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Are airlines cutting corners at the expense of your safety?

The airline industry has changed significantly over the decades. Airlines function to get you where you want to go quickly and in the most efficient way possible. Seats have gotten smaller and so have the in-flight meals. Flying seems to be more about utility than it is about leisure and is more a means to an end than part of the traveling experience.

The question is whether this change happened due to the needs and desires of customers or because the airlines figured out they could squeeze more people in planes and more money out of their pockets. This concern does not stop at your comfort on board either. It could also apply to maintenance issues. If a plane isn't in the air, it isn't making money for the airline. Is your safety jeopardized for the airline's bottom line?

Could you develop PTSD after a car accident?

Whether you had time to see it coming or not, when the accident happened, your life changed in those precious seconds. It can be difficult to forget the sounds and smells that accompanied the crash. Just getting back into a car afterward may cause serious anxiety. In fact, you may even get nauseous and feel like throwing up. You could experience a rush of adrenaline and want nothing more than to get out of the vehicle.

If this scenario is familiar to you, you aren't alone. Many people here in Southern California and elsewhere feel the same way after surviving a serious accident. While some are able to move on, you may not have that experience. You may struggle to get past the event, and now the trauma stays with you to a point where it interferes with your life.

Having a bad day? It could adversely affect your driving

Everyone has bad days. From the moment you wake up in the morning, you just know. You just want to go back to bed, go back to sleep and start over at another time. Sadly, few people have the luxury of following through with that plan. You may not think your mood will affect your ability to drive safely, but it could. 

Why is the holiday season the most dangerous time for driving?

You may not have to worry about snow, ice and all manner of wintry weather in Southern California, but that doesn't mean your holiday travel won't be without its dangers. As you schedule your parties and other holiday gatherings with family, friends and colleagues, you should also plan your routes.

Winter weather aside, the end of a year is a busy for many people. Even your holiday shopping could have you on the road much more than normal. You travel packed roads to packed parking lots and, after you shop, you do the whole thing again in reverse.

Drivers who believe these drunk driving myths put you in danger

Despite the numerous precautionary tales in the media regarding drunk driving, people continue to get behind the wheel while intoxicated. One of the saddest truths about accidents involving a drunk driver is that they are completely preventable.

Like others here in Southern California, you do what you can to make sure you aren't the one out there putting people's lives in jeopardy. Unfortunately, you must constantly keep your eyes out for others who don't take the same precautions. Then again, some drivers believe certain actions will help them sober up right before they drive. Do these techniques work?

Navigating Southern California traffic jams takes experience

If you have lived in Southern California for any length of time, you have probably experienced the parking lots that comprise the freeways crisscrossing the Los Angeles area. Traffic jams happen far too often in this area and can provide a source of stress, frustration and even anger to the drivers who end up sitting on a freeway. 

Navigating these traffic jams requires some experience. Of course, the only way to get that experience is to get out there and do it. However, some tips are available for new drivers, such as teens, and those who are new to the experience.

Holiday season driving in California: Are you ready?

Before you know it, the holiday season will be in full swing. As it turns out, some of the deadliest days on the road are coming with it. People will be out traveling to see friends and family and only increasing the amount of traffic Southern California's roads see on a daily basis.

Drunk driving tends to increase during the holiday season as well, and it all starts with Thanksgiving. Last year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration put out a travel advisory letting people know to increase their awareness on the roads and not to drive drunk. They also offered some advice that will probably serve more as a reminder for you and others.

Do you know how much more dangerous it is to drive at night?

It's that time of year again. Even if you live in Southern California, some people still drive to work and drive home in the dark. In addition, with the holidays just around the corner, we are entering one of the most dangerous driving times of the year.

Even if you have great night-vision, the way your eyes and mind perceive things changes after the sun goes down. Take extra precautions when driving while it's dark. A large number of crashes occur at night. Here's why.

Will your boss protect you from harassment at the holiday party?

It's that time of year again. The holidays are upon us and will be here before you know it. One thing you may be looking forward to is your employer's holiday party. If you have been with the company for some time, you may have already attended one or more. If you are new, others may have told you about it.

While you look forward to it, some of the stories you heard could make you uneasy. Wandering hands, inappropriate comments and other sexually harassing behaviors could take place there.

Do you live in the deadliest city for pedestrians?

When you are on foot among traffic, your life is at risk. You may walk to do errands or get exercise. On the other hand, you may simply step out of your vehicle because you have a flat tire, a break down or a fender bender. Any of these moments can be the start of a devastating accident.

Accidents involving pedestrians are among the most tragic and dangerous incidents on roadways. California has one of the highest rates of fatal pedestrian accidents in the country. Los Angeles pedestrians have an even greater risk of sustaining catastrophic or fatal injuries from a collision with a motor vehicle.

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