October 26, 2020
Although there might not be quite as many ghosts and goblins running around your neighborhood this Halloween, there are still plenty of frightening drivers out on the road. Both Iowa and nationwide statistics show at least one-third of all fatal crashes involve an impaired driver.
While Iowa is a small state, our employees put a lot of miles on state-owned vehicles. Not only is brushing up on defensive driving skills an important way to help you stay safe behind the wheel, but it is also now required by the Iowa Department of Administrative Services for all employees who have access to Iowa DOT vehicles or who drive their own vehicles 5,000 miles or more for work each year.
At the Iowa Department of Transportation, the preservation of limited natural resources is one element we look at when planning construction projects. When we’re constructing or moving a road, we often need to move earth. As good stewards of the land, we take precautions to assure that the disturbed ground does not erode, or the sediment wash away only to end up in another area.
The attitudes and behaviors of your teen’s friends can often have a big impact on your child. Most parents of teens recognize that this “friendly” influence might not be as positive as it could be, especially when your child is learning to drive.
The beginning of a child’s journey to become a driver usually includes a parent or guardian in the vehicle to teach the rules of the road. Once the teen gains the freedom to drive on their own your influence may still be felt but can be minimized by others who are riding along.
Not a turn signal user? You’re not alone. A 2012 Society of Automotive Engineers study based on observing the actions of 12,000 drivers on public roads found that nearly half neglected to signal before making a lane change.
Since the technology of the turn signal hasn’t changed much since it was patented in 1925 by Edgar A. Walz, Jr., the reason why people don’t signal likely has little to do with not knowing how to flick the lever. So why don’t some people signal their intentions behind the wheel?