Top five most dangerous cities to drive in.

Driving in the heavy traffic of LA poses different threats than driving in rural Wisconsin. Every year, reports come out on the worst cities to drive in. We took a look at the personal finance company, Wallethub, (https://wallethub.com/edu/best-worst-cities-to-drive-in/13964/#main-findings) who surveyed 100 of the most populated cities in the U.S. with 29 different metrics. Some of those metrics are average gas price, ownership costs, fatal accidents and theft. Blinking Brake Lights wanted to focus on the five states that were ranked the most dangerous to drive in. Safety was in the back of our minds while trying to create a product to keep drivers safer on the roadway than they were before they had it.  Our product lessens the reaction time of people driving behind you, ultimately, lowering your chance of being rear-ended. So, if you live in these five cities, you might want to consider looking at our website, https://blinkingbrakelights.com.

 

Ranking number five on the list is Birmingham, Alabama. According to the University of Alabama’s Center for Advanced Public Safety, a driver in Alabama has “greater than one-in-three chance over their lifetime to be involved in a fatal accident or that causes injury.” Three hundred and sixty five accidents are reported to law enforcement everyday and in 2018, 94, 242 crashes involving two vehicles occurred, and 302 fatalities were reported.

 

The fourth most dangerous city to drive in is Cleveland, Ohio. The Ohio State Highway Patrol Statistics reported in 2017, there were 1,094 fatal crashes. So far in 2018, there have been 815 fatal accidents.

 

Third on Wallethub’s list is Albuquerque, New Mexico. In 2016, the New Mexico Department of Transportation reported that 313 people are involved in a crash daily that results in 56 people injured and one person killed. On average a collision occurs every 12 minutes. In 2016, 405 people were killed in car crashes.

 

The runner up for the most dangerous city in America is The Motor City, Detroit, Michigan. According to The Michigan State Police, 54,920 accidents occurred in Wayne County (Detroit) in 2017. One hundred and forty-five were fatal and 12,163 caused injuries.

 

And the absolute most dangerous city to drive a car in is St. Louis, Missouri. The Missouri Department of Transportation reported that St.Louis had 501 fatal car accidents in 2014, making up 21.33% of the State’s total crash fatalities. Texting or distracted drivers were responsible for 245 deaths.

 

Interestingly enough, the five cities with the highest accident likelihood were Philadelphia, PA, Los Angeles, CA, Washington, DC, Baltimore, MD and Boston, MA.

Again, if you live in any of the cities mentioned, find out what you can do to make sure your safe on the roadway. Whether it be buying Blinking Brake Lights to warn distracted drivers or simply buckling your seat belt. Visit https://blinkingbrakelights.com today to purchase your protection.

Automobile features to protect you from rear-end collisions.

The National Transportation Safety Board found that between 2012 and 2014, 1,700 people were killed each year due to rear-end collisions, which account for half of the crashes. It’s statistics like this that inspired the creation on Blinking Brake Lights. Although, such a simple invention, Blinking Brake Lights reduce the reaction time of people driving behind you, which results in less chance of being rear-ended. But, Blinking Brake Lights is just the beginning of technology designed to lower the odds of being in a rear-end collision. Automobile manufacturers have designed collision avoidance systems in some of their models to increase safety in rear-end collisions.

 

What is a collision avoidance system? A collision avoidance system has two parts. First, the vehicle will receive a warning made up of a beep and flash when sensors in the car detect a hazard. Second, the vehicle has automatic brakes that can be prompted with detection as well. This sounds great, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, an article in The Washington Post estimated only 40 percent of models in 2014 included the system. Even worse, the safety feature isn’t necessarily a standard feature. You may have to pay extra in order to be fully protected. A 2015 Hyundai Genesis priced the feature as a $3,500 add on.

 

So, are these systems really worth the money? According to the Highway Loss Data Institute, the collision prevention systems have reduced vehicle crashes reported to law enforcement by 78 percent. Additionally, the Highway Loss Data Institute reported, “Acura and Mercedes-Benz vehicles with forward collision warning and active braking had 14 percent fewer insurance claims filed for property damage compared to the same models without the technology.”

 

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released a 2018 report on the safest cars with rear-end collision prevention technology. They found the two vehicles with superior systems were the Subaru Outback Wagon and the Cadillac XTF. In a rank below those two vehicles were the Jeep Cherokee, BMW 5 series, Infiniti QX60 SUV and Toyota Prius hatchback. It should also be noted that stores like Walmart and other online companies sell advance warning systems and sensors, ranging anywhere from $250 to $800.

 

If a BMW or a Cadillac isn’t in your budget, don’t worry. At one point, airbags were a luxury feature. Hopefully, someday soon in the U.S., it’s mandatory for all manufacturers to have the rear-end collision avoidance systems in their models, but until then, our Blinking Brake Lights are affordable and available to everyone. For $29.99, you get two bulbs with free shipping in the U.S. and the reassurance that you’ve done something to protect your well-being. Invest in your safety by visiting our site,  https://blinkingbrakelights.com.

Comparing emergency kits for cars

We invented Blinking Brake Lights because we care about drivers’ safety. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, rear impact collisions result in more injuries than any other type of automobile accident every year. However, with Blinking Brake Lights, the reaction time of people driving behind you is reduced, which ultimately lessens your chances of being rear-ended. However, we’re aware that there are many dangers and scenarios that could occur while driving, so we took a look at three different emergency kits around the same price.

 

We strongly believe there is no such thing as being too prepared.  We’re not suggesting keeping a trunk full of goods in case of an apocalypse but maybe a bottle of water would be appropriate. As a result, we did some research and comparisons to find the best emergency kits out there.

 

1. Lifeline 4330AAA Road Kit sold at Walmart for $24.97 (https://express.google.com/u/0/product/5775429365103492569_13230199484866254575_8175035?utm_source=google_shopping&utm_medium=tu_cu&utm_content=eid-lsjeuxoeqt,eid-koyayyivmf,eid-ygcnqnyulq&gtim=CO-hxPqOmJXxXxD20sK_yKCu50sYkIb0CyIDVVNEKJCS4N0FMLv78gM&utm_campaign=8175035&gclid=Cj0KCQjwrszdBRDWARIsAEEYhrd36cztIHso-vqhICvYi04xQV82XdldhwOno2gEHsg7GGNNdFR3obkaAj-CEALw_wcB)

 

What does this includes?

 

Inside the very stylish Triple A bag are zipper pulls, an emergency car care guide, a membership brochure, one set of heavy duty booster cables and one heavy duty flashlight.

 

Rating?

On Google Express, it has a 4.3 star rating out of 23 reviews. One user said, “We provided this as a gift at Christmas time to all of the car owners in the family, and it was a wonderful surprise to the recipients. They were delighted! The quality of the equipment in the bag, and the compact size of it was fantastic. It's one of those things that you hope you'll never have to use, but you're glad you have it if that time ever does come. Great gift idea; great overall purchase.”

 

2. Stalwart 55-Piece Pink Emergency Roadside Kit with Travel Bag for $29.62 sold at Home Depot (https://www.homedepot.com/p/Stalwart-55-Piece-Pink-Emergency-Roadside-Kit-with-Travel-Bag-75-EMG2053/206729478?cm_mmc=Shopping%7CG%7CHC%7CD25T%7C25-31_GARAGE%2FAUTOMOTIVE%7CNA%7CNA%7CRLSA%7c71700000037147753%7c58700004141485307%7c92700034088528780&gclid=Cj0KCQjwrszdBRDWARIsAEEYhrew0Fgb-3PMROUKeYWUVWfoQZXwTc1oWD6Bc76HfT9UJkbxgHSg1WMaAmOqEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds&dclid=CKODsp316N0CFcHewAodE8kPRA)

 

What does this include?

 

For a whopping $29 and 62 cents, the customer will receiver a “versatile soft-sided travel bag,” pair of jumper cables, bungee cords, emergency blanket, tire repair kit, box cutter, two screwdrivers, flashlight, tripod stand, duct tape, gloves, pliers, zip ties, emergency sign and a first aid kit.

 

Rating?

 

On the Home Depot page, it received a 4.3 star rating based on seven reviews. One user said, “It contained all the basic essentials for a road emergency.”

 

3. Roadside Assistance Car Emergency Kit for $29.30 sold on Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Roadside-Assistance-Car-Emergency-Kit/dp/B07635TT3W/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1538526207&sr=8-7&keywords=car+emergency+kit)

 

What does this include?

 

This kit includes reflective warning triangle and safety vest, tow rope, gloves, safety hammer, seatbelt cutter, flashlight, adhesive tape, rain coat, tire pressure gauge, screwdriver, jumper cables, emergency blanket and a first aid kit.

 

Rating?

 Out of 72 reviews, it has a 4.7 rating out of 5 stars. One customer said, “It is a perfect  inexpensive, emergency kit for a vehicle. I gave them as gifts for two teenage girls of a co-worker and it has the essentials they need. Well worth the money even if they only get used one time. I added a flare, and multi tool, and beefed up the first aid kit, but that's a me thing. hard to beat this package.”

 

Conclusion? This is just the tipping point. Start by making a list of the things that are important to you, not only that, but do you know how to use all the items in these kits? Regardless, Blinking Brake Lights is proud of you for taking the innovative to be precautious.  Let us know what emergency kits you recommend!

Car maintenance you should be doing yourself.

Are you that person who is too afraid to touch his or her car but also hates paying someone else to do a task you know you should just do yourself? This post is going to breakdown three tasks that will save you financially including changing your engine oil (yes, we went there), windshield wiper maintenance and changing your brake lights with the help of guided tutorials.

 

According to a poll by Cheap Insurance Net (link to https://www.nbcnews.com/business/consumer/draft-60-percent-people-can-t-change-flat-tire-most-n655501), only 26 percent of 2,000 car owners were confident enough to change their engine oil by themselves. The most accepted rule is to change your oil every 3,000 miles, but if you want to live on the edge, let 5,000 miles be your maximum. The cost to change your oil at a service station can range from $30 to $60, over half of that price is just the labor fee. Think about it. If you drive 20,000 miles a year, that’s at least $200 you’re spending. Opting to do it yourself will cost you around $20 for the oil and filter. Here’s one of the best tutorials we found to demonstrate how easy it is to change your own oil.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2KDbTx9gVo

 

The next car maintenance you should feel 100 percent comfortable completing is switching out your windshield wipers. The typical rule of thumb suggested by the auto industry is to inspect the wipers at least once a year. Depending on the climate you live in, you may not have to change them as often. For example, someone who deals with hail and freezing rain in Michigan probably should switch them out after the winter season unlike someone in Arizona who has one season, hot. One other thing to note is that you need to make sure you’re choosing the right type and size of windshield wipers for your car, which can be found in the manual or take a look at the old ones for size guidance. Depending on what brand and features you choose, the parts can range from $7 to $30. Additionally, some places do add in labor costs to put them on for you, so be sure to research! Below is a quick simple tutorial on how to change your windshield wipers.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mOm2u9YqwA

 

Lastly, you may not have even known you can change your headlights and brake lights yourself, but you can! Depending what type of bulbs/lights you want, the cost for the parts is anywhere from $25 to  $100. That’s not including labor charges, which could be anywhere between $50 to $100. Save yourself the money! For example, take a look at our flashing brake lights. Not only are they a safety precaution, but also they’re cost-friendly. For $29.99, which includes free shipping, you get two of the bulbs for your brake lights, and you can watch this tutorial for how to install them.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T--pArulxUA&feature=youtu.be

 

The saying that it’s the little things that add up is really something you should think about when it comes to maintaining and repairing your vehicle. Although, the tasks like changing your oil, replacing your windshield wipers and installing your brake lights seem like small tasks, they can equate into preventable expenses.