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June 06, 2014

Tire Safety for Summer Road Trips

Road_trip-thinkstock-122584104_sSummer is here, which means that families across the country are starting to make plans for their summer road trip adventures. If you'll be taking an extended road trip in the next few months, we've got some safety tips to make sure your tires are ready to roll.

 

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May 30, 2014

Don't Do This! Avoid These 7 Common Driving Distractions

140530-askpatty-state-farm-distracted_driving_makeup-thinkstock-123466007The Centers for Disease Control estimates that each day in the United States more than nine people are killed in crashes involving a distracted driver.

Texting while driving is one of the most dangerous driver distractions, but it’s not the only one.

State Farm insurance is sharing with us seven other unsafe habits to avoid:

 

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May 23, 2014

Does Your Teen Know Everything About Driving? Keep Talking!

IKnowEverything_ParentImage_2As part of its new “I Know Everything” Program, the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (FAAR) is asking teen drivers “How much do you really know about safe driving?”

As the parent of a boy who is about to turn 21, I remember how it felt when he first started driving. I wanted him to be a safe driver, and had spent months preparing him for the day he would finally begin driving alone. During that time, I spent hours in the passenger seat sharing driving tips, and trying not to be nervous.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens: More than 300,000 teens are injured in crashes each year, and thousands more are killed. One-third of those crashes involve a teen driver who had been drinking and ten percent of 15- to 19-year-old drivers involved in a fatal crash were reported as distracted at the time of the crash.  Of teenage passenger deaths in 2009, 59% occurred in vehicles driven by another teen. 

These are frightening statistics. There are plenty more teen dirivng factoids in the infographic at the end of this article. But FAAR is aiming to improve them.

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May 19, 2014

Shaquille O'Neal Teaches Teen Actress Bella Thorne Safe Driving

Shaquille_teaches_Bella_ThorneWho was your driving instructor? We bet it wasn’t Dr. Shaquille O’Neal!

Popular young actress, Bella Thorne is joining forces with the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (FAAR)  by serving as the lead ambassador for iDECIDE, a new campaign encouraging teens to focus on the importance of creating and following individual decisions, which includes saying no to underage drinking. The campaign was designed to evoke a stay-true-to-yourself message and empower teens to act based on their personal beliefs.

In honor of National Youth Traffic Safety Month, and as part of FAAR's ongoing awareness campaign, basketball great Shaquille O’Neal agreed to be Bella's Driver's Ed instructor — sharing safe driving tips about not texting, checking your appearance in the mirror, having too many friends in the car, and --most importantly-- avoiding underage drinking. You can check out the fun videos below.

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May 05, 2014

Volvo Explores Future of Child Protection with Inflatable Car Seat Concept

APB-Volvo-Unveils-Revolutionary-Inflatable-Child-Seat-Concept-4-seatChildren's car seats are historically bulky, hard to move and tedious to mount. This is why Volvo Cars has designed a lightweight and inflatable rear-facing child seat concept using groundbreaking technology. Volvo says its new inflatable carseat concept is safe, easy to pack and carry, and will enable parents to use it in many situations not practical with the seats on the market today.

Lawrence Abele, design manager at the Volvo Monitoring and Concept Center in Los Angeles, and the designer behind the new seat, had his two children in mind while designing the concept: "For me child safety is always the No. 1 priority and when we lived abroad with two toddlers we had to haul bulky child seats through airports and then into taxis. For many, traveling with young children is a challenge. Any assistance to simplify the parents' life with young children is a great thing."

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May 01, 2014

Who Determines Fault in a Car Accident?

Ap-car_accident-thinkstock-455682573When you have a car accident, the first thing you may say is that the accident wasn’t your fault. It's an instinct, which people looking back often don't understand. Unfortunately, the other driver or drivers probably say the same thing.

Determining who is at fault in a car accident comes down to one thing: negligence. All drivers have a responsibility to obey traffic rules and not harm pedestrians or other drivers. Negligence is when a driver acts in a thoughtless or careless way that causes harm to someone else. For example, if the driver fails to stop for a red light or yield, he or she behaved in a careless or thoughtless manner.

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April 30, 2014

The Century Council fights Drunk Driving with Alcohol Awareness Infographic

Teen_drunk_driving-Alcohol_Awareness_InfographicAccording to The Century Council, 9,878 people died in drunk driving crashes in 2011. Though this is an all-time low, these deaths account for 31% of all traffic fatalities that year.

Sadly, motor vehicle crashes remain the number one killer of teenagers ages 15 to 20 years old, even though drunk driving and underage drinking among teens are at historic lows. 

Check out the infographic below for additional alcohol awareness factoids.

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April 11, 2014

Photo Gallery: Celebrities Support Safe Kids Worldwide To Help Reduce Childhood Injuries

Safe_Kids_Day-v482963723The Safe Kids Worldwide organization held its second annual West Coast Safe Kids Day on Saturday afternoon, April 5, 2014, at The Lot in West Hollywood, California, to raise awareness about preventable injuries, the number one killer amongst children in the United States. Almost a million children around the world die of an injury each year, and every one of these tragedies is preventable. A similar event is being held on Saturday, April 12, at the Highline Stages in New York City. 

Special guests in attendance included: Drew Barrymore & Will KopelmanGiuliana & Bill RancicKendra Wilkinson & Hank Baskette, CiaraMalin Akerman, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Ali Landry, Tom & Ashley ArnoldCocoa Brown (The Single Moms Club), Alysia Montaño (Track & Field Olympian), Leonor Varela (Chilean model and actress), Matthew Hatchette (Former NFL Player), Neal & Ruve McDonoughVanna WhiteBreckin MeyerGarcelle Beauvais (actress), Tina Charles (WNBA player), Eden Sassoon (Founder of EDEN and daughter of Vidal Sassoon), Abbie Schiller (The Mother Company, Founder), Ruby (Ruby’s Studio: The Safety Show), Dr. Peter and Laurie WaldsteinKate Carr (President and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide), and more.

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April 07, 2014

How to File a Personal Injury Claim Against an Uninsured Driver

1403_AP_car_accident-thinkstock-176998218Unfortunately, car accidents can happen to anyone now and then. This is why motorists are required to have a valid insurance policy so that if someone else is at fault, their insurance covers claims made for injuries suffered and/ or for any damage incurred. 

Injuries resulting from a motor accident are often serious and can sometimes be debilitating, and one will usually make a claim both for economic and non-economic damages, such as damage to a car, loss of income due to time needed to recover from injuries, and pain and suffering.

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April 03, 2014

AskPatty Supports Safe Kids Day with Tips to Keep Your Kids Safe While You’re on Your Way

Safe-kids-day-child-safety-seat-check-safer_in_7Kids are going to fall, crash, slip, and explore. It’s part of being a kid. According to SafeKids.org, preventable injuries are the #1 killer of kids in the U.S. and each year a million families around the world lose a child to these injuries. As parents, we all try to do our best to protect our kids from serious injuries, whether they’re at home, at play, or on their way.

 

WHAT IS SAFE KIDS DAY?

Safe Kids Day is an annual fundraising, awareness, and event initiative to keep kids safe from preventable injuries, the #1 killer of kids in the United States. In April 2014, Safe Kids Worldwide works at the local and national levels to promote child injury prevention and motivate families in communities everywhere to help keep their kids safe.

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