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Security door broken? Your landlord should make repairs

You've been telling your landlord for several weeks that you believe the front entrance isn't locking like it's supposed to. When you enter the building, you're supposed to have to use a code. That code allows you in, and then the door shuts and locks behind you. At that point, you walk into the hallway, where you can move on to your specific home.

The trouble with poor security is that it opens all of you in the apartment complex to the risk of burglaries or robberies. You know that there is at least one person who moved here to get away from an abusive partner, too, and the last thing you'd want to see is for them to get hurt as a result of that broken security door.

Spring motorcycle safety tips

As warmer spring weather continues to move into the area, motorcyclists are looking forward to spending more time on the road. While this is one of the best times of the year to jump on your bike, don't do so until you take all the necessary safety precautions.

Here are some spring motorcycle safety tips to help guide you over the months to come:

  • Inspect your motorcycle and equipment: If your bike and/or equipment is not in tip-top shape, there's a greater chance it'll fail you. And if it does, it could result in an accident or injury.
  • Take a safe driving class: Even if you have many years of experience, spring is a great time to sign up for an in-person or online safety course. You never know when you'll pick up some information that can help you ride more safely.
  • Keep an eye on the sky: Temperatures may be on the rise, but strong wind and heavy rain is common during the spring season. If the weather isn't cooperating, it's best to get home as quickly as possible.
  • Watch for potholes: The roadways get beat up over the winter months, thus resulting in potholes, cracks and other similar concerns. Keep your eye out for these so you can adjust accordingly.

Driver-assist systems can lead to crashes

In North Carolina, many drivers tend to think of their driver-assist system as something that will do his or her job for him or her behind the wheel. However, thinking that a car is self-driving when it really is not is dangerous and leads to vehicular and pedestrian accidents. Accordingly, the IIHS has called for these systems to be designed in a way that requires the driver to be involved.

Many of these driver-assist systems are not designed to turn off if they sense that a driver is not paying attention. So as long as the driver keeps a hand on the wheel, these systems will continue to operate. They may even discourage driver involvement in maneuvers such as lane changes. As a result, drivers will end up overly relying on these systems and not pay an appropriate amount of attention while driving.

AAA survey: many Americans uneasy about autonomous cars

Self-diving cars are still decades away from becoming a reality, but it pays for automakers to know the public's anxieties about them. North Carolina residents should know that AAA conducted a survey in January 2020 asking respondents if they would feel safe riding in a self-driving car. Only 12% answered affirmatively.

It appears that there is a lack of tangible information regarding self-driving cars and that this is one cause behind the public's doubts. Fifty-seven percent of respondents said they want a clear understanding of who would be legally responsible in a crash when it involves a self-driving car. Just over half expressed interest in the laws that would go toward making these cars safe while 49% wondered if the cars can easily be hacked.

Study indicates car accident-daylight saving time link

In North Carolina and throughout the United States, the danger of an auto accident seems to lurk around every corner. Often, these are linked to recklessness, texting and driving, DUI and other preventable factors. There is another relatively understated danger that happens every spring: daylight saving time.

Although there are perceived benefits to daylight saving time, there are still risks. Because people lose an hour of sleep, there is a better chance for drowsy driving. Research indicates that there is a greater chance of a collision the first week of work after the clocks have sprung forward. The University of Colorado, Boulder conducted a study that found the number of fatal crashes rises by 6% during that time. This equals around 28 more fatalities annually.

New bill may open interstate travel to CDL holders under 21

Drivers in North Carolina can receive a commercial driver's license as young as 18 years old, but they cannot travel interstate until they are 21. It is a rule held nationwide except by Hawaii, but now a certain bill proposes to change this rule and allow interstate travel to all truckers. Known as the DRIVE-Safe Act, the bipartisan bill was introduced in February 2019 and became the subject of a Senate Commerce Transportation and Safety Subcommittee hearing.

During that hearing, held in February 2020, several panelists raised objections to the bill. One argument was that truckers aged 18 to 20 see a higher crash rate than other truckers and that letting them drive long routes in states that are new to them will put them in even greater danger. Others are calling on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to carefully analyze crash rates among these teenage truckers before any decision is carried out on the bill.

Why is drowsy driving such a big issue?

Drivers have to be prepared for the responsibility of operating a vehicle. When they are fatigued, they can make decisions that put themselves and others at risk. This is never acceptable, especially because drowsy driving is preventable.

There are many reasons why drowsy driving might occur, so it is imperative that anyone who is going to drive understands exactly what they need to do to avoid it. One of the most important things to remember is that if you are feeling fatigued, you need to stop and get rest. Any driver who continues on their way is risking being involved in a crash.

Schools starting later may help teens stay safe on the road

Teenagers run a higher risk for distracted driving and other unsafe behavior on the road the earlier that school starts. This was the conclusion of a study published by the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, and it echoes that of other studies and even the findings of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. North Carolina residents will want to know more.

Researchers focused on the effect of a change that Fairfax County, Virginia, made to its school start times back in the fall of 2015. Specifically, it set back the time from 7:20 am to 8:10 am. Looking at those car crashes involving teen drivers in the year before the change and the year after, researchers found a decline in the car crash rate from 31.63 to 29.59 accidents per 1,000 drivers. The crashes were limited to licensed drivers aged 16 to 18.

Driving tips that help truckers avoid fatigue

Driving a commercial motor vehicle in North Carolina comes with a lot of safety risks. While it may seem relatively innocent, drowsiness is among the most dangerous for commercial drivers. Unlike other risks, though, drowsiness can be averted; in fact, if one does not take steps to avert it, then one can be considered negligent. The following tips can help truckers avoid becoming a hazard in this way.

The first tip is to get adequate sleep -- the only sure solution to drowsiness. There are times throughout the day when the body is naturally more tired, including the period between midnight and 6 a.m. and between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. A commercial trucker would do well to try and stay off the road during these "lulls." Truckers can always take a nap on the roadside; this restores energy more effectively than coffee can. Ideally, the nap should be 45 minutes.

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