Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Gas is the vehicle’s food that keeps it going.

Running out of gas is not just a hassle; it could also be a potentially dangerous on high speed roadways. It is very important to always be aware of how much gas is in the tank prior to getting on the Causeway Bridge.

Older vehicle have a Low Fuel Level Warning Light to indicate the low gas levels. It lights up when it reaches a certain fuel. The problem is the warning system is not always accurate.

Most modern vehicles have a distance to empty gauge; it cannot always be trusted either. Many prefer using this feature in lieu of the Low Fuel Level Warning Light, but this is a dangerous practice because the distance to empty gauge only offers a rough approximation. This approximation is based on the average mileage since last fill-up.

Both systems are meant to warn the driver of the low fuel level but it is always better to keep an eye on the gas gauge. If you do run out of gas on the Causeway bridge, please dial *27 (*CP) from your cellular phone or 504-835-3116 to contact the Causeway and Huey P. Long Police dispatch. We’ll be there to help you in a few minutes.


Wednesday, June 5, 2019

School has officially ended in Louisiana. It is the time when teens spend more time on the roadway with friends or working summer jobs. The time between Memorial Day and Labor Day is known as the “100 Deadliest Days” for teenage drivers. This time period received that title due to a rise in the number of automobile accident fatalities involving teen drivers during that three-month period. It is important for parents of teen drivers to monitor their children’s driving behavior and to lead by example when behind the wheel.

  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) conducted a study that found, in the past two decades, speeding has been involved in approximately one-third of all motor vehicle in the United States.
  • The NHTSA also found that drivers between the ages of 15 to 20 years old had the highest representation in speed-related fatal crashes (32% and 22%) compared to any other age group.
  • According to a Texas A&M Transportation Institute study in 2019, teens are more likely than older drivers to speed and follow too closely more often.
  • The Texas A&M Transportation Institute study stated speed was a factor in 31% of teen driver fatalities Nationwide.

It’s not hard to understand why teens face greater driving risks. Their lack of driving experience can make them underestimate dangerous situations. Now, combine the lack of driving experience with a teen driver who might be impaired, speeding or distracted, and you have a recipe for disaster. Parents, help your teens stay on track and make safe decisions when they’re behind the wheel. The summer months are a time for teens to have more freedom, be responsible at a summer job, just relax and hang out with friends and family, and drive purposely and safely.