When heading down the road to the grocery store - a route you have taken a thousand times - are you tempted to entertain yourself on the way? Do you tap away a quick message to remind your spouse to pick up the kids from school?
The world can be a dangerous place. Traffic accidents can happen to anyone at any time - even if they aren't the one driving. Simply walking along the street may be enough to cause a Seattle resident to get hurt in a crash.
Intersections can be dangerous, especially during rush hour. Drivers in a hurry may attempt to pass through an intersection just before the light turns red, if not during a red light. In the worst case, they can cause a crash. While there are legal punishments for these crimes, sadly they still happen on a daily basis.
Unlike movie depictions, traffic accidents don't always involve explosions or catastrophic dives off of cliffs. In fact, the majority of accidents don't look like much. A few dents might not seem so destructive, but minor crashes can still create major injuries for drivers and passengers.
We have all had risky moments on the road: swerving out of the way, braking hard or slipping toward an intersection. Many drivers owe their safety in these situations to their tires. As the only point of contact between your vehicle and the ground, tires have a vital role.
The horn is one of the earliest automobile safety features in history, but it might also be one of the most abused. Honking can help produce a sound loud enough to alert other drivers to potential dangers. However, it can create major problems if not used as intended.
There's no question that fatal car accidents are tragic, but they are especially heart-wrenching when teens and children are involved. The loss of a young life leaves behind the question of what could have been.
The most careful drivers can still experience a traffic accident. Every driver should be prepared for the worst scenario. Especially in bad weather, carrying a few essentials in your vehicle will help you stay calm, cool and collected if you are stuck or hurt.
Once in a while, politicians set aside party lines to address a situation that deserves a solution. Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand and Republican Marco Rubio both agree: their proposed bill can prevent some deadly truck accidents.
Washington residents should know not to use their phones while driving by now, according to law enforcement. For the past six months, Washington State Patrol has given warnings to drivers who use personal devices on the road, but this grace period is now over.