California Motorcycle Summer Safety Information & Resources

Summer is the best season for motorcycle riders. The unusually consistent sunny weather enables longer rides with better conditions throughout California. Of course, more motorcycles on the road increases the likelihood of a motorcycle accident, but there are a few simple steps that riders can take to improve motorcycle safety by avoiding unnecessary risks. These actions involve wearing all appropriate safety equipment, attending summer motorcycle events that stress safe rides, and encouraging teens to stay safe on their motorcycles. We’ve developed this motorcycle safety resource to address each of these issues for the summer and fall months.

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California Teen Driver Summer Safety Statistics & Resources

Teen drivers throughout the country are faced with countless dangers on city streets and highways. Teens are the demographic most likely to cause car a accident, technology poses the temptation for distracted driving, and scientific studies have even shown that the teen brain may not have developed the motor skills and emotional maturity to drive safely. As California teens hit the road more during the summer holiday, they should take precautions to stay safe and aware at all times. And since California teens receive their restricted license at 16 and their unrestricted license at 18, they can take the summer to boost their knowledge of state driver laws and practice safe driving techniques.

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California Motorcycle Events Calendar – Summer

Motorcycle safety and ride enjoyment are often challenged by bad weather. Though all drivers are impacted by slick roads during rainy and snowy months, motorcyclists have it even worse, since they are not shielded by a metal and glass frame. So the summer months are especially important for motorcyclists, both in terms of motorcycle safety and the ability to take long rides uninterrupted by unsavory weather. And thanks to California’s beautiful coastline and forests, California motorcyclists are extra privileged. We’ve compiled a calendar of some of the month’s major California motorcycle events in June, July and August.

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Map of California DMV Offices

Safe driving behavior begins at the Department of Motor Vehicles. Teen drivers are tested by their local DMV before receiving their license, and all drivers must go through the DMV to renew their license or ask other important questions. California has made sure that residents don’t need to travel far to access DMV services. To help make this even easier, we’ve put together an interactive map of the DMV offices throughout California. Click the DMV office near you for its address and phone number.

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Senior Driver Safety Checklist & Self Assessment

There are many factors senior drivers should consider before getting behind the wheel. The topic areas below are subject to each individual and may not apply to everyone. But for most people, age comes with an inevitable decline in eyesight and motor skills. With these concerns in mind, we’ve developed this safety checklist to be referenced by senior drivers prior to operating a motor vehicle. If any of these items portray your current health or situation, then speak with a family member or personal physician to learn more about safety options.

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Traffic Deaths by Vehicle Type in California and Nationwide

We’re reminded every day that city streets and highways are dangerous for all drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians. Hearing constant stories about traffic deaths involving distracted driving or drunk driving makes it difficult for any parent to trust that the roads will be safe for teen drivers. Fortunately, the number of traffic deaths has been falling in recent years. For example, the last year with reliable information, 2009, the Fatality Analysis Reporting System reported 33,800 deaths. This may sound like a lot, but it was the best year on record since 1950, and nearly 18 percent lower than 2007. Take a look at our interactive graph of those 2009 figures, broken up by vehicle type.

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California Motor Caution Calendar

Fresh into the new year, it is common to make resolutions about attitudes or actions you would like to change this time around. These commonly relate to weight loss, financial responsibility, or interactions with family and friends. This year, we’d like to ask you to consider an additional resolution: to be safer on city streets to prevent car accidents. To keep track of dangerous driving days and safety-related events, we’ve created a calendar of motor caution days, complete with days and weekends that are often riddled with car accidents, and holidays and events related to bike and car safety for teens and parents.

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State-By-State Drunk Driving Laws and Driving Fatality Statistics

While there is currently no federal law against drunk driving, it is illegal in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. But each state varies in its enforcement of DUI laws. Some states, for example, automatically suspend the driver’s license after he or she is first convicted for driving under the influence while some require no suspension at all. In addition, some states require ignition interlock devices to prevent drunk driving after the first DUI offense while others never require the breathalyzers. For more state-by-state information on DUI laws and statistics, check out our interactive map.

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Teen Brain Development – The Frontal Lobe of the Brain is Essential for Driving

Although the brain is 80 percent developed at adolescence, new research indicates that brain signals essential for motor skills and emotional maturity are the last to extend to the brain’s frontal lobe, which is responsible for many of the skills essential for driving. This research suggests that emotional immaturity, not inexperience, is the primary reason that teenage drivers are responsible for far more car accidents than any other age demographic. Click through for our animated brain development infographic.

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Bicycling Helmet & Safety Laws Across the Nation

Over the past decade, bicycling has undergone a significant revival. Hoping to decrease their carbon footprint, unclog city streets, and get a little extra exercise, commuters have turned to their bicycles in droves as a preferred method of getting to work. But state laws have not always kept up with the gradual shift away from motor vehicle dominance. Since the roads were developed with cars in mind, laws aren’t automatically sensitive to the safety of cyclists. With this in mind, we compiled a list of notable bike laws in each of the 50 states and the District of Colombia.

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Teens and Auto Insurance Quiz

Detailed answers: 1. Teens and college-aged drivers are not automatically covered by their parent or guardian’s policy. They must either be set up on their own policy or…

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Auto Insurance Quiz Answers

Detailed Answers: 1. Every vehicle needs to be on each of its drivers’ policies. Insurance companies allow policy holders to combine all vehicles and drivers on one policy,…

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