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June is Lane Courtesy month. Yielding when you merge into faster traffic is a simple concept, but it is often overlooked and forgotten.
Chances are, when you’re behind the wheel, you observe many people ignoring this basic driving rule. This rule is commonly referred to as “Lane Courtesy”. If everyone would practice Lane Courtesy, driving would be much more pleasurable, our roads would be safer, and road rage would decrease along with the number of accidents we have each year.
Here are the four main benefits provided, when practicing Lane Courtesy:
1. You’re Less Likely To Be In An Accident
When you avoid distracting and frustrating other drivers on the road, traffic is able to run more smoothly. When traffic is running smoothly, there is less tailgating, less weaving in-and-out of traffic, and therefore fewer accidents.
2. You Will Get Better Gas Mileage
While Lane Courtesy promotes smooth flowing traffic, it also helps drivers maintain an even pace. Vehicles use the most gas when accelerating. Less braking followed by acceleration will improve fuel economy.
3. You Will Arrive To Your Destination Faster
Correctly yielding and merging onto a highway reduces congestion and traffic. When traffic runs smoothly, drivers are able to use the road to its fullest extent.
4. You Will Not Have To Deal With Road Rage
Dealing with road rage is the last thing you want to do. Nobody likes to fight with others on the road. Drivers who “hog” the left lane are a main source of irritation for numerous drivers. The simple act of moving to the right can eliminate drivers’ stress as well as reduce road raging.
Think about Lane Courtesy next time you’re on the road. Not only will Lane Courtesy help you, but it will help others around you.
Written by: Amanda Haase
Summer is finally here and it’s time to start preparing your vehicles for long summer trips. Ensuring that your vehicle is safe and ready to drive is imperative when keeping you and your loved ones safe. If you haven’t done so already, these are the top five things you should begin checking on your vehicles:
1. Tire Tread – make sure there is enough tread on your tires to guarantee an efficient grip on the pavement when driving and braking.
2. Suspension – if your car dips or rocks when you go over bumps, or drift around corners (even at low speeds) it may be time to replace your vehicle’s shocks or struts.
3. Alignment – potholes and rough road surfaces from winter weather don’t just make for a bad ride, they can affect the alignment of your wheels. Misaligned wheels can cause a multitude of problems, including uneven tire wear.
4. Under-inflated Tires – make sure your tires have enough air in them to prevent them from going flat.
5. Air conditioning – make sure your air conditioner is working properly to prevent heat exhaustion when taking long trips. This is especially important when traveling with young children and the elderly.
If you have not already, make an appointment with your local Auto Care Facility, so they can properly inspect your vehicle to determine any existing or future problems.
Remember, if you are involved in an automobile accident and need to report a claim, make sure to contact your Insurance Agent as soon as possible so the claims process can begin and you and your car can get back on the road safely.
If you are interested in receiving a quotation for automobile insurance, give C.H. Edwards, Inc. a call at 516-249-5200, and one of our automobile specialists will be happy to help you find coverage while saving you money.
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Drive safely this summer!
Written by: Amanda Haase