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Watch Out for Florida Drivers

Friday, June 2, 2017 posted by Martin
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As a resident of southeast Florida since 2006, I have seen it all when it comes to Florida drivers.  The problems are not restricted to older drivers.  Sometimes I think they have engraved rocks in their heads instead of logic.  Some drivers think they are the only ones on the road and can do whatever they want without regard for other drivers.  Here are some examples:

  • Drivers make right turns from the left lane
  • Drivers make left turns from the right lane
  • Rather than stop for a traffic light, they drive through the intersection on the yellow, and even make left turns on the red signal so they won’t have to stop
  • Some drivers barely slow down at a stop sign, let alone stop at a stop sign.
  • Some drivers exceed the speed limit by more than 30 MPH on limited access roads and weave in and out of traffic like they are driving in the Indy 500
  • Some drivers open their doors in cities without looking to see if a vehicle is approaching
  • Some drivers drive diagonally across lanes of traffic in mall parking lots.

When you drive in Florida, watch out for these folks.

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Senior Auto Insurance Discount

Monday, April 25, 2016 posted by Joan
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As we age, most of us become more experienced drivers and we drive more carefully. We may not have the same reflexes as we had when we were younger, but experience offsets that handicap.  Nonetheless, as we age, we also become more challenged because of the aging process, medical ailments and the medications we are required to take. Seniors receive special birthday coupons and may be lucky enough to get a personalized stone engraving.  However, most folks are unaware that there are courses offered for seniors which reduce the likelihood of an accident and therefore the likelihood that our insurance company will have to pay out for us.  That is why folks that take a driver safety course receive a discount from their insurance company.

Some courses are offered online while others use a classroom setting.  Naturally, there is a fee for the course and a certificate is awarded.  One of the most popular courses is offered by AARP.  Each state has its own rules for class length which varies from four hours up to eight hours.  The AARP course awards a certificate which is good for three years.  Discounts vary from company to company

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How To Be a Safer Driver

Tuesday, December 15, 2015 posted by Martin
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There are many things that contribute to automobile crashes so there are many things you can do to avoid them. Remember the old proverb to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. That means be more helpful and less aggressive. Suppose you are driving in the right lane and the car in the middle lane signals that it wants to move in front of you. Why not reduce your speed and let the car get in front? Wouldn’t you like it if someone else did that for you? I like that even better than engraved business gifts.

Aggressive drivers speed up to prevent you from changing lanes. Sometimes, a driver will try to force their way into a lane. That can lead not only to an accident, but to road rage as well.  Another thought is to make sure you signal when making a turn or changing lanes. Even if there is no one near you, it should be a habit. It is easy to do, and can be very important to other drivers.

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Driver Safety Thoughts

Sunday, September 6, 2015 posted by Joan
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Many seniors need motivation and messages of encouragement to keep current on their driver safety skills.   Enrolling in a driver safety course is a good way to keep updated.  AARP offers a course both online and in a classroom setting. A good instructor is valuable because things change and you’ll be up to date. In addition, most insurance companies offer discounts for policy holders who have taken a recent update course.

Recently, both New York and New Jersey changed the rules for transporting children. If a child weighs less than 30 pounds or is under 3 years of age, the child must be secured in an approved rear facing child restraint system. Children under 80 pounds must be secured in an approved booster seat which is front facing. Each state has its own rules regarding child safety restraints so be sure to check out the rules for your state. Never transport a child by holding him or her in your lap. Your local police department can help you with your state rules and with the proper way to secure the seat to your car’s anchor system.

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Review of 2015 Hyundai Sonata Limited

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 posted by Martin
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Our 2015 Sonata Limited now has over six thousand miles on the car. It remembers everything short of message stones.  We got the Limited version because it has most of the new safety features available in today’s cars including the following warnings:

  • lane departure
  • blind spot
  • rear cross traffic
  • collision alert

The Limited is also equipped with adaptive cruise control, rear camera and a host of luxury features.  They include an infotainment system, driver assist, a turbocharger, self opening trunk release and rear window shades. The adaptive cruise control is great. Suppose you set it at 60 MPH.  If the car in front of you is doing 55 MPH, the Limited automatically slows to 55.  When you move to a clear left lane, it goes back to 60 by itself.  If a vehicle cuts in front of you at a much slower speed, it automatically brakes your car.  The turbocharger increases the horsepower to 245 making it safer to move into fast moving traffic. Hyundai has earned high marks for reliability and collision protection.  We love the 38 MPG it reached on highway driving.

 

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Test Your Driving Knowledge

Thursday, April 23, 2015 posted by Martin
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See how many of these questions you can get right to get your favorite motivational stones.

  1. It is not safe to drive when your tire tread depth is lower than ___ of an inch.
  2. It is _______ ,when the school bus if front of you shows caution lights which indicate it will be stopping, to pick up or discharge children.
  3. When waiting to make a left turn, your wheels should be pointed in which direction?
  4. When driving on safe dry roads, your car should be at least ________________ behind the vehicle in front of you
  5. Taking good care of your vehicle involves checking your tires, suspension and _______ on a regular basis.
  6. The purpose of your side mirrors is to enable you to monitor __________  spots as you drive.
  7. When your antilock brakes engage and you feel a vibration you should ___________ on the brake petal
  8. Jug handle intersections are there to help you make __________ safely.

 

Answers:

  1. 1/8 inch
  2. not ok
  3. straight
  4. 3 seconds
  5. brakes
  6. blind
  7. keep your foot
  8. left and right turns

 

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Safe Driving Quiz

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 posted by Martin
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Give yourself a personalized stone etching if you get all of these correct.

    1. When rain water gets between your wheels and the road, it is called ______________?
    2. When sharing the road with other vehicles, you should allow plenty of _________________?
    3. You are safest when your car is equipped with ABS brakes and you wear your ___________?There is no problem driving on ice if your car is equipped with 4 wheel drive (True or false)
    4. When another vehicle is tailgating you brake hard to alert the other driver that they are too close (True of false)
    5. A yellow line on the road means what________________?
    6. A dotted line on the road means what _________________?
    7. When making a left turn, which of these is wrong?
      A.  It is better to turn left at an intersection with a traffic signal.
      B.   Slow down and be extra cautious.
      C.  Wait for a break in the traffic and accelerate hard.  Reduce your speed.

Answers: 
1. hydroplaning
2. space
3. seat belt
4. false
5. false
6. two way traffic
7. passing other cars is permitted
8. C

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When To Cut Back on Your Driving

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 posted by Martin
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As drivers get older, there may be a need to cut back on or stop driving. The signs may apply to you or a close friend or relative. You don’t need engraved rocks to figure it out. These are some of the warning signs to identify unsafe driving practices. If they sound familiar, take remedial action.

Physical

  • Unable to see or hear outside activity
  • Problems operating brakes or accelerator
  • Trouble turning your head
  • Difficulty backing up

Mental

  • Mental Decline in driving confidence
  • Getting lost frequently
  • Confusion behind the wheel

Skills

  • Failing to use driving signals
  • Problems merging into traffic
  • Poorly judging space and speed
  • Hitting curbs when making right turns
  • Not keeping up with traffic
  • Making errors at traffic signals and stop signs
  • Unable to control steering wheel

Driving Behavior

  • Drives at wrong speed for conditions
  • Easily becomes irritated
  • Easily distracted or confused while driving
  • Warning Signs
  • Scrapes and dents on automobile
  • Many close calls
  • Frequent accidents
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Aggressive Drivers

Saturday, March 28, 2015 posted by Martin
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The day begins normally until something happens while you are driving.  Accidentally, you make a mistake irritating another driver, or another driver does something to make you angry.  Words lead to words and sometimes words lead to actions.  The next thing you know, aggressive driving leads to road rage and who knows where it goes from there.  Here is an inspirational paperweight tip to keep you safer.

Don’t be macho.  If you made a mistake, say “I’m sorry.  I apologize.”  If the other driver is blocking the left lane keeping others from passing, just forget about it.  Never escalate the incident, into something more serious.  It just isn’t worth it.  Also remember, some drivers carry a firearm in their glove box.  It can become crazy and you’ll wish it never started.  If all else fails, remember to use your cell phone to get help from the police.  Follow their instructions. That is what cell phones are for.

 

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The Effects of Medication When Driving

Thursday, March 26, 2015 posted by Martin
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From time to time, almost all of us need medication of some type.  Also, most supplement our diets with supplements we can purchase in a health food store.  As we age, many of us add more and more maintenance medications to deal with medical conditions. The problem is that often, these pills and syrups have side effects which can affect our driving.  Here are two stones, my favorite personalized friendship gifts, to keep you safe.

Many simply take the medications as prescribed and feel better.  Do you actually read the precautions and side effects information.  They say, know before you go.  That also means you should understand just how all of the pills you take can interact with each other and how they can make us less safe as drivers.  It is important to read and highlight the side effects.  Also, you should discuss the side effects with your doctor and pharmacist.  Why fall asleep at the wheel if you can avoid it?

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