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Road Rage

Driving can be a stressful experience, and all drivers have gotten frustrated behind the wheel at some point. But, it's important to avoid engaging in aggressive driving behaviors, such as speeding, running red lights, quick lane changing and failure to yield, especially as an aggressive driving act can trigger a disproportionate response, which sometimes even escalates into road rage, a criminal act of assault which may stem from a confrontation that occurred on the road.

The AAA Foundation's Aggressive Driving update found that aggressive driving behaviors are a factor in up to 56% of fatal crashes. Additionally, nearly 90% of drivers view aggressive driving as very serious or somewhat serious threat to their own safety.

Think you drive aggression-free? Take the AAA aggressive driving quiz and find out how hostile you are on the road.

Also here are a few tips from our Road Rage brochure on how to avoid aggressive driving.

Don't Offend

Don't Engage

Adjust Your Attitude


Article by: AAA Foundation


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First Aid Kit Tips

In any emergency a family member or you may be cut, burned or suffer other injuries. With these basic supplies you are better prepared to help your loved ones when they are hurt. Remember, many injuries are not life threatening and do not require immediate medical attention. Knowing how to treat minor injuries can make a difference in an emergency. Consider taking a first aid class, but simply having the following things can help you stop bleeding, prevent infection and assist in decontamination.

Things you should have:

Things that may be good to have in your kit:

Non-prescription drugs:


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Home Security Checklist

How safe is your home?  There are 6 things to look at and review from spare keys, locking up, outdoor security to outdoor items and property.

Here is a convenient checklist from Real Simple

Electrical Cords and Outlets

Home Heating

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Fire Extinguishers

Escape Plans


You can find more and complete your own checklist at Real Simple.

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Information and recommendations are compiled from sources believed to be reliable. The Sheriff’s Office  makes no guarantee as to and assumes no responsibility for the correctness, sufficiency or completeness of such information or recommendations. Other or additional safety measures may be required under particular circumstances.