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As a teenager, I was lucky enough to have my own car — a 1988 burgundy Pontiac 6000 STE. It was very reliable — until I left the headlights on for about seven hours straight while I was at school. After classes ended that day, I hustled out to my car, turned the key in the ignition and ……
traffic in snowstorm
Challenging winter weather is a fact of life for much of the country. Frigid temperatures, freezing rain, snow drifts and icy roads may all be part of your winter driving season. Imagine that you’re driving late at night, and there’s a major snowstorm. Or, maybe you have car trouble. Perhaps you slide off the road…
4 Ways to Pull a Truck from the Mud
Sometimes, you just can’t avoid driving through mud. Whether you’re parking in an unpaved lot at a concert venue or pulling off the pavement to go camping, odds are that at some point, you’re going to have to navigate some mud and muck. Drive through enough of it, and you’re probably going to get stuck.…
brake pedal
Noticing your brakes have failed while driving can be a shocking experience. While you hope it never happens to you, prepare yourself for such a situation by familiarizing yourself with some tips to help you stop as safely as possible. Don’t Panic A clear head can be your ally behind the wheel, especially when things…
Survive a Night in a Car
It’s a harrowing statistic, but according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL), approximately 70 percent of winter weather-related injuries occur in an automobile. Many of those vehicle-related injuries may have begun with someone simply leaving the house to run an errand, make a short trip to visit family or friends,…
Dealing with Distractions: Inside the Mind of the Mom CEO
The average person thinks more than 70,000 thoughts each day, according to the University of Southern California’s Laboratory of Neuro Imaging, and for a Mom CEO (Chief Emergency Officer) who spends a lot of time in the car, those thoughts can include remembering to flip on the turn signal, choosing the best route for driving the kids…
The Influence of Technology on Bad Weather Driving
The latest technology might be an annoyance when you’re trying to get in that 15-minute nap and your kids are playing on the tablet at full volume, but when a Mom CEO (Chief Emergency Officer) is dealing with a weather emergency in the car, the latest innovations can help get you and your family home safely.…
Move-Over Laws Can Help Pave the Right of Way for Emergency Responders [VIDEO]
The weekend is approaching, and with it often comes unwieldy traffic. To help ensure safety, it is important to remember to follow the rules of the road not only for your protection, but for others as well. In addition to requiring drivers to yield to approaching emergency vehicles with activated sirens, most states also have “move-over” laws that…
Don’t Let Road Gators Bite
Summer is prime season for car-eating road gators. It’ll last well into September, according to a study by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. These vicious beasts can lie in wait any time, especially on interstates where the speed limit is 70 or 75 mph. Most motorists notice “road gators” safely sunning themselves on highway shoulders. Road gators, says…
How I Learned to Change a Tire
Kids growing up in rural Midwestern towns with a lot of gravel roads develop a certain proficiency at changing tires. You tend to get really, really good at it at a young age, particularly if you’re a kid like I was. My parents ran the local livestock auction in Leon, Iowa, and we used an…