Checking your smartphone while driving is tough to resist for many people. Whether it’s to read the latest Twitter feed, see who “liked” a Facebook post or take a photo to share on Snapchat or Instagram, people check their phones constantly. Numerous studies conducted about cell phone usage while driving has shown that it causes distractions and often leads to accidents. And in some states, including California, all hands-on use of cell phones is against the law. California’s new restrictions on cell phone usage took effect in January of this year. [Read more…]
Our reflexes and attention span ages as we get older, which can affect our driving. Many seniors are able to drive well into their 80’s and even early 90’s, but certain health conditions can affect a driver’s abilities behind the wheel. If you or a loved one is over the age of 65, it’s important to understand how age and health can alter someone’s judgment on the road. This will allow you to recognize when the time comes to give up the keys for your safety and the safety of others. [Read more…]
Getting four hours of sleep, versus six hours, could be the difference between life and death on the road. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety completed a study correlating sleep deprivation to traffic accidents and found some eye-opening results.
“Drivers who reported that they usually sleep for 4-5 hours per day had 5.4 times the crash rate of drivers who usually sleep for 7 hours or more daily.” [Read more…]
Parking lots are often the most congested and busiest parts of the driving experience, yet as drivers, we don’t often associate it with risk and danger. It is important to remember that safe driving techniques need to be implemented the moment you get behind the wheel. A study by the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers Association found that 20 percent of all accident related insurance claims were related to incidents that happened within the limits of the parking lot. With drivers and pedestrians not seeing the risk of these situations, these accidents will continue to happen. The next time you are searching the lot for a spot, remember the importance of these safe driving and parking techniques.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), whenever you are not in your vehicle, you are considered a pedestrian. In the United States, pedestrian deaths increased in 2013, when the most recent data was collected, with a total of 4,735 deaths.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released preliminary data last week that showed a 7.7 percent increase in motor vehicle traffic deaths in 2015. It has been estimated that 35,200 people died, which a significant increase from the 32,675 reported fatalities in 2014.
One of the great parts about living in Southern California is the ability to take advantage of the warm weather we have year round. For many, that means riding their bicycle for exercise and for pleasure. However, when you do ride your bike, safety needs to be at the top of your list. Unfortunately, bicycle accidents are very common and can be deadly. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 726 bicyclists were killed and 49,000 were seriously injured in 2012 in the US.
While you can’t control what drivers will do, it’s important to do everything you can to keep yourself safe while you are riding your bike. Following these tips will help you avoid getting into an accident.
Bicycle riding is a popular sport in Southern California for a variety of reasons. It is great exercise and the mild year-round temperatures make it an ideal environment for outdoor activities.
Although bicycle riding is a common mode of transportation, it can also pose its dangers. More than 100 people are killed in a bicycle accident each year in the state of California. [Read more…]
People ride bicycles for a variety of reasons. Not only do bicycles serve as reliable modes of transportation, but they also provide enjoyment, leisure, and exercise for many, especially to those who reside in Southern California. [Read more…]