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TRICOR Auto Safety Information

When operating a vehicle, driving is your first responsibility, to yourself, your passengers, and everyone else on the road. TRICOR encourages everyone to be attentive and use good safety practices while driving. You may download the TRICOR Auto Safety brochure. PDF

Basic Driver Safety Tips

Auto Safety
  • Always wear your seatbelt.
  • Always drive with your headlights on.
  • Adjust mirrors and seat for best visibility.
  • When stopping at a stop sign or stoplight look left, look right and look straight ahead. Then look left again before proceeding.
  • Drive defensively; expect other drivers to make mistakes. Be ready to react.
  • When traveling behind someone, there should be a 4 second space between your vehicles.
  • Don't talk on a cell phone. Collision chances increase by nearly 400%.
  • When being approached by an emergency vehicle, pull to the right shoulder of the road and STOP.
  • Carry in your vehicle, emergency contact information, personal information and any outstanding medical needs that you may have.
  • Leave early, plan to arrive 10 minutes before the appointed time. Speeding increases the chances of something happening.
  • Avoid the "No-Zone" with trucks or busses; they cannot see you from many areas.
  • In inclement weather, reduce speed. The brake should be applied slowly without making sudden moves, as with sudden moves it's much easier to lose control of your vehicle.
  • Remember, as speed increases or weight of vehicle increases, so does your braking distance.

2006 Child Booster Seat Law

Rear-facing child safety seat in the back seat is required when the child:

  • Is less than 1 year old or
  • Weighs less than 20 pounds

Forward-facing child safety seat in the backseat is required when the child:

  • Is at least 1 year old but less than 4 years old
  • Weighs at least 20 pounds but less than 40 pounds

Booster seat in the backseat is required when the child:

  • Is at least 4 years old but less than 8 years old
  • Weighs at least 40 pounds but less than 80 pounds
  • Is not 57 inches (4 feet, 9 inches) or taller

Safety belt is required when the child:

  • Is 8 years old or older
  • Weighs 80 or more pounds
  • Or is 57 inches (4 feet, 9 inches) or taller

Information Sources:
http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/safety/vehicle/child/laws.htm

Traffic Statistics

Auto Safety
  • 39 percent of fatal crashes involved alcohol.
  • Fatal crashes occurring from midnight to 3 a.m., 76 percent involved alcohol.
  • Midnight to 3 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays proved to be the deadliest 3-hour periods throughout 2004, with 1,174 and 1,277 fatal crashes, respectively.
  • Compared with other vehicle types, utility vehicles experienced the highest rollover rates: 36.2 percent in fatal crashes, 9.6 percent in injury crashes, and 2.4 percent in property-damage-only crashes.
  • More than half of fatal crashes occurred on roads with posted speed limits of 55 mph or more, while only 24% of property-damage-only crashes occurred on these roads.

Schedule regular maintenance

Listen

You drive your car every day, so you know how it's supposed to sound. If you notice a clunk when your car usually clinks, write it down and keep an ear out. If it continues, take your car in for service and tell your service advisor.

Look

White smoke billowing out of the tailpipe? Steam shooting out of the hood when you drive down the freeway? If you notice any visual oddities, don't assume your car is just having a "bad day." Cars don't have bad days -- they make you have a bad day!

Feel

When you step on the accelerator, does your car hesitate and gurgle when it should zoom? If so, write it down. When you hit the brakes, does the vehicle feel like it has glass tires? Keep a record, take your car in for service and tell the service advisor.

Write it Down

When something goes wrong, or is just different from the norm for your car, write it down. List the condition, date, location where you were driving, and any unusual environmental factors.

Change your Oil and Tires

The two most important service items are: oil and tires. Oil makes your car go, and your car rides on tires. So check your oil frequently and change it per recommended manufacturer specifications. To increase the life of your tires, get your tires rotated and inspected every 7000 miles.

Important Tire Tips

Proper tire inflation is key for even tire wear.

  • Tires are recommended to be inflated to a specified air pressure which is measured in pounds per square inch or PSI. This inflation is particular per tire and is listed on the outer side wall of the tire itself.
  • Tires should be rotated every 7000 miles.
  • Tires can change pressure due to changes in temperature.
  • In cold weather, tires can lose air from the cold.
  • In hot weather, the air in the tire can expand and over inflate.
  • Check your tire pressure every two weeks.
  • Proper tire maintenance will allow you to extend the life of your tires.

Head of a penny trick

  • If you insert a penny in the tread of the tire and the head of Lincoln is above the tread line, it is time to replace your tires.

Look for wear bar indicators on tire itself

  • New tires typically have a wear bar indicator are located between the tire tread. If the tread is down to the indicator it is time to replace your tires.

Look for uneven wear or damage to your tires every week

  • Uneven tire wear may be first indications of other problems with the car. They should be looked at by an automotive technician.
  • Sometimes road debris or defects in the tire can damage your tires. Inspecting your tires weekly alerts you to damage immediately.

The National Intersection Safety Problem

Intersection Safety Problem

In 2000, more than 2.8 million intersection-related crashes occurred, representing 44 percent of all reported crashes. About 8,500 fatalities (23 percent of the total fatalities) and almost one million injury crashes occurred at or within an intersection of which most are side impact related, meaning they were hit from an oncoming vehicle while turning into the intersection.

Ways to reduce risk while at an intersection

  • Look both ways at an intersection.
  • Take your time and make sure oncoming traffic is stopped. Don't assume its safe, make sure its safe.
  • Make eye contact with other car drivers in intersection before initiating travel through intersection.
  • Don't use your cell phone while at an intersection. While cell phones are allowed in Wisconsin, many states have outlawed unless used hands-free because they are a proven distraction to drivers.
  • Stop before the pedestrian crosswalk when pulling up to an intersection.
  • Look for pedestrians before crossing crosswalks.