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    Are Your Turn Signals On?

    Posted by Gordon Atlantic Staff

    Sat, Oct 06, 2012 @ 10:10 AM

    Massachusetts is infamous for having drivers that do not use their turn signals while on the road. This lack of blinker use creates more problems than you might think.

    Prevent automobile collisions by using your vehicle signals and with auto from andrew gordon inc insurance norwell maIn fact, a shocking study by the Society of Automotive Engineers shows that one in every four turns is made without using a signal. The result? Two million collisions each year. Therefore, accidents caused by failure to use a blinker occur more than twice as often as accidents caused by distracted driving. (Distracted driving causes about 950,000 collisions per year.)

    Turn signals are important because they act as a form of communication. Other drivers cannot predict which way you are going, and you cannot predict their moves either.

    Whenever you use a blinker, you should always provide an ample amount of time for the other drivers to recognize your message. Use your blinker at least 100 feet before you make the turn (the distance between two electric poles is approximately 50 ft).

    When should I use a blinker?

    It's your responsibility to signal turns, even if your blinker breaks. Here’s what the law says:

    “Every person operating a motor vehicle, before stopping said vehicle or making any turning movement which would affect the operation of any other vehicle, shall give a plainly visible signal by activating the brake lights or directional lights or signal as provided on said vehicle; and in the event electrical or mechanical signals are not operating or not provided on the vehicle, a plainly visible signal by means of the hand and arm shall be made. Hand and arm signals shall be made as follows:—

    1. An intention to turn to the left shall be indicated by hand and arm extended horizontally.

    2. An intention to turn to the right shall be indicated by hand and arm extended upward.

    3. An intention to stop or decrease speed shall be indicated by hand and arm extended downward.

    Whoever violates any provision of this section shall be punished by a fine of not less than twenty-five dollars for each offense. “

    In plainer English, you should always use a blinker. For more specific situations, see below.Drive safely and warn other drivers with blinkers and auto insurance from andrew gordon inc norwell ma

    1. Making turns. Whether it’s a side road, a driveway, a fast food drive-thru, you need to let other drivers know where you're heading. Whenever you make a turn, your car will be slowing down and the cars behind you have to be aware that your speed will be changing prior to the turn.
    2. Switching lanes. You should always use a turn signal to indicate change of lane. Remember, there might be a driver right in your blind spot.
    3. Intersections and traffic lights. At all intersections, use the signal to show in which direction you intend to proceed. At intersections with traffic lights and traffic lanes (i.e. “left turn only” lanes), continue to use your turn signal. Other drivers behind you may have their vision blocked and are unable to identify the specificity of the traffic lanes.

    Using a turn signal doesn’t take away from any of the driving experience. All it does is create a safer environment for all drivers, including yourself.

    If you have any questions about insurance, feel free to contact us. Learn more about auto insurance here.

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    What is Distracted Driving?

    Posted by Gordon Atlantic Staff

    Wed, Mar 21, 2012 @ 03:36 PM

    Dont drive when distracted to prevent car accidents and cover yourself with auto from Andrew Gordon Inc Insurance Norwell MATaking your eyes off the road for a split second is all it takes to change or end a life. The situation became personal recently when a family friend made the wrong choice of reading a text message while driving. In a split second, she drifted off the road and struck a tree head-on. You can see from these pictures of her vehicle, it is a miracle no one was injured in this single vehicle accident last month on Main St., Hingham. The driver, Amanda, age 28, had no passengers and acknowledged to the police that she did take her eyes off the road to read an incoming text message. The accident came as a shock to family and friends as we all know Amanda as a highly responsible young adult. She knew better but still made a terrible decision. I can guarantee Amanda learned from this experience and she hopes others learn from her incident. A few days after the accident, I took my 16 year old daughter to see the heavily damaged 2012 Jeep at the auto body shop. Seeing the vehicle made the consequences of distracted driving more real to my daughter who recently acquired a driver’s permit.

    Prevent accidents by always paying attention to the road and cover your automobile with auto from Andrew Gordon Inc Insurance Norwell MAIn 2009, nearly 5500 people were killed and an additional 448000 injured in crashes involving distraction. There are three types of distracted driving- visual, manual and cognitive. Visual is taking your eyes off the road, manual is taking your hands off the wheel and cognitive is taking your mind off the task at hand. Text messaging while driving may be considered the most distracting of all because it includes all three types of distracted driving - visual, manual and cognitive. Sending or receiving a text takes a driver's eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent-at 55 mph-of driving the length of an entire football field blindfolded.

    Distracted driving is not only texting and driving. Any non-driving activity you engage in is a potential distraction that increases your risk of crashing. All distractions endanger driver, passenger and bystander safety. These include texting, using a cell phone, talking to passengers, grooming, reading including maps, using a navigation system, watching a video or adjusting a radio.

    If it's so dangerous, why do people do it?

    Some people still don't understand distracted driving is dangerous. Others know about the risks of texting and talking while driving, but still choose to do so anyway. They make the mistake of thinking the statistics don't apply to them and believe they can defy the odds. Still others simply lead busy, stressful lives and use cell phone to stay connected with their families, friends, and workplaces. They forget or choose not to shut these devices off when they get behind the wheel.

    Who are the most serious offenders?

    Our youngest and most inexperienced drivers are most at risk, with 16% of all distracted driving crashes involving drivers under 20. However, they are not alone as 84% of distracted driving accidents involve adults over 20.

    Is it safe to use a hands-free device to talk on a cell phone while driving?

    The research indicates that the cognitive distraction of having a hands-free phone conversation causes drivers to miss the important visual and audio cues that would ordinarily help you avoid a crash.

    The bottom line for safe driving  is to keep your eyes on the road, hands on the wheel and mind on the task of driving.

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