As the holiday season starts to gear up full force, many families are busy with the hustle and bustle of the season. Visits to loved ones' homes to engage in family gatherings and traditions or afternoon filled with baking cookies and other holiday treats are what the holiday is all about, for many. However, in addition to full tummies, San Diego County emergency rooms are also busy treating patients for a plethora of injuries and illnesses; some of which can be easily prevented.
As we discussed in our last post, motorcyclists across California widely believe the practice of lane splitting with other vehicles is safe. As the practice is not expressly forbidden, the understanding is that motorcyclists are allowed to split lanes with other drivers on the road.
One of the benefits of riding a motorcycle in California is the ability to zip in between lanes of cars to get to your destination faster. In San Diego and across the state, motorcyclists can split lanes with other drivers when traffic is moving slowly.
In our last two posts, we have talked about the people most likely to be involved in a drowsy driving crash and how your driving worsens when you haven’t had enough sleep. The news isn’t all bad, though. There are some things you can do to help prevent a fatigued driving accident in California.
In our last post, we talked about the people who are most at risk of driving while fatigued in California and across the United States. Today, let’s focus on what makes drowsy driving so dangerous.
If you’ve had a few cocktails, you will probably think twice before getting behind the wheel. But what if you’ve only gotten four hours of sleep the night before? Or you’ve worked 65 hours in one week? Or you just started taking a new medication with drowsiness as a side effect?
We all know that driving under the influence of alcohol is dangerous. Similarly, most people understand that you should not get behind the wheel if you are under the influence of marijuana. A growing, but likely less understood problem, in California is the threat of drugged drivers who are under the influence of other substances, including prescription medications.
We all take precautions when we’re driving. You never know when a negligent motorist is going to crash into your vehicle, so we make sure we’re safe. We buckle our seatbelt. We make sure our kids are properly secured in a car seat or booster seat. We avoid dangerous distractions while behind the wheel, like cellphones.
As we discussed in our last post, it is a wise idea for parents to talk to their children about road safety before they head back to school for the year. Children are not the only ones who can benefit from some safety tips, however. Before getting behind the wheel during this back to school season, you may want to refresh your memory about driving safety in and around school zones.
It’s that time of year again. Kids are gathering their new school supplies and heading back to class for another school year. With the excitement of going back to school, it can be easy to overlook some common safety hazards that accompany this time of year. Before your kids get into dangerous habits, take some time to talk to them about staying safe when they are going to and from school each day.