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Holiday Travel

Posted on June 27, 2014 at 9:52 AM Comments comments (150)
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North Chesterfield, Va. 23235
Holiday Road-Trip Survival Tips
Are you and your family planning to drive to a holiday get-together this year? Whether you’re heading to Grandma’s cottage or a favorite vacation spot to celebrate holidays with family or friends, AAA has simple tips to help make your drive a smooth one, so you can arrive at your destination safely and without incident.
  •  Ensure your vehicle is properly maintained. If maintenance is not up to date, have your car and tires inspected before you take a long drive.
  • Map your route in advance and be prepared for busy roads during the most popular times of the year. If possible, consider leaving earlier or later to avoid heavy traffic.
  • Keep anything of value in the trunk or covered storage area.
  • If you’re traveling with children, remind them not to talk to strangers. Go with them on bathroom breaks and give them whistles to be used only if the family gets separated.
  • Have roadside assistance contact information on hand, in case an incident occurs on the road.
  • In case of an emergency, keep a cell phone and charger with you at all times. AAA and many other companies offer smartphone applications that enable motorists to request help without making a phone call.
With a little prep, you can leave the road-trip stress at home and enjoy your holiday with family and friends.
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Posted on March 10, 2014 at 10:23 AM Comments comments (52)
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Winter Driving

Posted on March 3, 2014 at 10:37 AM Comments comments (46)
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Winter Driving

Driving in inclement weather requires proper vehicle maintenance, pre-trip planning, specific driving skills and the correct driving attitude. The Mid-Atlantic Foundation For Safety and Education's Winter Driving program offers these driving tips:

  • Flashlight with fresh batteries
  • Blankets
  • Booster cables
  • Warning device, such as flares or reflective triangle
  • Small bag of abrasive material, such as sand or cat litter
  • Cloth or a roll of paper towels
  • Small shovel
  • Cell phone
  • Can of de-icer
  • Ice scraper
Inclement Weather Driving Tips:

Be Mentally Prepared For Inclement Weather:
  • Leave earlier for your destination
  • Use main roads or arteries whenever possible
  • Use your knowledge of the area to your advantage
  • Expect traffic to travel at a slower pace

Visibility Is The Key:
  • Clear off snow and ice from your vehicle before starting out
  • At intersections, pull up farther to increase visibility
  • Switch headlights on low beam to avoid glare

  • Avoid using cruise control in wet weather driving conditions
  • Look farther ahead and pay particular attention to "hot spots": bridges, culverts, on and off ramps and elevated highways. Be alert for "Black Ice."
  • Avoid unusual driving maneuvers that could induce a skid
  • If you find yourself beginning to skid, ease up on the accelerator, keep a firm grip on the wheel, and steer in the direction you want the front of the vehicle to go.

Increase Your Following Distance:
  • Slow down and increase the distance between you and the vehicle in front of you
  • Add more space as conditions worsen
  • Don't be afraid to shift into a lower gear to reduce speed
  • Observe other vehicles to determine existing road conditions

Remain Calm:
  • Don't let your emotions affect your driving
  • Realize that traffic moves at a slower pace during inclement weather

Common Sense Is The Key:
  • Ask yourself the following questions
  • Is this trip really necessary?
  • Is my vehicle ready for this trip?
  • Am I mentally and physically prepared to make this trip?
Your Inclement Weather Driving Vehicle Maintenance Checklist:

  • Recharge or replace weak batteries
  • Check fluid levels, battery posts, voltage regulator and alternator

Windshield Wipers And Washers:
  • Wiper blades should be replaced at least every six months
  • Replace wiper blades if they are cracked or do not clear windshield properly
  • Fill washer reservoir with high quality washer solution

  • Check for cracked lenses and for proper operation

  • Check for smooth and consistent stopping

  • If your tires need replacing, consider purchasing new tires prior to the winter season
  • Maximum inflation improves vehicle control
  • Sufficient tire tread allows water to escape and prevents hydroplaning

Heating System:
  • Check radiator hoses for cracks and leaks
  • Check fan belts for cracks and wear
  • Test defroster, heater and rear window defogger for proper operation

Child ID

Posted on February 25, 2014 at 10:07 AM Comments comments (89)

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Dmv's Tuesday Trivia: True or False?

 Parents can obtain identification cards for their children under age 15 at any Virginia DMV customer service center.

Child ID cards serve as a form of identification for school and sports activities, travel purposes, and in case of medical emergencies. In addition, if the child becomes missing, DMV can retrieve the image from the database and transmit it to law enforcement anywhere in the United States.

Seat belts and reclining

Posted on February 19, 2014 at 10:23 AM Comments comments (49)

Seat Belts Not As Effective If Seatback Is Reclined

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North Chesterfield, Va. 23235

People who spend a long time in the car are likely to recline the front passenger seat. But when that happens their seat belt may not protect them.

One family found out the hard way.

"I got a phone call from Rebecca. She's crying, frantic," explained Lisa Goodner.
It was a phone call that turned into a nightmare for the Goodner family.
"I can't find her. We were in an accident, and I can't find Sarah," said Goodner recalling her daughter's words to her the night of the accident.
Sarah was in the passenger seat. Her sister Rebecca was driving. They on their way home wearing their seatbelts when Rebecca fell asleep and crashed into a tree.
"When the car began to spin, the seatbelt didn't hold Sarah in, and she was ejected out the back window of the Hyundai," said Stu Goodner, the girls' father.
What they later learned stunned them. Because Sarah's seat was in the reclined position her safety belt did not protect her.
You may not have known belts might not protect you when the seat is reclined. But government agencies have known that for more than 20 years.
The National Transportation Safety Board in 1988 wrote "the protection offered by a lap/shoulder belt can be compromised if its user has the seatback reclined while the vehicle is in motion." But the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration declined to act.
Car manufacturers do put warnings in owner's manuals, but the Goodner's who sued Hyundai and won $1.8 million are hoping auto makers will do even more. They'd like to see warning signs posted inside the car.

Florida International Student Chris Zagales sees his friends reclining their passenger seats all the time while driving around South Florida and he doubts any of them know about the danger.
It wasn't difficult for Chris to see the problem for himself when he reclined his car seat and that's exactly what the Goodner's have been worrying about for the past 3 years.
"It's been almost three years and it still seems like yesterday. But I don't want anyone to have to go through this, so whatever we can do to stop that is important to me," admitted Lisa Goodner.

Hyundai told CBS News it believes the accident was the driver's fault, but the jury's verdict amounted to a finding that nearly every car on the road is defective and dangerous for allowing front passengers to recline their seats.


Posted on February 11, 2014 at 1:06 PM Comments comments (45)
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AAA News Release: 2/9/2014
The Week
In recent years, pump prices have trended higher to start the year, however cold temperatures across much of the country have led to weak demand and kept prices flat to begin 2014.  Pump prices continued to trickle down again this week, albeit slightly.  The national average price at the pump dropped to $3.27 per gallon Friday, a penny below week ago prices, yet four cents less than one month ago and 29 cents below the same date last year.  The national average has now posted 28 consecutive weekly declines and today’s year-over-year discount is the largest since November.  After rising to a recent high of $3.33 on January 3, the national average has now declined for 28 of 35 days.  The national average drifted four cents lower last month, compared to a 17-cent increase in January 2012 and 13-cent increase in 2013.  This marked the first time prices had declined during the month since 2008.
Crude oil prices, like retail gasoline prices, have been relatively flat to begin the year.  This trend continued today as West Texas Intermediate (WTI) settled $1.06 lower at $96.43 per barrel at the close formal trading on the NYMEX.  After climbing to a new 2014 high of $98.23 last Thursday, crude oil prices have fallen back to within $1 of where they began the year.  Crude oil settled at $99.88 Friday, up 2.5 percent on the week.
In its weekly report, the Energy Information Administration noted that U.S. crude oil stocks saw a slight build of 400,000 barrels to 358.1 million barrels.  Imports of crude oil, though, dropped sharply last week to 6.887 million barrels per day (bpd).  Twice in January, crude oil imports have been below 7 million bpd.  Before this year, it had only happened twice this century, illustrating proof that domestic production is backing out of imports.  Gasoline stocks also saw a slightly build of 400,000 to 235 million barrels. 
The Weekend
“Recent gas price stability is unfortunately expected to be short-lived as we move into spring refinery maintenance, which typically causes temporary price spikes,” said Martha M. Meade, Manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic.  “In addition to refinery maintenance, global factors continue to impact pump prices.  For example, the U.S. now exports more gasoline, heating oil, and diesel fuel than it imports, mainly because these refined products fetch a higher price on the global market. This keeps supply and prices artificially tight in the U.S.”
The Week Ahead
Despite the quiet start to the year, AAA expects the national average to move higher in the coming weeks and months due to the same seasonal factors that have historically led to rising prices during the first quarter of the year.  This includes increased demand; scheduled refinery maintenance, which often begins in February between strong demand periods for winter heating oil and summer gasoline; and the mandated switchover to summer-blend gasoline production in advance of the May 1 deadline. These final two processes can lead to unexpected issues, which can result in even sharper temporary price increases for areas supplied by affected facilities.  In 2013, the national average jumped 49 cents from January 1 and peaked at $3.79 on February 27. In 2012, pump prices surged 66 cents from the same date to a peak of $3.94 on April 5. In 2011, prices soared 91 cents to a peak of $3.98 on May 5. 
Regular Unleaded Gasoline (*indicates record high)
 2/9/14Week AgoYear AgoNational$3.28$3.28$3.58Virginia $3.13$3.15$3.45Charlottesville$3.14$3.15$3.36Norfolk Area$3.15$3.19$3.46Richmond$3.06$3.10$3.44Roanoke$3.10$3.11$3.37
$99.88 per barrel (at Friday’s close)$97.49 per barrel (1/31/14)$95.84 per barrel(2/7/13) 
 AAA is the most comprehensive resource for gas prices.  Unlike the Lundberg Survey of 7,000 gas stations, AAA reports reflect actual prices from credit card transactions at more than 100,000 gas stations in the U.S.  AAA has a variety of resources to help motorists save on fuel: ·         Fuel Price Finder ( locates the lowest fuel price in your area. ·         Fuel Cost Calculator ( helps budget travel expenses. ·         TripTik Mobile ( plots fuel prices along your travel route.·         AAA's Member Rewards Visa® Credit Card ( accumulates double points on fuel purchases.  Next Weekend Gas Watch: Sunday, February 16, 2014 AAA Mid-Atlantic serves nearly 835,000 members in the Commonwealth of Virginia and is the nation’s fifth largest auto club with nearly 4 million members in Maryland, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Virginia. It provides a wide range of personal insurance, travel, financial and automotive services through its 50-plus retail branches, regional operations centers, and the Internet. For more information on AAA Mid-Atlantic, please visit our web site at 

Vehicle to Vehicle Communication

Posted on February 4, 2014 at 10:38 AM Comments comments (77)
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AAA Applauds U.S. DOT Vehicle-To-Vehicle Announcement

February 3, 2014) AAA President and CEO, Bob Darbelnet applauds today’s announcement by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (U.S. DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regarding vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technologies.

“Each year 33,000 Americans are killed and 2.3 million more are injured in motor vehicle crashes on our roadways,” said Darbelnet.  “Vehicle technology that has the potential to automatically identify safety risks and provide drivers with real-time crash avoidance warnings can make America’s road network a safer place for its millions of users nationwide.  We look forward to continuing to work with U.S. DOT, NHTSA and other stakeholders to ensure that the safety benefits of this technology are fully realized and that consumers remain top-of-mind as cars become increasingly connected.”
As an advocate for vehicle safety for more than a century and in response to rapid advances in connected car technologies, AAA recently introduced its Consumer Rights for Car Data. These principles outline the key tenets of transparency, choice and security that should apply to the information a car generates and guide public and private action in the rapidly evolving connected vehicle space.

Happy Friday

Posted on January 31, 2014 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (49)
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* Buckle up and be safe

* No drinking and driving/call a friend

* No texting and driving

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Distracted Driving

Posted on January 8, 2014 at 10:17 AM Comments comments (51)
Think You Know All About Distracted Driving? Think Again

New research reveals that voice-activated in-car technologies dangerously undermine driver attention...

WASHINGTON, D.C., (June 12, 2013)–Hands-free technologies might make it easier for motorists to text, talk on the phone, or even use Facebook while they drive, but new findings from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety show dangerous mental distractions exist even when drivers keep their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road.  The research found that as mental workload and distractions increase reaction time slows, brain function is compromised, drivers scan the road less and miss visual cues, potentially resulting in drivers not seeing items right in front of them including stop signs and pedestrians. This is the most comprehensive study of its kind to look at the mental distraction of drivers and arms AAA with evidence to appeal to the public to not use these voice-to-text features while their vehicle is in motion. With a predicted five-fold increase in infotainment systems in new vehicles by 2018, AAA is calling for action as result of this landmark research. “There is a looming public safety crisis ahead with the future proliferation of these in-vehicle technologies,” said AAA President and CEO Robert L. Darbelnet. “It’s time to consider limiting new and potentially dangerous mental  distractions built into cars, particularly with the common public misperception that hands-free means risk-free.” Cognitive distraction expert Dr. David Strayer and his research team at the University of Utah measured brainwaves, eye movement and other metrics to assess what happens to drivers’ mental workload when they attempt to do multiple things at once, building upon decades of research in the aerospace and automotive industries. The research included:

  • Cameras mounted inside an instrumented car to track eye and head movement of drivers.
  • A Detection-Response-Task device known as the “DRT” was used to record driver reaction time in response to triggers of red and green lights added to their field of vision.
  • A special electroencephalographic (EEG)-configured skull cap was used to chart participants’ brain activity so that researchers could determine mental workload.

Using established research protocols borrowed from aviation psychology and a variety of performance metrics, drivers engaged in common tasks, from listening to an audio book or talking on the phone to listening and responding to voice-activated emails while behind the wheel.
Researchers used the results to rate the levels of mental distraction drivers experienced while performing each of the tasks. Similar to the Saffir-Simpson scale used for hurricanes, the levels of mental distraction are represented on a scale:

  • Tasks such as listening to the radio ranked as a category “1” level of distraction or a minimal risk.
  • Talking on a cell-phone, both handheld and hands-free, resulted in a “2” or a moderate risk.
  • Listening and responding to in-vehicle, voice-activated email features increased mental workload and distraction levels of the drivers to a “3” rating or one of extensive risk.

“These findings reinforce previous research that hands-free is not risk-free,” said AAA Foundation President and CEO Peter Kissinger. “Increased mental workload and cognitive distractions can lead to a type of tunnel vision or inattention blindness where motorists don’t see potential hazards right in front of them.”
Based on this research, AAA urges the automotive and electronics industries to join us in exploring:

  • Limiting use of voice-activated technology to core driving-related activities such as climate control, windshield wipers and cruise control, and to ensure these applications do not lead to increased safety risk due to mental distraction while the car is moving.
  • Disabling certain functionalities of voice-to-text technologies such as using social media or interacting with e-mail and text messages so that they are inoperable while the vehicle is in motion.
  • Educating vehicle owners and mobile device users about the responsible use and safety risks for in-vehicle technologies.

AAA also is using the findings to promote dialogue with policy makers, safety advocates and industry to ensure that these emerging in-vehicle technologies won’t lead to unintentional compromises in public safety.  As part of this effort, AAA has already met with safety advocates and provided copies of the report to CEOs of all major U.S. automakers.
“This study constitutes the most in-depth analysis to date of mental distractions behind the wheel.  AAA is hopeful that it will serve as a stepping stone toward working in collaboration with automakers to promote our shared goal of improving safety for all drivers,” said Darbelnet. “Specifically, these increasingly common voice-driven, in-vehicle technologies should be limited to use for just core driving tasks unless the activity results in no significant driver distraction.”
To view the full Cognitive Distraction in the Vehicle report, the AAA Foundation’s Research Compendium on Cognitive Distraction or AAA’s Distracted Driving Fact Sheet, visit Established by AAA in 1947, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit, publicly-supported charitable educational and research organization. Dedicated to saving lives and reducing injuries on our roads, the Foundation’s mission is to prevent crashes and save lives through research and education about traffic safety. The Foundation has funded over 200 research projects designed to discover the causes of traffic crashes, prevent them, and minimize injuries when they do occur.  Visit for more information on this and other research. As North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 53 million members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at

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