Now that the warmer temperatures are finally here, there's a good chance you'll start hearing some familiar summer sounds, including the revving of lawnmower engines, boat engines and, of course, motorcycle engines.
Thanks to booming oil production here in the U.S., the nation's railway system has seen a dramatic spike in the number of tanker cars carrying crude and other hazardous liquids to distant refineries.
As National Distracted Driving Awareness Month officially draws to a close, it's a good time to discuss the actions taken by officials here in Illinois to combat the number of serious personal injuries and fatalities caused by motorists using cell phones while behind the wheel.
With daylight savings time now only days away, our thoughts are naturally turning to warmer days and, by extension, hassle-free commutes. It's important to remember, however, that March is a notoriously fickle month when it comes to the weather here in Illinois, meaning that the danger posed by snowy and/or icy roads remains very real.
At this time of the year, the last thing most people here in the Midwest would ever think about is taking their motorcycle out of the garage and out for a ride. However, when the snow melts and the settings are ideal for a long bike trip, they'll need to remember a few basic safety items, including whether the states in which they'll be cruising require a helmet.
Earlier this week, State Farm Insurance released its annual report outlining on a state-by-state basis the odds that a motorist will be involved in a car accident with a deer over the course of the next 12 months.
The official start of the school year has recently begun. This means school buses and walking children are once again a regular sight, while playgrounds and ball fields will sit largely empty.
Even though the calendar says there are only a few weeks left in July, there is still plenty of time for people to get outdoors to enjoy their favorite summertime activities. While for many this can mean more low-key activities like taking the boat out for fishing, for others it can mean more high-octane pursuits like cruising down the highway on a motorcycle.
The roads and highways here in Illinois were undoubtedly a very busy place last weekend as thousands of motorists traveled to locations both near and far for the Fourth of July holiday. As these motorists made their way to their respective destinations, there's a very good chance their attention was occupied by the traffic around them, conversations with passengers and thoughts about their vacation plans.
Ask any car expert and they will agree that the average passenger sedan, sport utility vehicle and light truck have all become considerably safer over the last decade. That's because many of them now come equipped with features such as front-crash prevention systems, lane departure warning systems and enhanced passenger protective systems (i.e., improved airbag, anti-lock brake and seat belt technology).