Small Car Crash Test

Small Cars Downgraded To Poor In IIHS Crash Tests

In crash tests performed on small cars by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), 16 out of 32 cars received marginal or poor ratings. There just isn’t enough structure in the crumple zones to absorb the crash forces and protect the vehicle occupants. Read more: Range of ratings: Small car ratings run the gamut in challenging small overlap front test

Anti-lock brakes

Ask The Traffic School Instructor: Anti-lock Brakes

Question: What’s the difference between anti-lock brakes and regular brakes?

Answer: Anti-lock brakes or ABS is a braking system that helps in keeping control of your vehicle when the brakes are applied on slippery road surfaces. If you aren’t certain whether you have ABS or not, check your owner’s manual or consult the dealer. Continue Reading

Post-deployment driving

USAA Offers Post Deployment Driving Tips

It’s understandable; after a long deployment where it was necessary to scan for and rapidly avoid  IED’s or potential ambush points, it’s hard to turn off those critical life-saving skills after returning home where those dangers no longer exist. Driving back home poses a whole different set of dangers and transitioning from one driving environment to the other isn’t easy. Read more: Tips for Driving After Deployment

School buses

Ask The Traffic School Instructor: Passing School Buses

Question: I stopped for a school bus the other day but my wife said you don’t have to stop on multi-lane highways. Who’s right?

Answer: Well it depends on what type of multi-lane highway you’re on. In most states drivers in the opposite lane of a multi-lane “divided” highway with a raised barrier or wide grassy median between the lanes don’t have to stop for school buses stopped in the other direction. The raised barrier or wide grassy median are the key here. On multi-lane highways that don’t have a raised or grass median, traffic is required to stop in both directions. This image from the Florida Drivers Manual should help to make it a little clearer.

School bus passing zones

FHP targets aggressive drivers

Florida Highway Patrol Targeting Aggressive Drivers

The Florida Highway Patrol is on a mission. Through the end of July, the FHP is out to identify and ticket aggressive drivers on the road. Drivers who speed, tailgate, and lane weave could become targets. Read more: Florida Highway Patrol targets aggressive driving