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8 Tips For Safe Holiday Bus Travel in Michigan

by Thomas Stroble | November 21st, 2012

Planning on traveling by bus in Michigan this holiday season?

Take a few simple precautions to make sure your trip is safe and enjoyable.

Following is from the Michigan Department of Transportation:

If you intend to book your next vacation via bus, you may want to use the iPhone app created by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The website also provides in-depth information for bus riders regarding the company’s safety records.

SaferBus is a helpful tool because it allows consumers to have access to commercial safety records. Almost 6,000 different carriers are represented, from school buses to private … Read More

Posted In: Automobile Safety, Car Accidents, Personal Injury

Roadside Repair Leads to Bloomfield Tragedy

by Thomas Stroble | November 20th, 2012

When cars break down, there is an increased risk of injuries and fatalities on the road. Bloomfield Township provides an unfortunate example involving a man who got killed on November 10 as he was attempting to make repairs to his car.

According to WXYZ-TV Action News 7:

The incident completely blocked off sections of Telegraph Road near Orchard Lake Road for a few hours. Based on police reports, a 2011 Ford pickup truck crashed into a 1992 Toyota Camry that was stalled in the leftmost lane of the road.

During the accident, the owner of the Toyota was laying … Read More

Posted In: Automobile Safety, Car Accidents, Truck Accidents

Counterfeit Air Bags In Michigan Cars

by Thomas Stroble | November 8th, 2012

Michigan auto owners who have their cars repaired after a wreck should make sure only certified, original air bags are installed as replacement parts.

Some body shops are using counterfeit – and dangerous – air bags instead of the real thing.

The problem has become so widespread the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a consumer safety advisory on the subject.

The counterfeit air bags look nearly identical to certified, original equipment parts—including bearing the insignia and branding of major automakers. But NHTSA testing shows malfunction risks ranging from non-deployment of the air bag to expulsion of metal … Read More

Posted In: Automobile Safety, Car Accidents

6 Ways Teen Drivers Are High Risk

by Thomas Stroble | November 6th, 2012

Who is it safer to get in a car with: a 16-year-old or a 76-year-old?

Hint: It’s not Grandpa or Grandma.

Nearly one in five of all passenger traffic deaths occurs when a teenager is behind the wheel. Older drivers — up to their mid-80s – have half the crash rate per mile than teenage drivers.

Talk about a generation gap!

Following are some other youth-versus-seniority driving statistics from the American Automobile Association:

  • Vehicle wrecks are the top cause of death among teenagers.
  • Teenage motorists experience distraction at a higher rate than older operators.
  • Vehicles with bigger engines and
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Teen Safety Week Focuses on Young Michigan Drivers

by Thomas Stroble | October 25th, 2012

National Teen Driver Safety Week began October 14, but parents in Michigan can play a key role in keeping young drivers safe all year long.

During the week of October 14-21, young people across the state attended lectures, watched films and participated in programs aimed at promoting safety behind the wheel. It was all a part of National Teen Driver Safety Week, sponsored by the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration.

But parental education of teen drivers should take place every day.

“The influence of parents on the development of a teen driver cannot be underestimated,” said Michael L. Prince, … Read More

Posted In: Automobile Safety, Car Accidents
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