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Ochophobia is the fear of vehicles.  For a specific fear of semi-trucks, one writer has coined the term: semiochophobia.  If you have semiochophobia, you are not alone. A lot of passenger car and truck drivers, as well as motorcyclists,  are scared of 18-wheelers, and for good reason according to a recent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Report.  Below are some insights into semi-truck accidents offered by the IIHS report:   Continue reading

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In addition to the more than 2 million Americans addicted to the drug, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 130 Americans die every day from opioid overdoses.   But the opioid toll does not stop there.  New data shows the opioid epidemic has found its way to the nation’s roadways in the form of more fatal car and truck accidents.  Just how bad is the problem? Continue reading

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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has announced its top priorities for the next two years with a list of regulations the agency thinks will reduce truck and car accidents.  The requested regulations seek to curb the rising tide of accident-related deaths.  In 2017, deaths from large truck crashes reached their highest level in 29 years, and car accidents continue to kill more than 40,000 people a year in the United States.   So what does the safety agency recommend in terms of new regulations and how will they affect Tennessee drivers? Continue reading

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Albert Einstein remarked “Any man that can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.”   Einstein was a wise man.  Kissing is not the only thing you can’t safely do while driving.  Anything that diverts your attention from the road increases your risk of being involved in an accident.  Researchers have identified the maximum number of things even the most brilliant humans like Einstein can handle at one time.  Do you know what that number is? Continue reading

 

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Every Christmas Eve, after church and dinner, you will find our family in our living room with the Christmas tree on, and the lights turned down, ready to watch Christmas Vacation.  We have seen the movie so many times we can quote most of it, and it is a treasured tradition.  One of the funniest scenes is when the Griswolds drive out to the country to get a Christmas tree the old-fashioned way: cutting it down themselves.   Let’s look at all the driving tips that can be derived from this one particular scene:   Continue reading

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Last week alone, there were five separate accidents over three days that involved children being killed or seriously injured while waiting at a bus stop or while trying to cross the street to enter or exit a bus.   All avoidable tragedies if all drivers would only follow the rules.  Of course, that begs the question: do all drivers even know the rules?  Hopefully, everyone knows that when on a two-lane road, traffic in both directions stops whenever a bus activates its stop signal.  But, do you know your responsibilities as a driver when there are multiple lanes?  How about when there are multiple lanes but they are divided?  Do you know at what time of day pedestrians are most at risk?   Take our short quiz and see how well you do.  Continue reading

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Semi-trucks accidents and other large truck accidents are killing roughly 4,300 people a year in this country, and the number is increasing.  Since 2009, deadly tractor-trailer accidents are up 28%.  Crash-avoidance technology is becoming more common place in passenger vehicles with 41% of new cars using collision warning systems with automatic braking.  In fact, car manufacturers and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have agreed to a regulation that requires this technology be in all passenger cars by 2022 and in trucks by 2025.  Yet, there is no such mandate for tractor-trailers and other large trucks.  Why? Continue reading

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We have a lot to be proud of in the Volunteer State.  We make the best whiskey.  We are home to the Smokey Mountains, the Vols, the Predators.  Nobody does music like our State from country music in Nashville to the blues in Memphis.  I could go on and on.  But apparently, one thing we stink at is driving – according to a recent study.  We have all seen atrocious driving on our streets, highways and interstates, but read on to learn exactly how we became the first-runner-up in this less than esteemed category and who was the winner (or loser in this particular case) Continue reading

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According to travel forecasts, 25% of Americans plan to travel for the Labor Day weekend, and 86% will travel by car.  Unfortunately, traveling by car is becoming more and more dangerous, especially in Tennessee as we were recently rated the second-worst state in the nation (another blog post to follow on that). But even across the country,  according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car accidents are on the rise, up roughly 14% in two years.   The latest reporting shows more than 40,000 people are losing their lives every year in car accidents, and another 4.6 million are being injured.  So if you and your family are planning on being on the roads this Labor Day weekend, here are a handful of important safety reminders:  Continue reading

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By the end of this week, most students in public and private schools in Middle Tennessee will be back to school. Whether you are happy or sad about that, here are some tips for keeping children safe this year and to also make sure you do not violate Tennessee law. Continue reading