Tag: Road Emergencies


Smart Moves happen everyday! Photo by Floriah Klauer

Tires Matter

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) launched the BeTireWise campaign in May to provide consumers and retailers with essential information about choosing and caring for tires. NHTSA estimates that each year there are almost 200 fatalities as a result of tire-related crashes, and approximately 11,000 tire-related crashes total. Have you checked your tires recently?  Learn more at SaferCar.gov

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Here are five things you can do for Mom on Mother’s Day.  In addition to the beautiful flowers you pick up on the way, one or all of the following could get you closer to #1 status:
1. Wash her car or have it detailed by a professional. then take her for a ride, Miss Daisy style.
2. Check her tire pressure, change the car’s cabin air filter and clean her windows (inside and out).
3. Restock her emergency kit and add a small personal bag to keep in the glove compartment, (safety pins, nail file, hand cleaner; pen/pad and mints).
4. Purchase a “smart” tool to make her journey less stressful; ( GPS, speakerphone or a new car charger).
5. Rent a car for the day, a fancy sports model, maybe she’ll take you along for the ride.

What a great gift for a Mom that drives!  However if you think that’s not quite good enough for your #1 Mom,  go the car dealer and buy her a new car.  Bet that will make her day!

Right; Son 😉



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Early Saturday morning, shortly after sunrise, sunny, warm and dry road conditions.  No traffic (animal or otherwise), just the normal sounds and sights of a residential subdivision on the weekend before most folks get up and out. The car pictured above was parked, legally, curbside, on a hill, in front of the owners home.

The driver, an adult, female, two blocks from home, traveling in the same direction as the parked car.  After the crash, she was able to get out of  her car (whew) however the car  required tow truck assistance; (broken axle).

Was she intoxicated, intexticated or

struggling with a mechanical failure,

putting on makeup,

reaching in her purse or on the floor or back seat,


eating breakfast,

sipping on a drink,

talking on the phone,

having a medical emergency,

writing herself a note,

combing her hair,

changing her clothes,

reading the paper,


Being sidetracked or distracted happens every time we drive and this is just a short list of possibilities noted from folks who I showed the picture to.  What’s your guess?  It’s April, National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Before we get behind the wheel let’s make a mental note to limit the number of distractions (things) we will allow while we drive, including our physical ability to make the journey.  The driver told the owner that she fell asleep.  The good news is that she was able to wake up and walk away.