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Why overcorrected pick-up trucks can create dangerous rollover crashes?

Last year, the American auto industry sold over 9.73 million pick-up trucks.

One of the many benefits of having a pick-up truck is having the ability to tow material all across our country’s roadways. AFODS recommends that all pick-up drivers follow the proper maximum tow rating on their respective pick-up trucks. Most pick-up trucks use a tool called a weight-distributing hitch. If properly set up, the hitch is designed to improve safety and can balance both the tow vehicle and the attached trailer.

However, pick-up trucks have the tendency of overcorrecting. Overcorrecting is simply over steering in reaction to an event, which leads to the loss of control of the vehicle. There are four ways that you can prevent overcorrection:
1) Stay clam. Do not let the momentary feeling of panic take over your better judgement.
2) Take your foot off of the accelerator.
3) Ease your vehicle back onto the pavement.
4) Keep your foot off the brake.

Overcorrection could potentially lead to rollovers, which are one of the deadliest but rare vehicle crashes.

An elderly man and woman died on early morning on September 18 because of an overcorrected vehicle. For unknown reasons, their 2003 Toyota Tundra began to drift off of I-80 in Dixon, California and after trying to turn left back onto the road, the truck overturned several times. Two other female passengers suffered non-life threatening injuries.

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Rural roads are dangerous! Know how to be safe on them.

Did you know that 60% of all crashes happen on rural roads? Given that only 23% of all Americans live in rural areas, one would think that rural roads would be safer than urban roads. What's more alarming is that 90% of all fatal crashes happen on rural roads in some states, and drivers are 2.5 times more likely to die on rural roads than urban roads. Further, head on collisions are more common because of the higher rates of speed and the closeness of oncoming traffic.

Know the characteristics of rural roads and how these roads differ from urban roads:
1) Lack of signs or accurate maps
2) Blind curves
3) Narrow width (not sufficient for vehicles to pass safely)
4) No shoulder or guard rails
5) Soft surface (uncompacted gravel or dirt)
6) Rough or damaged road surface
7) Obstacles on road (slow-moving vehicles, animals, debris)
8) Unusually steep hills or sharp curves

Tips for staying safe on rural roads:
1) Do not speed. Speeding occurs more frequently on rural roads because drivers have a false sense of security on these roads due to fewer vehicles being on the roads.
2) Always wear your seat belt. Drivers are less likely to wear their seat belts on rural roads.
3) Do not drive drunk on these roads.
4) Be vigilant about broken down or stalled vehicles on the sides of the roads.
5) Expect the unexpected and prepare for it.
6) Always keep GPS, your cell phone or a compass in your vehicle.
7) Keep an emergency supply of food, water and any other emergency supplies
8) Fill up on fuel before traveling in rural areas.

78 y.o. Warren Krupke of Paynesville, Minnesota was injured when he was driving on his Harley-Davidson motorcycle in Albany Township, MN. He attempted to pass a tractor and did so unsuccessfully striking the tractor on its side.

Link to the above crash:

AFODS will be continuing the discussion of safety on rural roads in future posts!

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Did you know that most people with dementia do not know that they have cognitive decline?

Police are asking for the public's help to find a 78 y.o. Jesse Sims who vanished after leaving his Vacaville, California home Monday afternoon, according to the Vacaville Police Department. Sims was last seen leaving his home around 1pm, while driving a gray 2005 Lexus LS430 with the license plate number 5PTU980. Police consider Sims at risk because he has beginning stages of dementia, according to police.

Driving is extremely important for older individuals to maintain independence. Studies have shown that the quality of life drastically declines once there is cessation of driving. But, as a community, what can we do help those that we know have dementia and should probably not drive. Driving, in general, takes memory...memory of your location and memory of how to drive. If our memory is affected, it could very well be time to give up driving as it could be possible to hit a pedestrian and not even know that happened. Additionally, some people with dementia do not know that they have cognitive decline. In these cases, we need to step in and take their keys and/or their vehicle away before they wind up on a silver alert. Step in and offer a lift to a senior to help them get where they need to go or show them how to call an Uber driver.

If you have seen Jesse Sims, please contact the Vacaville police at (707) 449-5200. If you know someone that needs to stop driving and need to find community resources, please feel free to contact AFODS by messaging us. We will research anybody's needs in an effort to keep innocent people safe from suspect drivers and to keep older individuals independent.

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