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Common causes of delivery truck-car accidents

It doesn't matter where you live or how much time you spend on the road, you're sure to come across one delivery truck after the next. This is due in large part to the uptick of consumers buying more and more products online.

With more delivery trucks on the road than ever before, the chance of an accident is much greater. Here are some of the most common causes of delivery truck accidents:

  • Blind spots: If you drive in a trucker's blind spot, such as too close to the rear of their vehicle, they may not know you are there.
  • Lack of maintenance: Just the same as tractor-trailers, delivery trucks require regular maintenance to maintain peak performance.
  • Improper loading: Delivery trucks are often carrying large loads, which can increase the chance of tipping under certain conditions.
  • Reckless driving: Driving a delivery truck is a challenge, thanks in large part to the size and cargo. All forms of reckless driving increase the risk of a crash. This can include excessive speeding on the highway, illegal passing on a two-lane road or running a stop light in a crowded city.

Winter weather can bring strong winds to Montana

Driving through the state of Montana during the winter months can be an enjoyable experience. With plenty of sights to take in, you'll never be disappointed with the atmosphere around your vehicle.

Of course, your safety is more important than anything else. It's important to pay attention to road and weather conditions, such as strong winds, as it will impact your driving style.

How the Remington firearm settlement affects Montana gun owners

The fact that some firearms are not inherently safe won't surprise most people. After all, firearms are very dangerous tools that can hurt individuals, including the ones handling them, when proper caution isn't used. However, as with any product or tool, customers have the right to a reasonable expectation of safety if they use a firearm properly.

Firearms should perform in a reliable manner that allows their owners to adhere to best practices regarding safety. Quality design, strong materials and excellent quality assurance practices are critical to ensuring that each individual firearm is safe for consumers to keep in their homes.

Helpful tips for sharing the road with commercial trucks

It's hard to spend any amount of time on the road without finding yourself in close proximity to at least one commercial truck. If you're on the interstate, you can expect to see these types of vehicles time after time.

Sharing the road with commercial trucks is easier said than done, as there are many steps you must take to keep yourself safe. Here are three tips you should always keep in mind:

  • Never take a risk: You won't always like how a trucker is driving, but that doesn't mean you should take a risk. For example, you may assume that there's nothing wrong with passing a truck in the right lane. However, this is a risk that greatly increases the chance of an accident.
  • Leave more space: It doesn't matter if you're driving behind a truck, next to it or making a lane change, you should leave as much space as possible. It takes commercial trucks more time to stop, so leaving additional space helps keep you safe.
  • Wide turns are common: On city streets, commercial truckers often struggle to share the road with others. You can make life easier on them by leaving more space, such as when a trucker is setting up a right turn.

How can I avoid injuries with firearms?

Montana has a total of game land area that is equivalent to the area of some smaller states. As thousands of Montanans and many from other areas come here to hunt local wildlife with various types of firearms, rifle and handgun safety is more important in Big Sky Country than many other places.

What are some of the most common problems with firearms?

Do you know how to report an unsafe trucker?

As you drive through the state of Montana, it's likely that you'll come across unsafe truckers who don't seem to care about anything but their own schedule. This is frustrating, but there are steps you can take to enhance your safety. Most importantly, you should never shy away from reporting an unsafe trucker.

If you want to do this, here are three steps to take:

  • Your safety comes first: For example, don't pull out your phone to record a bad driver. This puts you at risk of causing an accident. Instead, take mental notes and then pull to safety before calling 911.
  • Don't confront another driver: It's okay to report an unsafe trucker to police, but you should never take matters into your own hands. If you do this, it could escalate an already dangerous situation.
  • Call 911: This is the best way to get an unsafe trucker off the road. Provide the dispatcher with as much information as you have, including your location and a description of the truck. Also, tell the dispatcher about the type of behavior you witnessed, such as a trucker who is talking on a phone or losing control of their vehicle.

Tips for safely merging onto a highway

No matter how long you've been driving, you may get anxious any time you have to merge onto a highway. There's something about merging into rapidly moving traffic that can make you sweat.

While this can be challenging, there are tips you can follow to help you maintain your safety.

  • Understand the entrance ramp: This includes many things, such as whether there is a stop sign at the end of it, the length and which direction you are merging. The sooner you know this, the better off you'll be.
  • Prepare accordingly: Activate your turn signal as you move down the ramp and toward the highway. Also, begin your search for an open space in traffic. Keep in mind that the people already on the highway have the right of way.
  • Avoid hesitation: It's one thing to take your time, but another thing entirely to hesitate. If you hesitate and/or hit your brakes, there's a greater chance of someone from behind striking your vehicle. Your goal is to make the merge as seamless as possible.

Montana has the second-most dangerous roads in the U.S.

You hear stories about the aggressive drivers in New York. You see pictures of the bumper-to-bumper traffic in Los Angeles. It feels like the big city has the worst drivers and carries the highest level of risk. Surely, the highly populated coastal states must have some of the highest accident fatality numbers, right?

By comparison, driving across Montana seems so safe and easy that it's almost boring. No city in the state compares to L.A. or The Big Apple. It's easy to find wide-open roads where you barely see another car. You feel relaxed and free behind the wheel; there is something of the American open ranch still alive in Montana, and you enjoy exploring it.

What does defensive driving look like?

Any time you get behind the wheel of a vehicle, you're taking on a big responsibility. Not only do your decisions impact you, but the same holds true of your passengers and everyone else on the road.

With a sound defensive driving strategy in place, you'll have more confidence than ever in your ability to avoid trouble.

Tests have shown the Remington 721 is unsafe

Maybe you've heard stories about Remington rifles firing on their own, causing serious injury or death. However, you're not sure how seriously to take them. After all, the company claims that the triggers and the guns are safe to use. Maybe you even own one, and you have not had a problem with it thus far.

These aren't just stories. Tests have backed them up. These guns have fired on their own, and the risks are real.

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