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3 years ago · by · Comments Off on Tips For Dealing With Traffic

Tips For Dealing With Traffic

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We all know Texas can have some pretty bad traffic at times, so here are some tips to help:

 

  1. Slow Down

When there are more cars than usual on the road, it will naturally slow you down. While you might be tempted to try to drive faster to avoid delays, that can cause a crash. Always remember to proceed with caution – obstacles can come out of nowhere. Keeping your eyes peeled at all times will keep you safe.

  1. Don’t Weave

Don’t weave in and out of other cars; rapidly switching lanes to try to get ahead of the traffic is very dangerous. Other drivers can’t predict what you’re going to do, so they may change lanes as you’re approaching. Likewise, you don’t know what other cars are doing, so the safest move is to stay in one lane unless it’s necessary to move.

 

  1. Use Indicators

At times it seems like many drivers don’t use signals on the roads. When there are lots of other drivers around, it’s important you let them know what you’re doing. While you shouldn’t be weaving in and out of lanes, sometimes you do have to get over. Letting people know what you’re doing is not only safe, but will also make it easier for you when a driver lets you in front of them.

 

If you are changing lanes or turning, remember that almost all states have a 100-foot (typically 5 second) limit for turning on your blinker.

 

  1. Plan Ahead

Proper planning can keep you from having to deal with heavy traffic all together. A few variables to keep in mind include:

  • Weather – inclement weather (snow, rain, fog) can all lead to backups.
  • Road Construction – It seems like there are two seasons when it comes to driving – winter and construction season. Know the areas with road construction so you can avoid them and keep your trip shorter and more enjoyable.
  • Events – Festivals, game days, holiday parades, etc. can cause heavier than normal traffic.
  • Time of day – Simply planning around rush hour (AM & PM) will lead to a much more enjoyable commute.

Even if you do plan for all of these, you can still run into traffic. That’s why it’s best to always have an alternate route to your destination. Ideally, knowing a highway & side-street route so if one fails you, the other can step up.

 

  1. Remove Distractions

It seems obvious, but it still needs to be stated – no one should ever text and drive. Stay focused on the road at all times. This is even more important when driving in heavy traffic. Just because you’re moving slower doesn’t make driving less dangerous. A large change occurs when moving from a slower speed to a dead halt.

 

The average text message takes your eyes off the road for five seconds. With a lot of other cars on the road, this small amount of time is enough to cause a major crash. Avoid sending texts, checking emails and even changing radio stations when in traffic. If you do have to send a text or make a call, get off the road first.

 

  1. Know Appropriate Distances

It’s recommended to keep 3 seconds between you and the driver in front of you. A good way to measure this is with steady objects. Begin counting when the car in front of you passes a light pole, and if you get to three before you pass the same light pole, you’re in the safe zone.

Keep your eyes open for brake lights as well. If the driver in front of you starts to slow down, the same distance should be kept.

 

  1. Drive Proactively

Always expect the unexpected. Just because you’re practicing safe driving doesn’t mean that everyone around you is. Sometimes it’s malicious, sometimes it’s just a mistake. Either way, being ready to avoid others is crucial in heavy traffic situations.

 

  1. Stay Cool

The worst thing you can do while driving in traffic is lose your patience and get angry. Getting angry on the road can lead to aggressive and irresponsible driving, putting everyone on the road in danger.

 

Some tips for keeping yourself calm could include:

  • Listen to music you like
  • Have an audiobook playing
  • Listen to a podcast that calms you down
  • Take 3 deep breaths

Realizing the road is a public good – it was made for everyone – can also help you stay a little more calm.

 

  1. Don’t Stare/Gawk

It’s commonplace for heavy traffic situations to be coupled with a crash or emergency. If this is the case, don’t let that change your focus. Keep your eyes on the drivers around you and road in front of you. Don’t turn your head to stare at a crash that isn’t involving you

 

  1. Take a Break if Necessary

If you feel yourself getting anxious, angry, or impatient, take a break. Pull off at an exit and stretch your legs and take a few deep breaths. The extra minute or two you take will make a world of a difference.

 

Hopefully armed with these tips, you can conquer the next heavy traffic scenario you’re faced with. Remember, getting to your destination safe is the number one priority for all drivers on the road.

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3 years ago · by · Comments Off on Doggone, It’s Summer!

Doggone, It’s Summer!

It is getting hotter and hotter in Texas. Do not forget that we aren’t the only ones that feel the heat, our pets do too.

Learn how to keep them as safe as possible  in this heat. Don’t leave them in cars. Have their chip/id information updated, and leave them plenty of shade and water if outdoors. Something my dog likes is to chew on ice cubes, so I put some in his water bowl when he’s outside playing in order to keep him cool and happy. Try not to leave them outside for too long as they can overheat quickly, especially if they drink up all their water. Keep your pets healthy and safe this summer season.

Make sure you and your pets are safe this summer!

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3 years ago · by · Comments Off on Stay Hydrated

Stay Hydrated

It’s getting hotter and hotter outside as summer approaches. It’s easy to get dehydrated with the extreme heat. Make sure you and everyone around you (including your pets) are staying hydrated while outside. Be safe Texas and have a great summer!

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3 years ago · by · Comments Off on Extreme Heat

Extreme Heat

Extreme heat is in the forecast. Make sure you are taking precautionary measures to beat the heat! Drink plenty of water and be sure to take breaks in shaded or air-conditioned areas. 

 

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Heat stroke, the most serious form of heat-related illness, happens when the body becomes unable to regulate its core temperature. Sweating stops and the body can no longer rid itself of excess heat. Signs include confusion, loss of consciousness, and seizures. Heat stroke is a medical emergency that may result in death! Call 911 immediately.

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Heat exhaustion is the body’s response to loss of water and salt from heavy sweating. Signs include headache, nausea, dizziness, weakness, irritability, thirst, and heavy sweating.

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Heat cramps are caused by the loss of body salts and fluid during sweating. Low salt levels in muscles cause painful cramps. Tired muscles—those used for performing the work—are usually the ones most affected by cramps. Cramps may occur during or after working hours.

Heat rash, also known as prickly heat, is skin irritation caused by sweat that does not evaporate from the skin. Heat rash is the most common problem in hot work environments.

How do I know if it’s too hot?

  • The temperature rises
  • Humidity increases
  • The sun gets stronger
  • There is no air movement
  • No controls are in place to reduce the impacts of equipment that radiates heat
  • Protective clothing or gear is worn
  • Work is strenuous

 

 

 

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3 years ago · by · Comments Off on Heat-Related Illnesses

Heat-Related Illnesses

Here are common heat-related illnesses and what you can do about them. Remember to stay hydrated, wear sunblock, and seek out shade or air conditioning whenever possible when outside. Stay safe and healthy this summer. 

 

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3 years ago · by · Comments Off on Click It Or Ticket

Click It Or Ticket

The annual Click It or Ticket Campaign reminds Texans to buckle up day and night, and every time they get in a vehicle. Buckling up not only protects motorists against expensive citations, it also saves lives.  May 2018 marks the 16th anniversary of “Click It or Ticket” a campaign urging Texans to buckle up. Today nearly 92 percent of Texans buckle up. For more info, follow the link below: https://www.txdot.gov/driver/laws/clickit.html

 

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Remember to make sure you and your vehicle are covered by insurance. Give us a call and we can get you a quote today!

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3 years ago · by · Comments Off on Adding A Teen Driver

Adding A Teen Driver

Make sure you and all of your driving age family members are covered. Don’t let your teen drive to prom or graduation unless they have an insurance policy. 

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Advantages of adding your teen to your policy

1.You can share cars:

You’ll be covered if your teen drives your car and vice versa. All covered drivers have access to all vehicles on the policy.

2. Make sure they’re properly covered:

You’ll easily be able to see, add, and update their coverages.

3. Multi car discount:

The expense of insuring a young driver can be offset by a multi car discount if your teenager has their own vehicle. Progressive and many other insurers offer this discount.

 

If you have any questions, you can always give John a call!

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3 years ago · by · Comments Off on Watch Out For Motorcycles

Watch Out For Motorcycles

Summer weather is starting to come back, which means more motorcycles will be on the road. Make sure you and those around you stay safe while driving. If you have a motorcycle and need insurance be sure to give us a call!

 

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3 years ago · by · Comments Off on Stay Safe In Severe Weather

Stay Safe In Severe Weather

Lightning is dangerous. Whether you hear thunder or see the flash of lightning, it’s time to go inside and get more information on weather conditions. Stay inside for 30 minutes after thunder and lightning stop just to be safe. 

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3 years ago · by · Comments Off on Always Be On The Lookout!

Always Be On The Lookout!

Potholes can damage your rims, shocks, suspension, steering system and even your engine. Always be on the lookout! Keep your vehicle safe.

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