Terrific Traffic School Tips
February 5, 2013
Internet Traffic School Boosts Auto Insurance Satisfaction?
A recent survey from consumer satisfaction ratings agency J.D. Power and Associates found that U.S.
drivers are increasingly satisfied with their automobile insurers.
In December 2012, Power surveyed over 3,000 drivers who had settled
significant insurance claims with their providers in the previous six
months. Respondents assigned scores in each of several categories on a
scale from 0 to 1,000.
According to Power's "2013 U.S. Auto Claims Satisfaction Study," overall
satisfaction climbed six points from 2011 scores, to an average of 861.
Power attributes the improvement to increased satisfaction with claims
settlements. Drivers were happier with the fairness of their settlements
and with the timing of those settlements.
A sure way to see satisfaction with your insurer go down is an
increase in your auto insurance premiums. (Who wants to pay more for the
same coverage, right?) Yet, a premium increase exactly what can happen to
otherwise good drivers who have a citation showing on their records.
Fortunately, the completion of a traffic school course will remove a ticket
from your record. Even more fortunate is that you've come to the right
place: CheapestInFlorida Comedy
Online Traffic School offers Florida drivers an easy-to-complete, low
cost Basic Driver Improvement course that will wipe their records clean.
It's the cheapest way to complete a comedy traffic school!
up now and stay happy with your insurance provider!
January 15, 2013
This Traffic Citation is Personal!
A recent post
on autoblog.com relates the story of a man who went to court in San
Francisco this month over a traffic ticket that he had received. The case
centered on a sheaf of corporation papers that he used to make a statement
about corporate "personhood."
While driving in a carpool lane in the San Francisco Bay Area, Jonathon
Friedman was pulled over for not having at least two people in the car. His
response was to show the officer his business papers and, citing U.S.
Supreme Court decisions that have affirmed that corporations are people,
said he indeed did have two people in the car—and was, therefore,
carpooling. Friedman's attorney, Ford Greene, pointed to the "constitutionally
vague" correlation between the California vehicle code that defines a person
as "natural persons and corporations" and the carpool lane signs that require
cars in the High-Occupancy Vehicle lane be occupied by "two or more persons."
Unfortunately for Mr. Friedman, the traffic judge wasn't interested in his
legal interpretation and he was declared guilty. Friedman said he expected to
lose, and that he'll be appealing the ruling within 30 days. Of course, he
could just attend comedy traffic school and save himself hours of trouble!
If you're not a legal crusader and you find yourself with a carpool-lane
ticket—or a speeding ticket (the most common kind of citation)—come
see us CheapestInFlorida.com.
It's a Basic Driver Improvement course that will leave you laughing, and won't
break the bank!
December 19, 2012
Traffic Fatalities Down Last Year;
Pedestrian, Bike Deaths Surge
The latest statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
(NHTSA) show that the number of traffic fatalities in the United States dropped to 32,367 in
2011, a decline of about two percent from a year earlier. The news wasn't
all good, however. Bicyclists and pedestrians are apparently "moving targets,"
with a noteworthy increase of three percent in pedestrian fatalities and a
surge of almost nine percent in the deaths of cyclists!
The cause of the decrease in fatalities is not stated in the article. Is
it that police officers are issuing more traffic tickets so people can learn
online at cheap traffic
school? It may seem like that to drivers, but we believe the real reason
for the overall decrease in car collision deaths is due to improved safety
systems in vehicles—encouraged by the requirement to report automobile
safety information next to the sticker price of the vehicle (i.e., crash test
ratings). Secondly, the NHTSA estimates that the recent requirement for all
vehicles to have Electronic Stability Control (ESC) systems will ultimately
save 11,000 lives per year. Finally, we speculate that texting and distracted
driving are the primarily culprits for the decrease in pedestrian and
Remember that the goal of CheapestInFlorida.com Online Traffic School is to save
lives by informing our students of the risks associated with dangerous and
distracted driving and to provide you with the tools to hopefully make you a
better and safer driver. Please drive safely and keep your eyes on the road!
December 7, 2012
Happy holidays to our customers!
We wish you a safe and healthy new year! Hopefully, these quick tips can
help you to do just that:
- According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
(NHTSA), just over 1 in 5 crashes now occur due to distracted
- Hybrids currently account for only 3.5% of all car sales,
according to the Los Angeles Times. 50,000 Hybrids were
sold this year—a 29% increase from a year earlier.
- Volvo is finally coming out with a hybrid SUV—safety,
security, and sustainability all wrapped up into one!
- Tesla Motors, a public traded company, has already released
an all-electric sedan and has showcased a "flying door"-type SUV.
I recently saw it on display. Stunning!
- Someone I knew was tragically killed in a collision when he ran
across all lanes of the freeway after breaking down in an interior
lane. Never cross a major roadway to get help!
- Two great FREE smartphone apps for Christmas:
- GasBuddy: finds the cheapest gas nearby
- ParkMe: lists the cheapest available parking nearby
But if you don't pull over before using GasBuddy or ParkMe, you could find
yourself with another traffic ticket—and another trip to comedy traffic
school at Cheapest in Florida!
November 27, 2012
Driving It Home During the Winter!
As they say, "Winter is coming." With cold weather already hitting some
parts of the nation, drivers are encouraged to include vehicle winterization
on their end-of-the-year to-do lists. Angie's List helpfully suggests 8 ways to get your car
ready for winter weather:
- Check your tire pressure. As temperatures fall in colder
weather, the air pressure in your tires will naturally drop, too.
Take five minutes to make sure your tires don't need a quick
recharge. Don't forget to check all four tires and the spare!
- Inspect your tires. While you're checking a tire's
pressure, you should also inspect the tire's tread. For a quick
check, use the "Penny Test": Insert a penny head-down (pointed
toward the axle) into a tread groove. If the top of Lincoln's head
is obscured, you probably have adequate tread depth; if you can see
all of Lincoln's head, it might be time for new tires.
- Replace your wiper blades. A driver's ability to see
clearly through the windshield is paramount. Check your vehicle's
wiper blades, and replace blades that are cracked or that don't
cleanly sweep water from the windshield.
- Check the windshield defroster. Check to make sure that
your vehicle's heating system—especially the defroster—is
in good working order before it gets too cold. You'll want to stay
warm yourself, and you'll want to be able to see where you're
- Inspect the coolant system. Your vehicle's coolant system
is just as important in cold weather as in hot. If you haven't had a
recent radiator flush, check to make sure that your radiator fluid
levels are adequate, that you're using the proper coolant, and that
all hoses are in good condition—without wear indicators like
cracks, bulges, or stiffness.
- Check the battery. A vehicle's battery works harder during
the colder months of the year. Cold-weather starts can quickly
deplete an older battery, so check your battery's condition before
- Get a tune-up. Your car’s engine works harder in the cold,
so it’s important to make sure it’s working at an optimum level. An
engine that sputters or struggles to start in warm weather will only
have more trouble when colder weather arrives.
- Put an emergency kit in the trunk. Even the best-maintained
vehicles can break down or get involved in a slide-off, stranding, or
accident. Make sure you're prepared for those circumstances!
Recommended kit supplies include a fire extinguisher, a hazard
triangle or warning flares, blankets, a tire gauge, a spare tire jack
and lug wrench, tire repair kits, jumper cables, a shovel, jumper
cables, a flashlight, and gloves.
Check out the original article for the complete details!
These simple tips can help to protect you and your loved ones from a
deadly vehicle crash or breakdown—and might even help you to avoid
getting a ticket that would force you to visit us again at our comedy online
traffic school, CheapestInFlorida.com.
May 25, 2011
Safe Driving Tips for Rainy Conditions
The summer season is upon us, and that means summer storms. You know
that from years of experience, but did you know that you can get a
traffic citation for driving 30 mph in a 35 mph zone if the conditions
are such that that speed is deemed unsafe (e.g., in heavy rain or flooded
conditions)? Imagine coming to a cheap or comedy traffic school in
Florida and telling the class that you got a ticket for speeding while
driving under the posted speed limit!
What should you avoid to keep yourself safe while driving in
- Take off your sunglasses. It's a popular myth, spread on the
Internet, that wearing polarized sunglasses will help you to see
better in the rain. While there's a certain logic that makes this
recommendation appealing, tinted lenses will reduce the amount of
light—and, therefore, the amount of visual
information—reaching a driver's eyes. While this may be
helpful in the glare conditions of bright sunlight, it is always
undesirable when lighting conditions are already reduced—i.e.,
in cloudy or rainy conditions.
- Turn off your cruise control. (In fact, some vehicle models will
not let the driver activate the cruise control while the windshield
wipers are turned on.) Hydroplaning—when a vehicle "skis" on a
thin film of water between the wheels and the road surface—is
an extremely dangerous event that can occur while driving on wet
surfaces. The solution is to remove one's foot from the accelerator
and gradually slow to a speed at which the vehicle's tires come back
into contact with the road surface. If cruise control is activated,
however, the vehicle can actually accelerate dangerously
out of control. Do not ever activate cruise control in the
What should you do in the rain?
In rainy weather, slow down to a speed that will allow you to maneuver
safely in the wet conditions, and activate your windshield wipers to keep
the windshield clear of rain spatter. If the temperature is cool enough,
you might also need to turn on the defroster and/or crack the window to
keep moisture from condensing on the glass.
If conditions are so extreme that you really can't see, then
you really can't drive! Carefully pull to the side of the road, activate
your hazard lights, and wait until conditions improve. That way you'll
stay alive—and out of traffic school!
November 12, 2010
GE Likes EVs, So Should You!
Electric vehicles (EVs) could significantly reduce our dependence on
foreign oil. And they can lower the carbon emissions generated by our
transportation systems—provided the electricity is generated from
clean, renewable sources. But among the impediments to the widespread
adoption of EVs is a "chicken-and-egg problem." EVs need to be recharged,
and few consumers are going to buy them until there's an effective
charging/battery-replacement infrastructure in place. But this
infrastructure is unlikely to develop until there are enough EVs on the
road to make it profitable for companies to produce those systems. General
Electric Co. (GE) is hoping to jump-start the process (if you'll excuse the
pun) by purchasing
25,000 electric vehicles.
GE, the largest U.S. conglomerate, aims to swap out half of its fleet
of 30,000 cars—used by salespersons and technicians, for
instance—with electric vehicles, and to start shifting to EVs
customers to whom they lease fleet vehicles. It plans to buy 12,000 vehicles
from General Motors Co., including the forthcoming Chevrolet Volt, and from
other manufacturers as other electric vehicles are launched. Nissan Motor
Co. is rolling out an electric car, called the Leaf, this year. GE said that
it hopes the move will speed acceptance of electric vehicles by getting more
of them on the road more quickly and by prompting investment in the
equipment that users will need to charge them. It is the largest commitment
made to date by any buyer of electric vehicles, and the volume could help
manufacturers of cars and batteries to drive costs down more quickly.
Wondering if the Chevrolet Volt or the Nissan Leaf electric vehicles are
for you? Check out these glowing
test-drive reviews. And if you've already got a taste for a car powered
by electricity, perhaps you'd like to take
a peek inside Chevy's Volt factory.
Today's EVs aren't toys; they're usable, regular vehicles—and
you'll be able to go fast enough to nab yourself a ticket for speeding (in
addition to other moving violations that don't require high velocities).
Fortunately, traffic school can help you to remove costly points from your
driving record. If you find yourself in need of comedy online traffic school,
is always here with entertaining, low-cost traffic safety education.
October 20, 2010
Easing "Range Anxiety"
As if all of the other hazards of driving weren't enough, a recent CNN report highlights a new
phenomenon facing motorists. Range anxiety, a new phrase popular with drivers (and
potential buyers) of electric vehicles, describes the distress that can be associated with
the limited range of current battery-powered vehicles. Plug-in electric vehicles generally
get between 25 and 100 miles on a full charge, whereas vehicles with internal combustion engines
often go 300 miles or more on a fill-up. And gas stations are everywhere—there are more
than 160,000 nationwide. There are only a few hundred working electrical charging stations in
the country. The good news is that technology can provide the "professional help" you need to
overcome your fears.
To prevent range anxiety, electric vehicle drivers often plan trips based on where they can
charge their vehicles. The problem will be aided by the growing number of charging stations, of
course. But other help is available as well. Electric vehicles that are part of the Better Place
solution offer dashboard displays
from which drivers can access an advanced network that provides energy monitoring and energy
planning. Once you've got tunes pumping from your radio or MP3 player, you can use the same
screen to access the vehicle's advanced telematics to check the battery's charge/range, plan
your route, and locate charging or battery swap stations. If you need to access this information
when you're not behind the wheel, some vehicles allow smartphone
applications to offer energy management, trip data, and other functionality (e.g., access to
engine start, climate control, and door locks) remotely.
No matter what fuel you put in your vehicle or how far you can travel after one "pit stop,"
remember that CheapestInFlorida.com
comedy online traffic school is always here to help when you need to remove a point
from your record!
September 30, 2010
Study Illuminates Yellow-Light Running
Researchers from the University of Cincinnati, with funding from the Ohio Department of
Transportation, used video cameras to monitor over 1,500 drivers at four "high-speed"
intersections in suburban Ohio locations. They measured vehicle type, speed, a driver's
distance from the intersection when the light turned yellow, and the decision to stop or
not in what they referred to as the "dilemma zone."
They found that vehicles traveling in right-hand lanes tended to go through yellow lights,
while those on the left did not. Truckers also tended to speed through yellows, as did drivers
on streets with higher posted speed limits. Drivers on streets marked by 55 mph speed limits
were more likely to run yellows than those in 50-mph zones.
The study found that drivers of SUVs, pickups, sedans, and vans tended to slow down at
yellows more than drivers of heavy trucks. Researchers speculated that vehicle weight may
be the explanation, as heavy trucks have more difficulty decelerating rapidly than smaller,
How long the light remains yellow also matters. (Yellow-light times vary, but typically
last about three to five seconds. Traffic engineers base the time on the average speed of the
vehicles passing through the intersection.) The longer the yellow, the more likely it is that
drivers will not stop, according to the study. With a long yellow, stopping is more dangerous,
because other drivers are likely to keep going through the yellow, and someone who opts to stop
runs a greater risk of getting hit from behind.
Just remember: whatever the reason, if you get a ticket for going
through a light, CheapestInFlorida
Traffic School is always here to help!
September 14, 2010
Collision Fatalities at an All-Time Low
on the latest statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA),
and the news is good: The 2009 figures indicate that traffic deaths are at their lowest
point since 1950, when behind-the-wheel fatalities were first tracked! (Driving under the
influence of alcohol or drugs still accounts for nearly a third of the fatalities, however.)
This significant reduction in automobile deaths—nearly a 10% drop from the
previous year—is most likely related to improved automobile safety, which could
be attributed in part to the recent law requiring NHTSA crash test results to be
disclosed on new-vehicle window stickers. Essentially, this "window crash test information
law" forced manufacturers to improve vehicle safety or risk losing business to
manufacturers/dealers offering safer vehicles ("Our vehicle has a five-star rating,
while theirs scored only a three!"). Once this law went into effect a few years ago,
there was an almost overnight jump in the number of top-rated vehicles being offered
for sale. And the good news is set to continue, with the federal mandate that all new
cars be equipped with electronic stability control systems beginning in 2011; the NHTSA
estimates that another 10,000 lives could be save annually.
We recommend that anyone planning a vehicle purchase check the safety ratings
provided by the NHTSA (www.safercar.gov) or
the Insurance Institute for Highway
Safety (www.iihs.org). The data go back at least 15 years, so the odds are good
you'll be able to find out if even the used vehicle you're considering is likely to
provide adequate protection in a collision. Of course, the best way to avoid harm is
to avoid a crash altogether; but if you find yourself involved in a collision, the
vehicle in which you're riding can determine the extent of your injuries. Think of the
driver in Malibu, California, who crashed a $1.4 million Ferrari Enzo into a steel
pole at 140 mph and walked away with only a small fracture. For your sake, and for
the safety of your loved ones, please consider a vehicle that will afford you maximum
protection in a crash!
August 18, 2010
The Road to Free Energy
Interested in weaning this country of its dependence on foreign oil
reserves? Ever wonder where we'll find that truly clean energy to
power our vehicles of the future? Ever worried about the aging
infrastructure of our electrical grid? Engineer Scott Brusaw came up with
a brilliant solution—that addresses all of these problems at the same
time! He wondered what would happen if the concept of toy slot cars, which
draw their power from an electrified slot embedded in their tracks, were
extended to "real" vehicles out on our nation's highways.
As of 2003, there were roughly 25,000 square miles of roadway surface
covering the lower 48 United States. Brusaw's idea was that all of this
surface area could be replaced with solar arrays on which vehicles could
ride. Rather than merely absorbing the sun's energy and radiating heat,
high-tech roadways could be used to convert that solar power to electricity.
At just 15% efficiency, these solar arrays could produce three times as
much energy as the U.S. currently uses on an annual basis. And, by
replacing the asphalt that we now use to construct roadways, we could lower
our dependence on expensive imported petroleum.
Other benefits include:
- The panels would be constructed, in part, from recycled waste
- Roadways would be composed of modular sections which could
be prefabricated elsewhere, making for easy installation and
- The roadways would form a distribution system that could replace
our aging and inefficient power lines and other wiring.
- Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) would display traditional roadway
markings (e.g., lane lines and crosswalks) as well as flash warning
messages to drivers. This would allow for quick changes and
rerouting that could boost efficiency and safety.
Meanwhile, it might seem counter-intuitive to think that glass would
provide a viable roadway surface. But the University of Dayton, one of the
country's top materials research labs, assured Brusaw that the substance
could meet the extreme specifications required. With a grant from the U.S.
Department of Transportation, Solar Roadways constructed
a prototype and has developed ideas to improve next-generation panels.
here to watch the video demo!
Of course, years in the future when your cruising a glass highway in
your futuristic vehicle with its clean power plant, you'll still need
to obey the speed limits. Then as now, should you find yourself pulled
over for doing 75 mph in a 65-mph zone, Cheapest in Florida comedy
traffic school will be here to help you remove the points from
July 8, 2010
Tragedy in the Backseat
It's summertime again, and we're here with a timely reminder that could
save a life. CNN
reports that roughly 37 youngsters die each year when they are
accidentally left strapped in car safety seats or become trapped in vehicles
that rapidly heat up. Some states have laws against leaving children or
animals unattended in a vehicle. But, legalities aside, you should always do
what you can to prevent such heartbreaking misfortune.
Here are some tips to help you avoid a hot-vehicle tragedy:
- Place on the floor of the rear seating area your cell phone, purse
or briefcase, and any other items you'll need that day. When you
retrieve them at the end of your trip, you'll notice your child as
- Seat the younger (or quieter) child behind the front passenger seat,
where he or she is most likely to catch your eye.
- Keep a teddy bear or other stuffed animal in the car seat when it's
empty. When you put your child in the seat, move the animal to the front
passenger seat as a reminder.
- Ask your child's babysitter or day care provider to always phone you
promptly if your child isn't dropped off as scheduled.
- Make a habit of always opening the back door of your vehicle after
you park to make sure there's no child back there.
- Never assume that another passenger has removed a young child from
- Invest in a device that helps you to remember small passengers.
The Cars-N-Kids Car Seat
Monitor plays a lullaby when the car stops and a child is in the
seat ($29.95). The ChildMinder System sounds an alarm if
you walk away and leave a child in the seat ($69.95).
- Put visual cues in your office and home. Static-cling decals
reminding you to check the car seat are available from Emma's Inspirations and
While we're always here to help with traffic school to remove points from
your record, nothing can erase the pain of losing a child. Always be mindful
of your passengers—particularly younger travelers—and do what you
can to keep them from harm!
May 25, 2010
Click It or Ticket 2010
In a press release yesterday, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced
that seat belt use is at an all-time high of 84% nationally.
While it's great news that so many motorists are securing their
future by buckling up, a whopping 45 million Americans still
don't use safety restraints when traveling by automobile. It
is estimated that failure to use seat belts results in 38 deaths
from automobile collisions each day. The DoT used these
disturbing statistics to kick off
Click It or Ticket" campaign, which encourages all motorists
to wear their seat belts at all times.
Remember that safety belts are required for all front-seat
occupants and all occupants under the age of 18. And with the
implementation nearly a year ago of Florida's primary enforcement
law, a seat belt violation alone is enough to allow a law enforcement
officer to stop a driver. But, legal requirements aside, you
should always wear your seat belt because it is the single
easiest and most effective way to significantly increase your
odds of surviving a motor vehicle crash.
If you get a ticket for speeding and have to take
traffic school course, it may ruin your day. Getting hit without
a seat belt could ruin your life. Please buckle up!
May 12, 2010
AUTO COLLISIONS A LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH!
Toyota's recent problems with unintended vehicle acceleration have
been implicated in 56 deaths—and created a lot of concern among
consumers and safety experts. While we urge you to participate in any
recall programs affecting vehicles you drive, these fatalities are just
a drop in the bucket when comes to the lives lost annually in traffic
collisions. The American
Automobile Association (AAA) reports that over 34,000 Americans lost
their lives in 2009 as a result of traffic crashes. These figures make
auto collisions the leading cause of death for people ages 1 to 34. In
fact, traffic fatalities account for nearly 95% of transportation-related
The good news is that improved vehicle designs and better driver
education (like traffic school!) have help to create a downward trend in
the past few years. Still, an estimated 90% of fatalities are due not to
vehicle defects but to dangerous, high-risk driving activities, including
speeding, drinking and driving, and driver inattention. What, then, can
we do to stop these senseless casualties?
- Always wear your seat belts. Seat belt
use reduces the risk of death to front-seat passenger vehicle
occupants by 45% and the risk of serious injury by 50%. Always make
sure that children in the vehicle are safely restrained. And, since
we're talking about tying things down…safely stow cargo items
so they aren't turned into hurtling projectiles by a collision or
- Never drink and drive. Alcohol is a
factor in about a third of traffic fatalities, and drivers' skills
are impacted starting with the very first alcoholic beverage
- Put down your phone. Talking on a mobile phone
(especially handheld) increases risk, and drivers communicating via
text messages can be as dangerous as those who are intoxicated!
- Slow down. Excessive speed is a factor in
nearly a third of traffic fatalities, and it is estimated to have
an economic cost of $40.4 billion dollars each year.
- Look ahead in traffic. You can dodge a lot of
problems simply to being alert and avoiding bad situations before
they escalate. Keep your eyes moving when you're behind the wheel,
and try to look ahead in traffic at least 12 – 15 seconds
(about one block in the city or 1/4 miles at highway speeds).
To improve your driving know-how, check out the CheapestInFlorida.com online
traffic school for an inexpensive, easy, and fun traffic safety education
course. We can also help you with points assessed for moving violations!
April 20, 2010
WALKING ON THE WILD SIDE?
A police commander recently commented to the media on a rash of
vehicle-pedestrian fatalities in the San Fernando Valley (a beautiful
suburban development of Los Angeles, California): "We've had nine
people killed this year to date, pedestrians in the San Fernando
Valley—seven of them 55 years of age or older. Out of the nine
killed, in seven cases the pedestrian was at fault."
One of the most common pedestrians "faults" is "Walking Under the
Influence." In 35% of vehicle-pedestrian fatalities nationwide, the
pedestrian had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08%—enough
to be arrested for DUI if they had been behind the wheel! We don't want
you to drive home after you've been drinking, of course. But statistics
indicate that it's not safe to walk home, either. The best
thing you can do is to stay where you are until you sober up, or make
prior arrangements for alternative transportation.
What else can walkers and drivers do to reduce the chance for
pedestrian injury? As a pedestrian, you should always assume that the
driver of an approaching vehicle does not see you or have any idea that
you are even there. We're often told to "look both ways" to make sure
that it's safe before crossing, but I like to tell people to turn their
head 360°. While that's impossible, it gets across the point that
you need to be aware of what's going on all around you.
Vehicles may be coming at you from any angle, traveling forward or
As a driver, meanwhile, you can promote safety by having certain
assumptions about pedestrians you encounter. (After reading this
article, you're likely to assume that the person is intoxicated. But,
seriously….) First, assume that any pedestrian you encounter
may suddenly cross in front of your vehicle. At intersections, assume
the person on the corner may dangerously enter the intersection—even
against a traffic signal. In short, expect the unexpected and be prepared
to react. Decrease your speed and cover the brake (hold your foot in a
ready position just above the brake pedal). Remember to yield the
right-of-way to pedestrians.
Whether you're on foot on in a vehicle, always remember to think
safety first. Never take a walk on the wild side!
March 11, 2010
Recently a Toyota Prius
experienced a stuck throttle (gas pedal) and wound up careening
down the highway near San Diego at speeds of over 90 mph. The wise
driver had the presence of mind to call 911, and a California Highway
Patrol officer soon pulled up next to him and offered advice over a
loudspeaker. The driver was instructed to apply the emergency brake
in tandem with the service brake. The tactic slowed the car to about
50 mph, at which point the driver was able to shut off the vehicle
and allow it to coast safely to a stop.
If you find yourself in a similar situation, do your best to keep calm.
First try depressing the gas pedal sharply. If that doesn't release it,
your initial reaction might be to turn off the ignition. But that is
bad idea, as doing so may cause your steering column to lock. Instead,
shift the transmission into neutral, or depress the clutch with a
manual transmission. ( This will make the engine turn at high
revolutions--which creates wear and may overheat it--but it disengages
it from the transmission and cuts the power driving the wheels of your
vehicle.) Above all, do whatever you can to avoid a head-on collision
with another vehicle or a solid object.
Next, an American driver can expect to experience a crash once every
decade according to Allstate Insurance. Sioux Falls, South Dakota,
has the safest small town drivers, while the Phoenicians of Phoenix
are the safest big city drivers.
January 27, 2010
Many older drivers wait until they are forced to stop driving by a family member,
a law enforcement official, a court, or a licensing authority. Understandably, many respond
strongly to what they see as a threat to their freedom, spontaneity, and even their roles as
There are times, however, when an older driver may present a danger to the public—and
to themselves. In these instances, it may be best if the driver "retired" from driving. Some
questions you might ask about an older driver's behind-the-wheel behavior include:
- Has the person experienced a marked increase in violations, close calls, or
collisions—even if they are minor?
- Is the person nervous or unsure on the road?
- Is the person able to maintain his/her lane when traveling through, and to
change lanes safely when necessary?
- Does the person frequently get lost in familiar surroundings?
- Is the person inattentive to traffic signals and signs?
- Does the person react slowly, get angry, daydream, or become distracted?
If the answer to any of the above questions is yes, the situation may require
The optimum situation is for an older person to begin planning for his or her own "
retirement" from driving far in advance. Financial planning is central to retirement from
the workplace, and older adults should be encouraged to develop transportation strategies
for their later years at the same time. A "Mature Driver" course or other traffic school
course may help to refine older drivers' technique and suggest resources to help them.
Everyone should have an interest in allowing older drivers to continue
operating a vehicle for as long as possible, but it is ultimately about public
safety and about the safety on your loved one.
December 3, 2009
Run a Red…and You Might Have to
Run to Traffic School
the most recent statistics, Florida drivers were issued nearly
half a million citations in 2008 for running a red light
(or an old-fashioned stop sign). The figures equate to an astounding
1,263 tickets each day for this offense—and those are
just the drivers who got caught!
While no one likes to get a citation, that could be the least
offensive part of the offense. Intersections are the most common
place for a collision, and it's not just other vehicles and their
occupants who pay the price for a stop light violation.
National Highway Transportation Safety
Administration figures indicate that, on average in the United
States, a pedestrian is killed in a traffic crash every 120 minutes
and injured in a traffic crash every 8 minutes.
Sometimes, we inadvertently run a red light or stop sign.
But all too often, we're just impatient or careless. What are the
benefits of running a red light? If you read our
CheapestInFlorida.com traffic safety education
course, you'd learn that rolling through a stop sign/light is
likely to save you about 2 seconds. In other words, you'd have
to ignore thirty stop signs/lights on your trip just to
arrive at your destination one minute faster. If you think about
it, that hardly seems worth all of the death and destruction you
Because of the seriousness of red light offenses, Florida requires
drivers who receive two such citations in a twelve-month period to
complete a DHSMV-approved Basic Driver Improvement (BDI) course, like
CheapestInFlorida.com. So, please remember these words
of advice: green means proceed with caution, yellow means that a red
light is coming and you should stop when possible, and red means
stop—if you like your car and your handsome profile.
November 12, 2009
Beware the Pedestrian Caller!
Don't believe that cell phone usage slows down your reaction time?
In a recent study conducted by Western Washington University, researchers discovered
that pedestrians talking on cell phones were far more likely than
non-phoners to weave in and out of walkways, walked more slowly, and
were generally oblivious to their surroundings.
The study employed an obnoxious clown on a unicycle to gauge whether
those who were walking and talking would notice if a clown had passed.
Disturbingly, 3 out of 4 pedestrian callers either failed to spot the
clown or didn't even bother to look up! In contrast, the majority of
walkers who were either listening to music or not using any electronic
device noticed the funny clown.
If cell phone use affects the simple act of walking this severely,
imagine how it can hamper the complex task of driving. And, even if you
take care not to talk on your phone while driving, remember that you
still need to watch out for all of those pedestrians out there who are
on a call. So stop clowning around and put away your phone!
Texting Worse Than Drinking Alcohol?
Two editors at "Car and Driver" magazine
recently conducted an informal test…with results that
were staggering (no pun intended) to say the least!
The two participants decided to see what was more dangerous: texting
while driving or driving under the influence of alcohol. The test was
conducted on an 11,800-foot airport runway (it was closed). First, they
rapidly fired off text messages while driving at speeds of 35 mph and
70 mph. They then celebrated their survival by drinking until they
reached 0.08% blood alcohol content (legally impaired in most states)
and took another lap.
They discovered that texting was, hands down, more difficult than
driving while legally intoxicated. Even on a straight, open road,
reaction times when approaching obstacles were considerably greater
while texting than while intoxicated.
In summary, editor-in-chief Eddie Alterman noted that "the real key
to driving safely is keeping your eyes and your mind on the road." While
it should seem obvious, he makes a great point. Any multi-tasking in the
vehicle, especially when it takes a driver's eyes off of the road, is a
prescription for disaster. So…if you want to wreck, go ahead
In the end, I guess that's why the publication is called "Car and
Driver" and not "Car Driver and Cell Phone"! All that's left now is to
wonder what the results would have been if they had reversed the order
of the experiment and tested the effects of alcohol on texting….
October 16, 2009
Can Teenage Drivers Become Much Safer Motorists?
October 18 – 24 is National Teen Driver Safety Week for 2009. What can you do as
a parent to help your son or daughter to be a safer and more aware driver? Research suggests
that "parental involvement" with teen drivers is the primary factor in reducing driving
fatalities among young motorists.
Clearly, adult involvement is vitally important: In Florida, approximately 14,000 teen
drivers were killed or seriously injured in 2008, and they were involved in an astonishing
35,000 crashes. These young drivers are three times more likely to be involved in a fatal
crash than the driving population as a whole!
Want some specifics? Here are a few simple suggestions:
- Always lead by example—practice safe driving techniques yourself.
Teens generally emulated the driving habits of their parents. Plus, cautious driving
might keep you out of a collision, and it might save you from having to attend our
online traffic safety course! Never speed. Be courteous. Be a safe driver.
- Work with your children when they are young, explaining how traffic and safe
driving techniques work. Even at a young age, you can explain to them how to look
left-right-left before crossing an intersection and how to get out of the car in an
emergency situation. Point out dangerous intersections, discourage them from leaving
objects lying about the vehicle's cabin (they can become projectiles in a collision),
and show them how to slow down and watch for cars running red lights or stop signs at
intersections. You can make a difference!
- Share with your teens articles about safe drivers and defensive driving techniques.
Our blogs and the links they direct you to are a great place to start.
- Check out the safety record of your car—the one your teen will be
This invaluable site compiles government crash test data for almost all new and used
cars. We share the road with lots of drivers who may not be as careful as we are, and
the car your teen is driving can make a huge difference if they have the misfortune
of being involved in a collision.
Remember: working together, you and your teen can ensure that they are a safer, more aware
driver—and one who rarely receives a traffic citation or gets in a collision.
August 17, 2009
Driving While inTEXTicated
Cell phones and PDAs that have text messaging capabilities are
now an integral part of many drivers' "in touch" lifestyles. Some
drivers literally "flip out" if they forget their cell phones. So
what dangers are posed when someone decides to text while operating
a motor vehicle?
A recent CNN article reports on a formal study done by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute
that highlights these dangers. Researches discovered that truckers
who texted while driving were 23 times more likely to have a
collision or a near-miss than drivers who were not "inTEXTicated"
(weren't actively sending and receiving text messages). The
outcome is obvious and the dangers of texting while driving are
serious: Even the most skillful multi-tasking texters have
tremendous difficulty looking ahead, scanning the road, changing
lanes, and holding the wheel--while manipulating an undersized
keyboard and reading a one- or two-inch display.
Some states have taken action, outlawing texting while driving.
Others, like Florida, have not outlawed drivers' use of texting
enabled devices. But if the US Senate has a say in this matter,
that may change in the near future. Recently introduced legislation
would have states ban texting while driving or face the loss of
millions of dollars in federal highway funding.
Since 90% of the sensory information that is needed to safely operate
a motor vehicle is visual in nature, virtually anything that distracts
a driver's attention from the road for a second or more may have deadly
consequences. Would you read a "text"-book on the road? Of course not!
And the same should be true of sending two-way interactive
communications while trying to navigate the road ahead. Don't
text while driving!!! And, yes, according to studies, texting while
driving appears to be more dangerous than drinking and driving--which is
still one of the leading causes of death on the United States' roadways.
July, 10 2009
Teen Builds Electric Car
to find an amazing and "shocking" story about a teenage who cannot
change his own oil, has never worked on anything electrical, but
decided one summer to build an electric car based on internet
research... If kids can build one, why can’t Detroit? Thus I have two
questions 1) Who framed Roger Rabbit and 2) "Who killed the electric Car?".
May 26, 2009
Passenger in a Car Struck By Lightning
What should you do if you cars were struck by 800,000 volts of lightning? find out
below. You are about to witness a Volkswagen Golf (ball) being struck by "lightning"
with a passenger in the car. Truly an electrifying event: http://www.vistanews.com/3RU3FG/090226-Car-Lightning.
April 4, 2009
California Woman Sentenced to 6 Years for Deadly Texting Crash
On April 4, in Northern California, a woman who killed another
driver as she was driving while texting (DWT) was sentenced to prison for
six years. The woman crashed into a line of other vehicles which
had stopped at a construction zone.
Sadly, the woman had been paying several bills with her cell phone
just before the crash. California recently outlawed texting/emailing
while driving for adults, and forbids drivers under the age of 18 from
using any mobile communications device while driving. A few other states
have instituted similar bans, and several more are considering like measures.
Safest Vehicles for 2009
Consumers now have a choice when it comes to safety: the Insurance
Institute For Highway Safety named 72 vehicles as "Top Safety Picks" —
triple the number that received the title in 2007. Experts credit a new law
requiring crash safety ratings on new cars for causing an increasing number
of manufacturers to pay special attention to safety features or risk losing
market share to other, safer vehicles. Check out the complete list of
"safest cars" at: http://www.iihs.org/news/rss/pr112508.html.
March 4, 2009
So You Think You Are A Race Car Driver—Famous Driver's Speeding at 100 mph
Even the paparazzi are not fast enough to catch up with celebrities
such as Matt Dillon, Le Bron James or Al Gore's son… Why a new breed of
"speed racer" or celebrity speeders are rapidly joining the elite 100 mph
club for speeding and getting a speeding ticket and possible worse. And
this is no laughing matter. They all face huge fines, penalties, possible
license revocation, the chance of killing or maiming another driver
(or themselves) and they could even spend time in jail…According to
the article published in AOL, Vince Ramirez from the California highway
patrol states, "Upon a stop, the officer will issue a citation, and then
it goes to county, where a court determines the fine." He says that most
of these offneders are cited in the outskirts or city or rural populations.
Speed has been proven to kill, and especially at high speeds, a rock,
pothole, brush or a piece of metal may send the car airborne. Cheapest in
Florida Online Traffic School is proposing that all traffic speeding tickets
nationwide should have fines similar to drunk driving. We would also
like to see a change in federal legislation to see the speed limit
lowered by 10 mph in an effort to save gas and save lives. See entire
article by visiting
February 12, 2009
The top 10 most ticketed (and least ticketed) cars*:
10 Most Ticketed Cars:
- Hummer H2
- Scion tC
- Scion xB
- Mercedes Benz CLK63 AMG
- Toyota Solara Coupe
- Mercedes Benz CLS63 AMG
- Scion xA
- Subaru Outback
- Audi A4
- Toyota Matrix
10 Least Ticketed Cars:
- Jaguar XJ
- Chevrolet Suburban
- Chevrolet Tahoe
- Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and 3500
- Buick Park Avenue
- Buick Rainier
- Oldsmobile Silhouette
- Buick Lucerne
- GMC Sierra 1500
*courtesy of Yahoo!
January 7, 2009
Nine Great Ways to Save Gasoline — and Your Wallet
Despite the fact that gasoline prices have dropped significantly
from their recent all-time highs, it is still critically important
for the environment (and your pocketbook, in these tough times) to
"go green" and reduce fuel consumption as much as possible. Here are
some easy and clever tips that can help. Many were provided courtesy
of Kelly Blue Book (www.kbb.com):
- Gas is more dense when it's colder outside, and you are
charged for gasoline based on volume rather than density. By
purchasing gas in the morning when it is coolest you can get
more for your money. Note: There is some speculation that this
might not be a factor since gas is stored in the station's
underground tanks, where temperature is considerably more stable
than air temperature.
- Use regular gasoline unless your vehicle requires higher-grade
fuels (consult your owner's manual!). You can generally save between
10 and 25 cents a gallon by doing so, and higher-grade fuels deliver
little or no performance boost to engines designed to run on lower grades.
- Use a fuel additive to clean fuel injectors. This will save
on gas consumption. Note: many fuels already have this additive
so it may not be needed.
- Rolling down your window—especially at high speeds—will
generally hurt gas mileage (more so than using your air
conditioning) by interrupting the aerodynamic airflow around
your car. By lowering the air conditioning volume (i.e., the
fan speed) and temperature controls you can save even more.
Also, once the interior has cooled down, try to recirculate
the air from inside your car (most climate control systems
have an air recirculation button). An added benefit: many
cars have a sophisticated air filter which can also save you
from outside smog intake. Now, that is something to get
choked up about!
- Check your tires and air filter monthly. Keep your tires
inflated to the specifications given in your owner's manual
(or on the sill of the driver's door), and replace your air
filter if it is excessively dirty. You can perform this
maintenance yourself to save money, or consider using any
full-service gas station (you can tip the person a dollar
or two without getting the more expensive gas, and they are g
enerally more than happy to help).
- Accelerate slowly and smoothly. Brake gently and evenly;
remove your foot from the accelerator a half-block ahead of
the stopping point when you can reasonably do so.
- Driving at the lowest/safest speed that is legal and safe
can save significantly on gas. Just make sure to keep to the
right if you are moving slower than the normal flow of traffic.
- At higher speeds on the open freeway or highway, set your
cruise control (when it is safe to do so) to a reasonable speed.
Your vehicle uses more fuel when accelerating. By eliminating
unneccessary acceleration and deceleration, you decrease fuel
- Consider buying a hybrid or other high mileage car. Your
purchase will save you up to a few thousand dollars a year in
fuel costs. More importantly, it will let automobile manufacturers
know that you are voting for more fuel efficient cars.
If everyone does their part, together we can reduce gasoline consumption.
December 2, 2008
Mobile Phones Drive Motorists to Distraction
A study from the University of Utah has once again demonstrated
that motorists who use a mobile phone while driving severely compromise
their ability to control the vehicle. Researchers used a series of
simulated driving situations and even found that drivers who employed
a hands-free device were as distracted as those who simply placed a
phone against their ear. In fact, the study showed that having a
chatty/disturbing passenger in one's car is less dangerous than cell
phone use, since those passengers frequently acted as a second set of
eyes and ears. The passengers could give directions and could alert
drivers to dangerous situations they might not otherwise see. (Check
out videos of drivers
with a passenger and
on the phone!)
Cheapest in Florida Online Traffic School/Driving School urges you to
"pick up" on this warning: avoid cell phone use behind the wheel whenever
possible—even with a Bluetooth™ headset. While you may not a get a
citation for cell phone use in Florida (yet!), numerous studies continue
to sound the alarm that any cell phone use can be as dangerous as
drinking and driving. Speaking of Bluetooth™ technology, maybe it
is time for legislators to sink their "teeth" into banning cell phone use
while driving…or having a legal limit of .08 cell phone minutes per month!
November 6, 2008
Yes…Driving a motorcycle could get you a speeding ticket and
traffic school, but in the military it could even be worse than enemy fire
As a traffic school owner for many years, I always preach (usually
unsuccessfully) to my friends, family, neighbors and anyone else who
will listen about the extreme dangers and precaution needed if someone
is going to ride a motorcycle. I love classic motorcycles and am
intrigued by their look and design, but from a safety standpoint,
their potential danger of causing serious injury or death really causes
me to lose sleep. Over the years, I have taken casual surveys of people
who have ridden motorcycles for at least a decade and the consensus from
my informal survey is that about 80% have been involved in major crashes
with broken arms legs etc (many tell me they are lucky to be alive).
According to a 2001 study done by the National Highway Traffic Safety
Institute (NHTSA), motorcyclists were 26 times more likely to be killed
in a crash than someone in an automobile. Crashes are frequently not even
the drivers fault, and I constantly hear about falls related to oil slicks
or road conditions.
Now the information is even worse according to CNN (click here).
During the past year,
25 Marine Corp soldiers were killed in motorcycle crashes while 20 Marines
lost their lives due to enemy fire in Iraq… Interestingly, motorcycles (at
least large ones) generally get no better than 40 mpg and considering the
risk. So "fire" your pistons and consider a safer, more reliable form
September 1, 2008
Save gas, save time, and avoid traffic school by sharing rides!
A few years ago, folks loved tootling around in their 8-passenger
SUVs, riding solo while talking on a cell phone or blaring the radio.
Today, many drivers are discovering a great way to cut gas prices in
half: sharing a ride with someone who lives nearby. In fact, by
halving your driving, you can cut in half your chances of getting a
traffic citation or having to take online traffic school. In some
cases, you may even get to work faster (think carpool lanes where
applicable)! Unsurprisingly, there are several useful websites that
are "gaining traction" from the newfound popularity of ride sharing—
and, as always, our site is here to help spread the good news.
One leading site, eRideShare.com,
unites all sorts of drivers, from local errand runners and commuters
to those needing to make a cross-country trip. And if you're afraid
that you won't find a "match" for your drive, rest easy. eRideShare.com
has recently tripled the number of visitors to the site, and has
connected over 1 million users since 1999.
Another popular site, carpoolworld.com
, offers a generous supply of listings by geographical area. Just
click on the map or select your city from the list on the left side
of the page to get started. The ads even specify what drivers are
looking for in a commuting partner (non-/smoker, male/female, etc.).
is an excellent, nationwide resource. Simply select your state
and geographic area to get started.
You can post an ad; or find a posting by entering the term
"ride share" in the search tool (make sure to use a space).
All three services are free for drivers and passengers, and
their benefits are priceless. You can sit back and enjoy your
own chauffer driven sedan at half the cost of driving alone.
Just don't forget the tunes!
July 22, 2008
Imagine getting a speeding ticket in your all new Electric Sports car
Tesla Motors, a San Carlos, California-headquartered company,
recently unveiled a $110,000 roadster sports car with 0-to-60
times near four seconds. Based on the Lotus Elise platform, the
head turning, aerodynamic vehicle has a base price of $98,000, and
rivals the fastest cars on the market today. Best of all, after a
fun day on the road, you simply go home and plug it into the wall.
By day you will have a "gas" driving the car, but at night the car
The two seater beauty is 100% electric, weighs
2690 pounds, and has a range of approximately 220 miles per charge. I
have personally seen three of these loveable convertibles at one of
the Tesla dealerships, and they are as exotic as they come. But even
if you have 100 grand to spend, don't plan on sending your gas
guzzler to the junk yards anytime soon. The wait is two years,
with people like California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger already at
the head of the line. And knowing Arnold, who has a collection of
exceptional cars, he will be back for more than one. The good news
for the average motorist is that Tesla has slated a more affordable—
and more practical—sedan for late 2010 production. You can
visit Tesla motors by going
June 30, 2008
A Traffic School Tip That Could Save Your Life...Or That of a Loved One!
Each year, approximately 43,000 Americans die needlessly in
automobile collisions. Survivors often wonder how things might
have turned out differently "if only...." Defensive driving can
avert many crashes, but other factors come into play as well.
Crash test data from the National Highway Traffic Safety
Institute (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety
(IIHS) suggest that the vehicle you drive may determine if you
live or die in a collision!
Statistics indicate that vehicles with the best crash test
ratings do in fact perform better in real world collisions than
lower rated cars. Since most of us will be in a motor vehicle
collision at some point in our lives, it's worth investigating
how you might fare. If the vehicle you drive didn't receive a
five-star rating (the maximum) for almost all collision types,
you might consider trading it in for a model that could better
protect you in a moment of need. Remember: The best reason to
purchase a vehicle is not because of its "model" good looks, its
high-tech features, or its hybrid power plant. The consideration
which should most affect your purchase decision (in our opinion)
is the degree to which a vehicle protects the occupants from harm.
For comprehensive crash test data and other vehicle safety
information, visit www.safercar.gov
We hope this information will save someone's life!
May 1, 2008
Put the Brakes on Gas Prices!
"Don't get a speeding ticket in your new, bright red 2008 Honda
FCX hydrogen car!
Honda Motors, a leader in zero emission hydrogen fuel cell
technology, recently announced the company is making available
to the public a four passenger sedan that creates no emissions
and uses no gas. Like the first innovative Ford Model T's
created nearly a century ago, Honda's breakthrough car comes
only in one color which is a darker red star garnet. The Model
T for many years came in only black.
Honda's FCX is powered from the electricity it generates when
the oxygen and hydrogen are mixed together in a stacked fuel
cell. And the car will only emit water vaper. Imagine getting
pulled over for traveling at its top speed of 100 mph and then
being cited with a speeding ticket -"But officer, my car was
just letting out a little steam."
The FCX will drive 270 miles without needing a refueling station
refill. The only downside...there are very few refueling stations
(in Southern California only) where it is being tested and the
car will set you back $600 a month. The good news is that the
car's maintenance, which most experts predict will be rare, is
April 7, 2008
Put the Brakes on Gas Prices!
Virtually every driver knows that slower speeds results in using less gas.
Of course, in 1995, the US Congress had the brilliant insight to do just the
opposite—and decided to repeal the national speed limit act. Next, our energy
conscious states (32 to be precise) decided to raise their speed limits to 70
mph or more according to the
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
And now Americans are asking why gas prices are going up "full throttle." Car
engines operate efficiently at speeds well under 60 mph. As gas prices are
setting records highs, a movement is underway to encourage lawmakers to
seriously consider reducing highway speeds in an effort to safe at the pump.
Studies show that reducing speeds from 70 - 60 mph would result in a net
increase of between 2% and 3% in energy savings—and larger reductions in speed
could save 10% or more. Moreover, slower speeds have been shown to
significantly reduce death/accident rates. And slowing down could save you a
speeding ticket which will is probably why you needed our online traffic school
in the first place. Let's put the brakes on gas prices by slowing down.
Together we can save lives—and a few gallons of gasoline.