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What is defensive driving?

Being a safe, responsible driver should be a concern of all who share California roads. In this case, defensive driving skills are extremely helpful. Not only will defensive driving help keep you and your passengers safe, it can also help new drivers prevent accidents from occurring. offers the following tips on how you can be a safer driver.

Keep a safe distance

3 reasons to wear a helmet on a motorcycle

California is one of a number of states to mandate helmets for everyone riding a motorcycle. However, these laws have often met with resistance from motorcycle enthusiasts for a number of reasons.

Despite the pushback, wearing a helmet while on a motorcycle is a good idea for reasons other than being in compliance with the law. Here are three reasons to wear a helmet when riding on a motorcycle.

Highway 17 one of California's most dangerous roads

San Jose drivers typically have stories of hits and near-misses they had while traveling on Highway 17. There is an above-average number of collisions on the stretch of road from San Jose to Santa Cruz, some of which may be attributed — at least in part — to the fact that there are more drivers than ever using the highway.

But what else is behind Hwy. 17's moniker of "one of California's most dangerous roads?" The highway snakes around a series of blind curves and sharp turns. When traffic is particularly dense, some drivers' aggressive behavior in traffic, e.g., speeding, spinning out, cutting other motorists off and experiencing episodes of road rage, exacerbates the inherent dangers.Distracted driving adds to dangersCommuters who get distracted by doing anything other than driving create even more hazards on Hwy. 17. In 2015, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) dealt with over 660 collisions, a 10-year high. One CHP officer noted that "[i]t's incumbent upon everybody to observe all the rules of the road, all the speed laws, [not] following too closely, keeping distractions out of the car."Specific danger spot

Tips on driving safely in school zones

With school back in session in San Jose, many drivers are finding themselves driving in areas teeming with kids on their way to and from school. School-aged children have a habit of crossing the road carelessly and otherwise disobeying traffic regulations, which can lead to devastating injuries if motorists are caught unaware. That’s why it’s up to each individual driver to play his or her part to preserve the safety of children in school zones.

According to AARP, drivers must be on their toes at all times. For example, many kids will cross the street between parked vehicles instead of doing so at the designated cross walks. When driving through areas heavily populated with children, it’s best to be on the alert at all times. Look between cars and drive slowly so that you can react in time should a pedestrian dart in front of your vehicle.

How can I overcome the loss of a loved one?

Losing a loved one is rarely easy. However, losing a loved one to a senseless accident that results from another person’s negligent behavior can be earth-shattering. While the grieving process is rarely easy, there are steps you can take to progress throughout it towards a place of healing. To this end, the American Psychological Association recommends the following tips.

Don’t deny your feelings

What 3 main factors lead to trucking accidents?

San Jose's roads are frequently clogged with big rigs in transit from Point A to Point B. As such, these large commercial trucks often cause or contribute to serious wrecks that leave those driving or riding in much smaller passenger vehicles injured or dead.

While no two wrecks will be exactly alike, there are certain commonalities surrounding most collisions with semitrucks. Below you will discover the three primary factors that contribute to accidents with 18-wheelers.

Tips on sharing the road with bicyclists

In California, it's not uncommon for drivers to encounter bicyclists on the road. Due to lack of protection, people riding bikes have a greater risk of sustaining a serious injury should they be involved in a crash. That's why drivers must take certain steps, which will preserve the safety of everyone. The following are just a few tips on how you can safely the share the road with bicyclists.

The National Highway Traffic Administration explains that bike riders are subject to the same rules and regulations as drivers. As a result, motorists are best served by treating bicycles as they would any other vehicle. This entails giving them the right-of-way as appropriate and only passing when it's safe to do so. Also, try to remain aware of their presence, especially when driving in areas with a high volume of bicyclists and foot traffic.

Is distracted driving still a problem on California roads?

Californians spend a great deal of time commuting and dealing with traffic jams. But sometimes, when you're driving down the freeway, it looks like motorists are doing everything behind the wheel except driving.

You see people eating, drinking, grooming and, despite California's ban on talking on hand-held devices while driving, using cellphones. The problem is that when your mind, eyes and hands aren't fully occupied with the task of driving, all of those distractions can create dangerous hazards.

What factors lead to trucking accidents?

Trucks are a common site on highways and interstates. They are an important part of our economy, carrying goods from place to place to meet the demands of the growing population. Although these vehicles are essential to society, they can pose a serious risk to motorists.

Trucking accidents of all kinds cause some of the greatest devastation seen on today’s highways. Because of their large size and heavy weight, it makes sense that these accidents can lead to catastrophic injuries or death. Understanding the factors that cause accidents with these 80,000-pound vehicles may help reduce the number of accidents that happen.

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