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Selfies cause major distraction for drivers

Although many drivers are guilty of using their cellphones to text, type, search the internet and compose emails while behind the wheel, a number of motorists are taking it one step further. Driving selfies, or self-portraits taken by people who should be navigating the road, are not uncommon as people scroll through popular social media sites, such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. In fact, it is rather common to see selfies of people who are stopped at traffic lights and stop signs. Scarier yet are those that are taken as vehicles are traveling at high rates of speed.

A bicycle-vehicle accident doesn't have to wipe out your finances

There are numerous types of transportation that a person can utilize to reach a destination, each of which has its own advantages and disadvantages. Motor vehicles offer a certain ease of travel, but they can also be costly, both in upkeep and fuel prices. Bicycles, on the other hand, do not require the same monetary investment, but, unfortunately, also don't offer the same amount of protection as motor vehicles.

IIHS tests show the benefits of underride guards

Although there has been a debate as to whether side underride guards on a truck would really save lives in the case of an accident, studies performed by the International Institute of Highway Safety show the benefits this type of safety equipment may have. In one test, vehicles going 35 mph collided with trucks that were equipped with either AngelWing sideguards or fiberglass sideguards. Vehicles that hit the truck with the AngelWing sideguard, they did not go underneath the truck. Vehicles that struck the truck with the fiberglass underguard, however, continued to slide underneath the trailer and the accident often sheared off the roof of the vehicle.

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