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What does it take to drive safely in rush hour traffic?

Like many people, you may find yourself driving in rush hour traffic almost every day of the week. As frustrating as it may be, you can't let your emotions get the best of you. Instead, you need to do whatever it takes to drive safely.

Here are several tips that can keep you safe when you find yourself in the middle of rush-hour traffic:

  • Be patient. Being impatient isn't going to make the traffic move any faster, so you might as well take a deep breath and remain calm.
  • Eliminate all distractions. You never want to become distracted when you're behind the wheel, but this is easy to do when traffic is crawling. Make sure you keep your eyes on the road at all times.
  • Pick a lane and stay there. It sounds like a good idea to jump from lane to lane, trying to beat the traffic. Unfortunately, this isn't going to get you to your destination any faster. Furthermore, it increases the likelihood of an accident.

Elderly pedestrian injured in 7-car crash by a Walmart

Seven cars were involved in a crash near a Walmart in Tennessee, and an elderly pedestrian was injured in the wreck. He is 73 years old.

Emergency crews wasted no time rushing him to the hospital, where his last reported condition was stable. The man was admitted to the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

What to say after a car accident

One of the most annoying aspects of car accidents is road closures. Take a recent case where multiple collisions resulted in the momentary closure of I-65 South.

After an auto accident, there is a lot you need to take care of. You need the police to come out to file an official report, and you need to inform your auto insurance agency of the collision so you can begin the claims process. The things you say in the immediate aftermath can greatly impact the overall success of your case.

Steps to take if you spot a drunk driver

Regardless of the time of day or location, it's possible you could encounter a drunk driver on the road. While you hope this never happens, drinking and driving remains a big problem throughout the country.

If you find yourself on the road and have reason to believe that another driver is drunk, there are a few things you need to do.

Tailgating while driving: A serious problem

Drivers can make a variety of mistakes on the road, many of which increase the chance of an accident.

Tailgating is one such mistake, as this occurs when a person drives too close to the car in front of theirs. This may not sound like a big deal, but there are many reasons why it's an extremely dangerous behavior.

What’s the best first aid process for a broken bone?’

Imagine you're driving down the road, doing what you should, and another vehicle strikes yours. While you could suffer many types of injuries, a broken bone is among the most common.

There are many ways to treat this injury on the scene, with the following tips providing the guidance you require:

  • Stop any bleeding, such as by applying gentle and steady pressure to the wound
  • Don't attempt to move, as this could lead to additional injury
  • Watch for signs and symptoms of shock, such as feeling dizzy and taking short, rapid breaths

3 reasons why people postpone estate planning

Estate planning may be uncomfortable for you to think about. After all, preparing for your inevitable death is not exactly a pleasant experience. But if you fail to put an estate plan together, you will not have as much control over your assets as you want. It could cause a disastrous mess for your heirs to deal with after you are gone.

While you may admit it is something you should do, you put it off anyway. You are not alone–a lot of people avoid estate planning. But why? Here are some common reasons you may procrastinate creating a will or trust. 

What’s the best way to drive in foggy conditions?

The best way to avoid trouble on the road in foggy conditions is to stay at home. This way, you're never taking a risk with your safety.

If this isn't possible, maybe because you have to drive to work or school, there are some tips you can follow when you're behind the wheel:

  • Leave yourself more time to reach your destination
  • Slow down
  • Use your headlights to increase visibility and improve the chance that other drivers will see you
  • Leave more space between your vehicle and others on the road
  • Don't use your high beams, as the glare can make it more difficult to see
  • Experiment with using fog lights to see if it makes a difference
  • If the fog is too heavy to safely navigate the road, pull into a parking lot

How can you prepare for a potential car accident?

Many people believe that they have a clear understanding of the steps they should take if they are part of a car accident. For example, you should move to the side of the road, call 911 and exchange information with the other driver.

However, there are many steps you can also take to prepare for a potential car accident. When you do these things, you'll feel much better about where things stand should you find yourself in this position.

A trucker is found guilty of killing 6 motorists along I-75

It took jurors just a little over six hours to decide to convict a 42-year-old former commercial truck driver of 12 different crimes related to his role in causing a fatal crash in 2015. The incident, which occurred along Interstate 75 in Hamilton county, claimed six family members' lives.

During the trial, prosecutors had argued that the trucker made no attempt to stop the tractor-trailer he was driving on June 25, 2015, after coming upon slowed traffic on I-75.

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