Several years ago, numerous media outlets reported on the unique hazards faced by travelers who utilize 15-passenger vans. While these media reports and numerous fatal accidents involving these vehicles dissuaded many from purchasing or renting these vans, these vehicles remain popular today. Understandably, many schools, houses of worship and nonprofit organizations find them to be particularly appealing due to their size. Unfortunately, even as these vehicles remain appealing, they also remain uniquely hazardous.
Americans have weathered a particularly challenging winter. As the nation thaws, it has become time to turn attention to the comparatively easier challenges of spring. Driving during springtime is generally a pleasant task, especially when compared to the task of driving during the darkest days of winter. However, springtime driving is not without its hazards.
In our last post, we began a discussion about car seat safety. We noted that even the most safety-conscious parents in America can make safety-related missteps from time to time. This is why it is so important for parents of children under the age of 13 years to regularly review the latest car seat safety recommendations released by the government and other concerned organizations.
Even the most safety-conscious parents can misstep now and then when it comes to their children’s wellbeing. One can baby-proof a house from top to bottom and then forget to cut up a small child’s grapes. One can invest in swimming lessons and life jackets only to turn away for an instant as a child starts running along a slippery pool deck. And one can buy the most expensive car seat on the market only to install it incorrectly.
As we noted in a recent post on this blog, distracted driving is an important safety issue when it comes to teen drivers. Numerous studies have shown that distracted driving among teens is rather common, but the results of a recent study by AAA seem to indicate that the behavior is more common than was previously thought.
There is a significant difference between networking and cronyism. When an individual is hired by a networking “connection,” there is generally nothing wrong with this scenario provided that the individual being hired is qualified for the position in question. If a friend, family member or associate is hired without proper qualifications for the position in question, this scenario may be described as cronyism.
Teenagers have some great qualities. They are young, healthy, spirited and optimistic about the future. Any parent would likely admit that teens also have some qualities that contribute to a few mistakes or lapses in judgment, like the fact they can be impetuous, confident and independent.
“Tween” is a relatively new term. In popular culture, “tween” is currently the label affixed to young people who aren’t fully children and aren’t fully teens. The behavior of these youngsters between the ages of 8 and 14 can fluctuate frequently between more childish approaches and more mature approaches. Because members of this age group are somewhat unpredictable in this sense, it can be difficult to know how best to communicate with them.
When you sit behind the wheel of your car or truck, do you ever stop to consider the power that you are wielding? Do you ever stop to think about how easy it would be to damage property or living things with a single lapse in judgment or a slightly wrong turn of the wheel? Driving is such an important activity in American life. It is a ubiquitous one and one that is often undertaken without much thought. However, Americans die every day as a result of car accidents and it is important to consider, from time to time, just how powerful the act of driving is and can be.
As our readers may or may not be aware, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is currently embroiled in a standoff with Japanese auto supplier Tanaka. The NHTSA has become the subject of significant criticism over the past several years as a result of several compromised recall delays. Notably, several legislators called for hearings after it was suspected that the NHTSA was negligent in identifying and responding to the potentially fatal defects present in numerous vehicle models manufactured by General Motors.