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5 tips for driving safely in heavy rain and wind

Fall is a beautiful time of the year. It's also a time of the year when heavy rain and wind has the potential to move into the area.

If you're behind the wheel when this happens, there are five tips you need to follow to maintain your safety:

  • Prepare for wind gusts: You never know when a gust will hit your vehicle, so slow down and keep both hands on the wheel.
  • Watch for high profile vehicles: For example, commercial trucks and buses have a more difficult time staying in their lane when the wind picks up.
  • Slow down: It takes longer to stop your vehicle on wet roads, so you need to slow down as a means of enhancing your safety.
  • Use your headlights: This allows you to more easily see the road ahead, all the while improving the ability of other drivers to spot your vehicle.
  • Leave more space: Do whatever you can to leave more space between your vehicle and others on the road. This is particularly true of any vehicles in front of yours.

7 tips for safer highway driving

Anyone who drives will usually find themselves on the highway frequently and there are some special things you need to do in order to enhance your safety. If you don't, you increase the likelihood of being part of a motor vehicle accident.

Here are seven tips for safer highway driving:

  • Merging: When merging, you need to do so at the appropriate speed to ensure that you safely enter traffic. Just the same, watch for others who are merging, as it's best to move to the left lane to provide as much space as possible.
  • Passing: There will be times when you need to pass slower vehicles. You should never use the right lane to do so. Instead, the left lane is for passing.
  • Changing lanes: With other cars on the highway, be careful before you make a lane change. Most importantly, use a turn signal every time.
  • Blind spots: You don't want to drive in another vehicle's blind spot. Also, you need to watch for vehicles that may be hiding in your blind spot. This is particularly important when driving in close proximity to commercial trucks, as these drivers often find it difficult to see what's happening around them.
  • Stopped vehicles: Every now and again you may come across vehicles that are stopped on the side of the road. There are many reasons for this, such as if someone is broken down or recently part of an accident. Do your best to move over a lane if you spot a stopped vehicle ahead.
  • Speeding: Watch your speed at all times on the highway. It's easy to break the law when there is nothing but open road ahead of you.
  • Emergencies: If your car is giving you trouble or you're part of an accident, move as far off the highway as possible. Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to exit the highway before exiting your vehicle.

These causes of distracted driving are common: Avoid them

When you get behind the wheel of your car, there's nothing more important than turning all your attention to the task at hand. Anything that distracts you, no matter what it may be, increases the likelihood of an accident.

There are many causes of distracted driving, but these seven are among the most common:

  • Daydreaming: It's hard to avoid, but you should never let your mind wander when driving.
  • Cellphone use: From texts to phone calls, any type of cellphone use when driving is a big no-no.
  • Passengers: You can chat with your passengers, but you can't let this distract you. Let everyone know that you need to focus on the road.
  • Reaching for an item: Maybe you reach for a toy that's under your seat. Or maybe you attempt to grab your cellphone out of the glove box. When you do this, you're taking your eyes off the road and at least one hand off the wheel.
  • Eating or drinking: It doesn't matter what you're eating or drinking, it will lead you to take your hands off the wheel and your attention away from the road.
  • Adjusting vehicle controls: From the climate controls to the radio to the GPS, if you need to adjust these, you should stop first.
  • Smoking: If you need to light a cigarette, pull to the side of the road.

Could 1 of these things cause a truck accident?

When driving in close proximity to commercial trucks, such as on a busy interstate, you must take extra caution. Not only should you watch for truckers who are breaking the law, but you also need to adjust your driving style to lessen the likelihood of trouble.

There are many potential causes of truck accidents, including the following:

  • Drowsy driving: A trucker who is too tired to drive is one that is more likely to fall asleep and cause a crash.
  • Inadequate training: Trucking companies must provide all drivers with the training they need to remain safe at all times.
  • Distracted driving: A serious problem in the trucking industry, drivers often text, talk on their cellphone, eat and drink.
  • Unrealistic schedules: Trucking companies often expect too much out of drivers, placing an unrealistic schedule on them that results in speeding and a lack of sleep.
  • Reckless driving: Truckers don't always follow the rules of the road. Instead, they speed, pass others illegally and neglect to signal (among other violations).

What are the warning signs of legal malpractice?

Chances are, you're not an expert in the law and probably aren't aware of what's normal procedure in a case. Therefore, it might be hard to recognize a problematic attorney when you see one.

Do dishonest attorneys give off warning signs? Absolutely. If any of the following things sound familiar, it's time to be worried:

Tips for staying safe at the pool this Labor Day weekend

The Labor Day weekend is rapidly approaching, which means that summer is coming to an end all across Georgia and the rest of the country. While some schools have already started the new year, others are counting down the days remaining of summer vacation. If you are headed to the pool for the holiday weekend, you need to heed these safety tips.

If you are at the pool with children, make sure they know how to swim, are never left alone, have floatation devices with them and do not swim by themselves. You should also make sure that the children do not run anywhere near or around the pool as the concrete will be slippery when it is wet.

You must do these 5 things after a car accident

Even if you have been part of a car accident in the past, it doesn't necessarily mean you'll know what to do in this situation in the future. With so much commotion, especially after a serious motor vehicle accident, it's easy to lose sight of what you should be doing.

Here are five things to do in the aftermath of a car accident:

  • Check for injuries. There's nothing more important than this step, as you need to check yourself and your passengers for injuries in a timely manner. Any injury, even one that appears minor on the surface, requires immediate attention. For example, a bump on the head may not appear serious, but you don't know what's happening below the surface.
  • Move to safety. You aren't always able to do this, such as if your vehicle is disabled as a result of the damage, but you should attempt to move to the side of the road.
  • Call 911. Once you do this, you won't have to guess as to whether an ambulance and police will arrive at the scene. You know that they'll show up as quickly as possible, and that should put your mind at ease.
  • Exchange information. You shouldn't feel pressured to do this, but it's something to consider if your health allows for it. In addition to exchanging information, take pictures of the other person's license plate, driver's license and insurance card.
  • Notify your insurance company. You shouldn't rush to do this if you were injured in the accident and require immediate medical attention. However, the moment you have the opportunity to do so, contact your agent to let them know what happened. If you've yet to learn more about the accident and review your policy, stick to the basics. You don't want to say something to your insurance company that could work against you in the future.

Alcohol impacts your ability to drive safely

Even though it's common knowledge that drinking alcohol impairs your ability to drive, some people continue to do so for one reason or another.

While it's not necessarily illegal to have a single drink and then drive, it's good practice to avoid this altogether. You never want to assume you're in good enough condition to drive and then discover that you're not able to make confident and safe decisions while you're behind the wheel.

Getting a text ruins your concentration, even without reading it

Do you think it is safe to drive in the car with your cell phone sitting on the seat beside you? Maybe you know how dangerous it is to write or read text messages, so you never do that while you drive, but you leave the phone out so that you have access to it in an emergency.

While this may be safer than actively using the phone, studies have found that simply knowing someone texted you can cause you to feel distracted and it can ruin your concentration.

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