Monday, January 6, 2014

Worst Drivers of 2013 Video Compilation

As we begin the new year it is best to review the mistakes we made in the past year so as not to stumble over the same stone twice. Below is a video compilation on the "Bad Drivers of 2013"; watch it, laugh at it, make sure not to make the same horrible blunders!

Monday, December 30, 2013

Drive Safely This New Years

The 2014 New Year soon approaches and with it come the reckless drivers. Heed the following suggestions so that you may safely enjoy the week.

  1. Drive in a way that suits your ability and the traffic conditions. It doesn't impress anybody if you drive fast in the wrong places and you could end up in a lot of trouble.
  2. Have plenty of sleep, especially before making a big journey and take plenty of rest breaks to restore your alertness. 
  3. Listen to the radio for traffic reports and make sure you've enough fuel.
  4. Messing with the radio or CD player when your driving can be distracting, so can playing your sound system so loud that you can't hear the sirens of an emergency vehicle.
  5. Maintain control as the Driver. If you have passengers don't succumb to peer pressure. If they are creating conflict, throw them out!
  6. Keep your eyes moving and checking all sides of the vehicle.
  7. Don't leave valuables in your car where they can be seen because this invites a break in.
  8. Keep space from aggressive drivers.
  9. Be seen. Whenever you need to turn your windshield wipers on switch your lights as well.
  10. If you're driving on a slippery or loose surface use the foot controls very gently.
  11. Taking drugs and driving, like drinking alcohol before driving is a definite NO!
  12. If your vehicle breaks down, don't panic. There are far more friendly people on the roads than those who would wish to harm you.
    • If you can, pull up where there are houses, street lighting and a telephone.
    • If you are somewhere remote you are at less risk if you stay inside your car. Use your mobile phone. If you have to walk take your personal attack alarm with you.
    • If a stranger does offers assistance, note their car number, keep your doors locked, speak to them through a closed window and send them to get help. 

Monday, November 25, 2013

Safe Travel During Thanksgiving

Comedy Driving would like to encourage Texas drivers to practice safe driving habits during this upcoming holiday weekend.

Do your part and drive responsibly during the Thanksgiving weekend. Holiday commute can be very dangerous as the streets are overcrowded with people traveling. Also, take extra precautions during the Black Friday shopping craze.

During the Thanksgiving weekend in 2012, troopers arrested 386 individuals for driving while intoxicated, issued more than 7,500 speeding citations, 875 citations for no insurance and more than 770 seat belt/child safety seat citations.

Troopers will be patrolling Texas roadways throughout the holiday weekend to promote safety and identify dangerous drivers.

Please take heed of the following advice: Don't drink and drive. Wear your seatbelt. Don't speed. Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained. Don't text and drive!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

It Can Wait - Take the Pledge

Drivers are called to join the "It Can Wait" movement today (Sept. 19) to end the dangerous habit of texting while driving.
Mayor Annise Parker today kicked off Mayors United Against Texting While Driving, a social media campaign challenging all Texans to take the pledge to not text and drive. In partnership with AT&T, Mayor Parker and the City of Houston launched the nation’s first citywide It Can Wait campaign last April. Mayors United Against Texting While Driving will expand what Houston started all across Texas.

The Mayors United Against Texting While Driving campaign will run in Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio and El Paso September 19 through September 30, with each city vying to get as many citizens as they can pledging to never text while driving. Each city will have its own city-specific texting code. Houston residents can take the pledge by texting “ItcanwaitHou” to 464329.

 AT&T’s campaign seeks to:
  • Educate people about the dangers of texting while driving.
  • Urge drivers to take the pledge and join the movement
  • Encourage people to visit the website to stay informed and help spread the word via social media that when it comes to texting and driving – #ItCanWait
AT&T developed the "Texting and Driving: It Can Wait" simulator to show firsthand the dangers of texting behind the wheel – in a safe way! 

"Texting while driving – especially among teens – has turned into a serious issue that has claimed lives across the nation," said Mayor Parker. "We can't stand by and let this fatal practice claim another life. This is why we have stood at the forefront of this movement and are joining forces with mayors across Texas to raise awareness about the dangers of texting while driving. I encourage every Texan to take the pledge to never text and drive.”

Mayors United Against Texting While Driving is being launched in association with the It Can Wait movement’s September 19 Drive 4 Pledges Day. Aspiring to create a social stigma around this fatal habit of texting while driving, Drive 4 Pledges Day focuses on getting individuals to take the pledge to never text and drive, while encouraging others in their community to do the same.

Monday, September 9, 2013

I Killed A Man, A Drunk Drivers Confession

A 22-year-old driver who confessed in an online video that his drunken driving killed a man now faces a homicide charge.
A grand jury in Franklin County, Ohio, indicted Matthew Cordle on Monday on charges of aggravated vehicular homicide and operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, more than two months after the deadly wrong-way collision.
Watch his Youtube confession below:

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Text A Driver Who Crashes and You Can Be Held Liable...

By now, everyone should know that texting while driving is a horribly stupid thing to do. But what if you send a text to a person who happens to be driving, and that person crashes? Could you be held liable in court? A New Jersey appellate court just said yes.

CNN reported on a surprising case out of the Garden State where appeals court judges ruled that if someone sends a text message to a person they know is driving at the time, and that driver crashes, then "a court may hold the sender responsible for distraction and hold him or her liable for the accident."

Here's the backstory: Kyle Best was driving his truck down a rural highway in 2009 while he was exchanging text messages with his girlfriend Shannon Colonna. Due to his distraction, Best crashed into a couple on a motorcycle. They survived, but lost their legs, and not only filed a lawsuit against Best but also Colonna for sending the texts. 

The couple settled with Best and lost the suit against Colonna, CNN reports. But then they appealed that decision.

While the judges let Colonna off the hook because she was unaware Best was driving, they did set the precedent about people being potentially liable if they text drivers who crash — as long as they knew that person was driving.

It will be very interesting to see if this potential precedent is used in other cases. In the meantime, if you know someone is driving, you might want to wait on sending that text.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Driving is the Reason You Are Fat!

Taking the car to work may be convenient, but it might not be good for you. A new study of about 20,000 commuters in the U.K. finds that people who walk or cycle to work are less likely to suffer from diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and other problems compared to those who drive.

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Researchers from Imperial College London and University College London used data from a large household survey to study the relationship between commuting choices and health outcomes. Walkers were 40% less likely to have diabetes compared to drivers, and 17% less likely to have high blood pressure. Cyclists were even healthier: They were half as likely as drivers to have diabetes.

"This study highlights that building physical activity into the daily routine by walking, cycling or using public transport to get to work is good for personal health," Anthony Laverty, a researcher at Imperial College London, said in a press release. The researchers included public transit in their definition of "active commuting," as it often involves walking to and from a train station or bus stop.The research, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, found that 19% of people taking cars, motorbikes, or taxis to work were obese, compared to 15% of those who walked, and 13% of those who cycled.

The study concludes that "more vigorous forms of active travel may confer greater benefits than public transport," and that "increasing active travel should be prioritized within national and local prevention strategies for obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease."

Ultimately, the study is just another addition to the argument for factoring public health into transportation and urban planning decisions.  When people walk and cycle--whether to work or the store--they're likely to be healthier.