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ZF to develop new external airbag tech

Illinois residents may be interested to know that car parts manufacturer ZF is developing the technology behind external airbags and that these features may help protect drivers in side-impact crashes. The safety tech is far from being perfected, so it will not be introduced to the driving public anytime soon; nonetheless, the benefits are undeniable and can become an incentive for other manufacturers to get onboard.

ZF has released safety data showing that external airbags can reduce the severity of vehicle occupants' injuries by up to 40 percent. It is developing its own external airbags to go on the sides of vehicles and act as an additional crumple zone. It protects occupants by absorbing some of the force of the collision.

Sharing the road with commercial vehicles

While drivers in Illinois and elsewhere may be fearful of sharing the road with large trucks, it is possible to do so safely. It is important that drivers of passenger cars and trucks have a healthy dose or respect for the bigger and heavier commercial trucks. This means giving them ample room to merge onto highways and giving them space while driving. When in the presence of a commercial truck, drivers should be sure to avoid its blind spots.

Drivers may be in a truck's blind spot if they follow too closely in their own vehicles or drive next to the trailer. To avoid an accident, other cars must be sure to pass as quickly as possible as it minimizes time in an area where the truck operator can't see passenger vehicles. It is also worthwhile to pay attention to commercial trucks looking to make a right turn. This is because they need more room to make the turn without going off the road.

What are your options if your Uber is in an accident

Cab drivers in Illinois don’t have a high reputation for providing amazing service. Ride-sharing services, such as Uber and Lyft, attempted to break this stigma by offering passengers the chance to review their driver.

But, what happens when your service is so bad that someone gets hurt? Here are a few things you can do if your Uber gets into an accident.

CVSA Brake Safety Week leads to 4,955 out of service orders

Big rigs undergoing roadside inspections were a common sight in Illinois and around the country in September during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's annual Brake Safety Week safety blitz, and more than 14 percent of them were ordered off the road after inspectors discovered potentially deadly faults. Figures released by the nonprofit organization reveal that 4,955 of the 35,080 commercial vehicles inspected during Brake Safety Week were ordered out of service.

The CVSA asked inspectors to pay particular attention to commercial vehicle anti-lock braking systems during Brake Safety Week, and they discovered violations 8.3 percent of the time when inspecting trucks equipped with ABS. ABS violations were also discovered during 4.4 percent of the 5,354 inspections of trucks equipped with hydraulic braking systems.

Tips for parents raising children after a divorce

When Illinois parents get a divorce, they might be concerned about how it will affect their children. It is possible for parents to take steps that can ease the transition.

First, parents should do what they can to ensure that children's lives remain stable outside of the upheaval of the divorce. If they can agree on basic goals, even if they have different styles of parenting, this can help. They should try to avoid criticizing one another's parenting decisions. If a child is unhappy about one of those decisions, the other parent should listen to the child but not say anything negative about the other parent.

Presenting a criminal defense

Illinois residents who have been charged with a crime may find it necessary to provide a defense during a trial. A criminal defense strategy can be developed that can provide them with the best chances of winning their criminal case.

A criminal defense strategy depends on the plans of the prosecutor. Criminal prosecutions will vary from case to case, as each case has its own unique factors. As a result, the criminal defense strategy will be unique as well.

What to do if you find yourself in a car accident

As fall begins, more people are out on the roads traveling to vacation and holiday destinations, often consuming alcohol. As a result, the risk of motor vehicle crashes increases. According to Illinois law, all vehicles must be covered under an automobile insurance plan.

Never drive uninsured.

What drivers should know about advanced safety features

Advanced safety features such as forward-collision warning systems and blind spot monitors can help keep motorists safe. However, it is important for drivers to know that these systems have limitations. Ideally, Illinois drivers will pay attention to the road and use these tools to supplement their own driving abilities. In a recent study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, about 29 percent of participants said that they engaged in other diversions while adaptive cruise control was engaged. When adaptive cruise control is activated, the vehicle will accelerate and brake by itself.

Researchers found that drivers were also confused about the difference between forward-collision systems and emergency braking features. The key difference is that the emergency braking feature will cause the car to stop while the forward-collision warning system will simply alert the driver to apply the brakes. While drivers may not always understand how they work, advanced safety features in vehicles do lower some risks.

Reasons to complete a prenup

One good reason for Illinois residents to sign a prenuptial agreement before getting married is that they want to safeguard the assets they saved or inherited while they were single. Generally, the assets individuals own before they are married will remain in their possession if they get a divorce, but there can be exceptions. Individuals with substantial assets who get married without a prenup may be required to hand over a substantial amount of their assets to their ex-spouse. To save themselves time and money in the future, individuals should set aside some time before their wedding and complete a prenup.

Completing a prenup is also strongly advisable if one person in the relationship is earning more than the other person. The individuals who are making less money than their significant other can ensure their financial stability should a divorce occur by stipulating in the prenup that they are to be paid alimony. The prenup can specify the type of alimony that is to be paid, the amount of the payments and for how long the payments are to be made.

Seatbelts not yet required on Illinois school buses

As children strap on their over-sized backpacks and head back to class, parents are encouraged to share safety tips to help kids commute safely. However, one safety initiative has yet to be implemented for the start of this school year in Illinois.

In early 2017, a bill proposing that seat belts be required on school buses was pushed by Illinois lawmakers. The bill still hasn’t been passed.

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