Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 4th. Be sure to turn your clocks BACK one hour. The time change shifts daylight back into the morning hours, but means you’ll be driving home in the dark after work on Monday. When drivers have spent the past eight months commuting in a well-lit setting, it can be hard to the change to standard time and driving in the dusk/dark. We have working crews on the roads, so we take road safety seriously at Adopt-A-Highway Litter Removal Service.
As we all fall back and adjust to the time change, here are some road safety tips:
- Keep your regular sleep schedule. Go to bed at the same time you normally would so you can benefit from that extra hour of sleep.
- Before you pull out of the driveway, clean your headlights, brake lights, and signal lights.
- Give yourself extra time time to get where you want to go.
- Approach all crosswalks, intersections and transit stops with caution, as it will be harder to see pedestrians.
- Heed the speed limits and adjust your speed accordingly to the weather conditions.
- Maintain a safe following distance so you’re prepared to react.
FALL BACK FACTS to share this weekend!
- The U.S. Department of Transportation is in charge of time in the U.S., including time zones and daylight saving time.
- Correct name is DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME (DST) – not Savings.
- Hawaii & Arizona are the only states that do not observe it. Although some territories also abstain.
- DST lasts for 8 months out of the year, while standard time is only 4 months long.
- Daylight Saving Time returns March 10, 2019.
Litter and debris on roads cause car accidents. All that it takes is for some trash in the road and it is an accident waiting to happen. Whether it is the result of a Toyota Prius running over a piece of metal on the highway or an RV swerving to avoid trash, you can indirectly cause an accident by littering. Unsecured loads are responsible for an estimated 25,000 accidents each year in the United States, resulting in approximately 80-90 deaths per year (Source: AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety). To make sure your vehicle is road-worthy, please review the following tips:
- Use tarps, bungee cords, netting, straps or rope
- Put lighter weight items at the bottom of the load
- Tie larger items directly to your vehicle
- Don’t overload your vehicle
Finally, and honestly the most important, is answering one simple question should indicate if your load is secure:
WOULD I FEEL SAFE IF I WERE DRIVING BEHIND MY VEHICLE?
Adopt-A-Highway Litter Removal is all about road safety. Please get a quote to see how you can make a difference by sponsoring a highway!
Does your pet love to ride in the car?
Some safety tips for driving with your pet on National Pet Day.
It is very common to see pets as passengers. However, traveling in automobiles can be extremely dangerous for your family pet – and you. It involves more than just loading the animal in the back seat, especially if you will be driving long distances or plan to be away for a long time. Here are a few road safety tips to help you prepare for a smooth and drive with Fido.
Keep pets safe in a well-ventilated crate or carrier. The crate should be large enough for your pet to stand, sit, lie down and turn around in. Secure the crate so it will not slide or shift in the event of an abrupt stop.
Secure your pet in the car. Just like any passenger, buckle them up.
If you decide to skip the crate, do not allow your pet to ride with his head outside the window. tThe wind can seriously irritate mucous membranes and blow pieces of grit or litter into their eyes. Pets could also be seriously injured by objects (rocks, litter, etc) as you drive down the road.
It is always recommended that the dog be in the back seat or storage area of the car, especially if the car has airbags. While airbags save lives of people, they can seriously injure pets.
Keep food, a bowl, leash, a waste scoop, plastic bags, grooming supplies, medication and first-aid, and any travel documents.
Be sure to bring bottled water and avoid feeding your pet in a moving vehicle. Drinking water from an area he is not used to could result in stomach troubles.
Never leave your animal alone in a parked vehicle. On a hot day, even with the windows open, a car heat up very quickly. Likewise, in cold weather, a car can act as a refrigerator, holding in the cold.
Last but not least, always watch the road. As cute as they are, do not let your pet distract you while you’re driving.
This New Years we are making a firm Resolution to Take A Phone Break. Distracted Driving causes more accidents every year, so we are putting down the phone once and for all.
Every day at every turn, you see people staring at their smartphones in public while eating, walking and driving. Are they receiving urgent emails or texts? Most likely not. They (like us) are checking headlines, watching a show or sports, catching up on social media or playing the latest game. Smartphones are integrated in our lives and are a valuable tool, but for most of us it has become a habit to check phones almost constantly. So, we are suggesting a New Year’s Resolution of taking a break from your smartphone every day (and ALWAYS while driving).
We are NOT crazy, just suggesting a 15-minute period one to two times per day that the phone is off-limits. See what happens – maybe more face-to-face interaction or being more present.
We at Adopt A Highway Litter Removal Service are up for the challenge, are you?
Do you know what to do if you get in a car accident?
Accidents happen – that is just a fact of driving. When they do, we often get nervous, scared and forget the basic steps to follow for safety. Here are some simple tips:
Keep calm: Do not get in an argument or panic.
Check on passengers: Dial 911 IMMEDIATELY if there are injuries.
Get to a safe area: If car can be moved, get it safely to a shoulder then turn off engine. If can not be moved, turn on hazard lights, turn off engine and get out of danger. If on a busy street, get out of the road and onto a sidewalk. The farther away from the road the better. If on highway/interstate get behind the guardrail and off the shoulder.
Call the police, even for minor accidents: This ensures safety of all individuals and creates a paper record for insurance purposes.
If needed, call roadside assistance: Always have your preferred roadside assistance phone number saved in your contacts list for easy access.
Exchange important information:
- Contact details – name and phone, email
- Insurance information
- Driver’s License numbers
- Make and model of all vehicles
- Name and badge numbers of officers
Take pictures: Use that smartphone and document the accident. Take pictures of the scene as well as photos of the damage to all vehicles. Also, take a picture of license plates.
It is always a good idea to have an emergency kit in your vehicle. Items to include are first aid kit, flashlight, flares, blanket, list of emergency contacts with phone numbers, phone charger and water/food. Even printing this list of basic safety tips and keeping in car can help in a stressful situation. Accidents happen – it is how we respond that matters.
Road safety is our thing! With winter driving upon us, it is important to be prepared in case of an emergency. That is right – it is time to stop procrastinating and finally put together that Winter Auto Emergency Kit. Here are some suggested items to include:
- Coat, gloves and boots
- Waterproof tarp
- Extra clothing (socks, sweatshirt, shoes)
- Small shovel
- Booster/Jumper cables
- Non-perishable food items (granola bars, trail mix, almonds)
- Water bottles
- First aid kit
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Waterproof matches and candles
- Duct tape
- Fire extinguisher
- Snow Chains
- Ice scraper
Other key tips for safe winter driving:
- Check your tire treads and change to winter tires in snow prone regions
- Slow down – the posted speed limit is a suggested speed for good road conditions, when weather is a factor always slow down
- Allow for more space between cars – on slick roads, stopping speeds are far longer
- Check the road report before you go – call 511 for real-time road conditions/traffic situations
Be safe out there!
Summer is off to a HOT start. The body sweats to cool itself down. During hot weather, especially with high humidity, sweating just isn’t enough and temperatures can rise quickly to dangerous levels. Our Adopt-A-Highway workers spend many hours in the sun picking up litter and making sure the highways are clean. So we thought we would share some of our Beat the Heat tips:
- Drink plenty of water, before and after you are in the sun
- Drink water every 15 minutes even if you are not thirsty
- Stay away from alcohol, caffeinated and sugary drinks which contribute to dehydration
- Wear loose fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothing
- Wear a hat
- Apply sunscreen
- Rest frequently in the shade to cool down
- Know the symptoms of Heat Exhaustion and Heatstroke (see graphic)
If you suspect somebody is suffering from heat-related illness, get them into a cool spot and contact medical personnel.
We welcome Spring with open arms!
Spring brings relief from the winter weather, but also brings potholes, puddles, slippery roads. As the seasons change, so do road conditions. Stay safe on the road this spring with the following driving tips:
- Spring showers bring blooming flowers and wet roads. Slow down and increase your following distance when it rains. Keep in mind that even mist or light rain can mix with oil on the roads to create slick challenging road conditions.
- Check your windshield wipers, both front and back. Don’t drive faster than your wipers can clear water from the windshield.
- Puddles can impair brakes, obscure vision, or cause you to hydroplane. If you find your vehicle hydroplaning, gently ease your foot off the accelerator-do not brake.
- Warm weather brings motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians outside. Pedestrians may be texting, talking on phones, and listening to music, they can be as distracted as drivers. Be cautious at all times.
- If possible, go around potholes. Potholes-an effect of winter weather-can hurt your tires or throw your car’s front end out of alignment. If you cannot avoid a pothole, slow down, as the damage can be costly.
- Keep your tires properly inflated. Doing so can reduce damage from potholes, uneven pavement, and other road hazards.
- Spring weather can be temperamental, so be prepared for changes.
Now, go and ENJOY the great outdoors!