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​Driving Safety

09-10-2018

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Did you know that you are safer on an operating table than you are in an automobile? No kidding. Each year in the United States, there are more than six MILLION car accidents. In those six million accidents, there are three million injuries, and two million of those injuries are permanent. There are more than 40,000 deaths caused by traffic accidents every single year.

Seat belts, air bags, and the awareness campaigns against drunk driving have all helped, but not enough. There are things that we can all do to help reduce the number of accidents in which there are fatalities and serious injuries, and most of these things are nothing more than simple common sense.

For example: In no state are driver's licenses handed out to minors lightly. Young drivers must meet certain requirements, they must take driving courses, and they must pass driving tests. And these are good things.

Young drivers are certainly educated about the dangers of drinking and driving, but are they being educated about the dangers of eating and driving, or talking on a cell phone and driving, or sending and receiving text messages when driving, or even driving without enough sleep? No.

There was a safe driving campaign some years ago with the motto "Speed Kills." Speed does kill, and so do driver distractions, driver inattention, and drivers who are sleep deprived, as so many drivers are today in this busy world.

Statistics prove that a full 40% of all car accidents could be prevented. That is a staggering number when you think about it, and a 40% reduction in car accidents really is an attainable goal. Put safety first, no matter what your age, where you are going, or how late you are for that important date or appointment.

​Retreading Tires Makes Sense

08-27-2018

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Before you spring for brand new tires the next time that you need to replace your old tires, give some thought to purchasing retreads rather than new tires. There are a lot of myths that circulate about retread tires, and they aren't true.

For example, you will likely hear that retread tires just aren't as safe as new tires. If they aren't safe, then why are retread tires used on airplanes, military vehicles, school buses, off-the-road heavy duty vehicles, postal service vehicles, taxi fleets, industrial vehicles, fire trucks, ambulances, and, yes, race cars?

Retread tires cost less than new tires. That means that using retread tires can save you money, and that is a good thing. Using retread tires also helps to save our planet. It takes about 22 gallons of oil to manufacture one new truck tire, but it takes only seven gallons of oil to produce a retread of the very same time.

Retreading tires is not a new process that somebody came up with the day before yesterday. Retreading tires has been around almost as long as tires themselves. In 1993, President Bill Clinton signed the Federal Acquisition, Recycling and Waste Prevention Act, which mandates the use of retreaded tires on all government vehicles.

Another myth that you are likely to hear about retread tires is that they have a higher failure rate than new tires. The fact is that retreaded truck tires (the ones that most often fail) do not fail because they are retreads but because they are overloaded, underinflated, and otherwise abused.

The market for passenger vehicle retreads has been steadily shrinking over the years, and yet it is one area where we could all make a dramatic impact on the use of the limited oil supply on the planet.

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