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458 posts categorized "Safety - Child Safety"

July 25, 2014

Understanding Right of Way for Pedestrians

Volvo_pedestrian_detection_w_full_auto_stopRight of way for pedestrians is an important concept to understand for all drivers. Accidents involving pedestrians are most commonly caused by a motorist's failure to yield to a pedestrian. 

Fortunately, pedestrian impacts and fatalities are at a 19-year low. Lots of steps have been taken in an attempt to reduce accidents overall. Volvo has even developed a technology to keep a lookout for pedestrians and other obstructions and brake for you! Another system, developed by AutoLiv will even watch for animals and pedestrians IN THE DARK!

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July 14, 2014

Don’t Get Too Friendly with the Cab Driver And 5 Other Taxi Safety Tips

Mobile-device-Thinkstock-78427556Opting for a taxi instead of driving or walking is often the safest and most convenient option for getting around in a city. If you’re drinking alcohol, worried about parking or alone in an unfamiliar place, it’s almost always in your best interest to cab it.

Though hopping in a taxi is much safer than some other alternatives, it’s not entirely without risk. To mitigate those risks, it’s wise to keep these crucial tips in mind so that your trip is safe and sound.


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July 03, 2014

AskPatty Offers Tips to Help You to Celebrate a Safe Fourth of July

Happy_fourth_of_july_from_askpattyAccording to the National Highway Transportation Safety Association, drunk driving crashes have accounted for about 40% of the traffic fatalities during the July 4th holiday over the last five years, making it one of the deadliest holidays on our nation’s roadways.

Unfortunately, according to NHTSA, someone in the United States dies in an alcohol-impaired-driving crash every 51 minutes.

Want to better educate yourself on how your blood alcohol concentration is determined? B4UDrink is an interactive program developed by The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (FAAR) that educates the user about how alcohol consumption affects an individual's Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC). You can find out about your more here at their “virtual bar.”

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June 30, 2014

Mitsubishi’s "First Ride" Program Highlights Car Seat and Automotive Safety

Mitsubishi_first_ride_montero_NYIAS-IMG_7562Every day, thousands of newborns around the nation leave hospitals and head home for the first time, making it a once-in-a-lifetime story to tell. While the law requires parents to have a suitable child safety seat, most people don’t think about the safety of the actual car driving them home.

Inspired by the real stories of New Yorkers going home with their newborns in taxis (an experience that does not legally require child safety seats), Mitsubishi launched its #FirstRide program in New York by giving three babies their inaugural ride home in one of America’s safest small SUVs, the 2014 Outlander, as part of Mitsubishi Motors’ “First Ride” program, which focuses on creating awareness and educating parents on child safety.

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June 23, 2014

Leading Cause of Teen Death: Teen Driving

General_Motors_safekids_Teen_Driving_safetyTeenagers think they know more than adults and consider themselves invincible. Today's teens are so worldly, we're sometimes fooled into believing they are more mature than they are. But teens are still children and they still make stupid mistakes, some of which are fatal. Adults do stupid things too. And children notice.

Reading the headlines, it might seem that the biggest killer of teenagers is drugs. This isn't the case. According to a study conducted by Safe Kids Worldwide and made possible by a $2 million grant from General Motors Foundation, more teens die in motor vehicle crashes than from any other cause of death. The toll is about 2,500 per year or 8 out of every 1,000 teens.

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June 20, 2014

Are You A Road Rager? Take This Quick Quiz To Find Out!

Ingenie-top-road-rage-triggersIngenie, a UK-based insurance company, recently launched their #RedMist  campaign to raise awareness of the issues surrounding road rage. The company surveyed a thousand 17-25 year olds in the UK to find out their experiences with road rage. What did they discover? The company learned that road rage is as serious a problem as ever, with 70% of young drivers admitting they'd been a victim of road rage in the past 12 months.

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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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