October 2014 Archive

signs of an unsafe teen driver
The 7 Signs Your Teen is an Unsafe Driver

After finally earning a license, driving alone for the first time can be a "rough ride" for teenagers. At first, new drivers can be overly-cautious, but as teens start to enjoy their newfound freedom, some start to ignore certain traffic laws and safety practices.

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Alcohol Myths: Fact or Fiction?

Whether the goal is to avoid a breathalyzer test or get rid of a hangover, some drinkers honor these old wives' tales to keep them out of trouble and feeling fine the morning after. Still, many old wives' tales are just that. Here we test some common alcohol myths.

Attorney Jason Lichtenstein
Attorney Lichtenstein Elected to Academy of Trial Lawyers

Attorney Jason Lichtenstein, partner at Edgar Snyder & Associates, has been elected to membership in the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County. Admission into the Academy is by invitation only, requiring a nomination by a current member. Only a limited number of open positions are available each year.

Crumple Zones
The Interesting Truth About Crumple Zones

Have you ever seen a car so completely totaled that you were shocked when you found out its occupants survived? We'll explain how they walked away alive.

How to Stay Safe at Fall Festivals
Safely Enjoy Your Fall Festival

Recent incidents at a few autumn events have many festival-goers upset, and it’s not because they ran out of hot apple cider.

kids getting on bus
The 9 Dangerous Things Kids Should Never Do When Taking the School Bus

They say, “never say never,” but when it comes children’s safety on the school bus, there are some things kids should never do, because these actions may put themselves and the whole bus at risk.

Winterize Your Motorcycle
Tips to Prepare Your Bike for Winter

The end of fall will bring with it colder weather and forecasts filling with snow. As the winter months approach, you'll want to consider preparing your bike for the off-season ahead.

Nissan Recalls 2013 Altimas

Nissan is recalling over 200,000 2013 Altima midsize vehicles because of a defective secondary hood latch.

work zone
Work Zone Cameras Will Enforce Speed Limit

Speeding drivers may have more incentive to slow down in work zones now that a group representing Pennsylvania highway contractors is pushing for speed enforcement cameras.

Hands-Free Systems Distract Drivers
Hands-Free Systems Distracting Drivers

Perhaps you've been in this situation before, arguing with the invisible techno-brain that lives inside your car or phone. Frustrated, you begin hitting buttons on the screen, still shouting commands into the emptiness of your car.

All the while, traffic has stopped moving, but you haven't.

bpa lung problems
Prenatal BPA Exposure Could Cause Defect

New research shows prenatal exposure to the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) may limit the child's ability to breathe. BPA is used in a variety of plastics and canned foods.

Uber Petitions for PA Approval

Just a few months after the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission temporarily approved ridesharing service Uber in Pittsburgh, the company's supporters rallied in Harrisburg on Monday afternoon to push lawmakers to fully approve their rideshare service.

Would You Fail Your Driver's Test If You Took It Today?
Could You Pass Your Driver's Test as an Adult?

See how well you'd fare on PennDOT's Knowledge Test by answering some of the most commonly-asked questions on the exam in this interactive quiz.

Marijuana and Driving

As restrictions on marijuana use slacken nationwide, road safety advocates are calling for more research to determine how to regulate drugged drivers.

winter coat car seat
The 5 Most Common Car Seat Mistakes

Car seats may be made for children but they can perplex even the smartest adults. Many parents and caregivers don't realize just how complicated it can be to install and use a car seat correctly. Here are five of the most common mistakes that adults make when it comes to car seat safety.

General Motors Recalls More Cars
GM Announces Another Car Recall

General Motors (GM) announced two more recalls last Friday, affecting Cadillac, Saab, and Chevrolet vehicles in North America.

hiit fitness
HIIT: 3 Questions to Ask Your Trainer

Named the number one fitness trend in 2014, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) is a way for many trainers to fit an effective amount of exercise in your busy routine. Keep yourself exercising safely with a qualified HIIT instructor.

medical implant
Studies Question Lack of FDA Medical Implant Testing

Studies on the safety of medical implants show that new technology may not always be the best, and you may not always know about it right away. The reviews assessed FDA-approved implants for the presence of safety data in both the application and post-approval stages.