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September 12, 2016

#BackToSchool #SafetyTips: Sharing the Road with School Buses


It is illegal in all 50 states to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children.

Although drivers are required by law to stop for a school bus when it's loading or unloading passengers, they often don't, so be sure to remind your bus-riding children to always be alert for vehicles moving around the bus as they load and unload.

Also, if you’re driving behind a bus, allow a greater following distance than if you were driving behind a car. It will give you more time to stop once the yellow lights start flashing.

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September 09, 2016

#BackToSchool #SafetyTips: Watch for Young Pedestrians


Always use extreme caution to avoid striking pedestrians wherever they may be, no matter who has the right of way.

Here are some precautions drivers can take to help keep children safe:

  • Don’t block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn, forcing pedestrians to go around you. This could put them in the path of moving traffic.
  • In a school zone when flashers are blinking, stop and yield to pedestrians crossing the crosswalk or intersection.
  • Always stop for a school patrol officer or crossing guard holding up a stop sign.
  • Take extra care to look out for children in school zones, near playgrounds and parks, and in all residential areas.
  • Don’t honk or rev your engine to scare a pedestrian, even if you have the right of way.
  • Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians.

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September 07, 2016

#AskPatty #BackToSchool #SafetyTips: Know Your Drop-Off Rules


Schools often have very specific drop-off procedures for the school year. Make sure you know them for the safety of all kids.

More children are hit by cars near schools than at any other location, according to the National Safe Routes to School program. The following rules should apply to all school zones:

  • Don’t double park; it blocks visibility for other children and vehicles.
  • Don’t load or unload children across the street from the school.
  • Carpooling isn't just convenient, it also works to reduce the number of vehicles at the school.

Get more #BackToSchool #Safety Tips for Drop Off from the National Safety Council.

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#AskPatty's Ten #SafetyTips for #BackToSchool

AskPatty-backtoschool-safety_tips-01-SchoolDays-know_your_drop_off_rules-LEADMore school-age pedestrians are killed during the hour before and after school than any other time of day, according to NHTSA. In fact, reports that more children are hit by cars near school than at any other location.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in fall 2016, approximately 50.4 million students will attend public elementary and secondary schools.  And upcoming high school junior and senior students have begun driving themselves to high school for the first time, too. You can try your best, but there’s no way you can prepare students for everything they'll find on the road ahead during the upcoming school year.

AskPatty joins with the National Safety Council. and Bridgestone's "Teens Drive Smart" program to share a collection of ten must-know safety tips back to school season. They're helpful for everybody, whether they're walking, young drivers, or even parents during this important season. We'll be posting them over the course of the month, so keep an eye out for them throughout September. Or if you can't wait, you can get all ten #BackToSchool #SafetyTips here at 

September 06, 2016

Research: 2016's Strictest & Most Lenient States on High-Risk Drivers

WalletHub_strictest_states_US_mapToday's American drivers spend more than 18 hours per week in our cars (over 17% of our waking hours), according to data from Nielsen and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Besides such regular costs as gas prices and upkeep, bad behavior on the road can have costly consequences for your wallet, to speeding tickets and even deadly accidents. And, as your amount of time in your car increases, so do the risks of an accident increase.

Since we all have an interest in keeping the roads safe, WalletHub recently released an in-depth analysis of 2016's Strictest & Most Lenient States on High-Risk Drivers, in which they identified the states that are most serious about ensuring the well-being of motorists.

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September 02, 2016

Broken Down On Your Long Weekend?

Woman_with_broken_down_car-roadside_assistance-iStock_91371615-Ivanko_Brnjakovic Did you know, Labour Day used to be celebrated in the spring and was moved to the fall in 1895. Canada also inspired Labour Day events in many other countries including the United States.

Are you getting ready to go away this long weekend or getting ready to head back to school? Are you prepared if something should happen while you are driving?

Many people are not, because they never think it will happen to them. I decided to write about roadside assistance because this is something that many of us don’t think we really need and then “bam” we’re broken down on the side of the road wishing we had it.

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August 30, 2016

AskPatty’s #HotCar Tips for Kids and Dogs: Watch For Signs Of Heatstroke


Extreme temperature and humidity can cause heatstroke.

In children, some signs of heatstroke are red, hot, and moist or dry skin; no sweating; strong, rapid pulse or slow, weak pulse; and nausea, confusion or strange behavior.

In pets, some signs of heatstroke are heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing, excessive thirst, lethargy, fever, dizziness, lack of coordination, profuse salivation, vomiting, a deep red or purple tongue, seizure, and unconsciousness.

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August 29, 2016

Traffic Jam Etiquette

Traffic_jam_etiquette-leadGetting stuck in a traffic jam is all kinds of frustrating, so it's no wonder that our manners seem to evaporate as our tempers rise. 

Before you take it out on surrounding drivers with a full-on bird-flapping offensive, take a deep breath, feel the love, and remember your traffic jam etiquette.

Many thanks to Auto Insurance Center,  a news and information site that covers all things car insurance, for sharing this infographic refresher course on traffic jam etiquette to help keep you between the lines!

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August 26, 2016

Are You An Annoying Lane Changer?

Changing_lanes-Kelly_Williams-iStock_39725986-StarflamediaAs drivers, it always seems like the lane beside us is moving quicker -- especially when commuting during rush hour.

A number of years ago I did a piece for a television show called The Fifth Estate. In this piece I had to drive from downtown Toronto, up around the top of the city, and then back to downtown changing lanes as often as I thought I could to gain ground. In a one-hour drive, I made 60 lane changes while the other driver made only 20 and I arrived four minutes ahead of the other driver. So obviously changing lanes doesn’t gain much, I probably annoyed every driver around me, and it increased my chances of having a crash.

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August 25, 2016

AskPatty’s #HotCar Tips for Kids and Dogs: Don’t Let Dogs Ride Loose In Pickup Truck Beds.


The hot metal can burn a dog's paws, the sun and flying debris can hurt the dog, the dog can accidentally be thrown out of the truck if the brakes are suddenly applied, and the dog can jump out if scared or upon seeing something interesting to chase. Instead, use a crate to create a safer space for your dog if you can't fit the dog inside the truck cab -- and make sure to include lots of fresh water.

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