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4 tips for summer driving in Anchorage

Now that it is summer, the tourists are out in full swing in Anchorage. The roads are full of traffic jams and out-of-town drivers who are unfamiliar with the area. Heavier traffic means there is a higher likelihood of getting into a wreck

It is necessary to adjust your driving habits during the summertime. Here are some key pieces of advice for driving safely in the warmer and busier months:

Healing after a child dies

Alaska parents usually expect that they will die before their children. When a child dies, this can be a difficult time, especially when a family thinks the child's death could have been prevented. It is important for parents to understand how they can help their family heal as they move through the days and months after losing a child.

When a child dies, a family may feel a wide range of emotions. HealGrief.org says that some parents may focus on all the ways the situation could have been prevented and feel guilty they did not do something different that might have saved their child. Other parents might feel angry at the people who may have unwittingly caused their child's death. Sometimes a family may also go through a period in which they think it is impossible that their child is really gone. Additionally, some parents may feel like they are unable to protect any of their children.

4 common pilot errors that cause aviation accidents

When it comes to helicopter and small plane accidents, pilot error is a serious issue. In fact, pilot error is the cause of eighty-five percent of all aviation accidents. When you go on a flight tour in Alaska, you expect the pilot to be safe and responsible. 

Unfortunately, not all pilots follow the proper protocols to keep you safe. Here are some of the most common pilot errors that result in plane and helicopter accidents:

Flying in inclement weather

Some Alaska residents may worry about inclement weather when they fly and they may wonder if it is safe to fly in these conditions.

If people are worried about flying during bad weather, it is a good idea to fly early in the morning or in the evening. USA Today says that this is because the atmosphere is typically more steady during these times. While some people may worry that a plane might crash if it flies when the weather is bad, it is important to remember that most of the time, inclement weather does not play a role in crashes.

Summer holidays and traffic fatalities

With the Memorial Day weekend, residents in Alaska welcomed the summer and all that is associated with this time of year. From backyard barbeques to outdoor adventures and more, many people will hop in their cars to head to their favorite summertime events. As more people are on the roads, however, it is important to be aware of the dangers that may be faced by motorists and their passengers.

According to Value Penguin, the three summer holiday weekends have the highest number of deaths annually based on data from 2011 to 2015. When a typical three-day period saw an average of 250 people die in automobile accidents, the Memorial Day weekend saw 312 die. Coming in at second and third place was Labor Day with 308 fatalities and the Fourth of July with 307.

How can you drive safely on the ice?

As a resident of Alaska, you aren't a stranger to poor winter road conditions. However, this can lead to some people letting their guards down and ending up in crashes despite their familiarity with the terrain. Here are some tips you can use to help increase your safety on an icy road.

AAA Exchange starts with the following recommendations for safe winter driving, starting with tire safety, driver safety, and car maintenance. Tire safety includes having the right types of tires for the terrain and not mixing tire types. All four of your wheels should be the same type of tire, as they may not function properly otherwise. During summer, the level of ice in many places will decrease or disappear entirely, so you don't need heavy-duty wheels. Some traction is important, though.

What hazards should you be aware of on oil tankers?

You encounter many hazards on oil tankers in Alaska. While you may think that your cargo presents the primary danger to your safety, other aspects of your job can be hazardous, and it is important to understand the types of situations that might jeopardize your safety if you are not careful.

Sometimes your tools can be a hazard on an oil tanker. Marine Insight says that metal tools may sometimes create sparks when they touch other metal surfaces. Other tools may contain ferrous metals and these have the ability to create sparks. These sparks can be dangerous because they have the potential to start a fire. Although you may need different kinds of power tools to do your job, it is important to ensure that all of the tools you use meet your ship's safety standards.

What to do in the aftermath of a bike crash

If you count yourself among the many people across Alaska who bust out the bicycle at the first sign of summer, you are not alone. For a few months, at least, Alaska transforms into a sportsman or sportswoman’s paradise, and exploring this beautiful state on a bike is a great, although inherently dangerous, way to see more of what it has to offer. Even the most careful cyclists cannot avoid all accidents and injuries, however, and this proves particularly true when motorists behave negligently and fail to follow the rules of the road.

Unfortunately, when cars and bicycles collide, the bicyclist is frequently on the losing end, due in large part to the lack of protection a bike offers. If you find yourself involved in a bike accident, consider taking the following steps to minimize damage and, hopefully, avoid serious injury.

What should I know to avoid a drowsy driving accident?

If you are like many Americans, you spend a good portion of your time deprived of sleep. Unfortunately, that may also mean getting behind the wheel when you have had inadequate rest. Whether during your work commute or while taking a road trip, you and other Alaskans are at risk of sleep-related crashes if you or someone sharing the road you are driving drowsy.

How bad is the problem? According to the National Sleep Foundation, 60 percent of people in recent surveys admitted to having driven while drowsy in the past year. Even more concerning, 37 percent said they had fallen asleep at the wheel, while 13 percent say they regularly drive while sleep-deprived.

Keeping truck drivers distraction-free

Many truck drivers in Alaska may think that distracted driving refers only to cellphone use behind the wheel. However, distracted driving includes many different behaviors and it is important for truckers to understand this so they can be safe on the highway.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, changing the radio station, eating and programming a navigation system are all forms of distracted driving. This is because these actions can remove a driver's attention from the road, raising his or her chance of being involved in a collision. Texting is one of the most dangerous forms of distracted driving. Truck drivers who read or send a text message can typically drive at least the length of a football field in the five seconds their eyes are off the road.

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