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Whether they’re graduating from high school or college, many new graduates will be on the roads this summer to celebrate their hard work. From parties to weekend getaways to road trips, young drivers will be on the road often this summer and need to keep some safety tips in mind. READ MORE >>

Of the more than 172,000 people killed in car crashes over the past five years, one in 10 were in crashes where at least one of the drivers involved was distracted. These statistics come from data analyzed by Erie Insurance housed in the Fatality Analysis Reporting System, a nationwide census o... READ MORE >>

A key reason for rising auto insurance claims has to do with distracted driving. By definition, this is any driver who is not paying attention to the road. Many people assume this relates to cell phones. That is one component of it.  However, many other distractions can occur. READ MORE >>

Since 2008, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has conducted a national survey of United States motorist to identify key indicators about the degree to which traffic safety is valued and pursued by drivers. As in previous years, the 2017 Traffic Safety Culture Index reveals that people in the U. READ MORE >>

Consider yourself lucky — or perhaps overdue — if you’re an adult who has never been in a car accident. Consider that in 2015 alone, more than 2.4 million people were injured and nearly 35,000 people died in 6.2 million crashes nationwide, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. READ MORE >>

When it came to company vehicles and employee drivers, Green Landscaping Co. (a pseudonym) did a lot of things right. The vehicles were maintained on a set schedule, their employees were all subject to biennial motor vehicle record reviews and every truck was outfitted with a telematics device that reports the vehicle’s location and speed. READ MORE >>

The luck of the Irish is not enough to protect you against a possible encounter with an impaired driver during St. Patrick's Day. Alcohol-related crashes continue to be the main factor for deaths during this holiday. In 2000 there were 151 fatal car accidents on St. Patrick's Day, half of which were alcohol-related. READ MORE >>

The role of cell phones in our society faces greater scrutiny in recent years, particularly when it comes to the world of driving. Distracted driving can happen in a number of ways, but smartphones are often behind a case of distracted driving more often than not. READ MORE >>

Thinking about shopping for a new car? Then you’ll want to check out what vehicles are considered the safest to buy. From small cars and sedans to SUVs and large luxury vehicles, you’ll find 62 of the 2018 models deemed safe by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). READ MORE >>

Ruts are a common winter annoyance. When drivers get stuck on snowy roads, their wheels spin deep down into the snow pack, leaving the streets scattered with deep divots for the rest of us to navigate around. You’re likely to find ruts on less-traveled roads or side streets – especially near hills and curves, where drivers are more likely to get stuck. READ MORE >>

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