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Do you follow these tips when driving at night?

During the fall and winter months, the sun goes down early. For this reason, you're likely to find yourself on the road in the dark.

Driving at night is different from driving during the day, as you won't have nearly as much visibility. Here are some tips you can follow to remain safe:

  • Slow down: With limited visibility, you need to slow down. This gives you more time to react, such as if another car pulls out in front of yours.
  • Use your headlights: There is never a good time to drive without headlights in the dark. Furthermore, if there are no other vehicles around, you can use your high beams to increase visibility.
  • Keep your windshield clean: Doing this cuts back on glare from headlights and streetlights, making it easier for you to see the road ahead.
  • Don't drive drowsy: It's easier to become drowsy when it's dark outside, so keep a close watch on how you're feeling. If you begin to yawn, rub your eyes and daydream, it's time to pull over and take a break.

Do you want your future to begin with yellow license plates?

In Columbus, home of The Ohio State Buckeyes, the colors to wear are scarlet and gray, not scarlet and yellow. The latter is a special color combination for the license plates of a repeat DUI offender.

Will the judge order you to have “scarlet letter” plates on your car? 

What are you doing to avoid an accident with a truck?

If you spend any time on the highways of Ohio, you understand that you'll always be in close proximity to commercial trucks. You may need to take some steps to maintain your safety.

There are many things you can do to avoid an accident with a truck, including the following:

  • Share the road: Everyone is trying to reach their destination safely, and sharing the road helps ensure the safety of you and those around you.
  • Keep your distance: Don't drive too closely to a truck, such as several feet behind the vehicle.
  • Watch how you pass: Since commercial trucks are often slow moving, you may find yourself regularly passing these vehicles. When doing so, maintain a steady speed and leave enough space before changing lanes.
  • Beware of distractions: Not only should you keep distractions out of your vehicle, but watch for truckers who may not be paying attention to the road. For example, if you see a trucker texting and driving, you don't want to create as much space between your vehicles as possible.

How do you prevent these common driving distractions?

The moment you get behind the wheel of your vehicle is the moment you need to get serious about driving. Any distraction can cause an accident, so you can't afford to lose sight of the task at hand.

With so many types of driving distractions, remaining focused is easier said than done. Here are seven of the most common distractions:

  • Lost in thought: This means you're daydreaming as opposed to focusing on your responsibilities as a driver.
  • Texting: When you text, you're taking your eyes off the road and at least one hand off the steering wheel.
  • Reaching for an object: This can include anything from a child's toy under a seat to your cellphone that is stored in the center console.
  • Eating or drinking: Don't assume that eating or drinking in the car is safe, as it calls for you to remove a hand from the wheel.
  • Passengers: It's easy to get so caught up in a conversation with a passenger that you forget to pay attention to the road.
  • Adjusting vehicle controls: Maybe you want to change the radio channel. Or maybe you want to change the temperature of the inside air. Be sure to stop your vehicle before adjusting any controls.
  • Smoking: You may have been doing this while driving for many years, but don't lose sight of the fact that it's a distraction.

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.
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