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More winter driving safety tips

If you believe it feels more like January than November, you’re certainly not alone. The average temperature for November in Wisconsin is 41 degrees. Yesterday it didn’t reach 20 degrees. Not only does this make people wonder what the rest of the winter will be like, it also has made driving conditions treacherous.

It may go without saying that when driving conditions deteriorate, drivers must be additionally vigilant when behind the wheel. Despite this, it is good to follow some basic tips to guard against being in a crash. This post will highlight them.

Winter driving season comes early across Wisconsin

Just when you thought that you wouldn’t have to deal with treacherous winter driving conditions until after Thanksgiving, Mother Nature throws a curveball. Thanks to unseasonably cool arctic air and moisture coming from the west, a snowstorm blanketed Wisconsin. In fact, North Central Wisconsin saw nearly two feet of snow.

Other regions saw far less snow, but the cooler than average temperatures bring the possibility for black ice. This is the thin layer of moisture that can freeze into a virtually invisible sheet of ice on streets throughout Wisconsin. Indeed, the danger of auto accidents is high when driving conditions deteriorate, but the chances of single car accidents increase because of the specter of spinning out of control (and into a ditch) after hitting a patch of black ice at a high rate of speed. 

If you have been diagnosed with PTSD, this post is for you

When you think about the receipt of Social Security disability benefits, you may consider someone with a chronic physical ailment that prevents them from keeping a consistent job. However, there are a number of Americans suffering from mental impairments that prevent them from doing the same. Indeed, many people diagnosed with depression may be receiving benefits, but many others suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may be eligible for benefits as well. 

Small increase for Social Security benefits in 2015

For those receiving Social Security disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income, the annual cost of living adjustment (COLA) is an important announcement. Many people receiving these benefits count on them because they are their only source of income. So if they are going to continue to make ends meet, and they are unable to find or maintain a job, their benefits have to increase by some degree.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently announced what the COLA will be for 2015. Unfortunately, the increase was not groundbreaking. In fact, the 1.7 percent increase will be the third (increase) in a row that is under 2 percent. 

Why are crash test dummies gaining weight?

Crash test dummies are being remodeled to represent the most common drivers and passengers. Essentially, they are gaining weight, just like many ordinary citizens who are struggling with their weight. But when it comes to crash test dummies, what designers may learn in terms of keeping larger drivers (and passengers) safe is crucial.

According to a recent ABC News.com report, Humanetics, the only U.S. provider of crash test models, will begin providing figures that are patterned after a 270 pound person with a body mass index of 35. Before this, crash test dummies were patterned after people who were 167 pounds. 

NHTSA issues stern warning about airbags

Despite the number of recalls initiated in 2014, they are actually a relatively common part of doing business for automakers. In fact, they have a continuing legal duty to conduct recalls when they discover (or should have discovered) dangerous defects that could put consumers in danger. If an automaker fails to notify consumers or initiate a recall, it could be held liable if a driver (or passenger) is injured in a crash caused by the defect.

Against this backdrop, it is expected that a number of automakers will call for their vehicles to be brought back to dealerships across the United States after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a warning calling for owners of cars with Takata Corporation airbags to immediately bring their vehicles in so that faulty airbags can be replaced. 

Car surfing leads to man's death

Car surfing is not for the faint of heart. The notion of riding on the roof or the trunk of a moving car is something that professional stuntmen would practice for a scene in a movie. However, an 18 year-old-man has passed away after a car surfing incident in western Wisconsin.

According to WCCO.com report, the man fell off the vehicle and suffered multiple head injuries. Police indicate that the man went home after the accident and explained that he had been assaulted by several people at a local high school. Upon going to the hospital, doctors found that his injuries were not consistent with an assault. Instead, they were the types of injuries that would be sustained in a car accident

Pedestrians must be careful after daylight savings time ends

If it feels like the days are getting shorter, it’s not just you. In a little more than two weeks, daylight savings time will end; essentially putting most people in hibernation mode until next March. While it is a sign that winter is coming, it is also a warning that pedestrians may face additional dangers. After all, the time change will mean that more people will be commuting (and more pedestrians walking) while it is dark.  

It may go without saying, but the risk of pedestrians getting hit by cars (and motorcyclists) increases because they are harder to see at night. So what can pedestrians do to protect themselves? This post will highlight some helpful tips.

Why it is important to deal with road rage

You’ve been cut off in traffic. The idiot in front of you now must have seen you. More importantly, they nearly caused an accident. This really upsets you and you feel like giving him or her a piece of your mind. So you jerk the wheel around and try to pull alongside of the culprit and roll down your window to get ready to scream.

Unfortunately, this scenario probably plays out on American roads countless times per day. The other unfortunate fact is that it sometimes manifests itself in road rage; violent acts that arise from benign traffic inconveniences or discourteous behavior. 

GM to start compensating those injured in ignition switch crashes

As the fall driving season begins in earnest, more drivers are likely to be on the roads to take in tours of the fall colors, and to get back and forth from football games across the state. In a prior post we highlighted the potential dangers that drivers may face as the seasons change. In light of the natural hazards that may befall drivers, many believe that there are still many mechanical dangers that are still unaddressed.