Common reasons for car accidents in redwood city

Getting in a car accident can be not only traumatic but can cause some serious physical injuries, even at a low speed. Whiplash, shoulder problems and back problems are the main issues that occur after an accident.

Here are some of the reasons people are involved in accidents:

1. Becoming distracted while driving:

I once saw a women at a stoplight with her phone on the dash watching a television show while driving. I couldn’t believe it. Texting, dialing, eating or checking yourself out in the mirror are all distractions and can lead to an accident.

2. Driving too fast:

People tend to treat speed limits as the minimum speed and normally go 10 to 30 miles an hour over the speed limit. These postings are on the road for a reason. Kids can be present, animals may run out into the road, wide turns may be coming up etc. If you are speeding, your reaction time is decreased and this can lead to an accident.

3. Intoxication:

Driving after having one too many inhibits your ability to see accurately, brake in time and focus on the road. If you are out drinking, either have a designated driver or call a taxi or Lyft to get home.

4. Reckless or careless driving:

People who are cutting other drivers off, not merging properly, riding too close to someone’s bumper all lead to an accident. In some cases, the reckless driver may not be the one in the accident but may have caused an accident because other people had to move or brake because of their reckless actions. Please be courteous to other drivers and merge properly. It not only helps the flow of traffic but it prevents accidents as well.

5. Rain

Somehow here in Redwood City and the bay area in general, when there is rain, there are more accidents. People tend to keep driving at normal speed and stay close to someone’s back bumper no allowing for the proper braking speed. When they need to brake they slide into the car in front of them. Cars often spin out in rain as well if they are not changing their driving speed with the weather. If someone is driving on the freeway and the speed limit is 65mph, it may be a good idea to drive at 55mph in the right lanes. Better to be safe than sorry.

6. Red light running;

Going through a red light is dangerous and can cause death. When a yellow light hits, most motorists slow down and stop, not speed up. When the light is red, the other light is turning green and they don’t expect you to come through the intersection. Slamming into the drivers side of the car at full speed can kill someone. Leave earlier for appointments so that you are not in a rush and panic when you have to wait through lights. This can save your life or someone else’s.

7. Failure to adhere to a stop sign:

Again, these signs are there for your safety. People are expecting you to stop and will not be prepared for when you do not stop. When approaching a stop sign at an intersection, stop and always look around to make sure people are stopping and then proceed to your destination.

8. Young Teenage Drivers

Teenagers are many times not defensive drivers and do not take the privilege of having a drivers license as seriously as they should. They also do not have the experience that other drivers do and can make careless mistakes.

9. Night Driving:

Driving at night doubles the chances of an accident. Visability is impaired and it is harder to see pedestrians, road lanes and on coming cars. When driving at night, you must be even more alert than driving during sunshine hours.

10. Careless Lane Changes:

There are a lot of times where drivers want to go first and cut off someone merging or if they think someone is not driving fast enough for them. Using a signal is important to give people a heads up that you are changing lanes and make sure noone is in your blind spot when moving over to the next lane.

11. Driving the wrong way:

Anyone that has experienced someone driving the wrong way on the road can understand how dangerous this is. Noone is expecting you to be coming the wrong way and there is no way to get out of your path. This can lead to a head on collision that can cause enormous bodily harm.

12. Road Rage:

Road rage normally results in the angry person tail gating the other driver, speeding to catch up and sometimes blocking the other driver in and slamming on the brakes. This is dangerous and it happens daily. Yes, it sucks when someone cuts you off or almost hits you but in most cases they are not doing this on purpose and harassing them afterward will only lead to more problems. You are safe, noone got hurt so move on and take some deep breaths. It will allow you to handle what happened and move on with your day.

13. Potholes in the road:

Driving over potholes can blow out a tire, have the driver lose control and spin out or have hubcaps fall off the car. Care should be taken when driving over potholes and if you see someone driving over one, be aware that there may be some debris or loss of control.

14. Driving while tired:

There was a study done where they tested intoxicated drivers and tired drivers. It was actually shown that driving while tired had the same if not higher rates of accidents than intoxication. Your concentration is not at its best while tired and there have been times where people have fallen asleep at the wheel.

15. Tire Blowouts:

Tires to blow from time to time and if you are driving a truck or on a freeway it can mean losing some control over the vehicle. Leaving space between you and other vehicles is a good idea and can help you if someone loses a tire or loses control of their vehicle.

16. Foggy weather:

Again keeping a good distance behind the vehicle in front of you and slowing down can really help if there is fog. It can be hard to see the road and other vehicles. Make sure your headlights are on and do not use the high beams.

17. Curves:

Keeping a speed that is not excessive on curves is key. Most people brake on curves but it is best to just keep a slow speed on the turn and keep the wheels tractioning. Braking can lead to skidding which can slide you into oncoming traffic or off the side of the road.

18. Deer or other animals on the road:

Note where animals can be hiding or jumping on the road. There are normally signs in these areas so slow down and keep an eye on the sides of the road once in a while. Most times, animals are on the side of the road waiting to cross so you can slow down and flash your lights to warn other drivers of their presence.

I guess the biggest part of this article is to slow down and don’t be in a rush. This is when most people end up in an accident.

About Your Insurance And Chiropractic Care

Insurance is confusing. Especially when it comes to coverage.

If a doctor is “in network” that means that they have a relationship between the patient, the doctor and the insurance company in the a somewhat strange relationship. The patient pays the insurance company. However, it is the doctor and the insurance company that have the contract that dictates the patient care. Insurance tries to tell the doctor when it is appropriate for re-exams, treatment and closing out care. This harms the doctor patient relationship because the doctor may not be able to give the patient what they need because care is dictated by the insurance company. The purpose of the “in network” relationship is to SAVE money for the INSURANCE company. It is not to save money for the patient.

The term “In network”  as used by insurance companies, is basically a way for costs to be managed by the insurance company. Being an “in network preferred provider” for Blue Shield for example, we have to sign a contract each year in which we agreed to limit procedures and visits in order to cut costs for the insurance company. This can cut care plans short because the patient does not want to pay any further costs out of pocket.  Does that sound like it is in the best interest of the patients? We did not think so. What this means is even though your actual  Blue Shield insurance policy benefits may say  you get “20 chiropractic visits per year.”   Your insurance can stop paying because they don’t think it is medically necessary and we won’t find out that visits aren’t covered until the visits are already used. So, what this means is that you don’t have the insurance that you thought you had and are paying out of pocket for such visits.

The old fashioned way of insurance policies really utilized the patient/doctor relationship. The contract was between the patient and the insurance company as it should be. The doctor is not involved with the insurance company. Doctor prescribes best care and focuses only on that. Patient decides if they want the care. Patient pays insurance company. Insurance pays patient and patient either pays the doctor in full with cash or brings in the insurance check.

In the new, in network design, the doctor is obligated by their contract with your insurance company to limit visits.  For example, Kaiser Permanente they limit all coverage to 5 visits per year as an average. This is without even knowing about injuries. If patients go past 5 visits, enormous paperwork is involved with information begging for more visits.  If not approved, those visits will not be covered under their policy and the patient will have to pay for each visit not covered.  This occurs normally AFTER the visits have already been used.

If you are a chiropractic patient and your policy says you get 20 visits per year and your chiropractor tells you they can only bill 6 for you and you are in pain, how would you feel?  Most patients do not like this one bit and it was very hard for them to understand, especially if they clearly needed more visits. In most scenarios the patient gets angry at the doctor and their facility instead of the actual insurance company. Note: the doctor has no power or negotiation ability with the insurance company and if they are submitting billing to them, it is as a courtesy to you.

The visit limit is just one example of how preferred doctors are limited and controlled. Basically someone in a big office who has never met the patient is telling the DOCTOR what they can and cannot do for you. Telling them how many visits you can be seen. This is independent of what you may need or what you have paid for on your policy.

The bottom line?  What does this mean for you?

Your insurance coverage may actually be much better for chiropractic care if you see an “out of network” doctor.  This allows your doctor to provide the care that you and the doctor feel you need, not some adjuster that reads a piece of paper stating how much they are willing to allow you to use.

Any visits billed to Blue Cross or any other insurance company must still be “medically necessary” as most insurance does not pay for chiropractic “maintenance care even though there are many times when it is necessary. Just know that getting low cost insurance isn’t really saving you money, it is limiting your care and in most cases you end up paying out of pocket for visits that they do not cover.

Road Rage Symptoms And How It Can Be Prevented

We live in a fast paced environment,  road rage happens when driving to and from work or dealing with someone who is riding too close to you or driving too slow.  You hear about road rage on the news and from other people but what is road rage really and how can you prevent it?

Having road rage is not only having negative feelings but can also be aggressive driving and/or verbal or physical interactions.  I have seen road rage several times just sitting in my car at a traffic light.  I have seen people beeping at others because they want them to turn on red or beep at them because they are not driving fast enough.

So what is road rage?

The definition of road rage is “the manifestation of extreme aggressive behaviors by a driver of a car or other motor vehicle”. This terms started in the 80s when there was a bunch of shootings on the freeways injuring many drivers and created a scare for anyone driving a lone on the road.

What are the symptoms of road rage?

Giving rude gestures to another driver, excessive horn honking, flashing lights at other drivers and just plain aggressive driving.

In people with extreme symptoms of road rage it can mean they accelerate quickly, tailgate other drivers or preventing someone from merging in their lane.    This behavior can lead to aggression on both parties and lead to an accident or even escalate to an altercation which could lead to an assault.

How can we prevent road rage?

There is no way that you can be in control of other people’s emotions but you can control your own when on the road.  If there is a driver that is out of control and aggressive.  Do not engage with them.   If the other driver physically threatens you then contact the police.

If you feel like you are starting to exhibit road rage, try taking a deep breath and start counting to 10.  If you need to, pull to the side and take a few deep breaths for about 30 seconds and then resume driving.

Traffic Increasing in Redwood City, So Is The Bad Driving!

In a news article just published on August 24, 2015, bad driving is happening in Redwood City, and happening frequently.  In a time where startups and the population increasing in the area, people are in a rush.  Driving when in a rush causes people to take chances and speed, got through stop signs, and disobey traffic laws. One hot spot is Whipple and Veterans Boulevard where cars are going onto and coming off of highway 101.

KRON News employee Stanley Roberts went to Redwood City and witnessed broken laws and video taped several drivers receiving citations.  Some strange behaviors are recorded in his video showing several angry and disconnected reactions when being reprimanded by East Palo Alto police.

Bad turns, missing documents including drivers licenses, running through stop signs, backing up in the middle of an intersection and many other unsafe driving habits were recorded.   Bicycle riders are increasing in the area and it is key to follow driving laws so no one gets hurt.  Lets be careful out there and if your running late, please obey the laws to keep everyone safe.  Getting into an accident or receiving a ticket is time consuming so you will actually be later than if you just obey the traffic laws.

Here is the video in case you want to watch it.  KRON

How To Tell If Your Aging Parent Needs To Give Up Driving

Did you know that seniors age 80 and older have the highest rate of fatal crashes per mile driven than even teens? Often times, many people drive thinking they are competent drivers long after it is safe for them to do so.

As we get older, we have vision problems and our reactions are slower than they were when we were younger.  This increases our chances of getting into an accident.  Often times we are used to being faster and don’t realize we have a vision problem until it is too late.  Most state legislatures ignore the problem or at least don’t want to ruffle tail feathers.  In Virginia, the only requirement after age 80 is a vision test and licenses are renewed every 8 years.  There are only 19 states that require seniors to renew their licenses more often than younger drivers. Of those 19 states, half cut the renewal time to 4 to 6 years.  Illinois and New Mexico require annual renewal. Illinois is the only state to mandate that drivers retake the road test as they age.

Driving gives us all our independence and freedom.  Everyone wants to get around and not be reliant on others or sometimes public transportation isn’t desirable or easily obtainable.  Getting someone who has driven their whole life to give it up is hard.  It is hurtful to them.  If you have ever approached a a loved one, friend or colleague about giving up driving, I am sure you know what I am talking about.  State lawmakers are apprehensive about taking action because of unpopularity so most of the time it is left up to family members and loved ones to tell any individual deemed dangerous to give up driving.

So, what is the right way to approach this issue?  If you are suspicious that someone’s driving skills in your family are deteriorating, take a ride with them first to see what is going on.  This may sound dangerous but it is hard to determine what is going on if you don’t see it for yourself.

Take note if they are having problems signaling when changing lanes, not checking their blind-spots, braking at the last minute, not following traffic signals or signs, forgetting where they are going or anything else that seems odd to you.  If you notice problems with their driving…”address it head-on,” says Jake Nelson, director of traffic safety advocacy and research at AAA. “Most people wait until after a crash and it’s too late,” he says. Catching it early is key.

Obviously you want someone who is charismatic and non-combative to bring up the issue.  It is always a good idea to start with positive things about the person and lead your way into the subject.  If the senior has a health problem, then address it and explain why it may be better for them to stay away from behind the wheel.  Miriam Zucker, a geriatric care manager, suggests saying something like, “Dad, you’ve been a safe driver for 60 years, but with your cataracts, I know it’s harder for you to drive at night. If you got hurt or hurt someone else, that would be awful.” If your senior is just a bit slow with reaction times as far as breaking it may be best to drive during slow times and staying off the highways.

If you are going to suggest someone not drive a vehicle anymore, it is a good idea to investigate transportation options in your area and their cost. Public transportation is usually more affordable and point out the savings and convenience of using an alternative way of getting around.

When an aging parent doesn’t want to give up driving but is a danger, often families hide the car keys or make the car not drivable.  A better way of getting your parent to oblige is to make their doctor the bad guy and tell them they can’t drive anymore.  Rules and regulations vary from state to state.  A great resource to find out laws in your state would be to go to AAA website www.seniordriving.AAA.com.

References:

Read more at http://www.kiplinger.com/article/cars/T009-C004-S001-when-should-elderly-drivers-hang-up-the-car-keys.html#kQhQYqAAvsFgELba.99

6 Common Ways Bicyclists Get Injured or Struck By Cars

Many people want to ride their bikes to work or school.  Here are some things to think about before getting out on the road.

How many people are killed/injured riding bikes?

In 2013, 743 people died in bicycle or motor vehicle crashes.  This means just under 2 people every day of the year in the U.S. This is the highest number of fatalities since 2006, when 772 were killed.  It is also an increase from 682 bicyclist fatalities reported in 2011.  These numbers represent just over 2% of the total number of people killed and injured in traffic crashes in 2012.

The number of estimated bicyclist injuries were 49,000 in 2012 and dropped to 48,000 in 2013.  Injuries have stayed around 50,000 in recent years with 52,000 injuries in 2008, 51,000 in 2009, and 52,000 again in 2010. Research into hospital records shows that only around 10% of bicycle crashes causing injury are ever recorded by the police so the statistics and numbers would probably be higher.

Here are some numbers:

Bicyclist deaths in 2001: 732

Bicyclist deaths in 2013: 743

Reduction in bicyclist deaths between 2001 and 2011: 7.5%

Bicyclist injuries in 2001: 45,000

Bicyclist injuries in 2013: 48,000

Increase in bicyclist injuries between 2001 and 2011: 8.9%

The total cost of bicyclist injury and death is approximately $4 billion dollars per year.

 

Is bicycling more dangerous than other modes of travel?

Like any form of transportation, there are risks associated with riding a bicycle. Deaths by bicycle are around 2% of all traffic fatalities but only 1% of the population rides a bike.  At this time because of many variables like experience of the rider, alcohol or drug use, and location, we just don’t know how the biker risk compares to other modes.

Is bicycling getting safer?

There has been a 8.9% increase in fatalities from 2011 to 2013.  This doesn’t look good, but without knowing how many people are riding and how far they are riding, there’s no way of knowing whether the drop in crashes is because conditions are actually safer, more people are bicycling, or they’re bicycling in different locations.

 

Who is getting killed in bicycling crashes?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration put out some numbers and here they are:

The average age of bicyclists killed in crashes with motor vehicles continues to increase, climbing to 44 years old in 2013, up from 39 in 2004, 32 in 1998, and 24 in 1988.

83% of those killed were male.

68% of bicyclist fatalities occurred in urban areas.

22% of bicyclist fatalities occurred between 6 and 8:59 p.m.

20% of bicyclists killed had blood alcohol concentrations of 0.08 g/dL or higher.

In 29% of the crashes, either the driver or the bicyclist had blood alcohol concentrations of 0.08 g/dL or higher.

California (141), Florida (133), and Texas (48) lead the nation in the number of bicyclist fatalities.

Five states, Nebraska, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming, reported no fatalities in 2013.

 

So, what causes injuries?

Nearly a third of all injuries are caused when bicyclists are struck by cars.

Here are the 6 most common sources of Injury to bicyclists:

1. Hit by a car 29%

2. Fell 17%

3. Roadway or walkway not in good shape 13%

4. Rider not paying attention or error 13%

5. Crashed 7%

6. Dog ran out in front of bicycle 4%

There are many sources to find out about bicycle data:

* National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

* NHTSA Traffic Safety Facts

* Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)

* Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS)

There are several agencies that have keep data on walking and biking activity.  If you are looking for data, you may want to try these:

* Police Department

* Hospital or Emergency Rooms

* Local Department of Transportation

* Department of Public health

** I would check with the police department first, they may be able to steer you in other areas that may be helpful for you.

Bicyclists, be careful out there!

Pedestrians Hit By Cars, What Are The Statistics?

In 2013, 4,735 pedestrians were killed in crashes with motor vehicles (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Traffic Safety Facts).  This means more than 12 people every day of the year.  The numbers of pedestrian deaths have fallen from 4,901 in 2001 to 4,735 in 2013, there still were 66,000 reported pedestrian injuries in 2013.  This means nearly one injury every 8 minutes. Pedestrian injuries had been going down in the past 20 years but slightly started to increase in 2013.   However it is hard to tell the exact statistics because only a fraction of injuries caused by pedestrian crashes are ever recorded by the police.

Here are some interesting statistics:

  • Pedestrian deaths in 2001: 4,901 v. deaths in 2013 4,735
  • Reduction in pedestrian fatalities between 2001 and 2013: 3.4 percent
  • Pedestrian injuries in 2001: 78,000 v. 2013  66,000
  • Reduction in pedestrian injuries between 2001 and 2013: 15.4 percent
  • According to the Pedestrian and Pedalcyclist Injury Costs in the United States by Age and Injury Severity, the total cost of pedestrian injury amount ages 14 and younger is $5.2 billion per year

Is walking more dangerous than other modes of travel?

As with every mode of travel, there is clearly some risk associated with walking. However, walking is a healthy and pretty safe mode of transportation  for tens of millions of people each year. The public health community has stated that lack of physical activity, and a decline in bicycling and walking in particular, contributes to hundreds of thousands of deaths by heart attacks and strokes.

Is walking getting safer?

A reduction in fatalities of more than 3 percent since 2001 certainly looks promising, but without a better understanding of how many people are walking, where they are walking, and how far/often they are walking, it is difficult to determine if safety improvements are truly being made. A reduction in pedestrian crashes could be attributed to fewer people walking in general, or to improvements in facilities, law enforcement, education, and behavior that are really leading to more people walking and to fewer pedestrian fatalities.

Causes of injury

According to the 2012 National Survey on Bicyclist and Pedestrian Attitudes and Behaviors, inadequate facilities are the leading cause of pedestrian injury.

The following are percentages found in the 2012 survey concerning the top 6 frequent sources of injury by a pedestrian

1. Tripped on an uneven or cracked sidewalk 24%

2. Tripped or fell 17%

3. Hit by a car 12%

4. Accidents when wildlife or pets involved 6%

5. Tripped on a stone 5%

6. Stepped in a hold 5%

Who is getting killed in pedestrian crashes?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety facts are:

    • 69 percent of pedestrian killed in 2012 and 2013 were male.
    • Almost 3 out of every 4 pedestrian deaths occur in urban areas or about 73%
    • More than 26 percent% of all pedestrian deaths occurred between 6 and 8:59 p.m. (hmmm, rush hour maybe?)
    • 46 is the average age of pedestrians killed in 2012 and 2013, and 36 is the average age of those injured in 2013.
    • 34% of pedestrians killed had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 g/dL or higher.
    • 15 % of drivers in a pedestrian crash had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 g/dL or higher.
    • California (701), Florida (501), and Texas (480) lead the nation in total pedestrian fatalities.

Please be careful out there if you are walking.  In California, people are used to walking in front of vehicles and having them stop but sometime the driver is unaware and can hit you.  Remember how you were taught to cross the street as a kid, look both ways and don’t walk in front of a car that is coming toward you.  Be safe out there!

References:

1. Allison, David B., Kevin R. Fontaine, JoAnn E. Manson, June Stevens, Theodore B. VanItallie, and Ali H. Mokdad. Annual Deaths Attributable to Obesity in the United States, JAMA. 1999; 282:1530-1538. Vol. 293 No. 3, January 19, 2005.

2. http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/data/factsheet_crash.cfm

7 Common Mistakes Teens Make While Driving

Teens are pretty new at driving and they are still learning from the driving experience.  Below are some common mistakes that teens make that lead to car accidents.

1. Driving too fast:

Since teens are inexperienced, it is key for them to determine how long it takes to stop when necessary.  Speeding makes it hard to determine how long it will take to stop when you are an inexperienced driver.  Often, teens will compete with other drivers and drive faster because they think it is fun to do.  This is risky behavior and can lead to accidents.

2. Distractions:

Eating, cell phone use (texting and phone calls), adjusting the radio all take attention away from the road and make it hard to evaluate your surroundings.  We are in the technological age and kids are glued to their phones.  This can lead to being distracted and not being aware of other drivers on the road.

Did you know that sending one text will take a teenagers eyes off the road for 4.6 seconds.  At 55 miles per hour, 4.6 seconds means that they will drive a length of a football field before looking up again.  That is a large amount of real estate covered and when driving at such a speed, there can be a lot of damage done f there is a car accident.

Distracted driving is a leading cause of death to teens.

3. Teens take unnecessary risks:

Some of the most common things teenagers take risks on are:

* Not checking their blind spots

* Not using a turn signals

*  Speeding

* Driving while intoxicated

* Goofing around while driving

4. Not keeping a proper distance from the cars ahead

Teens often overestimate their ability to stop their cars in time. Teenagers have quick reflexes, but even the quickest reflexes don’t always work if you are too close to the car in front of you.

5. Not wearing a seat belt:

Seat belts are mandatory in California while driving and have been proven to decrease injuries when getting into a car accident. Teens sometimes don’t think they will get into a car accident or think it is not “cool” to wear one and they take unnecessary risks when deciding not to wear a seat belt.  Also, not wearing a seat belt can result in a large fine so it is not worth it!

6. Driving when tired:

Driving while tired delays reaction time, decreases mental awareness and can result in accidents.  It has also been shown to be worse than driving while intoxicated.  It is very serious and can lead to accidents which can not only hurt the tired driver, but anyone they may hit as a result. If tired, pull to the side of the road and rest until you feel okay to get behind the wheel.

7. Teen passengers:

Passengers can distract you, I remember being a teen in a car and we would drive and sing to songs and goof around in the car.  Passengers not only distract you but in some instances, a teen driver will drive more aggressively taking chances all in the name of fun.

It is hard to convince a teen about the seriousness of driving.  Often, teens feel like they are good drivers and are not aware of the risks they are taking until they are in an accident.  Parents, please talk to your teen about some of the risks so they are aware and will think twice about making the common mistakes in this article.

Good luck, and safe driving!

What Do You Do When You Have a Blowout on The Freeway?

Everyone experiences a flat tire in their lives.  Not everyone experiences a blowout on the freeway.  Our tires take a lot of beating and sometimes they will fail.  There are steps that every driver can take to prevent a blowout, but sometimes it happens.  Riding over something on the road that you may not have notices or a defective tire can result in a blowout while you are driving.

One major cause of tire blowout is low air pressure in tires. Every driver has the responsibility to monitor their tire pressure to avoid these types of accidents. In newer cars, they have an automatic warning letting you know that your tire pressure is too low. If you don’t have a warning light, you can check your tire pressure manually with an air pressure gauge.  This is a small pen-like device that you insert on the tire called the valve stem.  The correct amount of pressure for your tire is normally listed on the side of the tire. Keeping your tire pressure at its recommended level also saves you gas which with the way rates are going should make your pocket book very healthy.

Old tires also contribute to blowouts.  Most tires are good up to around 35,000 miles so if you have driven further than that amount on the same tires, it would be a good idea to get a new set. Also, it is always a good idea to get your tires rotated because they can wear unevenly.

What do you do when you experience a blowsout?

According to the National Safety Council, there are a few steps that can be taken to promote safety after a driver experiences a blowout on a road or highway.  One thing you don’t want to do is slam on the brakes.  Slowly take your foot off the gas and slowly coast to the shoulder or side of the road.   When your tire blows, put on your emergency lights so the drivers behind you are aware that there is a problem and will slow down.

Always make sure your spare has air in it.  Most people don’t check their spare and when there is a blowout, they don’t have a decent tire to replace it.  Also, spare tires have a very short life span so get a new tire as soon as possible.

3 Ways Transport Dogs Safely in Pickup Trucks

I often see dogs in the back of trucks without any tethering or with a leash on.  This is very dangerous and irresponsible thing for a dog owner to do   Dogs without a restraint can easily fly out of the back of the truck not to mention, it is hard for the dog to stand or sit.  Having a leash attached to the inside the back of a truck can choke the dog.  I often get very frustrated at seeing this.  I am hoping the owner doesn’t know because otherwise this would be abuse in my opinion.

Transporting your dog  without a tether is a huge risk to the dog and to other motorists.  Hitting a bump in the road, turning quickly can have the dog ejected from the back of the truck and into traffic.  The dog can be run over leading to fractures, bruises and even death.  Letting your dog ride unsecured in the back of a pickup truck is not only unsafe and potentially deadly for dogs, it’s illegal in most states. California is one of the states where it is illegal, yet I see people almost daily with dogs in the back of their trucks sliding around on each turn.  I have to my knowledge never seen a police officer pull over the driver.   Even if not illegal in your state, responsible pet owners should keep their dogs safe.  Dogs provide so much love and affection for their owners, don’t you think it is the right thing to do by your dog?

If you didn’t know, here are some safe suggestions for your dog.

1. Buy a topper for the truck bed so your dog can ride in an enclosed area, protected from the road and wind hazards.  This is deemed the safest option.

2. A sturdy dog crate like the ones that the airports require.  This crate needs to be securely tied down to prevent it from sliding around the truck floor or falling out.

3. Cross tethering. These are sold at most pet stores.  Important to know that the leash should not be too long or you are defeating the purpose of the tethering as the dog can fall out of the truck.

These tethers are designed specifically for restraining dogs safely. A properly installed cross tether secures the animal to the truck in such a way that it can’t go over the bed or choke itself. The best tether to get is one that is padded to keep the dog comfortable.  Your dog will not choke with this tether and will feel more secure in the back of the truck.

Please be responsible and if you don’t have a proper way of transporting your dog in your truck.  Leave your dog safely home where they are safe!