There is "brake while driving" and then there is "break when driving". We recommend both!! Additionally, "drowsy driving" is "lousy driving". According to a recent study, 1,550 deaths, 71,000 injuries, and $12.5 billion in monetary losses each year are a result of Drowsy Driving. In fact, according to www.drowsydriving.org 1 out of 10 drivers have fallen asleep at the wheel in the past year and 1 out of every 6 deadly traffic accidents is a result of drowsy driving. This is alarming news, seeing how driving while being sleep deprived can certainly be avoided. A few trips to avoid driving while being sleep deprived include some of the obvious but following
We get it. Always catching 7-9 hours of sleep is easier said than done. Know if you are At Risk for Fatigue driving by considering the following symptoms
* Difficulty focusing, frequent blinking, or heavy eyelids
* Daydreaming; wandering/disconnected thoughts
* Trouble remembering the last few miles driven; missing exits or traffic signs
* Yawning repeatedly or rubbing your eyes
* Trouble keeping your head up
* Drifting from your lane, tailgating, or hitting a shoulder rumble strip
* Feeling restless and irritable
According to a recent poll nearly 30% of Americans have admitted they function on less than 6 hours of sleep at night. Being awake for 18 hours is equal to a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08%, which is legally drunk and leaves you at equal risk for a crash.
We wish to keep not only our customers, but all drivers safe on the roads. Make sure to do your best to stay alert when driving. Be aware of the above mentioned symptoms for potential drowsy driving as well as the precautions listed above. Snotherly supports the Drowsy Driving Motto and recommends all drivers follow it's statement which says “Drive Alert, Arrive Alive”.
For more information on drowsy driving please visit www.drowsydriving.org
On our facebook page, we recently shared an article regarding Robot Insurance. Like it or not, it will most likely be something we as insurance agents will be learning, and you as a consumer and customer will be needing. Robot modeled vacuums and lawn mowers currently exist, however, this year has introduced us to the Mercedes F015 and it is a sure thing that similar models and prototypes from other manufacturers will follow in the near future. We have had a "glimpse" in the near future and it illustrates self driving cars. The question now becomes, "what happens when technology goes bad" to put it more subtly, "what happens when these cars fail, when technology goes wrong, and a wreck occurs". It is after all a manufactured machine, and will eventually fail or accrue technical problems over time, as all equipment tends to do. Hence, a new line of insurance, Robot Insurance, (at least that's what we're calling it for now) will be an inevitable necessity.
Read more on the article we shared last week written by Gopi Mattel here!
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