Great Article

This is a great article from Forbes – http://www.forbes.com/sites/jimgorzelany/2015/07/20/whats-fueling-motorists-road-rage/?utm_campaign=Forbes&utm_source=TWITTER&utm_medium=social&utm_channel=Business&linkId=15705536

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With More Car Accidents, Could Insurance Rates Be Going Up?

While this story is based in Texas, it could very well be DC. Insurance companies use the same metrics nationally.

http://www.newswest9.com/story/22451118/with-more-car-accidents-could-insurance-rates-be-going-up

By Sylvia Gonzalez
NewsWest 9 

PERMIAN BASIN – It seems every other day NewsWest 9 reports on a car accident, whether it’s fatal or not, there is no doubt car accidents have increased across the board. Have you wondered whether the increase of accidents in the Basin will impact you wallet?

NewsWest 9 spoke with an insurance agent who says, insurance companies take many things into consideration before increasing their rates, that includes what kind of car you drive, how old you are and where you live.

“State Farm has not looked at the City of Odessa or Midland and said ‘hey there’s way too many accidents there we are going to raise it.’ There has to be alot of leg work that needs to be done before an insurance company can increase their rates,” State Farm Insurance Agent, Filiberto Gonzales, said.

Gonzales says he too has seen an increase in car accidents, and although it’s unlikely for an increase to happen in the next few months, it’s a possibility that could happen in the near future.

“I do believe that just because of something that happens within a short period of time, I think it’s going to have to be long term before they can actually say, ‘hey we are going to increase our rates because of that (accident),'” Gonzales said.
Gonzales says many factors are considered before rates are increased. It often includes what vehicle you drive and how many tickets you have. He says companies also consider how long you have lived in a specific area.
“The individual drivers driving habits and tickets in the household, accidents in the household, but in long term, maybe that is something companies do look at,” Gonzales said.
Gonzales mentioned that one out of every four cars in the City of Midland and Odessa are not insured. He says with the recent increase in accidents, more people have been walking through their door. They are not only opting to purchase insurance, but at times, are even choosing to upgrade their current insurance.
“I highly recommend that every person sits down with their insurance agent and review what they have. I am sure their insurance agent is very capable of providing information of what they have and what they suggest for them to have because of some of the increases, in some of the accidents, have been happening here,” Gonzales said.

Gonzales did add whether insurance rates go up or not, drivers should always do what they can to make sure they are driving safely.

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Please follow us on Twitter

We are now on Twitter @DMVSignals

We are using the power of social media to get drivers to change just a single habit:

Using turn signals at all times for turns and lane changes.

Of course we would like to see other good driving habits but our focus is on the increase of a single behavior.

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Please share this story with others

http://news.yahoo.com/parents-hope-photo-fatal-text-203757749.html

Parents hope photo of fatal text serves as warning

Colorado parents, police hope photo of text in fatal crash will be a stark reminder to drivers

Associated Press – 7 hrs ago

  • <p> This April 3, 2013 photo provided by the Greeley Police shows the text message University of Northern Colorado student Alexander Heit was typing to an unidentified person when police say he lost control of his car and ran off the road. He was taken to North Colorado Medical Center where he later died. Now his parents are hoping to convince others not to text and drive. The name of the message's recipient was redacted by the Greeley Police to protect the recipient's identity. (AP Photo/Greeley Police)View PhotoThis April 3, 2013 photo provided …

 

DENVER (AP) — Alexander Heit’s final text cut off in mid-sentence. Before he could send it, police say the 22-year-old University of Northern Colorado student drifted into oncoming traffic, jerked the steering wheel and went off the road, rolling his car.

Heit died shortly after the April 3 crash, but his parents and police are hoping the photo of the mundane text on his iPhone will serve as a stark reminder to drivers.

The photo, published Wednesday in The Greeley Tribune, shows Heit was responding to a friend by typing “Sounds good my man, seeya soon, ill tw” before he crashed.

Witnesses told police that Heit appeared to have his head down when he began drifting into the oncoming lane in the outskirts of Greeley, where the University of Northern Colorado is located. According to police, an oncoming driver slowed and moved over just before Heit looked up and jerked the steering wheel.

Police say Heit, a Colorado native who loved hiking and snowboarding, had a spotless driving record and wasn’t speeding.

In a statement released through police, Heit’s mother said she doesn’t want anyone else to lose someone to texting while driving.

“In a split second you could ruin your future, injure or kill others, and tear a hole in the heart of everyone who loves you,” Sharon Heit said.

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What to do at a flashing red light

Hi all,

I recently came to a flashing red stop light and no one seemed to know the rules of the road. Here is what you do when you come to a flashing red light – you treat it like a four-way stop sign. You follow the exact same rules.

When you come a flashing yellow light you are supposed to slow down and proceed with caution.

Flashing red always means STOP and if everyone is flashing red then follow the rules of a four-way stop sign.

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Basic Driving Rules

10 Basic Rules of Courtesy and Safety

  • Always allow extra travel time. Traffic congestion–and the delays it causes–are among the primary factors that lead motorists to drive aggressively. By leaving extra travel time, you will be less inclined to drive aggressively in order to make up for time lost in congestion.
  • Maintain an adequate distance from the vehicle in front of you so you’re able to stop in time to avoid a collision. A “safe distance” depends on a variety of factors: weather, road conditions, time of day, and speed limit. In general, you should maintain one car-length between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you for every 10 mph of speed.
  • Always signal your intentions to other drivers when turning and changing lanes.
  • Always come to a full stop at red lights and stop signs. Don’t run yellow lights.
  • Let other drivers merge with you.
  • Obey posted speed limits.
  • Concentrate on your driving–not on your cell phone, stereo, passengers, or other distractions.
  • Use your horn sparingly, only to remind other drivers of your presence.
  • Never engage in inappropriate behavior such as making faces or rude or obscene gestures.
  • Extend common courtesy to other drivers at all times.
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Please please please

Remember to use your turn signals.  Turn signals are just a way to communicate with other drivers.  they can help prevent accidents.  No one is too good to use a turn signals.  Let’s make our streets safer for all.

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Welcome to DMV Signals

With this blog, I hope if I do nothing else I get more people in the DMV that is the Washington, DC metro area to use their turn signals.

Did you know that turn signals communicate to drivers and pedestrians your intentions?  Did you know that using them can prevent accidents?

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