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…]
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.
After any automobile accident, there are particular steps you need to take in order to ensure your safety, and the safety of others on the road. If you are involved in a hit and run accident, the procedure you should follow will be different than if the other driver stays to exchange information. Accidents can be stressful and scary. In most cases, if a driver flees after being involved in a car accident, it is most likely because they do not want to be held responsible for the consequences of the accident. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports 11 out of 100 automobile accidents are hit and run situations, and of those accidents, 43% result in a fatality. If you are injured in a hit and run accident, stay calm and follow these appropriate steps following the accident.
Hybrid vehicles have grown in popularity due to their environmental benefits, but these quiet, electric powered cars often run too silent for seeing impaired pedestrians to hear coming. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced a new sound requirement to protect pedestrians who are blind, have low vision, as well as any and all pedestrians. NHTSA hopes that with this requirement in place, 2,400 pedestrian injuries will be prevented each year.
Your child’s safety is your number one priority every time your teen gets behind the wheel. Having a conversation with your teen about driving safety can potentially prevent an accident from occurring, and can protect your child as well as the other drivers on the road. Accidents involving teen drivers often occur when the young driver is inexperienced or distracted. When the time comes, sit down with your teen and discuss these important safety tips with your newly licensed driver.
The few moments it takes to buckle your child into a car seat could save their life. Car seat statistics show that automobile accidents are the leading cause of death in children ages 3-14. While most parents know the importance of car seat restraints, 26% of children under the age of 8 who died in automobile accidents in 2014 were not restrained by age-appropriate car seats.
Airbags are a vehicle safety device designed to keep you and your loved ones safe during an accident. Upon collision with another vehicle or object, an airbag is designed to inflate immediately and then deflate. This keeps those in the vehicle from hitting the dashboard or steering wheel in the case of a crash, which could be fatal.
Being an aggressive driver means that you deliberately put people and property at risk. Examples of aggressive driving are actions such as running red lights, tailgating, cutting off other drivers and making lots of “close call” movements such as weaving in and out of traffic. Most of the time, an aggressive driver is in a rush to get somewhere and they assume these actions will get them their faster.
It is important to understand the difference between motor vehicle defects that are considered safety-related and those that are not considered safety-related. A safety defect is one that poses risk to both motor vehicle safety and can exist in a group of vehicles, such as ones that are from the same manufacturer.