Driving Safety

How to Safely Share the Road with Motorcycles

It’s easy for auto drivers to forget that not everyone on the road has the same level of protection that they do while blitzing around town. Every time a biker hits the road, they face unique safety threats and vehicle drivers are one of the main hazards. According to the MSF (Motorcycle Safety Foundation), more…

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Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Safety

A highway-rail grade crossing is an intersection where a roadway crosses railroad tracks at the same level or grade. Such crossings may be encountered on both public and private roads. There are more than 250,000 such crossings in the U.S. Although the highway safety picture has improved considerably over the last decade, people are killed…

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4 Summer Driving Hazards to Be Aware Of

While the winter season is often associated with risky driving conditions, summer has its own risks. From road construction to out-of-town recreational drivers pulling boats and campers, summertime hazards require drivers to be extra alert and share the road. Hazard No. 1: Summer Construction Brings Increased Traffic “The increased traffic on our roads is an…

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Summer: good time to brush up on tire safety

by Ken Presley, UMA Staff | July 9, 2019 If the past few weeks has been any indication, we’re in for a very hot summer. While you should always keep a close eye on your bus and motorcoach tires and inspect them on a pre-trip basis, those hot summer months are a good time to…

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Who Has the Right Of Way?

Any time you encounter another vehicle, bicyclist or pedestrian on the road, one of you must yield the right of way in order to prevent an accident. Rather than depending on individuals to  randomly determine who should have priority, state laws establish who has the right to proceed first. Yet, according to the National Safety…

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Operation Safe Driver Week

Law enforcement personnel will be on the lookout for commercial motor vehicle drivers and passenger vehicle drivers engaging in dangerous driver behaviors July 14-20 as part of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Operation Safe Driver Week. Drivers engaging in unsafe driving behaviors will be pulled over by law enforcement and may be issued a…

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Your Defensive Driving Formula

No matter how much experience you have behind the wheel, there are always new hazards and situations waiting for you just around the next corner. You can prepare yourself to face these challenges by driving defensively. Defensive driving is about using your skills and knowledge to protect yourself against the unsafe acts of other drivers,…

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Distracted Driving Real Danger

If you feel like you’re seeing more people driving distracted, you’re not alone. A new study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety shows that nearly 88 percent of drivers believe distracted  driving is worse than it was three years ago, with nearly 50 percent reporting that they regularly see drivers emailing or texting while…

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Know your space: Space Bubble

Properly managing the space in front, behind and to the sides of a vehicle is the sign of a skilled professional driver. Yet, to reach any destination safely, drivers must monitor the space around their vehicle in ALL directions, including above and below.  Space Above & Below Of all the space around a vehicle, it’s…

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