New drivers are at an increased risk of accidents in winter weather because they may not have the experience needed to successfully avoid ice- and snow-related accidents. At the same time, winter hazards increase accidents during cold weather for all drivers. By following these five tips for new drivers, you can reduce your risk of an accident this winter.
Winter in Alaska is a beautiful time of year, with soft blankets of snow, glistening trees, and holiday spirit. Here at Kelley & Canterbury LLC, we enjoy getting together with our family and friends for the holidays.
Whether you’re looking for a nice, quiet winter at home or a holiday adventure, there’s plenty to do around Anchorage this winter. Here are a few of our recommendations and tips on staying safe this season. [Read more…]
Preparing for the winter weather in Anchorage entails more than buying some home heating fuel and pulling out the heavy winter coats. Ensuring your car is ready for winter is just as important. By taking the time for a little vehicle preparation, you can reduce your risk of an accident, as well as help keep yourself and your family safe if an accident does occur. Here is some advice from our attorneys.
Riding a bicycle in winter can be tricky, especially when weather leads to poor road conditions and visibility is at a minimum. Even so, some people choose to commute by bike or ride for recreation during the coldest months in Alaska. By taking the right precautions to reduce your risk of an accident, you can safely ride a bicycle in Anchorage this winter.
Summer traffic is coming to and end, but that means a completely different type of traffic—school traffic. As the summer is winding to a close, many parents may feel anxious to get the kids back off to school. However, with school traffic comes greater risk. There are more people on the road during certain hours, busses are running, and there may be kids of all ages choosing to walk to school. There are many risks that come along with every single one of these factors, Even if you do not have children, this rise and change in traffic can have a major effect on you, and it is important to understand ways to safely interact with increased traffic, children, and school busses. [Read more…]
What is a Google Self-Driving Car?
According to Google, “Our self-driving cars are designed to navigate safely through city streets.” The advertisement claims you can get around easier and safer with cars designed to “take you where you want to go at the push of a button.” The company claims that everyone, including visually impaired and aging individuals, can get around easily and safely.
The cars work by using sensors to detect objects around the car. The software processes the information from the sensors to navigate the road while avoiding potential obstacles and dangers. This is all done without any driver input. Google is testing its self-driving cars in Mountain View, California, Austin, Texas, and Kirkland, Washington. [Read more…]
We live in Anchorage, Alaska so we are covered in snow during the winter, right? Most winters the answer would be, “yes” but this winter that is not the case. Anchorage has had one of the lowest snowfalls on record this year.
This season, Anchorage received just under 25 inches of snow making it one of the three least-snowy seasons to date since 1952. You would think that having a low snowfall would be a good thing for many people working, living, and visiting Anchorage; however, that is not always the case. [Read more…]
Texting while driving (TWD) has become one of the most common forms of distracted driving across the country. It is estimated that 1,153 people are injured and nine people are killed each day in distracted driving accidents. Each year, more than 3,000 teens are killed in crashes involving texting while driving compared to approximately 2,700 teen deaths in drunk driving accidents. The availability and the constant use of cell phones has rapidly increased the risk for this distraction among teen drivers. [Read more…]
The Alaska midnight sun is distracting making it hard to appreciate brake lights on the Highways and the beautiful scenery from mountains, foliage and wildlife is a major distraction this time of year. Of course no texting and driving and if you’re lost, pull over to find your way or get directions rather than looking at GPS on your phone.
According to news reports, police responded to more than 85 crashes – including ten with injuries – in Anchorage alone. While weather can make driving more difficult, some precautions might reduce your risk of a wintertime car accident. [Read more…]
No matter where you are from, wearing your seatbelt is always important. In Alaska, however, this simple step can be even more important. With the twisting roads, bad weather, and a higher amount of inexperienced drivers, getting into a vehicle in Alaska can prove to be more dangerous than other places in the United States, so wearing your seatbelt should always be top of mind. [Read more…]