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Defensive Driving


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Did you know that you can actually reduce your insurance rates by enrolling in and taking a defensive driving (sometimes called safe driving) course? The cost of these courses is only a small fraction of the money that you can save on your insurance. One of the neatest improvements to come down the pike in a while is that defensive driving courses can be taken online, and at your convenience, in many states.

Of course, if you are involved in an accident, you may be required by a judge to enroll in and satisfactorily complete a defensive driving course as part of the judgment against you. If you take the course voluntarily, and before you have an accident, you might just learn how to avoid the accident altogether, as well as save money on your insurance premiums.

What a concept! Driving defensively, saving money on insurance, AND avoiding accidents that could result in injury or death, and doing all of it for just a few bucks and even at your convenience. What will they think of next?

The basic idea behind defensive driving is to reduce the risk associated with driving. Defensive driving is way more than mastery of the rules of the road and the mechanics of driving an automobile. Defensive driving courses teach students how to really see and be seen and to assume and anticipate the worst of other drivers on the road. In short, defensive driver courses teach students how to avoid danger and thus avoid car accidents. It is a concept that works!

Really, defensive driving does work. In Colorado, for example, it was found that those who took defensive driving courses had a 49% decrease in minor traffic violations, a 44% decrease in major traffic accidents, and a 41% decrease in moving violations.

​Tires for Cars and Trucks.


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At the dawn of automotive history, cars didn't have tires. They had wheels…wheels that were made of iron or wood. But as the car evolved, so did the wheels and tires were added after Charles Goodyear invented the vulcanization of rubber in 1844. (Vulcanized rubber was later used to make automobile tires).

It wasn't until 1904 that mountable rims were introduced, allowing drivers to repair their own flats; and then in 1908, grooved tires for better traction were invented by Frank Seiberling. Up until then, automobile tires had been smooth.

There is a little controversy about who actually invented the first inflatable tire. A Scotsman, John Boyd Dunlop (1840-1921), acquired a patent in 1888, but it was for a bicycle tire. Robert William Thomson (1822-1873) invented the first inflatable tire for a car, but his invention was too costly and it never caught on. Dunlop's tire caught on, so he is the man usually given the credit for inventing the inflatable automobile tire.

Since those early days, tires have come a long, long way. Today we have automobile tires that actually mend themselves when they are punctured. We have highly specialized tires available, as well. Most people who live in the northern climes own a set of mud and snow tires. Many of us opt for high-performance tires. There are all-season tires and all-terrain tires. There are off-road, agricultural, and racing tires. There are tires for almost any climate or driving condition that anyone could ever imagine.

And inflatable tires are not limited just to use on automobiles and light trucks, either. There are similar tires that are used on airplanes, motorcycles, and 18-wheelers. Yes, tires have come a long way, and no one knows what the future holds.