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How close are we to the first snow in Fairbanks?

It's still August. The kids are just heading back to school. It's not even technically the beginning of fall yet.

That can make it hard to think about the first snow and the driving hazards it presents, but it's a reality in Fairbanks. The city can get heavy snow as early as September. Are you ready to drive in those conditions?

Are lifted trucks more dangerous?

You see lifted trucks all over Alaska, and you know that they tend to perform well on dirt roads, in the snow and even in off-road situations. This is a wild state where you can't always count on pavement being available. It does seem like having a lifted vehicle with oversized tires makes some sense.

Even so, you find yourself wondering if these modified trucks are safe. They were not manufactured that way for a reason. Are you at risk driving one -- or simply driving near one?

Safety tips for a family vacation in a motorhome

It's time for a family vacation, so you pack up the motor home with everything you are going to need, planning to leave in the morning. It's going to be a long road trip, driving all over the state, and you have your destinations mapped out.

Then you start thinking about safety. You're putting your entire family on the road. Are you prepared to make that a safe trip, considering the high accident fatality totals the United States sees every year? Here are a few tips that can help:

  • Make sure you get plenty of sleep. On long trips, drowsy driving is a real hazard. It's especially dangerous in a vehicle you may not be that familiar with in the first place. You need to be rested, alert and ready to go.
  • Follow all safety laws about proper restraints, proper seating for kids based on their ages, and more.
  • Make sure you have jumper cables, food, water and other items in the vehicle in case of an accident or a breakdown.
  • Keep everything stored in a safe place. If you crash, items flying around in the vehicle can injure people. You have a lot of gear for your trip, so take the time to pack it properly.
  • Practice driving before you go out on the road. If you only drive a motor home once a year, get familiar with the way that it feels and responds so that you can drive confidentially and safely.

The most dangerous food item for drivers is also the most popular

When it comes to distraction in the car, it's clear from studies and accident reports that the risks increase when people decide to eat. It's simply a distraction that most people cannot afford. When you eat or drink -- not even counting alcohol -- you cannot watch the road, you cannot hold the steering wheel with both hands, and you have something to think about other than driving. All of that increases accident odds.

Wondering what the most dangerous food item really is? Some experts believe it is also one of the most common items you'll find in cars all over America: A cup of black coffee.

Don't underestimate a loss of companionship

When considering a wrongful death case, you may find yourself thinking about the financial costs like the ambulance ride, the care in the hospital and the funeral costs. You could be facing thousands of dollars in unexpected bills.

However, that may not be the end of the line in terms of compensation. Think about the other ways that your loved one's death has impacted your life. For instance, consider the loss of companionship if your spouse died in a car crash or a workplace accident.

Most wrong-way accidents happen at lower speeds

When you think of wrong-way driving accidents, or WWD crashes, you probably think of accidents on the interstate, which are likely to happen at 70 miles per hour or more. These crashes do happen and they're often deadly, so they tend to make it into the news.

However, when researchers studied how WWD accidents took place, what they found was that most actually happened at lower speeds. Only a mere 7% occurred between 61 and 70 miles per hour.

Sterling Highway accident kills 1, injures others

An accident on Alaska's Sterling Highway has taken one life and left others with notable injuries. According to the Alaska State troopers who responded to the scene, five people were injured in the wreck, which was a head-on crash.

Reports regarding the accident came out on Monday, July 8. It happened near mile marker 142. One vehicle was a pickup truck and the other was a Subaru.

How to talk to your injured child

When your child gets hurt and you're the first one on the scene, you need to know how to talk to them. This is true for minor and major injuries, everything from a scraped knee to broken bones. Getting them to calm down can help them mentally and physically at this time, and they need you to know what to do.

First of all, remember that just telling them that they shouldn't worry or be afraid likely will not work. One psychology professor pointed out that it never has. Instead, you need to show the child that you're there for them and you can help, and this will make them feel less afraid.

Here's how your brain works when you multitask

The reason that texting while driving is so dangerous is that human beings cannot actually multitask. They can do one thing at a time. Studies have found that deliberately focusing on single tasks is always what gives you the best results. That's why you're the safest driver you can be when you focus on driving.

The issue, within your brain, starts with the prefrontal cortex. The best results happen when the right and left side work together, as they do on a single task.

Why do people drive without insurance?

You get into a car accident. As you get out to try to get the insurance information from the other driver, they attempt to leave the scene. After a few failed attempts, which only moves the car a hundred yards down the street, it's clear that it's too damaged to go any farther. The police arrive.

You're confused. Yes, they caused the accident, but why would they run? Then you find out that they were breaking the law and driving without car insurance.

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