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What should you do if the weather suddenly changes on a drive?

Colorado roads become icy at different times of the year, and depending on a road's altitude, may be slick year-round. Recently, early snows resulted in crashes around Colorado. The roads were unusually icy for early October, which led to several serious collisions.

As someone who has to drive regardless of the weather conditions, you may be wondering how you can stay safe in sudden snow storms. Here are three tips to help you stay safely on the road when the weather shifts:

Why is the truck driver shortage a threat to road users?

When you're driving on a highway, it's likely that you'll see a truck or two. Semitrucks are common, and they're an important part of America's economy. However, over time, the number of people going into trucking has declined. That means that the people who are hired may not have to go through as rigorous of training, since companies need a driver no matter what.

The reduced number of truck driver candidates is a serious problem for people on the roadways. When there are fewer candidates, there are fewer choices. People who perhaps should not be on the road end up with a job driving what could be an 18-wheeled weapon.

Stay safe with these tips as the days get shorter

Riding a motorcycle is a danger at any time of year, but the fall poses unique risks. As the seasons begin to change, weather conditions alter, road conditions change and drivers are less likely to be expecting motorcyclists on the roads.

Chillier weather often means that motorcyclists pack away their bikes for the winter and head into the safety of a traditional passenger vehicle, but that's not always the case. Drivers, no matter who they are or what they drive, need to be prepared for motorcyclists at all times of the year.

Drivers' reaction times are worse when texting than when driving

Drinking and driving reduces your ability to react to things on the road around you. This is just one reason why it is so dangerous. A lag in reaction time could mean you don't stop at a red light or you don't see that traffic slowed down ahead of you until the moment of impact.

Maybe you accept this fact easily, having heard for years just how dangerous drunk driving really is. If so, it is important to note that studies actually claim that texting and driving is even more dangerous. It causes an even greater reduction in reaction time.

Woman faces charges after death of motorcyclist

When you're driving, one of the things you need to be cautious about is recognizing motorcyclists on the roads. Because of the size of their vehicles, they often appear to be moving more slowly than they are. This tends to result in crashes.

As a driver, it's your responsibility to keep motorcyclists safe by monitoring your surroundings. As a motorcyclist, it's your job to do all you can to stand out to drivers. If you don't, you could end up in a crash like this one.

Colorado musician killed in suspected drunk driving crash

Drunk driving has no place on the roads in America. Even a single night driving while intoxicated could lead to a crash with serious repercussions. A person who made a mistake could end up facing serious charges, and victims could be at a loss while they struggle to recover or deal with the loss of loved ones.

Take, for example, this case out of Colorado. A man in Colorado was killed while helping friends on a music tour. According to the news from Aug. 27, the man was killed and six others were injured while in Elk Grove.

Drowsy truck driving can be prevented, and it should be.

Trucker fatigue is a serious problem among truck drivers. They work long hours, and many take breaks for only a short period to nap or get something to eat. While the law allows them to drive for 11 hours straight and to work for 14 hours each day (three of which have to be parked/not in the vehicle), this is still a long work day that could result in collisions due to fatigue.

To prevent fatigue, drivers can do many things from taking short naps to recognizing when they're driving drowsy and pulling over. Most drivers get naturally tired between midnight and 6:00 a.m., as well as between 2 and 4 in the afternoon, so it's a good idea to make rest stops during those times to get something to eat or to sleep.

Know what to expect following your Motorcycle Accident

You were hit by a car, and the driver, fortunately, stayed at the scene. You've struggled to make peace with the fact that the driver didn't intentionally hit you because you've been left with severe injuries.

You were wearing a helmet and appropriate riding gear, but you still have broken bones to deal with along with a concussion. You'll miss work and have to spend time in physical therapy.

What expenses will insurance pay following a crash?

One thing that all drivers should have is insurance coverage. Sadly, many drivers do not carry coverage, and that hurts them and the people around them.

If there is a crash with no insurance coverage, then those who are hurt may have to sue the driver who hit them. The driver may also face penalties, like a charge for failing to carry insurance.

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