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When the road is wet, the water on the asphalt causes tires to lose traction. Since the rain reduces a driver’s perception it’s harder to see through the rain and cuts visibility through its action on headlights, windshields and the road itself. Although many people know to slow down in the rain, there are other important tips that will help keep you, and those who occupy the road with you, from becoming a statistic.
· Use extreme caution after a dry spell: During a dry period, engine oil and grease accumulate on the road over time. When combined with water from a new rainfall, the road becomes very slick. Continuous rainfall will ultimately wash away the oil, but the first few hours are the most dangerous.
· Brake early with less force: This will increase the stopping distance between you and the car in front of you, it also lets the car behind know that you’re slowing down. Moreover, be more careful when using turn signals, so the other drivers know your plans, and take turns and curves with a reduced speed than you would in normal conditions.
· Give yourself more time to travel: Make sure to drive slower than normal when the roads are wet. Also, traffic is likely to be moving slower as well.
· Don’t use cruise control: If you hydroplane, there’s a higher chance your car could accelerate. Cruise control also permits drivers to be less attentive and to take their foot away from the pedals.
· After crossing a puddle, tap on your brake pedal lightly to dry off the water on your rotors.
· Defog your windows: Your windshields will fog up quickly from the rain. Turn on both front and rear defrosters and make sure the air conditioning is turned on. Today most cars have climate control systems that automatically engage the A/C when the windshield defrost function is chosen.
As winter drags on the driving continues will continue to remain harsh. With the weather that has been occurring across the nation, motorists need to be especially mindful of their actions. By following basic winter travel rules, motorists can help make the winter season safer for themselves as well as their passengers.
Before beginning any long distance trip, a driver needs to make sure that his or her vehicle is tuned up and in good shape, especially in the winter months. When making travel plans, motorists need to be flexible, possibly leaving earlier to avoid peak traffic hours. If the weather report predicts snow and freezing conditions, then drivers need to be prepared to alter their schedules. Each time someone is behind the wheel this winter, he or she also needs to take plenty of breaks, pulling to the side of the road at the first signs of fatigue or drowsiness.
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One of the most effective ways to prevent injury in a motorcycle collision is by wearing a helmet each time you ride. However, it’s equally important to make sure that the helmet you wear fits properly around the size and shape of your head. If you choose a helmet that doesn’t fit correctly, it can fall off during a collision, leaving your head incredibly vulnerable to injury.
In this video, an experienced motorcyclist shows how to choose a properly fitted helmet. As he explains, the size descriptions vary by helmet manufacturer, so you always need to try potential helmets on. When you try on a helmet, hold it by the chin and make sure that it isn’t loose enough to turn all the way around your head.
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If you are currently receiving Social Security disability benefits, you may be worried about returning back to the workforce. Even though this hesitation is understandable, the Social Security Administration has certain rules that allow you to work a part-time or full-time job without jeopardizing your monthly Social Security payments. However, before you begin searching for a new employment position, you need to understand exactly what type of work you are eligible to secure.
Trial work period
Through the trial work period, you can experiment with working while still receiving your full monthly benefit amount. For a total of nine months, over a period of 60 months, there isn’t a cap as to how much you can earn without lowering your monthly benefit payment amount. The purpose of the trial work period is to give you the opportunity to determine whether or not you can return to full time employment. If you choose to participate in this program, you need to inform your local Social Security office of the earnings you make each month.
Extended period of eligibility
After your nine-month trial work period is over, you can enter a 36-month extended period of eligibility. During this time, you can continue to receive your Social Security benefits as long as you continue to be disabled and your monthly income is less than the Social Security’s substantial gain activity threshold, which was $1,040 for non-blind recipients in 2013.
Ticket to work program
If you would like to return to work, but your injury prevents you from returning to your previous position, you may be eligible for the ticket to work program. Through this program, you can receive free vocational rehabilitation, schooling, or technical training with the ultimate goal of helping you permanently return to the workforce.
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With snowstorms, slippery roads, and chilly temperatures, it’s not hard to determine why car accidents tend to increase in the winter months. Even though you may sometimes be at the mercy of other not-so-skilled drivers on the road, there are ways to lower your risk of suffering a winter car accident. With proper preparation and practice, you can learn how to safely navigate slippery, snowy streets.
Learn loose steering
It may seem counterintuitive, but if your front wheels begin to skid on a patch of ice, you need to temporarily let go of the steering. To regain control of your car, shift into the neutral gear and slowly begin to guide the wheels and vision back into the direction you want your car to go.
Turn off cruise control
During the winter season, you shouldn’t rely on cruise control while you are driving over icy hills or slippery roads. Though it may be slightly less convenient, plan on turning your cruise control off for these colder months and just rely on your gas pedal.
Reduce pressure on brakes
You may rely on pumping your brakes during warmer months, but the winter season is time to limit the amount of pressure you put on the brakes. When you need to brake, press on the pedal gently to prevent your wheels from locking up each time you stop. Gently pumping the brakes can also help prevent skidding and sliding to the side of the road when your car comes to a stop.
Distance yourself from snowplows
It is difficult to safely maneuver around snowplows, sanding trucks, and other maintenance vehicles. Instead of trying to navigate your way around these large vehicles, stick to a different route when you see one a few vehicles ahead.
If you are injured in a winter car accident, the personal injury lawyers of D’Agostino & Associates can help. We help people with a variety of legal situations, including personal injury and Social Security disability. For more information, you can reach our New York and New Jersey area offices at (888) 860-5787.Leave a comment »
If you’re like most drivers, you probably recognize that speeding, driving distracted, and failing to obey the rules of the road can all increase your chances of being involved in an auto accident. Even though following basic traffic rules and regulations plays an important role in lowering your chances of a car accident, it isn’t the only way to ensure your travels are safe. Here’s a look at some not-so obvious tips for avoiding dangerous car accidents.
Avoid the “fast lane”
Traveling in the furthest left lane may be tempting when you’re hurrying to get to work each morning, but this option is more dangerous than the other lane alternatives. Traveling in the center or right lane limits your possible interactions with nearby impatient, speedy drivers. It also provides you with more escape routes to pull over to the side of the road if a sudden problem occurs.
Pay attention to blind spots
You should adjust your mirrors so that you have a wide-angle view of the scene behind you, but you can’t only rely on your mirrors when changing lanes. Even with the best possible adjustment, you will still be faced with blind spots. As a result, you need to physically turn your head and look at the lane beside you when changing over. This will help you spot any hazards or other cars that are in your mirror’s blind spots.
Know your car’s limits
Not every car drives the same way, so you need to pay close attention to how your car moves in varying situations. For example, you should note how your car reacts when rounding corners or how long it takes for your car to stop when you brake. This will help you gauge the safest speed and distance for braking.
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Owning a dog provides companionship, entertainment, and unconditional love, but it can also lead to dangerous situations if you don’t understand your dog’s behavior. Even gentle, friendly dogs can attack if they feel protective, threatened, or scared. One way to help prevent dog bites is learning how to prevent the most common scenarios that lead to dog bite injuries in the first place.
As this video explains, the rate of dog bite injuries in the United States nearly doubled between 1993 and 2008. Leaving a child unattended with a dog and running with a dog are among the most common scenarios in which dog bites occur. For this reason, parents need to take extra steps toward teaching their children about safely interacting with a dog.
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