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The physical and mental impact of alcohol on driving

Drunk driving is so dangerous because it can impact both a person's mental ability to drive the car and his or her physical ability.

For instance, alcohol impairs judgment. A driver may always observe the speed limit and drive carefully in daily life. After a few drinks, though, that person may suddenly feel a lot more open to the idea of speeding and driving recklessly. People often do things they regret in the morning when they're intoxicated, and, if one of those things is reckless driving, they could put others in serious danger.

Should elderly drivers take more driving tests?

You take a driving test at age 16, and you must pass it to get your license. However, many drivers never have to take a road test again. Is that wise? Some have argued that more tests are needed when drivers reach retirement age.

According to studies, drivers who are 70 years old and older have more deadly accidents than they did in middle age, despite being more experienced. Their total accident rate goes up as well, even for crashes that do not result in the loss of life. At age 85, fatal crash rates get so high per mile driven that they surpass all other age groups.

Do your part to prevent semitruck crashes

If you've ever passed a commercial truck on the interstate -- and you probably have many times, because they travel so slowly -- then you know just how scary these behemoths are. As you pass them, you can't help but feel a little fearful. What if the truck driver doesn't see me? What if he falls asleep and veers into my lane? You're correct to be fearful and cautious around these giant trucks. There's also a few more vital things you can do to ensure you and your passengers' safety:

Stay out of the "no zones:" Every commercial truck has blind spots that drivers need to be aware of. If you linger in a blind spot, such as on the side and to the rear of the commercial truck or directly behind it, the driver might not know you're there. He or she could easily veer into the side of your car or back up into you. If you must enter the blind spot of a semitruck for passing reasons, do so quickly and make sure you scan ahead to make sure the driver doesn't have any reason to change lanes. Also, never tailgate behind a semitruck.

Chilling facts about teens and DUI crashes

Teens may be able to drive legally at age 16, but they should, theoretically, never get in drunk driving accidents, since they cannot drink for five more years.

Of course, the reality is that underage drinking happens all the time, both in high school and in college. It's very dangerous for other drivers, since teen drivers already lack experience and pose a serious risk on the highway. When you add alcohol into that mix, it is a recipe for disaster.

Who owns that fence on your property line?

You and your neighbor have a fence between your lots, but you do not both have your own fence on your side of the line. You have a single fence, running right down the property line itself.

From an aesthetic perspective, this design makes sense because it keeps the yards from looking cluttered. It's also functional. You only need one fence to separate the properties.

Have you reviewed your springtime driving safety list?

Every season brings its own set of weather conditions. The summer months bring rain and hot weather, which can create certain types of dangers for drivers, but fall and winter are even worse with their potential for snow, ice and poor visibility. Then, we have springtime when the snow begins to alternatively melt and freeze, resulting in slippery and slick driving surfaces.

If you want to avoid the dangers of springtime driving and drive in the safest way possible, make sure you're adhering to the following springtime driving safety list:

7 examples of unsafe working conditions

Every day, workers are exposed to unsafe conditions on the job. Many of them suffer moderate to serious injuries. Others are killed. Occupational hazards abound, even though many steps have been taken to eliminate them.

To help you know what to watch out for, here are seven examples of unsafe working conditions:

  1. Defective equipment: This could include tools and supplies that are defective when they come from the factory or have worn out over time and have never been repaired or replaced.
  2. Inadequate guards: Many tools are inherently dangerous, and guards must be in place to keep workers from harm.
  3. Fire hazards: In some cases, there is even the risk of a serious explosion.
  4. Workplace congestion: As the company grows, the workspace needs to grow with it.
  5. Inadequate or broken warning systems: Workers may not even realize there is a significant risk of injury until it is too late.
  6. Hazardous air conditions: Workers come away with respiratory issues and other workplace diseases after being forced to breathe this contaminated air for shift after shift.
  7. Lack of cleaning and poor housekeeping: When the workplace is dirty and cluttered, injuries are more likely. For instance, workers could trip on extension cords that were not put away properly or they could slip and fall on staircases that have never been cleaned.

Car seats and rear-end crashes: What’s best for babies?

Not too long ago, there was only one kind of child safety car seat: the forward-facing design. These days, child safety seats are different. Nearly every parent knows that for young children under 3 years of age, the rear-facing child seat is the safest. Nevertheless, until a recent safety study published its results, many parents wondered if rear-facing seats were just as safe in car accidents that happened from behind.

According to a study carried out by scientists at Ohio State University Injury Biomechanics Research Center, rear-facing seats are safer than forward-facing seats in accidents that happen from behind. In the study, researchers at Ohio State University performed crash tests with baby crash test dummies to analyze the various forces involved in these incidents. The researchers claim – as a result of the tests – that the seats provide the best protection for children 2 years old and under.

What happens during a closed brain injury?

Head and brain injuries are a serious threat to motorcycle riders. It is true that wearing a helmet can reduce the odds of a significant injury, but many riders are injured or even killed with their helmets on.

One thing you need to know is that closed-head injuries can still be incredibly serious. They may not come with any penetration and outward signs of trauma, like significant bleeding, but this does not mean a person has not suffered internal injuries.

How can party hosts prevent drunk driving accidents?

Have you ever heard someone blame a bar or restaurant for causing a drunk driving accident after overserving the driver? The reality is that many drunk drivers are not coming from bars. They're simply coming from homes or apartments owned by friends, family members, coworkers or, if they're in college, fellow students.

Parties happen. People drink. That does not mean that the night has to end in a serious car accident. Below are a few things hosts can do to stop these accidents before they begin:

  • Talk to guests to make sure there are enough designated drivers and that everyone has one.
  • Take everyone's keys when they arrive at the party, just like a coat check. When people leave, visibly intoxicated drivers do not get their keys back.
  • Offer options other than beer, wine and liquor. Serve food, especially before people start drinking. It's also wise to offer guests juice, soda, water and other nonalcoholic options.
  • Cut off alcohol long before people start to head home. Instead of having people finish their last drink and get in the car, have them finish an hour before and then spend the next hour drinking water and eating food.
  • Seek other transportation options. Be ready to call a taxi or a ride-sharing service like Uber.

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