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Driving Safety

Don’t Drive Distracted

The popularity of handheld devices has enhanced distracted driving problems on the road. Such activities like texting, talking on the phone, reading, and watching a video, take a driver’s attention away from the task of driving. It is a safety hazard to the driver, passengers, and bystanders, and there is a risk of an accident with a power pole. Whether you are involved in an auto accident with a power pole or you witness one, know the steps to take to keep yourself and others safe. In accidents with power poles, it is likely the pole and power lines may fall on your car or nearby, and the area around your car may become charged with electricity. If you step out of the car, your body would become the path to ground for the electricity, and electrocution could occur. The safest place is almost always inside the car. While downed lines can sometimes show they are live by arcing and Read More

Winter Increases the Potential for Power Line Accidents

Ice on transformer
Staying Safe in a Car Accident with a Power Pole video Winter wonderlands are beautiful, but they can be a driving nightmare. Snow, slush, ice, and wind make it stressful and difficult to drive. These driving conditions also make it more likely that your car will skid off the road. Losing control of your car may seem like the worst-case scenario, but if you do not know what you are doing, the moments following an accident could potentially be more dangerous than the accident itself. In an accident, a car may slide off the road and into a power pole. The pole may fall down, lines may fall on your car or nearby, and the area around your car may become charged with electric energy. If you stepped out of the car in this scenario, your body would become the path to ground for the electricity, and you could be electrocuted. While downed lines can sometimes show they are live by Read More

Driving Safety Blog: When a Car Tangles with Power Lines

Car Wreck
Defensive driving requires education and constant awareness of circumstances. Driving during winter months is especially tricky. Snow, ice and wind create the potential for additional hazards on the road. If your area is experiencing severe weather, venture out only when necessary.  Slick roads can cause loss of control, and power poles are struck in thousands of accidents each year.  Drive slowly when navigating icy roads and keep your eye out for signs of damaged electrical equipment like a downed power line. If you see a line down on the road, do not drive over it.  This could pull the pole and other equipment to the ground. Turn back and call 9-1-1. In the event of an accident with a power pole, the safest place is inside your vehicle. Stay inside your car and call 9-1-1 right away. Although your first instinct may be to get out if you can, this could be a deadly mistake.  Stay in the car until the electric utility arrives Read More