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Top 5 Tips for Sharing the Road Safely with Pedestrians

The numbers for car-pedestrian collisions are sobering. From 2005 to 2009, there were 224,000 collisions involving pedestrians and single-passenger vehicles. Of those accidents, 13,193 were fatal. But even more sobering are the circumstances in which those pedestrians were hit.

Though you might imagine otherwise, the most common scenario in which a pedestrian and car collide is when a person is crossing the road and the vehicle is going straight — this is how it happens 95 percent of the time. In many of those cases (54 percent), nothing is obscuring the driver’s vision. And the driver usually fails to brake.

In fact, drivers who hit pedestrians while traveling straight hit the brakes only 13 percent of the time. And

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Teen Driving: 6 Essential Safety Tips

So your son or daughter is approaching driving age — how’d that happen so fast? No doubt your teen is desperate to be given the keys to the family car, or perhaps for a car of his or her own. It’s something that most parents face with varying degrees of anticipation and dread. So in honor of National Youth Traffic Safety Month

Touring Caravan Towing Safety

One of the biggest problems faced by caravan owners will be towing their precious vehicle. Jokes are always made about seeing caravans on the road, but in reality it’s no laughing matter – failing to understand touring caravan safety can have severe consequences, and learning how to tow properly should be a top priority. Here are a few tips to help you on your way.

• Load your caravan safely. When loading your caravan, it’s essential that everything is properly secured to prevent your possessions being strewn around the vehicle. Always distribute the weight evenly and put heavier items over the axle, and of course you should never exceed the maximum loading weight if you want to stay safe.

• Invest in extension mirrors. Because o

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Compare Static Caravan Insurance

Whenever you’re looking to invest in caravan insurance, you need to bear in mind one simple point – compare all the options. Performing adequate comparisons can mean the difference between having the cover that you’re looking for and being bitterly disappointed should the worst happen, so you always need to compare static caravan insurance policies if you want to be confident in your choice.

But just what do you need to be looking for when you’re comparing them? Because it’s for a static caravan your considerations will be slightly different than if it was a tourer. You need Read more…

Bin Laden’s Death Does Not Change Terror Threat Level

The news of Osama bin Laden’s death has many vacationers comparing  travel insurance to protect the excursions they planned.  Some people feel the military action taken by the U.S. will inevitably lead to some form of retaliation, increasing some people’s fear of travel.  Even after the announcement of his death, the terror thread level has not changed.  The following excerpt from an MSNBC article provides more detail.

“The death of Osama bin Laden is an important success not only for the United States, but the entire world,” said Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano in statement. “Our effort

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Top 7 Driving Phobias (And How To Conquer Them)

April was Distracted Driving Month, which got us wondering, are people distracted by their driving phobias? So we polled our Facebook community to learn more about what exactly gives them the behind-the-wheel heebie-jeebies. Here’s what they said shakes them up:

  • 27% Driving on mountain roads without guard rails
  • 27% Driving in bad weather (ice, snow, and rain)
  • 20% Driving near large trucks
  • 4% Becoming unable to drive
  • 4% Driving over bridges
  • 3% Driving near intoxicated drivers
  • 1% Veering off the road (uncontrollably)
  • 1% Fearing that the hood latch would suddenly release

If any of these driving anxieties sound familiar, here are some tips for staying calm on the road (no matter what happens):

A good instructor can guide you through driving situations that make you feel uncomfortable and help you bolster your confidence. A

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