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Why Drivers Must Stay in Vehicles When Power Lines Come Down

Posted by on Mar 9, 2019 in Driving Tips, Safety Tips | Comments Off on Why Drivers Must Stay in Vehicles When Power Lines Come Down

When a power line has gone down and is over or near your car, you should always assume the wire within the power line is still live or “energized.” Even if you can’t see smoke, arcs, or sparks coming from the power line, it may still be energized. Even with downed lines that have low voltage, from 120 to 130 volts, there’s still enough amperage and enough voltage to give you a lot of trouble as any high voltage line could. The real danger occurs when you step out from your car—setting one foot onto the ground while the other remains in the vehicle causes you to complete a circuit and then get electrocuted or shocked. This is called “touch potential.” In another instance, you might step out from your vehicle and start walking from the downed line to...

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Driving at Night

Posted by on Feb 21, 2019 in Driving Tips, Teen Driving | Comments Off on Driving at Night

Driving at Night Safety Tips According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, deaths on the road triple when the figures specifically describe nighttime fatalities. This isn’t a surprise, as human beings are notoriously not nocturnal, and you need to be extra careful when driving after the sun has gone down because of it. Despite your headlights illuminating the road, standard low beams typically only stretch between 160 and 250 feet ahead of your vehicle while typical high beams only shine at a maximum rate of 500 feet. You need about 200 feet to come to a complete stop, and if you’re driving around 60 mph, that leaves very little room for error. With this in mind, here are a few tips to help you better traverse the roads after dark and keep yourself safe. Aiming Headlights It’s possible...

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