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Vermessung und kontrollieren Sie die Personalleistung

Dieser Geschäftserfolg besteht darin, die richtigen Personen zur korrekten Zeit fuer den korrekten Ort zu bringen. Darum, wo liegt das Harte nuss (umgangssprachlich)? Eigentlich, für den fall Sie in keiner weise einen, sondern fünf und besser fünf Gruppen von seiten Mitarbeitern verwalten müssen, daraufhin stehen Diese vor dem Problem dieser Messung des weiteren Kontrolle. Dieses ist fett zu schildern, ob ein team besser abschneidet oder keinesfalls, und dieses wird aktion, den Erfolg eines Mitarbeiters mit deinem anderer über vergleichen. Das ist tat, die einmaligen Eigenschaften von seiten Menschen abgeschlossen erkennen. Darum, was ist echt die Lösung? Die schnellsten Kennzahlen des weiteren Schlüsselindikatoren, die Ihnen zeigen, wie Sie Ihre Daten richtig verwalten.

Es vorhanden ist zwei Ansätze, die man erachten kann, sowie Jene unter zuhilfenahme von Menschenfreundlich Resources (HR) in Ihrem Betriebe grübeln. Erstens können Sie in Bezug herauf vielen Durchgang überlegen, zweitens sachverstand Sie darüber grübeln, denn sich die Arbeitskraft gen das gesamte Geschäft funktionieren.

Die Prozesse dieser Ausarbeitung über Mitarbeitern anschauen: Option, Ausbildung, Management, Ruhestand. Allesamt Phasen müssen sorgfältig ablaufen, denn jene Das Geschäft ändern kompetenz. Zu dem Beispiel, sowie Sie das beste Gedankenfolge haben, um Zeug abgeschlossen mieten, allerdings es vermag langsam malochen, dann werden Sie durchrasseln (umgangssprachlich). Wenn Das Ausbildungssystem erlaubt, jeden surfer abgeschlossen trainieren, doch in keiner weise erlaubt, die tatsächliche Leistung über kontrollieren, die via das verarbeitete Workout erzeugt sieht man, dann werden Jene ablosen (umgangssprachlich). Für den fall deine wildesten Frauen darüber hinaus Ruhestand gehen, kannst auch du abkacken.

Doch ist es echt wichtig, alle Prozesse über messung des weiteren zu überprüfen, die mit die Mitarbeiterbeziehung am hut haben befinden sich. Spielern, mit jenen Sie ackern, falls verstehen, was Die Ziele sind immer wieder ferner wie sie hinzu hinzufügen, solche Ziele abgeschlossen bezwingen. Dies ist die zentrale Begriff von Management weiterhin Grundeinstellung mit Mitarbeitermanagementprozessen.

Jenes anderer Technik aufmerksam gegenseitig darauf, als jemandes Lage dasjenige Unternehmen beeinflusst. Das ist echt glaubhaft, falls selbst für den fall jemand atomar Versand arbeitet, er und diese bei weitem nicht alleinig datenraum vielen geldigen Glied dieses Geschäfts anhand die Generierung vonseiten Verkäufen steuern darf, statt dessen ebenso allesamt anderen Teile.

Zu ihrem Beispiel sieht man der Verkäufer in komplette Unternehmensprozesse involviert sein, wie auch zum Paradebeispiel Entstehung weiterhin Wissensaustausch. Selbige Subjekt würde ebenso direkt unter zuhilfenahme von vielen Mitglieder zusammenarbeiten, hiermit diese bei weitem nicht alleinig aufstellen, sondern auch 1 wertvolles Feedback seitens welchen Endbenutzern Ihres Produkts kaufen. Jene Personen sein Diesem Betrieb ebenfalls helfen, nicht nur mit Bezug auf allen Warenumschlag, statt dessen in Bezug gen optimalere Geschäftsprozesse darüber hinaus Geschäftseffizienz über formen.

So sehr, wie auch HR-Abteilung anders Ihrem Firmen abgeschlossen messen und zu steuern. Die Auskunft ist besonders einfach – Diese müssten einige Schlüsselindikatoren konstruieren, die dasjenige Betriebe repräsentieren darüber hinaus dann darauf beachten, was perfekt arbeitet ferner was geändert werden koennte. Wir kennen etliche Namen jetzt für jenes System, beispielsweise KPI (Key Performance Indicators) , alternativ Balanced Scorecard. Das Jahresabschluss ist eine klare Ansicht gen das, was anders Diesem Betrieb ablauf wird darüber hinaus wie auch es Ihr Geschäft herauf zahlreichen besten Nicht da bringt.

Was kann welcher beste Schritt jenes? Man glaube, Jene innehaben schon wichtige Details jetzt für die Scorecard erhalten. Zum Beispiel haben Jene ein Zeugnis namens “Mission”, das ist es eine allgemeine Definition Ihrer Prinzipien, Sie können einige Geschäftsziele, Jene haben Geschäftsprozesse beschrieben weiterhin formalisiert. Das was Sie nun brauchen, ist, all diese wichtigen Fakten in deinem unkompliziert über verwaltenden Gedankenfolge zu aneignen, dasjenige die Klasse welcher einzelnen Metriken berücksichtigt. Dies Mechanismus (Balanced Scorecard oder KPI) hilft Solchen frauen, die Verdienste Ihrer Personalabteilung zu verwalten ferner über versichern.

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Part One: What Are You Really Thankful For?

What Are You Really Thankful For?

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Remember these guys?

It’s a couple of days before Thanksgiving, or the day that millions of people stuff their faces full of food, enjoy time with their friends and family, and watch the hell out of some football. Yeah, that’s great and all…but what about the rest of the world? What are they doing? We should be thankful for everything in our lives…not just once a year, but every day.

This is the time of year that people begin to really think of what they’re thankful for. Maybe it’s just their new job, or the fact that they get time off for the holidays. Whatever you’re thankful for, it must be important to you…which got me thinking. Why don’t people thank their auto technicians more often?

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This guy is thankful for your business…are you thankful for his handiwork?

They are the silent heroes, keeping our cars running safely. So why don’t we appreciate that? It’s probably because to be thankful for their handiwork you have to spend money. I get that, totally. Spending money sucks, but spending money on a car repair to ensure that you and your family ride around in safety isn’t that big of a deal.

Which is why I researched the internet and found a bunch of reviews that people wrote: Thanking your Auto Technician. Take a pleasure ride through these touchy reviews and see just how appreciative people really are towards the people who fix their cars.

* Warning, some of these stories may instill “feels”. If you’re wondering what feels are, they’re feelings. Yeah I know, weird nickname. Either way, these articles might require you to have some tissues…then again, maybe I’m just a sap.*

1. “You are good people who respected me as a customer and, just as importantly, as a person.  You did all you could to earn and keep my business by assuring my complete satisfaction  every step of the way.  And you did it with a handshake and a smile.  It reminded me of how it used to be years ago when I could do business confidently with neighborhood tradesmen who knew me by my first name.  I can’t ask for more than that” – Art, Hollywood, Florida.

2. “After getting into a little fender-bender, my daughter and I arrived at your shop where we were both greeted with smiles and warm hot chocolate. I can’t thank you enough for the service you provided to us. You could have treated us like any other customer, on any given day, but you didn’t. You listened to my concerns and what I could afford and worked with me the best you could. You also treated my daughter with kindness when it is easy to dismiss young children. Thank you again.” – Sarah, Lexus dealership in San Francisco, California.

3. “Your tech, Cole, was exceptional. He showed us exactly what was wrong with our car, and what it would take to fix it. His personal touch and concern led us to have the work completed. You usually don’t get honesty like that in big dealership repair shops.” Travis and Mariah,  Meridian, Idaho.

5. “I came into the shop thinking I was going to spend thousands of dollars. I was pleasantly surprised that the technician showed me what I really needed to get done on my truck to make it run better. He didn’t try to lead me into buying new tires, a whole new engine, or even windshield wipers. He was honest, kind, and very detailed. More shops should have technicians who care as much as yours.” -Brian, Denver, Colorado.

6. “Today I decided to get my oil changed. I found your shop on yelp and decided to give you a try. Everyone knows that most repair shops will give you a deal on their oil changes and then slap you with a second “estimate” for work you need done. But not Jiffy Lube, you brought my car in, worked on it and sent me on my way in under 30 minutes. Thanks for the speed and professionalism, it’s respected!” – Kate, Orlando, Florida.

7. ” I normally hate waiting on my car to be fixed…but with free tv, wifi, and even some snacks…I couldn’t hate sitting there if my life depended on it. The coffee was hot, the popcorn was buttery, and most importantly, you got me in and out of there quickly.” – Kyle, Chicago, Illinois.

8. “When I bought my daughters Toyota into your shop, I expected to be handed a very expensive estimate to repair the windows that stopped working. I was happy to find that you charged a flat fee, included the price of the new windows into it, and didn’t overly charge me to the initial estimate to find out what we needed. I couldn’t thank you more for making my experience a good one. I will return to your shop when I need more work done.” – Jo, Arlington, Texas.

9. “Every time I come into this shop the employees are pleasant and kind without having to fake their way through it. I appreciate that you have your technicians explain what needs to be worked on, rather than someone behind a desk who hasn’t looked inside a hood in their entire life. That is what I like about your shop more than others in the area. I can trust that you’re not out to just take my money, but honestly want me to be safe on the road.” – Carson, Seattle Washington.

10. ” I am happy that my friends referred me to your shop when I needed work done on my AC. IT was important to me that I got work done by someone who really knew what they were doing. Your technician was not only knowledgeable in everything that had to be done, but he suggested what I might need to get done in order for the problem not to come back- he didn’t push the work on me, just handed me a sheet and said that I might want to get it looked at. No pushing, totally nice, and you were great explaining the cost of the work to me. I’d like to thank you again for your work!” Aria Jeanne, Detroit, Michigan.

You see! People really do love their automotive technicians! It’s times like these that we need to be thankful for everyone in our lives, because in one way or another, they help us get through to tomorrow. They are the reason why we are able to be at home safely on the holidays, and to celebrate out with friends when we need to get away from said family. All people deserve our thanks and If this inspired you, go out and say thank you to the people in your life that help you get along.

– K. The Car Girl

p.s.

This will be a three part series. I may have said that at the beginning of this article, I can’t remember…either way, look out for tomorrow’s edition of What Are You Really Thankful For?

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Trunk Or Treating Ideas for your own Trunk!

Trunk Or Treat Ideas for you all!

What is trunk or treat you ask? It’s only the coolest way to hand treats to kids this year…and it’s all the rave on the world witch web, therefore it must be cool!

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It’s time for Trunk or Treating!

Happy October!

It’s my favorite month. Mostly because of the seasons changing and the feeling of warmth, even if the days are cold. Pumpkin spice everything! Bonfires complete with hot chocolate and lot o’ smores. You just can’t beat October. So that got me thinking…what does October and Halloween have to do with cars? A simple google research and VIOLA!

TRUNK OR TREAT: is known around the United States as an alternative to Trick or Treating. Basically you deck the trunk of your car out as best as possible and have children walk around the parking lot or small housing area and scare them, I mean enhance their Halloween experience 🙂

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A Classy Halloween

Before I show you the Trunkideas, I would like to first give all my readers a brief history of Halloween:

“Straddling the line between fall and winter, plenty and paucity, life and death, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints and martyrs; the holiday, All Saints’ Day, incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows’ Eve and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a secular, community-based event characterized by child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating. In a number of countries around the world, as the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, people continue to usher in the winter season with gatherings, costumes and sweet treats.”

So basically, Halloween started as a pagan ritual celebrating the changing seasons- from summer to winter. Lot’s of Celts believed that this seasonal change was the physical representation of Life and Death. It makes sense, the harvest season is plentiful and lively– giving sustenance to those throughout the upcoming harsh winter months; while winter is usually described and thought of as desolate and depressing- or when trees lose their leaves, no planting is acceptable (or advised) and most people would rather just stay indoors to get away from the cold.

So, with that brief history lesson, here’s a couple of fun Trunk or Treat ideas I’ve found around the world witch web for your viewing pleasure. Go ahead and thank me now….I know this is probably the BEST idea in the whole witchy world!

The Batmobile:

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Robin get the candy ready…thousands of hungry ghouls and ghosts are on their way to our car!

How cool is this car? I heard they only serve bat shaped candies and because Robin really likes chocolates, he gives children bird shaped chocolates! It’s simple in it’s design, but heck, I’d enter the bat cave for some candies!

Enter the Land of OZ:

It’s time to enter the wonderful world of OZ. All you have to do is follow the simple yellow brick road while watching out for the Wicked Witch…and you’ll be reawarded….with Candy 🙂

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follow the yellow brick road to some CANDY!

Oh the Witchery!

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*best cackling witch voice* “come here my pretty, I’ll give you candy”

These witches will cackle and…giggle? Apparently! Look at all the fun decorations that you can add to your trunk to make it look like a witches home. With added white branches and the awesome candy goblets, well, you’re in for a witchin’ good time at this Trunk Or Treat party!

Enter the pineapple under the sea:

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he may live in a pineapple under the sea, but spongebob knows how to Trunk or Treat!

Come visit with your favorite Bikini Bottom friends while Trunk or Treating! I bet cleaning up all that sand and the water must be hard…but someone’s gotta do it!

My Personal Favorite:

So while the aforementioned Trunk or Treat trunks were awesome…this one is my favorite. Why you ask? Well, duh. Because it’s awesome. It’s not really a trunk persay, but still…the creativeness of this person must be well and witchin’.

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I do wonder where they’ve hidden the candy though…because let’s be honest, that’s the most important part of Halloween.

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enjoy a fun and safe holiday this year! Filled with lots and lots o’ candies and fun memories to share with those you love!

I hope you all enjoyed some Trunk or Treat ideas. Go ahead and implement them into your Halloween fun and I’m sure all will love you very much. Just seriously don’t forget the candy. Be safe this Halloween: Stay in lit areas or walk with a flashlight. Walk in groups. Make sure your adults know where you’ll be. And most importantly: HAVE FUN!

You’re Witchy Advisor-

 

The Car Girl.

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Calling all Mobilian Myth Busters!

Hello Mobilian Myth Busters!

It’s time to bust some known (or unknown) automotive myths. We’re here to find and deliver the truth!

it’s time to bust those pesky automotive myths!

Here at Air Mobile we believe in the truth! That can mean many things to different people, but we pride ourselves in honesty and letting our customers know exactly what needs to get fixed and how much it will cost- even if you decide to not go through with our services. That being said, today’s blog is going to be about Myth Busting! And guess what? We’re here to bust myths and let our readers know the truth.

The Internet. It’s amazing -no, astonishing because all of the worlds information is just at the tips of your fingers…but that also means there is a lot of misinformation as well. That’s why I’ve decided to debunk some Auto Maintenance myths for you all. You can thank me later!

Myth #1: You Should Probably Change Your Oil Every 3,000 Miles.

I’m sure at one point everyone from your Grandpa to your service technician told you that you need to change your oil every 3,000 miles. This is you breaking that industry standard.

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Oil doesn’t need to be changed every 3000 miles. This myth? Busted!

The majority of automakers today are saying you can change your oil at either 7,500 or 10,000 miles. Obviously I’d still check with your individual owner’s manual to see what they recommend. So, why should you wait that long? First of all, you’re spending dollars that you don’t have to on oil changes…which makes your dealership or local technicians very happy. Secondly, you’re wasting oil, and contributing to the growing problem of how to recycle all the used oil that is irreparably damaging the environment, and nobody’s got time for that!

Here are just some of the reasons that make it possible for longer oil change intervals:
  • Improved oils that protect engines from wear and heat.
  • Tighter tolerances (the gap between metal moving parts) of modern, high tech engines.
  • The introduction of oil life monitoring system that notify the driver when an oil change is required.
  • More automakers using synthetic oil.

Myth #2: Independent repair shops are always more expensive than dealer service repairs. 

While this may be partly true, for some Auto body shops, it’s not true for all of them. Especially us here at Air Mobile. We are here to give you honest answers to your car troubles, what needs to be serviced, and how much that service will cost. But a dealership? Well, they’re in it for the money.

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see the blonde? She knows that dealerships spread this myth to deter customers from local repair shops. Shame on them!

They have higher monthly expenses that ultimately result in higher prices for services that your local shop might not charge for. Let’s start with the diagnosis, shall we? Most high end dealerships will cost you about 50-100 dollars or more depending on how intricate their diagnostics need to go. Why the high charge? Well, that’s an easy answer- incase you don’t go through with the service, the time they spent on your car is covered, payed for. Haven’t you heard the expression, “There’s no free lunch?”.

  • Should you opt to have the repair done after it’s been diagnosed there is usually some labor overlap involved. Overlap meaning that if you came in with a brake concern then, in most cases, the wheels are already removed from the vehicle as part of the diagnosis. You should not be charged the full labor time to replace the brakes because some of the labor has already been done. The labor time most local technicians will charge for a brake job has removing the wheels and inspecting the brakes already built in. While most dealerships double dip by charging you diagnostics and full labor on the brake job.

More often than not, dealerships charge more per service hour. The industry standard is 88.00, that’s pretty reasonable, espically if someone is getting dirty and taking apart your car to fix the problem. But dealerships? They can charge you anywhere from 90 to 125 per hour! That’s freaking crazy! Why so much? Obviously they need to pair their technicians accordingly, and to save themselves, high end dealerships charge a higher labor rate just because they can. I mean, you’re essentially paying for the name.

Myth #3: Manual transmissions offer better fuel economy than automatics.

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Me too, me too…

This used to be the case, when automatic transmissions were relatively new.

But recent advances in the technology (like the continuously variable transmission, which offers an infinite range of gear ratios) eliminates the advantage of manuals, and in some cases puts automatics ahead. That being said, you can find a car with great gas mileage that’s a manual…it just sorta depends on you as well.

Drivers play a big part in whether your car gets good gas mileage or not. If your a break presser or even a lead foot- you could be contributing to higher fuel economy. Shame on you!!

Myth #4: If regular-grade fuel is good, premium must be better.

This is an expensive mistake. Most vehicles run fine on regular-grade fuel (87 octane). Filling these cars with premium won’t cause damage, but it won’t improve performance, either. Higher-octane fuels are less likely to create pre-ignition problems, so they’re usually used in hotter-running, high-compression engines.

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what side is it on?!?!?!

So if you’re driving a little Honda with a 4 cylinder engine…it’s fine to use either grade fuel, but you’ll be just fine paying for the regular. So will your pockets!

Myth #5: Warm up your car for several minutes before driving.

We’ve all been told that warming up your car before you drive is better for your engine and gets the car ready to drive…uh, I’m sorry, I wasn’t aware that a car needed to be ‘ready to drive’. My car isn’t a diva, and I’m going to assume your’s isn’t either.

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well, I take that back Mrs. Diva car…

That’s Outdated advice. Driving the car is the fastest way to warm up a modern engine, and the sooner it warms up, the sooner it delivers the best mileage and performance. And don’t rev the engine during the first few miles…that’s just annoying everyone in and out of your neighborhood.

Myth #6: Having Work Performed at an Independent Shop will Void the New Car Warranty

Having an independent shop perform work on your vehicle will not void the warranty. It’s actually illegal for a car manufacturer to deny a warranty claim on the grounds that work was performed at an independent shop. Now obviously the shop has to be registered with the state, and work was performed to a professional standard. In some cases, work you’ve done yourself can be used in a warranty claim, like an oil change, if you’ve kept receipts for the oil and filter, with the date and vehicle mileage.

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Let Air Mobile work on your baby. We’ll take care of her.

But don’t let this silly myth deter you from going to your local shop. Most often than not, we’re cheaper than the dealership and corporate repair shops…and we’re nicer too.

So there you have it Myth Busters! I hope this article sheds some light on your ever demanding needs as car people and Mobilians- btw, that’s what I’m going to call you from now on. Get used to it.

The Car Girl 🙂

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The Most Dangerous Time To Drive

Did you know that August is the most dangerous time on our roads? So that got me thinking (and researching) on the most dangerous days and seasons to drive. If you’re reading this, obviously you made it through the treacherous month of August- Congrats! 

The Most Dangerous Time to Drive

Driving is dangerous. Period. So don’t contribute to the growing number of fatal crashes by being a dummy. Drive Smart. Drive safe!

Auto accidents kill more than 40,000 people in the U.S. each year; they are the No. 1 cause of death for people between the ages of 1 and 34, and account for more than 75% of all Emergency services in the ER and police! Crazy right? Well, driving is one of the most dangerous things a person does on a daily basis.

So it’s so surprise that the time of day you drive, simple distractions or even unsafe behavior contribute to higher accident rates…but why does the time of month matter? The simple answer is that getting behind the wheel of a car is the riskiest thing people do every day, however since fatal car crashes happen in “ones and twos” scattered across the country, the general public doesn’t realize that it equates to about 110 people per day, nationwide! Now that’s a dangerous statistic!

So it’s up to us, to look at how and when fatal accidents occur and try our best to stay off the roads at the most dangerous times, as well as make sure we’re focused solely on the road regardless of if we’re driving in dangerous conditions or not. A good example of how distracted some drivers get is the new Ford Commercial. I’m sure you’ve all seen it. They make people sit in a room and watch the screen, creating severe distractions, and keep their eyes on the screen. Well, obviously it’s much harder than it seems!

Behind the Startling Numbers

To compile my list of the most dangerous times to drive, I consulted with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, as well as AAA’s Foundation for traffic Safety. You can find out more information by clicking on the links -at the bottom of this article, and researching on your own…however, what I found is pretty surprising:

Time of day plays an important role in evaluating fatal car crashes, in no small part because other dangerous factors are actually compounded at night. Did you know that the instances of drunk driving, speeding, and driving without a seat belt are all significantly increased during the night-time hours and each one contributes directly to increased fatality rates?

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In 2012, more than 10,000 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes – that’s one every 51 minutes!

Speeding is a factor in about 30% of all fatal crashes according to the NHTSA website. Eighteen percent of fatal car crashes during the day are alcohol-related, while a whopping 54% of crashes at night are directly related to alcohol.

A concerning number, 49% nationwide, of fatal crashes happen at night with a fatality rate per mile of travel about three times as high as daytime hours. Of people killed at night, roughly two-thirds aren’t wearing seat belts! However, during the day, the percentage of unrestrained fatalities tends to be about half of that percentage (about 24.5%). Could this be caused by general carelessness? Or do people not understand that wearing a seat belt can actually save your life? Either way, those statistics are not only concerning, but severely unknown by drivers on the road.

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Driving in the early morning is dangerous! Keep your eyes on the road, stay in control, and most certainly wear your dang seat belts!

In 2007, the fewest deaths by crash happened early in the morning between 4 a.m and 5 a.m. Those hours see significantly less traffic – only about 9% of the average amount during peak hours. Mid-week days like Tuesdays and Wednesdays also see the lowest number of fatalities, both days averaging fewer drivers and 96 and 100 deaths per day. Those are still startling numbers however, why aren’t these statistics known to drivers on a daily basis?

Weekends- when the greatest number of people are driving- predictably see the highest numbers of crash victims, with a combined average of 143 deaths for Saturdays and Sundays. This statistic comes from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Again, you can see all of this information for yourself, respectably, on their websites. (I’ll attach links at the end of this blog for you all to see!)

Simple Steps to Driving Safety

Driving experts say it’s the simple things that can lead to enhanced driving safety: wearing a seat belt, driving the right speed for the road conditions, and paying attention to the road. In fact, most of these very things are neglected by drivers involved in accidents.

Ninety-five percent of crashes are caused by human error, says Rae Tyson, a spokesman for the NHTSA, but 75% of drivers say they’re more care than most drivers. Ironic right? “I think that people in some instances have a false sense of their own abilities and therefore, their abilities to multitask,” Tyson says. “Since most of those crashes are a result of human error, somebody’s got to be making most of the mistakes.”

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Seriously. Is ‘LOL’ or ‘Hi’ really that important? I’m sure whoever it is can wait!

According to AAA, 82% of drivers say distracted driving is a serious problem, but more than half say they talk on a phone while driving and only 14% admit to reading or sending texts while driving. Don’t people realize that it’s simple to pull over, read or send the text message, and then continue driving? That could drastically lower the amount of crashes from distracted cellphone drivers!

While only 75% of drivers report that speeding is a serious problem, but 20% say they have driven 15 miles over the speed limit on the highway, and 14% say they occasionally do the same on a neighborhood street. This is concerning! Why are people speeding? Is it that they’re running late to work or some other obligations? My mom always instilled in me that no reason, absolutely none, is worth speeding and dying in a crash. It’s a simple of sending a text (not while you’re driving) to whoever or wherever you need to be, that you’re running late…rather than kill someone or consequently getting into an accident and not showing up at all!

Weather Woes

Winter is a great time, full of families getting together, fun building snowmen, and who can forget about Christmas and New Years? But driving too fast for the weather conditions plays a major role in fatal car crashes each year, espically during the winter months.

dangerous winter driving.

Don’t let dangerous weather conditions whether it be snow, wind, rain, or a hurricane hinder your driving abilities! Drive safe- arrive safe!

The NHTSA‘s Tyson says that speed is the single greatest contributing factor to serious car crashes- not so much the violation of a posted speed limit, but rather when drivers ignore weather or traffic conditions that require a reduced speed.
“It’s a significant factor,” Tyson says. “If you’re on a icy, slippery road and it’s posted speed limit of 55, if you’re going 40, you may be going too fast!”

Snowfall obviously makes for dangerous road conditions. But fatalities actually drop across the nation during days with high amounts of snow, probably because more people stay at home and partly because they tend to drive slower under inclement weather. The only exception? The first day after a major snowstorm-it takes about a day or two for drivers to regain their sense of driving in the snow.

Researchers have evaluated 1.4 million fatal car crashes are attributed to weather conditions from 1975 to 2000. They also found that fatal car crashes were 14% more likely to happen on the first snowy day of the season compared to subsequent snow falls throughout the season. Why is that? Well, out here in Boise, Idaho, we don’t normally get a ton of snow fall. So the first snowfall is a pretty big deal…and therefore, our Idahoan drivers aren’t prepared (mentally) for driving in the snow, espically on that first snowfall. I joke that even the emergency vehicles won’t go on the roads, but the fact of the matter is, that it’s even difficult for them to drive.

More Often Than Not, It’s the Driver, Not the Car.

My findings reinforce the idea that the most car crashes don’t involve mechanical failures on the part of the car. Even though there are always technological improvements or preventative safety features and signs on the roads, a lot of it comes down to human error…and it’s hard to change that, but to the extent that we can, that would probably avoid most car crashes.

It’s good advice to keep in mind. While you might not be able to limit all this coming winter’s driving to Tuesdays at 5 a.m., you can do what the statistics recommend: Wear your seat belt, focus on the road- not your phones or screaming kids, and above all, stay in control!

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Click it or Ticket? Which will you choose….

I’ve given you all a lot to think about. So here’s to staying safe and driving more safely on the roads, regardless of seasons, days, or even the time of day. Stay safe and get home to your families and friends in one piece!

Links for more information:

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration – Check out their Driving Safety tab at the top! There is a multitude of great information from Aggressive Driving to Disable drivers, and even Older Drivers which can reinforce all the information herein.

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety– A great read is their Alcohol-impaired driving topic. Make sure to read through, all of their information is as current as 2015, however, most of their studies with the best results are from 2012-2014 when most of the information is available. This website also has a ton of great topics for you to read through to continue to be safe on and off the roads!

AAA’s Foundation for Traffic Safety – click on the research link at the top and you can find a mulitude of studies that are completed and ongoing/current projects. A Really great find is the “Distracted Driving” Which coincides with this article amazingly.

– The Car Girl.

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