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Drink Up!

Thirst is the mind’s way of telling the body to drink water.  After feeling thirsty, a person may start experiencing headaches, nausea, and vomiting.  These symptoms could require medical attention that could have been avoided by keeping the body hydrated.
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Tire Safety Tips

Every year, maintenance employees are seriously injured or killed when wheel components fail, causing a sudden release of air pressure or “blow-out.” Most of these incidents occur due to over-inflating the tire or improperly seated tire/rim components. Anyone standing within the blast zone could be seriously injured by debris.  
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Help Prevent Rear-End Crashes

Some of the most frequent types of severe crashes are rear-end collisions.  These crashes, which are one of the four Critical Crashes, often result in extensive property damage, serious bodily injuries, or death.  They are often much more severe when a large truck is involved.
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How to Avoid U-Turns

Run-under crashes are one of the most devastating losses a trucking company can experience. A run-under crash can cost thousands of dollars in physical damage and personal injury. However, these crashes are frequently among the easiest to prevent. Many run-under crashes involve U-turns. A run-under crash caused by a U-turn is possibly the easiest to prevent…never make a U-turn.
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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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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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