (OVI) charges. If the driver who is stopped is a minor, then they'll likely be charged with operating a vehicle after underage consumption (OVAUC) charges.

It's important for you to know that according to Ohio law, any motorist that drives with a blood alcohol content over the legal limit may be charged with either OVI or OVAUC. The impairment doesn't just have to come from alcohol either. Any motorist who drinks liquor, uses prescription drugs or takes recreational drugs and then gets behind the wheel of a car can be charged with a crime.

A motor vehicle accident can cause a variety of injuries

Most people understand the risks of being involved in a car accident. Not only can this cause damage to your vehicle, but it can also lead to a variety of injuries (some of which are more serious than others).

Understanding the many types of car accident injuries can go a long way in keeping you safe. Furthermore, if you find yourself in an accident, you'll know which body parts to check for injuries first.

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