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8 Ways to Stay Safe on the Road

In the US, there are around 231,652,000 licensed drivers (2020). With all those people on the road, it’s important that we all work together to stay as safe as possible. While you should already have passed your driving test, it can be extremely beneficial to remind yourself of the laws so that you reduce the risk of accidents.

In this article, we are going to look at eight ways to stay safe on the road. Sound interesting? Then keep on reading!

Obey the road rules

This one may come as a given, but you would be surprised how many people try and avoid the most basic road rules. Speeding, reckless driving, and drunk driving are all frequent occurrences and lead to severe accidents. Remember, they are there for a reason, so it’s best to follow them. At the end of the day, you will be safer and can avoid those dreaded fines. Check out these USA driving rules to brush up on your knowledge.

Drive properly according to the conditions

The weather can certainly be unpredictable, and at times it can affect the roads severely. If you’re planning on driving during these conditions, make sure you consider the following:

Fog: When driving in fog, always keep a safe distance between you in the car in front. You also need to give plenty of notice when using signals and avoid using your high-beam lights as this will make it harder to see. 

Snow: Driving in snow is dangerous, so make sure you slow down as much as possible and allow extra time to get somewhere. Take corners slowly to avoid skidding and accelerate gradually, so your tires don’t spin. Make sure you also keep an eye out for black ice that can cause you to lose control quickly.

Rain: When driving in the rain, slow down and avoid pools/puddles. Since roads can be slick, make sure to give plenty of distance between you and the cars in front. You also want to use your headlights.

Keep up your training

If you don’t frequently drive, completing a refresher training course can be a great idea to help you stay safe on the road. In some cases, you may even be able to dismiss a ticket. Check out defensivedrivingcourse.com if you are looking to brush up on your skills. Trust us when we say it really can make a difference.

Plan trips in advance

If you are going on a long trip or going to a place that you haven’t been to before, it can be wise to plan out everything in advance. Take a look at the safest routes, know where there are available gas stations, and check out what the weather will be like. This way, you can prepare yourself for the conditions and won’t be so distracted along the way.

Do pre-trip inspections

Many of us often hop straight in our car and head out on our journey. However, it would be best if we were doing a quick inspection first. Have a friend help you to make sure all of your lights are working correctly. You’ll also want to check your tires, fluids, brakes, and battery if you are planning on a long trip. This way, you can get anything fixed in advance before breaking down on the road. Yes, car repairs can be expensive, but they are necessary.

Minimize distractions

Distracted driving is the leading cause of car accidents in the US. To avoid taking your eyes off the road, make sure you spend time eliminating anything that may distract you. Put away your phone, avoid eating while driving, and make sure any children and pets are correctly secured. Multi-tasking may seem efficient, but you’re risking your own life and the life of those around you.

Take frequent breaks during long trips

Another common cause of car accidents is fatigue. When you feel sleepy, all it takes is a second for your eyes to close, and you can be off the road. To avoid this, make sure that you take frequent breaks during long trips so that you can re-energize. You may even consider swapping drivers (when possible) or pulling over and having a rest until you are recovered.

Wear a seatbelt 

Lastly, one of the most important tips to remember while driving is to wear a seatbelt. In fact, according to the NHTSA, 14,955 lives were saved by them. By ensuring that both yourself and your passengers have buckled up before heading out on the road, you can remain safe.

Ringbrothers Coyogar 1968 Mercury Cougar

Wisconsin-based custom car builder Ringbrothers might have just pulled off the best restomod we’ve seen this year, and it’s largely because it’s not a vintage Mustang, Challenger, or a Camaro. The 1968 Mercury Cougar is…

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Darc Mono Off-Road Expedition Vehicle

We’ve covered more than our fair share of expedition vehicles and campers over the years, but the Darc Mono Off-Road Expedition Vehicle is one of our recent favorites because it’s over-the-top in terms of amenities…

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LEGO is teasing Porsche fans with this 2-in-1 911 Turbo/Targa Creator set

Earlier this week, we shared a glimpse of Porsches new take on its EV platform – the Taycan. Not that there is anything wrong with the all-electric sports sedan, but we know you want options. Thus, the German carmaker is expanding the lineup with the Turbo S Cross Turismo. The sad truth is that not everybody can fit these rides into their budget. Thankfully, we can settle for a 911 Turbo/Targa set from LEGO.

While fans consider those under its Technic product line as the most detailed and sophisticated option for hobbyists, Items from their Creator catalog are equally as impressive. In fact, its most recent release was a 9,036-piece scale model of the Colosseum.

For the Porsche 911 Turbo/Targa, LEGO is also not taking any shortcuts. While it won’t match the Roman amphitheater’s scale and number of bricks, it makes up for it with mechanical touches. Out of the box, you have 1,458 pieces to work with, so handle with care.

Depending on the configuration of your choice, you can build it as a Porsche 911 Turbo or Targa. Unlike regular LEGO sets, there are minimal studs left visible upon completion. From what we could see, these are mostly on the bumpers of the vehicle. The rest of the body are smooth surfaces and curves.

Inside the cockpit, you can interact with the steering wheel, seats, gearshift, and emergency brakes. Lift the rear engine cover to view the naturally aspirated flat-six engine. For the convertible setup, you can remove the roof and store it under the front hood. Even the Porsche badging is presented accurately. LEGO never ceases to impress as the 911 Turbo/Targa Creator set shows.

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Hyundai’s All-Electric 2022 IONIQ 5

Every vehicle manufacturer is going electric these days for obvious reasons, so it should come as no surprise that, late last year, Hyundai Launched Their IONIQ EV Brand. Plenty of details about styling, models, performance…

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Gordon Murray Automotive T.50s Niki Lauda

Gordon Murray (the man behind the legendary McLaren F1 supercar) has built the T.50, a car he refers to as “the greatest analog driver’s car ever”, and now there’s one built as an homage to…

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Porsche is already teasing the arrival of the Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo

Porsche’s venture into EVs is shaping up to be a great investment for the company. With the sporty Taycan as its poster boy, nobody can say no to the carmaker’s signature look. Perhaps this is what makes it so appealing for longtime fans of the brand. At first many found the pricing prohibitive, but an entry-level trim was made available earlier this year. Now, the lineup welcomes another new member – the Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo.

Much like its mouthful of a name, this vehicle boasts a bunch of upgrades to set it apart from the regular Taycan catalogue. Let’s start off with the visuals, as Porsches tweaks the design just a little bit to give the Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo some character.

From the front, it follows the distinct form of the regular models. However, from the back, it’s another story. Drawing influences from the Panamera Sports Turismo, the German marque is giving it a slight rear overhaul.

The Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo now boasts a longer roof, new rear fenders, and no trunk. In its place now sits a hatch, which we know has its fair share of fans. Its new configuration should add more room inside without any downside to its performance.

Porsche is still keeping most of the details under wraps for now, but automotive industry sources have their speculations. Aside from the new silhouette, the Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo supposedly rides on a new suspension system. This means ground clearance should be a little higher than the sedan version. Pricing and availability should be revealed soon.

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Bull-e Electric Scooter

At this point, there are plenty of two-wheeled electric vehicles for you to choose from when you’re looking for something practical yet fun for your urban mobility needs. But none of them look quite like…

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Bowler CSP RIV

While this brute might look like a golf kart for the Expendables crew, the Bowler CSP RIV is actually a bona fide military concept vehicle. The British company built it for the 2017 Defence and…

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1962 Chevrolet Corvair 95 Rampside “Big Orange” Pickup

The Corvair’s “Unsafe at Any Speed” infamy lives on to this day, but there’s a special permutation of the much-loved and also maligned car that didn’t suffer the same ignominious reputation. The Corvair 95 Rampside…

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The 6 Things Every Car Owner Needs

If you love cars, chances are you also love anything car-related. These could range from cool floor mats, attractive rims, audio system add-ons, and dozens of other amenities. But what about the more essential, not-so-cool items that can either save your life in an emergency or make things easy when the going gets rough? For instance, if you’re stranded on a lonesome stretch of interstate in the dark, how with oncoming traffic see you?

A Visibility Kit

Want to be seen when it matters? Make sure you have the three components of a roadside visibility kit, namely flares, light sticks, and several reflective triangles. Unfortunately, plenty of highway accidents happen simply because drivers can’t see stalled vehicles and crash into them. Carry high-quality flares, at least a dozen light sticks, and the large reflecting triangles like truck drivers use.

A Wash & Wax Kit

It’s not about emergencies but making sure you can clean and wax your car wherever you are, even after driving through muddy construction areas or in inclement weather. There are some excellent online resources where you can review a complete guide to adopting a routine for washing and waxing your car. Then, if you always have a basic wash/wax kit in the trunk, you’ll be ready to remove salt, debris, mud, and other gunk that eats away at paint, add a protective layer of wax, and continue your trip in a clean machine.

OBD II

You don’t have to be a mechanic to use an on-board diagnostic (OBD) device. For less than $50, you can get the deluxe model called OBD II. It comes with simple instructions for hookup to your engine on the inside of your car, under the steering wheel. The device shows error codes you can look up in the instruction booklet and figure out exactly what’s wrong with your vehicle. It’s the best $50 you’ll ever spend.

A Full-Size Spare

Spend the extra money to replace your donut spare tire, the cheap one that came with your vehicle, with a full-size spare. This is an incredibly handy item if you suffer a flat in the middle of a long trip or in hazardous road conditions. Don’t forget to check the pressure in all five of your tires regularly so that your backup is good to go in anytime, anywhere.

The Big Four

We’re counting the big four as one item because they’re absolute necessities for safety and security while you drive. The four are a screwdriver, a set of jumper cables, a sharp utility knife, and a torque wrench. Often, a one-minute repair job can get you on your way, which is why the tools are a must. Likewise, jumper cables will save the day more often than you expect.

First Aid Kit

You can buy a complete kit at just about any auto parts store. Make sure your set includes a whistle and a reliable flashlight. What people often forget to do is read the instructions that come with the kit and learn how to use all the items before an emergency happens. Plus, toss in one or two sets up extra batteries for the flashlight.

Land Rover Classic Defender Works V8 Trophy Edition

When it comes to old school trucks and vintage SUVs, you’d be hard-pressed to find better than a classic Land Rover. The Land Rover Classic Defender Works V8 Trophy Edition combines everything you love about old…

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Vanderhall Navarro Electric 4×4

Despite the fact most of us cling to the idea that all cars need to have four wheels, liveries like Vanderhall continue to impress us with their three-wheeled options like the Venice and Carmel. Now,…

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Alpha Motor Corporation JAX CUV Electric Vehicle

When it comes to electric vehicles, there are few shops doing it better than Irvine-based startup Alpha Motor Corporation. Following in the footsteps of the impressive vehicle known as the ACE Electric Coupe is the Alpha…

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Ferrari 308 GTS “The Brawler”

If Magnum, P.I. had an angry twin, this would be his ride of choice. Rendered by Spanish 3D artist Carlos Pecino, this 308 Brawler takes the iconic Pininfarina design to the netherworld, and it comes…

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BMW S1000RR ‘Phantom’

Looking more like a wheeled Gundam robot than a motorcycle, Mehmet Doruk Erdem’s BMW S1000RR ‘Phantom’ is a sight to behold. Sure, it’s just a rendering, but it looks like it could take to urban…

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Alauda Airspeeder Mk3 Flying Electric Race Car

Australia’s Alauda just pulled the covers off something awesomely wacky, a full-sized, fully-operational flying electric race car. It’s called the Airspeeder Mk3, and it will actually enter a race this year. Its frame uses a…

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LEGO Creator Porsche 911

As much as we adore the LEGO versions of the ultra-modern Bugatti Chiron and Lamborghini Sian hypercars, our heartstrings get plucked by the new LEGO Creator Porsche 911, which captures the 1980s air-cooled 930 911…

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Renard Speed Shop 1979 BMW R80/7 Scrambler

True scramblers are more than just based on looks. This redone Beemer R80/7 has received the full treatment from Estonian-based Renard Speed Shop. The bike was meant to pay homage to the famed International Six…

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