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Do you drive an older vehicle? Know how to maintain it to avoid an unnecessary crash

Many older drivers drive vehicles that are 10 years of age or older due to living on fixed incomes. Typically owning an older vehicle is a financial decision as they are less expensive than newer vehicles, but they do require constant maintenance. Vehicles this old need to be meticulously and proactively maintained to keep yourself safe on the roads.

The most important thing to consider is finding one auto repair shop and/or mechanic that works on your car so they have a familiarity with the problems your vehicle has. They should be able to tell you about issues of your vehicle that are safety concerns that need to be addressed. Owning an older vehicle means prioritizing scarce resources to ensure safety on the roads.

Priority No. 1: Maintain things that could cause your old car to lose control and possibly cause an accident. This includes your car's braking system, tires, steering system and what we'll call "the driver vision system." Spend your money here first. Always check your brakes before you hear a grinding noise. Uneven wear on tires usually indicates a suspension problem which is a safety issue.

Priority No. 2: This will include maintenance on things that will leave you stranded or cause other components — such as the engine — to fail. This includes radiator hoses, fuel lines, constant velocity (CV) joints and fan, accessory and timing belts.

Priority No. 3: The third priority will be simply to keep your old car alive. This includes changing the engine oil, transmission fluid and coolant.

Priority No. 4: Get a manual for your vehicle. They can be found easily online. When you get it, keep it handy at all times.

42 y.o. Clemente Vasquez Carreto of Schuyler, Nebraska died and a passenger in his vehicle, 35 y.o. Julio Laz Pol of Schuyler was injured when 81 y.o. Leopoldo Alvarado Adame of Columbus, Nebraska crashed into them. Adame's 2002 Ford Explorer suffered a mechanical issue that caused him to cross the US Highway 30 median and collide with the driver's side of Carreto's Toyota Corolla. This crash happened this past Wednesday.

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Know how to safely drive in the rain.

Based on 10 years of statistics, NHTSA researchers found that 46% of weather-related crashes happened during rainfall, but just 17% while it was snowing or sleeting. This is most likely due to drivers making the sensible choice of staying home when it’s snowing. Many drivers simply fail to adjust their driving habits to rainy hazardous conditions.

AFODS recommends the following tips for driving in the rain:
1) Always make sure your vehicle is prepared for bad weather. Check that your windshield wipers, headlights, taillights, brake lights and turn signals are working properly. Then check your tire pressure with a gauge.
NOTE: Some states require the use of headlights when windshield wipers are in use. Be aware if this is the case in your state.
2) Slow down in the rain. You can lose up to 1/3 of your traction on wet roads so reduce your speed by about a third when it’s wet or rainy to offset the loss of traction.
3) Stay at least 5 seconds behind the driver in front of you. As we age, our reactions become slower. If you are advanced in age, allow even more than 5 seconds distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.
4) Try to not be boxed in on either side of your vehicle in case the vehicle ahead of your stops suddenly. This will allow you to be able to swerve out of the way to avoid hitting the vehicle in front of you.
5) Do not depend on cruise control, adaptive cruise control or forward collision warning systems as wet weather may affect the systems’ sensors and reduce their reliability.
6) Technology such as traction control, antilock braking systems, anti-skid control and lane-keeping assist features are beneficial in rainy weather.
7) If you hydroplane, gently ease your foot off of the gas. This may transfer enough weight forward so that your front tires regain contact with the road. You may also gently squeeze your brakes to slow your vehicle down which will also transfer weight to the front tires. Continue to look and steer in the direction that you want to go.
8) If heavy rains make it impossible to see in front of your vehicle, pull over to the side of the road or wait at the intersection until you can see through the rain again.
9) Absolutely avoid driving on roads with more than one inch of water.
10) If you know it is going to rain, stay home! It’s just not worth getting into a crash.

71 y.o. Janet Allen was injured on Wednesday night when she drove her 2010 Chrysler Town & Country into the path of a 2012 Toyota in Bedford, Indiana near the intersection of John Williams Boulevard and Beech Street. Heavy rains apparently made it nearly impossible to see any other vehicles in the intersection.

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How to stay safe in parking lots both as a driver and pedestrian.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has reported that 20% of all incidents involving vehicles happen in parking lots.

With the holiday season vastly approaching, AFODS has tips on how you can feel safer in parking lots:
1) Stay alert while walking through parking lots. Look and listen attentively.
2) Treat parking lots like streets-look both ways twice before you head to your destination.
3) Walk in the main aisles of parking lots, not in the areas between parked vehicles.
4) Walk in groups when possible for greater visibility.
5) Avoid areas such as loading docks and other areas that drivers have a hard time seeing anyone.
6) Do not assume that a driver can or will see you.
7) Wear proper footwear and other gear during periods of snow and ice.

In 2010, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration stated that 210 people die and 15,000 people are injured in light-vehicle back-up incidents.

AFODS is saddened to learn of the death of an 80 y.o. Remus, Michigan woman, who was run over by a 69 y.o. man backing out of a Culver's parking lot after 6 p.m. on Sunday, October 9. A Mount Pleasant, Michigan Police spokesperson stated that the driver did not see her and added that alcohol or drugs did not play a factor in the crash.

One car tool that might have prevented this incident is a back-up camera. Back-up cameras help drivers see objects directly behind you while backing out of your location. The back-up camera shows a wide view from behind the vehicle while it is in reverse. Some vehicles come with sensors, which will provide drivers with additional assistance so you know when something is in your blind spot and you cannot see from the back-up camera.

All drivers should remember to look over their shoulders and in your mirrors to avoid incidents like this in the future.

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