Top 3 benefits of using a front and rear Dash Camera

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Considering whether front and rear dash cams are good investment for your fleet? Not only can they save your business thousands of dollars, they are also recommended by the National Transportation Safety Board. Read how fleet managers are saving thousands of dollars and improving driver safety

Front and rear dash cams have become a highly adopted technology across the commercial transportation industry due to a wide range of benefits that they offer business owners and fleet managers. Not only can they save your business money and improve driver behavior, they are also highly recommended by the National Transportation Safety Board.

If your business is evaluating whether the installation of front and rear dash cams across your fleet is a good investment, consider some of the specific ways these devices can save your business significant money in the long term.

They Provide Accident Evidence

Accidents can happen fast. Rising insurance premiums and liability claims as a result of a commercial vehicle accident can have a devastating impact to your business’s P&L. With so much at stake, you don’t want hearsay to be the determining factor in deciding accident liability involving one of your commcercial vehicles.

Front and rear dash cams can solve this problem by serving as an eye-witness in the event of an accident. They can capture entire accidents and be used as evidence to protect your drivers and your business from liability. Even when another party is liable for an accident involving one or your commercial vehicles, visual evidence from dash cameras can help speed up the insurance claim process.

Being able to capture the events that led to an accident can also help prevent insurance fraud. Scammers who purposely cause accidents often target commercial vehicles with the intention of settling for a large sum of cash. Video evidence can help protect against these fraudsters when liability questions arise.

Some insurance companies may be willing to offer discounts for fleet-wide installation of front and rear dash cams.

They Improve Fleet Efficiency

Most front and rear dash cams are equipped with GPS technology, which has significantly changed the way companies manage the efficiency of their fleets. Fleet managers are able to monitor driver speed, ensure vehicles are on-schedule, and pinpoint vehicle locations in the event of an accident.

These capabilities allow fleet managers to optimize routes and prevent idling which can result in decreased fuel costs. They also allow delivery times to become more predictable, which can optimize the scheduling process and lead to less downtime and happier customers.

Fleet managers can use footage and driver data captured in dash cameras to improve the efficiency of their entire fleets. Some cameras are equipped with an SD card that can be inserted into a computer for analysis. Others are able to transmit data to fleet management software that managers can leverage in real time.

They Improve Driver Accountability

Even though employee trust is an important part of any business, having a little extra protection can go a long way especially when it comes to expensive vehicles. Front and rear dash cams can help ensure all drivers are following company policy. When drivers are aware of dash cameras, they are more likely to drive defensively, pay attention, and stick to protocol.

Fleet managers can’t enforce company driving policies when they’re not present in the vehicle. Dash cameras can be relied on to monitor employee behavior and enforce speed restrictions or no-phone policies. Better driver behavior means fewer costly accidents and better safety records. Fleet managers can also use driving footage to reward employees for safe driving, which can help instill good habits and driving practices across the fleet.

Improved driver safety, fleet efficiency, and accident evidence are three ways your business can save thousands of dollars each year through the use of front and rear dash cameras. While there may initially be driver resistance, this technology will soon become standard for the commercial vehicle industry.

Why Fleet Managers Should Continue Evolving

Reduced Fleet Cost with Video

Experts trace the beginning of the digital revolution all the way back to the 1950s, but it wasn’t until recently that technology became so disruptive. In the years following the financial crisis of 2008, industries across the world saw exponential growth — so much so that the ability to adapt to innovations in tech became one of the key factors for success. Some companies famously took advantage of technology to become giants in their industries, while some famously flopped, and even more have been steadfast in attempting to stay afloat without adapting, confident that their brands can survive on old business models.

Regardless of how disruptive technology may be, there is no denying that it plays a vital role in keeping a company or an industry afloat and thriving. A post on Medium reiterates how technology helps companies gain a competitive edge and provide better products and services through reduced costs, reduced time, and efficient processes. More often than not, distinctions are even given to institutions or companies that have been able to exemplify great adaptability to and utility of technological innovations. For instance, in the field of education, Maryville University notes that Apple has distinguished schools for their technological leadership, branding them as among the most innovative schools in the world. Across industries in the US, any manufacturer, designer, engineer, or promoter who has shown exemplary innovation in delivering products is given recognition through the Consumer Technology Association CES Innovation Awards. Brands who are recognized by the CES Innovation Awards often report a considerable increase in profits, as the award often increases visibility and is seen as a symbol of trustworthiness.

Despite the established benefits of keeping up with—or maybe even innovating—technology, the very act of doing so can still be a challenge to many, especially smaller brands. Green Fleet reported that 38 percent of managers still find it hard to stay updated with the latest developments in the fleet sector. Even though the industry is being changed by technology, as seen in the emergence of driverless vehicles as well as data and smart infrastructure, fleet managers are still having a hard time leveraging technology to stay competitive and promote efficiency. Nonetheless, as technology shows no sign of stopping anytime soon, fleet managers need to evolve and adapt. Here are some more reasons why:

Encourage road safety

Accidents are inevitable, especially when one’s safety on the road doesn’t solely rely on the way an individual drives, but also on the other drivers around them. Fleet managers can encourage safety through the use of GPS tracking that locates road hazards and car crashes, and applications that update drivers through text-to-speech features. Through innovations such as our Live Streaming Fleet Camera System, fleet managers will also be able to see their drivers in real-time. Among the many ‘Benefits of Fleet Cameras’, the most important is that camera systems can help manage risks by allowing fleet managers to monitor driver behaviors that could lead to accidents, as well as tailor training programs that will address these. Improved safety can help prevent accidents, which, in turn, can help reduce insurance claim costs and expenses.

Greater coordination and communication

It’s a well-known fact that technology has completely changed the way people communicate. However, it is even more crucial for fleet managers to have access to technologies that allow for easier communication, given that the people they handle are all in different locations at the same time. Through technology, fleet managers can keep in touch with drivers and better coordinate them, no matter how big the fleet may be. Ease in communication, for those in the fleet industry, also translates to better services as it enables them to answer to schedule changes immediately and adopt last-minute changes.

To save money and time

Operation costs take up most of a company’s income, especially for small businesses. Entrepreneur noted that for small fleet management businesses, when expenses increase, investments towards new technologies and systems that are instrumental for the business’ survival decrease. Luckily digitalization can help in achieving objectives despite limited resources. By embracing and understanding technology, fleet managers can employ and make use of applications that will cut costs and save time. For instance, fleet managers can use applications that locate traffic and suggest faster routes, as well as those that track working hours and delivery accomplishments.

By: Aria Victoria

Tips For Commercial Drivers When Being Pulled Over

Tips For Commercial Drivers When Being Pulled Over

Life-Saving Tips Commercial Drivers Need To Know When Pulled Over For Speeding

There are 9,717 people killed due to speeding on the road in the United States. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), speeding accounted for 26 percent of all recorded traffic fatalities last year. Aside from possible lost lives and severe accidents, speeding and other traffic violations like distracted driving can have an adverse effect for a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) owners. These violations can have your CDL revoked if you are a repeat offender. Here are several pointers that you need to know in case you get pulled up for speeding or other traffic violations.   

What You Need To Know About The CDL Speeding Ticket Rules

There are different speeding laws across all the states in the US. That is why it is highly recommended for truck or other professional car drivers to seek legal help if they happen to face speeding violations. In fact, there are several states where you can get more points for speeding violations like Delaware, Colorado and New Mexico. Reaching out to a legal counsel would be a good idea to help you with your case. They are the ones who know how to immediately handle the speeding ticket and any possible traffic violation without having the CDL removed. This will allow CDL holders to continue driving their trucks and other vehicles without the risk of confiscation.

What To Do If You Get Pulled Over?

If you are already caught speeding by a police officer, you must always remember to watch your tone to avoid sounding arrogant. It may be tempting to argue with the officer, but it will only make matters worse. You must also avoid telling lies and remain calm while talking with the officer. You must always keep your hands where the police officer can clearly see them. This will prevent any situation where the officer will get suspicious if you make a sudden movement. More importantly, you must always show your respect to the officer who pulled you over.  

What Will Happen To Your CDL If You Have A Speeding Violation? 

In most states like Florida, you will not be allowed to lessen your penalty points or reduce speeding fines by using the driving school option. So if you already incurred a ticket and it turned into points, you have no other choice but to accept the penalties. If you already received multiple speeding tickets, your CDL will possibly get suspended. And aside from going through all the hassles of going to the traffic courts to deal with your speeding penalties, it will also leave a negative mark on your employment record. If your CDL will get suspended, most trucking companies and other employers with commercial vehicle businesses will most likely disprove your application for their job posting.  Getting caught with speeding violations can be detrimental to your work as a commercial driver. That is why you must always make sure that you are complying with the laws of each state that are included in your route. This will help you avoid any possible complications and allow you to keep your CDL to continue with your work. 

Credits: Jennifer Dawson

New York Bronx Train Derailment

Many who watch the news are aware of the story that has kept headlines for this past week, the Bronx train derailment. For those of you who haven’t really heard much about it here’s a general over view:

At a little past 7 am a 7 passenger Metro-North train was traveling south into the Bronx when the last curve before the station approached. The curve was a very sharp turn yielding about 30 mph for traveling trains. This Metro-North train was found to be traveling OVER 80 mph through the curve, while the conductor was “asleep.” It was later found that he did not even awake till they were already through the curve, which half way through, the conductor “dumped the brakes” meaning he locked up every brake on all 7 carts. The train of course, derailed and toppled over killing 4 and injuring 63 of the 150 passengers on the train that morning.

  After reading many articles and seeing the news replay the same thing I can only wonder with our high tech world we live in, a few questions were still left unanswered. How didn’t anyone, at the train control center, know how fast this train was going? Then that led to, “Do trains not have SOME sort of GPS and/or Camera system installed to notify control centers of their speeds, location or what their conductors are doing while ‘driving’?” The answer I was shocked to find out was ‘No.’ It blew my mind! How can a train circuit so big and widely used, not know where their trains are and not know AT LEAST how fast they are going. Later after more reading I found out that this wasn’t the first accident this year, earlier another train almost derailed after coming within crashing into another train. I also inquired that they had an opportunity to install sure GPS units to help manage the trains and their whereabouts but declined the offer, but now they want to install them, but they wouldn’t be able to have them till 2018! My question is “WHY WAIT?!” How many more lives need to be lost or how many more “close calls” need to happen before they make a decision to act NOW?


The Big Brother Myth SOLVED!

Do your employees cringe at the idea of a GPS tracking device and In-Vehicle Cameras in their vehicle? The resistance to “big brother” can be a struggle for employers to overcome and employees may complain about being “spied on” or “a loss of trust.” Some drivers may even threaten to quit if a fleet tracking device or camera is put in the vehicle, but if they’re not doing anything wrong, why would they be so upset? Even though drivers are some of the harshest critics of GPS vehicle tracking technology, they actually have a lot to gain.

Increased Driver Safety


Whether they choose to believe it or not, drivers who speed put themselves at a higher risk for accidents. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says speeding is a factor in one-third of all motor vehicle
accidents. With Safety Track’s Speed Alerts and Camera DVR system, you’ll be able to see what’s going on inside and out of the vehicle, while also seeing speed alerts, idle time and much more. By eliminating the temptation to speed, your drivers will be far safer, while receiving less traffic tickets. You can even use the automated reports and video to argue inaccurate speeding fines and accidents.

Fight Wrongful Accident Liability

Even when your drivers are cautious and safe, accidents can still happen; we’re all human. If your employee gets into a wreck, the police may get an earful of the “he-said-she-said” game.  Individuals may want to sue your business, hoping to get some extra cash for “pain and suffering.” With an In-Vehicle Camera system, along with a fleet tracking solution, you’ll have concrete records and VIDEO what is happening in and around your vehicle, along with your driver’s speed, location, direction of travel and more. It can turn a knock-down-drag-out lawyer fight into an open-and-shut case, saving you TIME and MONEY. You’ll keep the points off your driver’s license and the lawyer’s fees off your books.

Driver Incentive Programs

Even with the data and video on their side, drivers may still resist a GPS Fleet Tracking System. However, a simple incentive program can change the minds of even the most stubborn employee to get on board. After installing Safety Track’s system, you’ll notice a decrease in fuel cost, insurance claims, and also repair costs, almost immediately. Taking a portion of that savings and offering it to your safest and most fuel-conscious employees as a gift card, free time off or cash bonus, can show your drivers that fleet tracking devices can work for them. With our Fleet Metrics dashboard application, you easily see who has the fewest Speed Alerts, lowest idle times and more. Print them off and post them in the office to create a friendly competition. You’ll soon have your drivers boasting about saving you money.

5 Tips on Winter Driving

Ice&Snow_logoAnyone who lives where it snows knows that winter driving it the worse type of driving there is! Bad weather accounts for roughly 1.5 million car accidents here in the U.S. per year. Out of those 1.5 million well over half if caused by winter and icy weather. Even with such high statistics, people still have an over bearing of confidence in themselves and their vehicles. Cockiness and a false sense of trust in their cars is one of the leading causes in winter accidents; just because the speed limit is 55mph does NOT mean that is the mandatory speed needed to be maintained during all conditions. To avoid being part of a winter statistic, here is some common winter driving mistakes that can easily be corrected to improve your snowy driving experience this season.

#5. 4WD & AWD DOES NOT mean you’re bullet proof.

The myth people have been saying for years is that if your vehicle is equipped with 4WD or has AWD you are excluded from cautious driving in the ice and snow, WRONG!  4WD only helps when stuck in high snow/ice in low speeds, but once on the road and past 15mph, every vehicle is the same. Another myth is that just because all four tires are receiving power, that you’ll have more traction and control. WRONG again! AWD & 4WD has no impact on handling once the car is driving. It doesn’t give “extra” traction for braking, or “extra” traction for steering.  The best thing to do for winter is allow enough travel time, DO NOT RUSH, and remember to have patience with others on the road.


#4. Be prepared for ANYTHING!

Winter is full of the unexpected, unexpected weather and unexpected road conditions and back-ups, so being prepared is a must! Before the weather gets too bad or you’re stuck in a rough situation, make sure you go over this simple check list to make sure you and your vehicle are prepared.

  • Check tire pressure and tread; consider snow tires if tread is bad
  • Check antifreeze and windshield fluid levels are filled
  • Check engine belts for wear-and-tear
  • Check battery; make sure you’re not cutting it close on the life of the battery
  • Check that both front and rear defrosts work properly
  • Make sure to have an ice scrapper in the vehicle
  • Keep a set of jumper cables in the trunk
  • Make sure to have a flash light (with extra batteries) on hand
  • Consider keeping a blanket/extra gloves/ winter boots in your vehicle


#3. Follow the leader…

With younger drivers on the road, or everyone being late for something, we live in a world where we are always rushing and moving to get to our next place in the fastest way possible. When the weather starts cooling down and the roads become slick, slow and steady always wins in the long run. Many don’t realize that your brakes have not changed because of the season, but your braking HABITS should; that also goes for tailgating as well. Allow at least enough space between you and the car in front of you to make safe braking and steering adjustments if necessary. When leaving your house, test steering and braking down a local road at a safe speed to get a “feel” for how your vehicle reacts to the road conditions.


#2. Slamming on the brakes

Icy roads and snowy streets can make anyone want to be a hermit during the winter season, but just because the roads might look bad, doesn’t mean it has to end in disaster.  It’s easy to panic when you feel your vehicle spill on a patch of ice but the right braking techniques can help any situation. Instead of panicking, stay calm and hold the wheel firmly, ease off the gas and let the car slow down. DO NOT OVER CORRECT the wheel, that will just lead to more trouble. Hard force on the brakes removes all traction from the tires, in turn taking away your control of the vehicle. Another concern most people will encounter during the winter is sliding while turning, where most accidents occur. With a few helpful hints you can turn with ease. When turning in snow always remember:

  • When approaching the corner, start to slow down (brake)
  • Once you start to turn the wheel, let the momentum of your vehicle take you through the corner.
  • Once three quarters of the way through the turn, start to accelerate.


#1. Under estimating Mother Nature’s power

Many people believe, no matter what season it is, that speed limits are the minimum of what all people on the road should be driving. During winter, the highway doesn’t always mean travel at least 70mph. Speed limit signs are just suggested max speed for optimal driving conditions. You should drive at a comfortable and safe speed that allows enough distance for stopping. It usually takes anywhere from 4-10 times longer to stop in snow and ice then it would on normal pavement. Also remember that even if there isn’t snow on the roads, the freezing temperatures can cause ice patches, black ice, to form on the roads, so always be cautious and aware while driving this season. Winter is the season for patience and safe driving habits.

Top 10 Winter DOs and DON”Ts

snowman_ransomWinter is rapidly approaching us, you might have even felt Jack Frost nipping at your nose already. During the winter season, car accidents increase dramatically with people not taking small precautionary steps before they hit the road. Whether you and your family are driving down the road or across the state this season, make sure to keep in mind these simple and easy tips and tricks to make your holiday season safe and enjoyable for everybody. With how bad winters can get for all of us, here are some DOs and DON’Ts on how to be prepared for this winters unexpected weather, while also making it a safer driving season.

10. DO allow a few minutes to brush and scrape your vehicle. Clearing windows is crucial for visibility. Removing snow or ice from the top of your car will spare cars behind you from encountering an unexpected snow assault, impairing visibility or even cracking a windshield.

DON’T forget to clean snow and ice off your headlights and taillights as well.

9. DO use winterized windshield wiper fluid to make sure your wiper sprayer doesn’t freeze over or crack, preventing you from washing away dirt and salt.

DON’T try to melt ice from your windshield by pouring hot water on it. Using hot water can crack the windshield.

8. DO wash your car regularly to remove salt and dirt from the roadways.

DON’T let road grime prematurely age the body of your vehicle by neglecting to bathe it.

7. DO maintain at least half a tank of gas to prevent fuel line freeze up.

DON’T forget to check that all fluids are at proper levels and ensure all tires, including the spare, have the required pressure and tread.

6. DO prepare your car for an emergency. Essential items to keep in the trunk are a blanket to stay warm, proper attire (boots, jacket, hat and gloves) in case you have to be outside for an extended period of time, a shovel, winter-driving-guide-photo-247797-s-429x262flashlight with fresh batteries and snacks. Keep your cell phone charged to call help if necessary.

DON’T forget the kitty litter or sand, which can be used to provide added traction if your car becomes stuck in the snow.

5. DO remain aware of what’s around you on the road, including checking your blind spots and keeping an eye out for pedestrians or lost reindeer from Santa’s sleigh.

DON’T follow too closely. The general rule is the vehicle ahead should pass a road marker two seconds before you. In slippery conditions, it is recommended to double the amount of space between you and the vehicle in front.

4. DO apply even pressure when braking in slick conditions if your vehicle is equipped with anti-lock brakes. Keep in mind anti-lock brakes do not shorten stopping distance, but they do help you maintain control.

DON’T become overconfident in snowy and slippery road conditions. Always test road conditions with cautious driving when the surface area is wet or icy, particularly on bridges and overpasses.

3. DO turn the steering wheel in the direction of the slide when driving on snowy or icy roads until you gain control.

DON’T apply power or change directions suddenly on snow or ice.

2. DO stay calm if you find yourself stuck in the snow or broken down on the side of the road in adverse conditions.

DON’T leave your car unless available shelter is close by. If you need to run the engine to stay warm, make sure the exhaust pipe isn’t clogged with snow so the interior stays clear of harmful carbon monoxide.

1. DO make sure you are awake and alert behind the wheel. If necessary, take a break and grab a coffee.

DON’T lose track of how many eggnog’s you consumed at the holiday party. The most important holiday safe driving tip of all is to refrain from drinking and driving under all circumstances. If you think you will drink, arrange for alternate transportation ahead of time.

All Treats and No Tricks This Halloween Season

tricksKids always think they’re older and more responsible than they really are. This Halloween season every parent wants to give their child the “responsibility” they want, with the feeling of comfort YOU deserve. Children always think they can “handle things” on their own or make their own decisions; this Halloween let them think they are being adults and going out with their friends by themselves, but you’ll have a trick up your sleeve. Before your little one leaves the house, give them a new, cool “necklace” which can put your mind at ease. The “necklace” is actually in fact a Personal Tracking Unit, or S-911, designed with a lanyard look. The unit is no bigger than those orange peanut butter crackers you always ate as a kid growing up. With a light weight design and easy the use functions, keeping up with your young one will be a breeze.

Functions include:

  • Real Time Alerts- what’s happening right then and now, which can be received through text, email and on the web dashboard.
  • Real Time Locating- pin points exact locations within feet; no more guessing about where your loved one is at.
  • Geo-Fencing- set up a perimeter, or “safe zone” that your child can travel, once they cross the boundary, alerts are sent to your device.
  • G-Shock- alerts your if/when a fall or impact as occurred and alerts your device of where and when the incident occurred.
  • 2-Way Communication- as simple as calling a phone. Call your units personal number and talk live with your loved one. Responding is as easy as pushing a button and talking.


The personal unit tracking is a solution for younger teens and even for grandparents. It’s small, light weight, and very easy to use. With all the functions and capabilities, they get the “responsibility” they want with the peace of mind you need.

Safety Track UCIT Live Streaming Camera

3g camera.jpgNow available, the First 4G Live Video Streaming Camera System. This Live Streaming Video Camera System is the perfect device to improve the Fleet Safety of any size fleet. With up to 4 cameras, you can see inside, or outside your vehicles. It gives fleet managers the opportunity to see what is happening, real time. The UCIT DVR system allows you to view your vehicles at the push of the button. It stores the data onto multiple Compact Flash cards to view at a later time. The GPS Fleet Tracking feature uses Google Maps to show you where the vehicles are located.  This system can also be used as a backup camera system, just add one of our in cab monitor’s and the driver now can see his blind spots. For a “Few Dollars’ more a month than you are paying now for just ” Fleet Tracking”, you can have fleet tracking with Live Video. A Cost effective solution to your Fleet Safety Needs.


  • Four Camera Capabilities to allow four viewing angles.
  • 4G Live Video Streaming Camera System 
  • Built in GPS via Google Earth
  • Vehicle Route Tracker
  • G-Force Sensors
  • High Video Resolution
  • Nightvision Capabilities

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Camera Options:

170 Degree Viewing Camera


Night Vision and Water Proof Camera


130 Degree Night Vision Water Proof Camera


Top 10 Driving Distraction Know-How’s

Distracted DrivingIn this day and age we are always in a rush; going, moving, doing, something always needs to be done. There just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in a day to accomplish everything we need. We even start to turn our vehicles into office space, social hub and a food table. With so many distractions out there in the fast pace technological world we live in, it’s a surprise we get to our destination in one piece. Anything can become a distraction for us, like bugs drawn to a bug-zapper; they can range from the tan, ripped guy running down the street, to the blinking lights on a new party store. While realistically we can’t eliminate driving distractions 100%, there are a few easy things you can do to take those negative habits and turn them into positive ones.

#10: Under the Influence: And not just Alcohol.   

While we are all aware of the affects of drinking and driving, that’s not the only substance that can impair driving abilities. Many people have prescription medications or pain killers they take, which can leave them feeling drained, groggy or even sleep deprived. This clouding of judgment and mental stability is safe for not only them but drivers around them.

Solution: Ask your doctor about side effects and don’t drive until you know how your body reacts to the medication.

#9: Keeping Track of Man’s Best Friend.

Dogs LOVE car rides and feeling the wind on their face, there’s nothing like it. But many dogs don’t just sit in one seat for the car ride. They want to see everything and are constantly bouncing around from the front to the back. Sometimes you might have papers in a seat or an open drink that could potentially spill. Occupying your attention on them leaves you and others on the road vulnerable and at risk.

Solution: Dog carriers or even harness devices to help limit your pets’ mobility in the car.

#8: Playing Referee with the Kids.

Everyone thinks that their child is an angel sent from above, but what happens when your “angel” turns into a screaming monster? First reaction is to see why their crying and comfort them. Those seconds your eyes come off the road can be the difference of an accident and safety.

Solution: Try and talk your little one down. If that doesn’t work, pull over.

#7: Make- Up and Multi-tasking.

Women are no stranger to leaving the house and trying to finish putting on their eye liner or even mascara while driving. Men are also the blame, brushing and fixing their hair in the rear view mirror or even shaving! Some people find driving boring and like to enjoy a good book or newspaper article.

Solution: It can wait, or wake up earlier to accomplish needed tasks.

#6: Search and Rescue Missions.

Everyone has had those times when things slip out of your hand, or take a corner too tightly and things slide off seats, dashboards and center counsels. CD’s, phones, papers, food etc have found their way to the floor and it’s something you need, it’s almost in your reach. As you start to reach the wheel comes with you but is caught in time; Close Call!

Solution: Car organizers for CD’s, iPod and cell phone holders, along with binders are readily available.

#5: Radios, iPods, and Other Electronics.

With today’s advancing technology, electronics are being coming more alive. You can now do almost anything with iPod’s and radios. With such an amazing technology out there and at our finger tips it’s hard to NOT be distracted even walking down the street, let alone driving.

Solution: For iPod’s, make a driving play list so you can listen to your favorite songs hands free. With a high-tech radio, preset your stations or even have the blue-tooth hands-free radio.

#4: “Taking a Deep Breath.”

Road rage is something that sneaks up on a lot of us while driving. We find ourselves yelling at lights, cars and people; someone cuts you off or just is driving 15 under the speed limit. Your first reaction maybe to speed up and give them more than just a piece of your mind, not thinking of the danger you are not only putting yourself in but also the others around you.

Solution: Turn the negative into a positive. Stop, Take a deep breath, and if you can’t handle the rage, pull over to avoid escalating a potentially dangerous situation.

#3: “Yes I’ll have fries with that meal…”

Cars are more than just a transporter. With every place now having the comfort of drive thru’s, the car is now not only a mobile transportation, but also a dinner table. Fast pace atmospheres drive us to be always on the go and always moving, forcing us to eat between the limited time we have in between activities. Spilling your hot morning coffee causing you panic and not have full control of the vehicle is just one example of the many situations that could happen.

Solution: Make time for meals, or even pack snacks for in between trips to help curve hunger.

#2: Limit Phone Calls.

How many times have we passes a car going too slow and the drivers on the phone, too many to count! Cars are the “other office space” on wheels. They host family meetings, conference calls and any other business needed to be dealt with between trips to the grocery store. Dealing with work matters or maybe talking to a relative can take away your total mental focus off the road and on to the conversation at hand.

Solution: Blue-tooth head-sets are widely available and can be paired with any phone these days. They prove the conversation you WANT with the hands-free focus driving NEEDS.

#1: Texting and Social Media.

With the increasing social media movement being forced on the younger generations, anywhere is now considered a social hub. The car, their rooms, even the bathroom can provide a back drop to Instagram pictures, Vine videos, and Facebook updates. Being on all these sites, it seems more and more teens and younger adults are updating their lives on the road. “Becky Smith posted- ‘This traffic on I-94 is CRAZY!!’” is almost too common on the web these days.

Solution: Talk to your kids about the dangers of not having full attention on the road, and also display good driving habits while they are in the car. Also, it can wait; people don’t need to see you driving to know what you look like or if you are having a good hair day.