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Roadside Chat - Coming to a road near you... be work zone aware

Roadside Chat - Coming to a road near you... be work zone aware

April 12, 2024

4-12 coming to a road near youHave you seen one yet? Road construction work zones are popping up all over Iowa to help make roads safer for you and your family.

Work zones come in many shapes and sizes. Large work zones that stay in place for several weeks or months are easier to spot, but you still need to travel around them cautiously. Some work zones use moving trucks that fix shoulders or paint lines on the road. Others are small, short-term stationary work on things like filling potholes. These moving and smaller work zones can sometimes be more dangerous, especially if you’re not paying attention to what is ahead of you.

Roadside Chat - Final four winners: buckled, sober, slow & focused

Roadside Chat - Final four winners: buckled, sober, slow & focused

April 5, 2024

4-5 final fourWith all the hype surrounding college basketball tournaments and the Hawkeye women playing in the Final Four, here’s a reminder of the winning final four to stay safe while behind the wheel.

Roadside Chat - Keep your peeps safe. Buckle your bunny!

Roadside Chat - Keep your peeps safe. Buckle your bunny!

March 29, 2024

3-29 keep your peeps safeWhether your kids are in the backseat or your best friend is riding shotgun, we all want our “peeps” to be safe when we’re behind the wheel.

Making sure every person in your vehicle is properly buckled up can go a long way to reducing the number of mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, children, and friends who die every year on Iowa’s roadways.

Roadside Chat: 3-point seat belt for the win!

Roadside Chat: 3-point seat belt for the win!

March 22, 2024

3-22 3-point seat beltSince 1986, the three-point line has been helping college basketball teams rack up points. Did you know the original three-pointer in safety terms is even older and has saved millions of lives?

The first 3-point seat belt was sold by Volvo in Sweden in 1959 after the automaker hired an engineer, Nils Bohlin, to find a better way to keep people safely inside a vehicle. Bohlin, who was formerly an aviation engineer who had previously helped develop ejection seats for aircraft, came up with the idea that has saved millions of lives.

Roadside Chat - Select a sober ride. It's a winning pick.

Roadside Chat - Select a sober ride. It's a winning pick.

March 15, 2024

3-15 select a sober rideWhether you’re completing an NCAA basketball bracket or enjoying a night out with friends, the choices you make can have lasting impacts. Pick wisely on your brackets and you’ll have bragging rights. Choose not to drink and drive and you may save lives.

It’s never been easier to leave the keys behind and let someone else take the wheel.

Roadside Chat - Buckle up - only clocks should spring forward

Roadside Chat - Buckle up - only clocks should spring forward

March 8, 2024

3-8 buckle up not spring forwardGetting ready to “spring forward” this Sunday? Springing forward to gain an hour of extra daylight is great, but if you are behind the wheel you want to make sure everyone in your vehicle stays firmly planted in their seat by making sure they buckle up, every trip, every seat.

As a driver, a seat belt will help keep you in the correct position to control your vehicle should you run into something unexpected. Quick maneuvers to avoid an animal or debris on the road can make you shift in your seat if you’re not buckled up. This shift can cause you to lose control of the vehicle and potentially crash.

Roadside Chat - Less likely to crash when phone is stashed

Roadside Chat - Less likely to crash when phone is stashed

March 1, 2024

3-1 less likely to crashReading a quick text or checking email for a few seconds is typically harmless - unless you’re behind the wheel.

Recent research shows that 97 percent of Americans now own a cell phone of some kind and 90 percent of those phones are smartphones. In nearly every state including Iowa, texting while driving is illegal, yet we see people doing it all the time.

You may not realize how many people are impacted. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 32,657 people died in distraction-affected crashes from 2012 to 2021 in the United States. In 2020 alone, data shows that 342,652 people were injured in crashes where distraction was a factor.

Roadside Chat - Gambling with safety means betting your life

Roadside Chat - Gambling with safety means betting your life

February 23, 2024

2-9 gamblingsOdds are you sometimes take risks when you’re behind the wheel. Some of the risky behaviors, like reading a quick text, going just a little over the speed limit, or not buckling up in the back seat, are so common you may not consider them to be dangerous.

While you may not have been in a crash yet, decades of research related to traffic crashes, injuries, and deaths, indicate that these behaviors are risky. Combining these behaviors, like speeding and texting at the same time, greatly increases the risk.

Roadside Chat - Cruise at a safe speed or risk a shipwreck

Roadside Chat - Cruise at a safe speed or risk a shipwreck

February 16, 2024

2-16 cuise at safe speedWhat type of “cruiser” are you? Are you more of a pontoon captain behind the wheel who goes with the flow of the others on the road, or do you treat your vehicle like a speed boat, weaving in and out of traffic and disrupting traffic flow?

For some, it’s a matter of perspective and what you consider a “safe speed?”  If the conditions are dry, visibility is clear, and there isn’t a lot of traffic, the speed limit posted on signs in the area is what has been determined as a safe speed.

Roadside Chat - What's more relevant than driving sober?

Roadside Chat - What's more relevant than driving sober?

February 9, 2024

2-9 relevantAccording to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, “relevant” means having a significant and demonstratable bearing on the matter at hand.

By that definition, where the “matter at hand” is making it to your destination safely, driving sober is one of the most relevant things each of us can do. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 13,384 people died in drunk driving crashes in 2021 (the last year where complete data is available). That’s one person every 39 minutes and a 14 percent increase in deaths from 2020.

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