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Cell Phone Reminder: Hang Up and Drive

The deadly results of a high-speed crash involving a large truck versus another vehicle can often be related to one or more drivers using a cell phone. The last thing a driver should want to be faced with in an accident is contributing causes from the use of a cell phone. 
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Tips for Crossing Railroad Tracks Safely

No matter where you drive, there are railroad crossings in every city and every state in America. 
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Caution, Caution, Caution: Animal Crossing

As urban areas continue to push outward and displace animals from their natural habitats, and as formerly empty rural lanes become plagued with traffic, collisions between cars and animals seem an almost inevitable consequence. 
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What is the Difference between Aggressive Driving and Road Rage?

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration the difference between aggressive driving and road rage is this:  “Aggressive driving is when an individual commits a combination of moving traffic offenses that endangers other persons or property.” It includes speeding, lane blocking, tailgating, frequent and sudden lane changes, honking at other cars in a non- emergency, and failing to yield the right of way. These are ticketable offenses and according to a study conducted by the National Safety Council, aggressive driving is a factor in 50% of all crashes. 
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Reduce Crashes: Driver-Related Root Causes of Crashes

One of the trucking industry's constant missions is the reduction of crashes. In order to reduce crashes, safety professionals work to try to understand why they occur. With any crash there can be a variety of contributory root causes, including equipment-related issues, environmental conditions, other motorists' actions, etc. However, there is one common denominator with all crashes and that is the involved driver. There are estimates that over 90 percent of root causes of crashes can be traced back to some element of the involved driver. 
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Stay Hydrated this Summer: Say No to Soda, Yes to Water

The heat of summer is upon us. The season of ice covered roads, blizzards, and whiteout conditions has come to an end. Even though for some winter seemed to hold on a little too long...summer is finally here. With the heat comes more sweat. Stay hydrated this summer. The solution? Simply one word, water! 
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Intrastate vs. Interstate: Which is Which?

Part 390.5 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) defines interstate and intrastate commerce in the following manner: Interstate commerce means trade, traffic, or transportation in the United States — (1) Between a place in a state and a place outside of such state (including a place outside of the United States); (2) Between two places in a state through another state or a place outside of the United States; or (3) Between two places in a state as part of trade, traffic, or transportation originating or terminating outside the state or the United States.
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To Swerve or Not to Swerve: That is the Question

The Answer: Don't Swerve   Loss-of-control crashes are sometimes the result of trying to avoid animals or wildlife that are on the roadway. Swerving to miss an animal is not the way to go. Our Great West Casualty Company team has come up with these essential driving techniques.
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