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Using 511 From Your Cell Phone

by Melissa Crumish on

You may access the 511 traffic system using your phone (cell or landline) if you reside or are traveling in any of the following cities are states: Alaska Arizona ARTIMIS (Northern Kentucky – Cincinnati) Colorado Eastern Sierras, California Florida Georgia Idaho Inland Empire (Souther California) Iowa Kansas Kentucky Los Angeles Louisiana Maine Maryland Massachusetts Minnesota […]

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How to Report a Damaged or Missing Road Sign by Nadia Ibanez on

For a number of reasons, road signs seem to go missing or become damaged. Severe weather, car accidents and even theft are reasons why road signs need repair or replacement. We all learned the importance of reading traffic signs while studying for road sign practice tests, the permit test, and the drivers license test, so […]

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Stay Safe, Truckers: Conducting CDL Pre-Trip Inspections by Kat Saks on

If you operate a commercial vehicle, you need to know what’s under the hood of your truck. Before hitting the road, commercial drivers should perform a pre-trip inspection to ensure the truck is safe to drive. State motor vehicle departments second this belief. In fact, most states require truck drivers to pass a pre-trip inspection […]

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Safety Tips for Commercial Drivers by Melissa Crumish on

Trucking requires full concentration on the road. Not only must commercial drivers contend with other motorists, dangerous weather conditions, and wandering wildlife, but they must do so while operating large rigs, often carrying heavy and sometimes dangerous cargo. One mistake carries possible huge repercussions. To help stay out of harm’s way, consider the following safety […]

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What Qualifies as a Disability? by Alicia Sparks on

Each state sets its own criteria for qualifying disabilities. (By “qualifying,” we mean disabilities that qualify for special disabled parking placards or handicapped license plates – see below.) To find out for sure, check your state’s disabled driver information. Most states consider drivers disabled if they: Don’t have full use of one or both arms. […]

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Tips on Extending Your Car’s Life by Melissa Crumish on

Your car is more than validation for owning a drivers license. It’s also a huge investment. With so much financially at stake, it’s in your best interest to keep the vehicle in peak condition, getting as many miles out of it as you can. To help your efforts, consider the following tips on how to […]

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Road Trip Tips: Plan a Fun and Safe Drive by Melissa Crumish on

Whether you’re embarking on a three-day trip into the next state, or a three-week cross-country journey, a five-star road trip requires a keen balance of spontaneity and advanced planning. To help with your road trip, heed the following advice before switching into Kerouac-mode: Make sure your vehicle is in sound working order – a cracked […]

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