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Roadside Chat - Click-Drive-Repeat

Roadside Chat - Click-Drive-Repeat

February 2, 2024

2-2 clickWhoops he did it again. Punxsutawney Phil, perhaps the most famous rodent in North America today, didn't see his shadow. That means we’re in for an early spring. 

Every year the fine folks in Pennsylvania repeat this ritual. But whether we’re in for more winter weather or an early spring, one thing is worth repeating every time you get into a vehicle – buckling your seat belt.

Roadside Chat - Excuse for not buckling? Bet it's a killer.

Roadside Chat - Excuse for not buckling? Bet it's a killer.

January 26, 2024

1-26 killer excuseIt’s National Passenger Safety Week. If you choose not to wear a seat belt, what’s your excuse? Decades of research show that seat belts save lives. We’ve all heard rumors of someone who was in a crash and was injured “because” of a seat belt. The truth is, data on seat belt use shows that you’re at far greater risk of injury or death if you’re not wearing a seat belt in a crash.

Roadside Chat - You resolved to not text & drive. How's that going?

Roadside Chat - You resolved to not text & drive. How's that going?

January 19, 2024

1-19 resolutionHopefully, if you’re one of the millions of Americans who set New Year’s resolutions, your willpower is standing strong just a few weeks into the new year.  But according to discoverappyhabits.com, of the 41 percent of Americans who make New Year’s resolutions, by the end of the year, only 9 percent of them are successful in keeping them.

Research shows that resolutions fail for a number of reasons.

Roadside Chat - Slid off road? Stay inside to stay alive

Roadside Chat - Slid off road? Stay inside to stay alive

January 12, 2024

1-12 slid off roadWith the winter turning colder and snowier, you may find yourself on a slick road. If you end up off in the ditch or shoulder and you’re not able to get your vehicle back on the road safely, the best thing to do is stay inside the vehicle. Use your cell phone if you have one to call 911 for assistance or wait for someone to stop to help you.

Roadside Chat - A body stays in motion until a belt stops you

Roadside Chat - A body stays in motion until a belt stops you

January 5, 2024

1-5 a body in motion Here’s one for those of you who like science.

Newton’s First Law of Motion states that a body at rest will remain at rest, and a body in motion will remain in motion unless it is acted upon by an external force. The body we’re talking about is yours when you’re in a vehicle. The external force is your seat belt.

Roadside Chat - Old acquaintances don't forget to plan a sober ride

Roadside Chat - Old acquaintances don't forget to plan a sober ride

December 29, 2023

12-30 old acquaintancesIt’s the time of year for making plans. Whether you’re planning a social gathering, a family holiday celebration, or another festive occasion, the best hosts are the ones who plan to keep their guests safe.

Plan ahead if you are hosting or attending an event where you may be drinking. It’s easier than ever to find a sober ride.

Roadside Chat - What drives you? The person under the mistletoe

Roadside Chat - What drives you? The person under the mistletoe

December 22, 2023

12-23 what drives you -mistletoeWhat’s your motivation to get where you’re going? Whether you have someone waiting for you, a job to do, or an errand to run, there’s always a reason to drive safely.

And it’s not just you. When you drive safely, you’re helping to make sure the others sharing the road are safer, too.

Roadside Chat - Santa sees you on our phone. You serious, Clark?

Roadside Chat - Santa sees you on our phone. You serious, Clark?

December 15, 2023

12-15 santa sees youDo you drive differently when someone is watching? 

In Iowa, you can legally use your phone to talk and navigate your travels while driving. But just because it’s legal doesn’t make it safe. If you have kids in the car with you, it’s likely they are paying attention to what you’re doing and will mimic your behaviors when they are driving. What kind of example do you want to set for them?

Roadside Chat - Full of holiday spirits? Find a sober ride

Roadside Chat - Full of holiday spirits? Find a sober ride

December 8, 2023

12-8 full of holiday spiritsThis is the time of year when you may be celebrating for many reasons. That also means it can also be a dangerous time to be on the roads as drivers get behind the wheel after drinking. Unfortunately, it doesn’t take much to make a drive dangerous. Even one drink can impact the way you drive.

December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. According to national data, nearly a third of deadly car crashes in America involve alcohol, and some 26 million people drove under the influence in 2020, endangering themselves, passengers, passersby, and the first responders who work to keep our roads safe.

Roadside Chat - Take action against distraction

Roadside Chat - Take action against distraction

December 1, 2023

12-1 take action against distractionThis time of year many of us have extra tasks to complete with the holidays quickly approaching. If you’re also traveling, trying to multi-task when you’re behind the wheel might be tempting.

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