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Warm temperatures are bringing Texans out to lakes and parks across the state. For thousands of Texans, that means towing a boat, camper or other recreational equipment.
True or False.
When towing a trailer, your vehicle has less power.
The answer is false. Your vehicle's horsepower is the same whether you're towing something or not. It's just being used differently. Trooper Robyn Wilson says, "It may feel like your vehicle's zip has been zapped by the extra weight, so you'll need to handle merging or passing differently when you're not towing. That means allowing more room and more time than you normally would for accelerating, turning or stopping." Remember the extra weight of a boat or camper means it takes far more time to accelerate and a much greater distance to stop.
Summer time means kids have extra time to play and for many that means riding their bicycles. On average, how many children are treated each year in hospital emergency rooms for bicycle related injuries in the United States?
100,000 or 300,000
The answer is 300,000 Trooper Sparky Dean says, "A helmet is an essential piece of safety equipment for every cyclist,adult or child. I'm a real believer in helmets because I've seen plenty of serious injuries first hand and even deaths because kids weren't wearing bike helmets." Head injuries account for nearly two of every three bike fatalities but a bike helmet can reduce the risk of head injury up to 85%.
You see construction projects all over the South Plains. How many highway construction projects are underway in Texas each year?
500 or 1,000
1,000 is the correct answer. Trooper Robyn Wilson says, "Speeding is the leading cause of work zone crashes so slow down. In work zones, we always want you to stay alert and avoid distractions." Moving Violations in work zones can cost you up to $400.