Blog – Rear-Enders

 

Did you know the most common type of crash is the rear-ender, where one vehicle strikes another from behind? They are most frequently the result of dangerous driving behavior, such as speeding, tailgating, braking too late, or inattention, but can also result from driver negligence and poor brake maintenance. This type of collision usually results in less damage than other types of collisions because the vehicle being hit also moves forward in the crash, cushioning the blow somewhat.

We want you to be safe when traveling in the Selmon Extension construction zone. Please allow extra space between you and the vehicle in front of you. You never know when they may need to stop suddenly.

Blog – Defensive Driver on Board!

 

“Defensive driving” is an important part of being a safe driver. Defensive driving is defined as driving to save lives, time and money in spite of the conditions around you and the actions of others. When you are a defensive driver, you drive to protect yourself while on the road. You prepare for and prevent collisions and violations before they occur by taking every reasonable preventive measure possible.

A “preventable collision” is defined as a collision in which the driver fails to do everything reasonable to avoid it. Did you know that the vast majority of collisions that occur in the United States are preventable? Not only that, but many of them occurred because the driver was violating the law. So what about you? Are you doing everything you can to be a safe driver?

Are you following the rules of the road?

Blog – Technology and Cars Don’t Mix

 

Technology today provides us with quick, portable access to information. It helps us work more efficiently, but can also create additional distractions that may take our focus off the road. The most alarming of these distractions is talking or texting while driving. These actions require a combination of visual, manual and cognitive attention from a driver. Because of this, the likelihood of a crash increases drastically when you drive while using a hand-held phone.

Don’t risk it! Focus on the road.

Blog – Drivers Can Help Prevent Dangerous Roadway Debris



From seat belts, rain, work zones and tire pressure – we know that you know there are plenty of things to consider before getting on the road.  But, do you ever think much about roadway debris? It’s a potential danger all drivers should be aware of – it’s also something that everyone can help prevent.

Selmon Extension maintenance crews are picking up a lot of debris along Gandy Boulevard.   It’s not only unsafe for vehicles to drive over this debris, but also to the workers as well.  What can you do? Drivers need to make sure their vehicle loads are tied down and covered. It’s also important not to overload your vehicle. To cut down on the chances of having a blowout (that’s what contributes to the tons and tons of rubber out on the roads), it’s essential that you maintain your vehicle’s tires and make sure they’re at the proper pressure.

Please make sure that you’re not letting things fly off your vehicle.  This will keep you and your passengers safe.

Blog – Improper Seat Belt Use Can be Life Altering

 

Believe it or not, there are right and wrong ways to wear a seat belt. By wearing a seat belt properly, it will better absorb fatal forces of a crash and be less likely to cause harm to vital internal organs. Be aware of the proper way to wear a seat belt.

Follow these tips:

  • Never put the shoulder belt behind your back or under your arm!
  • Place the shoulder belt across the center of your chest and avoid the neck!
  • Adjust the lap belt snugly across your hips and not your stomach!

Blog – Always Put Safety First

 

For your safety and the safety of others, please use caution when driving, walking or biking around the Selmon Extension Construction Zone. Wearing a safety belt is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes. The Selmon Extension Team takes all the necessary steps to reduce construction effects.

There are lots of moving parts to the construction process with workers and equipment present.  Allow extra time to reach your destination and always remember to obey all posted signs and speed limits.

What You Should Know When Sharing The Road With Cyclists

 

The number of cyclists on our roads, especially in large cities, has increased over the years. When you’re sharing the road with cyclists, it’s important for the safety of everyone to drive with extra caution. Here’s what every driver needs to know when sharing the road with cyclists:

 Drive Cautiously

  • Reduce speed when encountering cyclists
  • Don’t tailgate, especially in bad weather
  • Recognize hazards cyclists may face and give them space
  • Look out for cyclists coming the wrong way

 Yield to Cyclists

  • Bicycles are considered vehicles
  • Cyclists should be given the appropriate right of way
  • Allow extra time for cyclists to traverse intersections

Be Considerate

  • Scan for cyclists in traffic and at intersections
  • Do not blast your horn in close proximity to cyclists
  • Look for cyclists when opening doors

 Pass with Care

  • When passing, leave four feet between you and a cyclist
  • Wait for safe road and traffic conditions before you pass
  • Check over your shoulder before moving back
  • Note: It is illegal to pass a cyclist to turn right immediately after

Watch for Children

  • Children on bicycles are often unpredictable
  • Expect the unexpected and slow down
  • Don’t expect children to know traffic laws
  • Because of their size children can be harder to see
  • Note: Children may be on the sidewalk or in the road. The legality of sidewalk riding is determined by municipalities but most towns permit children to ride on the sidewalk

Large Truck and Bus Safety

 

Understanding the safety challenges we all face during the holidays, along with some simple adjustments in driving behavior, can help everyone avoid dangerous situations and improve safety. You should always remember that large trucks and buses are more difficult to maneuver than average passenger vehicles due to larger blind spots, greater weights and lengths, and longer stopping distances.

Large trucks and buses have massive blind spots on all four sides. If you can’t see the driver in his or her side mirror, that driver can’t see you or your vehicle. Be aware of and avoid driving in a commercial motor vehicle’s blind spots.

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