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4 ways parents can help teens avoid distracted driving

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Talking to your kids about distracted driving can save lives.

In a recent post, we kicked off Distracted Driving Awareness Month by dispelling some myths about distracted driving. As the month continues, we'll be providing more resources about this dangerous epidemic and helping you protect yourself on the road.

We all know that driving while distracted by a phone call, text message or chatty driver is highly dangerous, yet distracted driving continues to be a major contributor to vehicle accidents all over the country. Because teenagers are often glued to their phones, their age group is at high risk of vehicle accidents involving distracted driving. Fortunately, parents can help foster safe driving behavior and help keep teens accident-free.

Need help talking to your child about distracted driving? Read on.

Accident not your fault? Your insurance rates may still go up

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New York drivers may see their premiums rise after an accident, even if they were not at fault.

Most people know that if you cause a motor vehicle accident, you may see a spike in your insurance premiums. Insurance companies charge you more because they perceive you as higher risk, or more likely to cause another accident in the future.

But if the accident wasn't your fault, your rates should be safe - right? Not necessarily, according to a recent report by the Consumer Federation of America. Read on to learn more about what might happen to your insurance rates after an accident caused by someone else.

The most dangerous environment for your child

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Parents will go to any length to prevent their young children from being injured. The single most common place for kids to be seriously injured is one you have the least control over - the family car.

You can practice safe driving. You can use the car seats with the best safety records. You can watch your child like a mother eagle to keep him or her from becoming a statistic. But there are factors you cannot always overcome - erratic behavior by other drivers, mechanical failure, unsafe roadways and poor conditions.

4 myths about distracted driving to kick off Distracted Driving Awareness Month

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Every year in the United States, thousands of people die because of distracted driving. The National Safety Council hopes to shine a light on this epidemic and encourage drivers to put the devices down. To do that, the council has designated April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

We'll be covering topics related to distracted driving all month long on our blog. Today, we highlight four myths about distracted driving that motorists may use to justify unsafe driving behavior.

4 tips for safe driving in the rain

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Get ready for slick roads as the weather warms up.

New York may be getting snow now, but as the weather turns warmer we can expect to start seeing rain any day now. With rain comes a variety of challenges for motorists, such as slick roads, impaired visibility and unpredictable behavior from other drivers.

While some people find driving in the rain very stressful, others think it's no big deal. Both opinions are justified - while rainy conditions are a leading cause of car accidents, there are steps you can take to minimize your chance of an accident. Read on to learn how to keep yourself and your travel companions safe.

Get ready to move over for more emergency vehicles in New York

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In New York, traffic is inevitable - just another part of life in the city. But congested roads are more than just an inconvenience. They're also dangerous when they prevent emergency responders from performing efficiently. When emergency vehicles are prevented from traveling and stopping safely, it puts their workers and their patients at risk.

Police officers, firefighters and EMTs put their bodies on the line every day to keep our city as safe as possible. To help them do their jobs and minimize their risk of injury, New York State law requires that other drivers move over when an emergency vehicle is stopped at the side of the road. Do you know all the vehicles that you should be making room for?

Fewer inspections = more construction deaths in New York

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Safety experts have been saying it for years: When there are fewer inspections of work sites, there will be more accidents. According to a new report by the New York Committee for Occupational Safety & Health, construction sites in New York are no exception.

Amid a drop in safety inspections in New York state (from 2,722 in 2011 to 1,966 in 2015), workplace incidents involving injury or death jumped from 128 to 435 in the same time period. Fatalities in the city rose from 17 in 2011 to 25 in 2015.

Train derails in Brooklyn, injuring 76

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If you noticed a delay during your morning commute, it may have had something to do with a safety incident at Brooklyn's Atlantic Terminal. At the height of rush hour this morning, a Long Island Rail Road train derailed at the transit hub, injuring at least 76 people.

According to NBC New York, the train plowed into track 6 at Atlantic Terminal at 8:30 this morning. Many commuters complained of neck, back and head injuries, though most were fairly minor and treated at the scene.

Take these 5 steps to safely interact with new dogs

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Avoid bites and keep yourself safe with these tips

Virtually no one is immune to the charm of a cute dog, and we've all felt the urge to run up to a strange puppy and start showering it with attention. However, approaching a dog in that way can provoke aggressive behavior and even compromise your safety. Dog bites can be extremely dangerous, sometimes causing severe injuries or even death.

Knowing how to approach a strange dog properly can help you avoid bites and keep your loved ones safe. Read on to learn five important tips for a positive encounter with a new dog.

5 tips for safe holiday road trips

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With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, it's almost time to load up the car and hit the road to visit loved ones. But how can you avoid ending up stranded in the snow or, even worse, seriously injured? Review the tips below and take some easy steps to ensure your holiday travels are safe, healthy and happy.

  • Keep your car running at its best... -- We've all done it. Sometimes life gets hectic or bills pile up and you find yourself putting off that oil change for longer than you should. However, keeping up with maintenance is important, especially when you have a big trip planned. If your car has issues that you can't fix in time, consider a rental.
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