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How to deal with road rage without injury

Any type of distracted driving can be dangerous, and road rage is considered a cognitive distraction, meaning it takes your mind off the road. Road rage behaviors include speeding, honking, brake checking, flashing headlights, tailgating and cutting others off. When you are faced with a driver who is angry, the situation can quickly turn frightening.

Is your car ready for spring?

Winter is over, at least for now. In anticipation of spring, perhaps you have done some cleaning and touching up. Maybe you have even revamped your wardrobe. Among all you are doing, though, remember to ensure that your car is ready for spring. 

The surprising reason for increased traffic fatalities

The National Safety Council compiles all kinds of nationwide statistics about traffic accidents, and is therefore able to spot trends. For example, the NSC reported that in the first half of 2015, the number of serious injuries resulting from car crashes increased 30 percent over the same period in 2014. The number of deaths-about 19,000-represented a 14 percent increase. This upward trend in both injuries and fatalities includes causes such as drunk driving, distracted driving and lack of seatbelt use. However, there is another reason for car crashes.

How risky are construction zones to drivers?

If you have been driving on Colorado's highways, you have no doubt seen the signs warning you about construction zones and traffic. They are ubiquitous, and very necessary, because workers are often injured when motorists lose control or lose track of where individuals working on the road are standing in relation to traffic lanes. More often, though, construction zone accidents involve two or more vehicles and do not involve workers, so you need to have a better understanding of those risks and how to be vigilant and defensive when driving in construction zones.

What to do if you are being tailgated

Tailgating is a type of aggressive driving that often causes serious accidents on the road. If you notice you are being tailgated, you should be aware that you are at risk. Another factor to consider is that a driver who is engaging in this behavior is likely to be impaired or angry and may step up the aggression. Some drivers tailgate simply because they are inexperienced or not paying attention to their surroundings. While they may not be aggressive, they still present a risk. Colorado has a particularly high rate of tailgaters, so it is important to watch out for red flags on the road.

Why you should speak to an attorney before an insurance company

One of the things everyone is advised to do after a car accident is exchange insurance info with the other driver. What many people don't realize is the importance of speaking to an attorney before ever calling the insurance company. Insurance companies make a profit by trying to offer you as little as possible in a claim. You should never speak directly to the other driver's insurer, but even your own insurance company will be looking for the lowest possible offer they can give you.

Collapsing seats a problem in rear-end accidents

When you buy a new vehicle, you expect that everything will be top of the line when it comes to safety features. You want to trust that the automaker would not release a vehicle that would perform poorly in an accident and potentially subject you to an increased risk of injury in a crash. However, some of the vehicles that are being driven on area roadways may have flaws that could lead to serious injuries in rear-end accidents.

4 tips to make driving a motorcycle safer

Motorcycles can be fun to drive. Unfortunately, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, motorcyclists are at a significantly increased risk of an accident over vehicle drivers, by almost 30 times. As an individual gets older, it may be even more difficult to stay safe on the road as reflexes slow down, eyesight weakens and bones become brittle. Still, many cling to the excitement and thrill they feel on the back of a bike, and there are ways to drive defensively and make sure you are more visible to motorists on the roadway.

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