Category: What Drives You Iowa
December 8, 2023
This 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.
December 1, 2023
November 24, 2023
To be as safe as possible, it’s important that we all share a common understanding of basic driving rules. Driver’s education for our kids is great, but for some of us, it’s been a few years since we’ve had that kind of instruction.
November 17, 2023
This week we recognize all of our first responders for the work they do every day to keep us safer on the road with “Crash Responder Safety Week.”
These brave men and women put their lives on the line to do all they can to help your loved ones at a crash scene, Their wish is that you do all you can do as a driver to protect them so they can make it home safely to their families.
November 10, 2023
It’s that time of year again. Harvest is wrapping up, unsettling deer out of the relative safety of the farm fields and into more open areas. On top of being disrupted from the fields, it’s mating season, which means more deer are on the move for the annual rut. According to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, you may be distracted by the first deer crossing a road not seeing the buck pursuing the first deer. This time of year, you should be on the lookout for multiple scenarios of fast-moving, unpredictable deer crossing highways.
November 3, 2023
It’s time to “fall back” this weekend with Daylight Savings Time ending at 2 a.m. on Nov. 5. Even though the fall time change can mean an extra hour of sleep, the change often means interrupted sleep patterns for many, which can equal danger while driving.
Take an honest look at your sleep habits, not just during time changes, but every day. Do you get enough rest to be safe behind the wheel?
October 27, 2023
With Halloween just around the corner, lots of people are scrambling for last-minute costumes and binge-watching movies meant to conjure up the perception of danger. While that scary sensation can provide fun and entertainment, Iowa’s roads are no place for a fright.
October 20, 2023
All drivers are safest when they are traveling at a safe speed. Driving too fast or too slow based on the speed of the others around you can increase the danger for everyone in the area.
October 13, 2023
Research by Texas A&M Transportation Institute notes that texting doubles your reaction time, which means you respond more slowly in an emergency. The research consisted of drivers maneuvering around a test track, once without texting and then again while texting while measuring reaction time to lights on the course.
October 6, 2023
Speeding and other aggressive driving habits like tailgating and weaving in and out of traffic are some of the most dangerous things you can do behind the wheel. So ease up on the accelerator.