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Group of people walking across street crosswalk as a car passes in front of them

No matter how much people love their cars, everybody is a pedestrian from time to time. Children walk to and from school, dog owners take their dogs for walks, some people walk for exercise, and other people might walk places out of convenience or necessity. Unfortunately, since pedestrians don’t have the protection of being in

Mom buckling in child into pink carseat

Everybody wants to do everything they can to protect their children. Since cars are a necessary part of many people’s lives, keeping kids safe in the car is a naturally a big priority for many parents. The seat belts that come standard in cars are designed to protect adult-sized bodies; they don’t offer the same

Motorcyclist holding helmet while wearing biker jacket and gloves

When riding a motorcycle, there are several risks that inherently come along with it. Since motorcycles are not enclosed vehicles, they don’t have the safety features cars do. Motorcycles are less visible than cars on the road. Because motorcycles only have two wheels, they have less stability when making emergency moves like swerving. In 2011,

Three children on bikes wearing helmets and biking gloves

Riding a bike can be hugely fun for both kids and adults. For kids, learning how to ride a bike is one of the first steps toward being able to get around independently. But as fun as riding a bike is, it can be just as dangerous if it’s not done safely. When a child

Girl smiling while riding bike with helmet on

Riding a bike is an excellent way for people of all ages to get some exercise and get around in an environmentally friendly way. However, when not done safely, bike riding can potentially be very dangerous. The simple fact of the matter is that even the most experienced, most cautious bicyclists can still get into

Cars driving on a snowy road through a winter blizzard

Winter is officially here and while we haven’t had too much winter weather yet, it’s only a matter of time before we encounter some. Driving in snowy weather most definitely poses many risks and challenges for motorists and regardless of how experienced of a driver you may be, we could all use a reminder about

Motorcyclist holding helmet while wearing biker jacket and gloves

Even if the law doesn’t require you to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle, helmets are essential for keeping motorcyclists safe on the road. In the event of a motorcycle accident, a good helmet can save your life. But with all the different types of motorcycle helmets on the market, it’s hard to  know

Group of people walking across street crosswalk as a car passes in front of them

Many adults have a tendency to think of children as being just like adults, only smaller. But this way of thinking can be dangerous when it comes to educating children about proper pedestrian safety. Children and adults have significant physical and cognitive differences that make it impossible for children to react to traffic in the

Person with hands on steering wheel while driving down road

If you’ve ever taken a driver’s education class, you’ve probably heard the term “defensive driving” before. Defensive driving programs started being instituted in 1964 and continue to be widely used today. But what is defensive driving? Defensive driving is officially defined as “driving to save lives, time, and money in spite of the conditions around

Biker dressed in black leather while riding motorcycle through city

Michigan used to be one of the states to have a universal helmet law requiring all motorcyclists to wear a helmet while riding. That changed in April 2012 when the law changed to only require motorcyclists under 21 years of age to wear a helmet. If you’re 21 or older and want to ride a