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…]
Drivers with road rage can make even the most patient and calm people loose their cool. There are aggressive drivers who occasionally put the lives of others and their properties in danger. Your reaction to an aggressive driver is essential for your safety, as well as the safety of other drivers and passengers surrounding you. Here are a few tips for defusing a road rage situation.
Trucks serve an important role in our society. They serve as a mode of transportation that can carry a large amount of supplies to support our communities. But, because of their large size, trucks have the potential to cause immense harm on our roads, highways and freeways.
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Distracted driving is a growing problem on our roadways. According to the National Highway Safety Administration, 3,328 people were killed in distracted driving crashes in 2012 alone.
Distraction.gov, the official U.S. Government website for distracted driving, reports that the youngest and most inexperienced drivers are most at risk, with 16% of all distracted driving crashes involving drivers under the age of 20. [Read more…]
While you can’t change the weather, you can minimize some of winter’s biggest threats to your safety and security. At home, at work or on the road, be mindful and plan ahead for the curves that this season can throw. Staying alert and preparing properly for the season will help to ensure your holidays remain happy. [Read more…]
After reaching an historic low in 2009, deaths and injuries from truck accidents are on the rise. Why the turn for the worse? According to a startling report from the American Association for Justice, lax practices are forcing a growing number of unsafe trucks on the road that are often driven by overworked, underpaid and poorly trained drivers. [Read more…]
Driver fatigue is a serious problem resulting in many thousands of road accidents each year. Today’s fast-paced, 24-hour world with social media addictions and technology distraction all lead to sleep deprivation which, in turn, affects our performance on the road. Research shows that driver fatigue may be a factor in up to 20% of road accidents, and up to 25% of fatal and serious accidents. [Read more…]
Matthew J. Bortz, 28, was killed when his motorcycle crashed head-on into a tractor-trailer. Bortz veered into the opposite lane while trying to pass two vehicles in a no-passing zone and failed to calculate the timing correctly and did not allow enough clearance for the oncoming tractor-trailer. [Read more…]