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Bosch Car Service: Safe Driving Guide

Why Wiper Quality is Important

Good visibility largely depends on the quality of the wipers. After all, wipers have to complete more than 750,000 wipe cycles, corresponding to an area equivalent to about 80 football fields. If that was not enough, they also have to withstand the toughest conditions:

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  • Temperature fluctuations between -20°F and 175°F with exposure to direct sunlight.
  • Dirt, insects, ice, leaves and other matter on the windshield.
  • Chemical influences.

How Important Is Correct Headlight Adjustment

Incorrectly set lightsIncorrectly set headlights are not only a danger to the driver, but for all other road users as well. Not only do they fail to provide sufficient illumination, they can also blind the drivers of oncoming vehicles.
So it is important to have your lights checked at regular intervals to ensure safe driving at all times.

Avoid Distracted Driving

Texting and using your cell phone are not the only activities that diverts your attention away from the road. Things like eating, grooming, watching videos or talking to passengers also constitute as distractions.

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Here are some fast facts from www.distraction.gov the Official US Gov’t Website for Distracted Driving.

  • In 2013, 424,000 individuals were injured in accidents caused by distracted driving.
  • Drivers in their 20s make up 27% of the distracted drivers in fatal crashes.
  • On average, 5 seconds is the amount of time your eyes are off the road when you send a text message. Driving at a speed of 55 mph, you would cover a football field blindfolded.

By using the resources from Distraction.gov we all can help make the roads safer for everyone.

Asleep at the Wheel: Driving While Drowsy

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has defined drowsy driving as “when a driver of a motor vehicle is too tired to remain alert and as a result may have slower reaction times, reduced vigilance and impaired vision, even falling asleep.”*

Below are American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommended way to identify and prevent drowsy driving.

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Some of the warnings signs of drowsy driving:

  • Yawning or blinking frequently.
  • Drifting into other lanes & hitting the rumble strips.
  • “Nodding off” & trouble keeping eyes open.

How to prevent drowsy driving:

  • Get adequate amounts of sleep.
  • Share driving responsibilities other passengers.
  • Take a short nap at a rest stop.
  • Use caffeine for a short term boost.

Get more information regarding drowsy driving from the CDC. Drowsy Driving

*http://www.sleepeducation.org/sleep-topics/drowsy-driving

Child Safety Overview

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has created a special website to provide parents with the proper information to keep their children safe while traveling. The NHTSA provides resources on selecting a car seat that is appropriate for your child, letting your teenager drive for the first time, and safety in and around the car.

To get further information on child safety, visit Parents Central on the NHTSA’s website.

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