Does the Color of Your Car Affect How Safe It Is on the Road?

How does car color affect road safety? At first blush, the question may seem trivial. If you’re worried about accident prevention, isn’t it more important to focus on problems like DUI, distracted driving and failing infrastructure? Those factors obviously matter. But perhaps surprisingly, car color does seem to play a role—possibly. How might it matter? And why? First off, some colors can be harder to see in certain environments. Black cars at night, for example, can disappear into the unlit background. Under certain snowy or rainy conditions, silver cars could similarly be harder for other drivers to perceive. It’s also…

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How Do I Know When I Can Drive Again After a Serious Brain Injury?

After sustaining a brain injury, your life can be put on hold. You may want to know when or if you can go back to your normal routine. One of the biggest concerns after a brain injury is when you can drive again. Depending on the severity of your brain injury, multiple factors will affect when you will be able to drive safely again. What Is the Most Common Question Regarding a Brain Injury and Driving? Will my driving privileges and/or driver’s license be taken away after my brain injury? Just because you have a brain injury doesn’t mean that…

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Do 15-Passenger Vans Have an Increased Risk of Rollover Accidents?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued a warning about the dangers of 15-passenger vans. NHTSA warns that these vehicles are dangerous in the hands of inexperienced drivers. According to NHTSA, 15-passenger vans have a high center of gravity that increases the risk of a rollover accident. Statistics published by NHTSA show that rollovers cause roughly 60 percent of crashes involving these vehicles. In addition, older models of these vans may lack modern safety features that can prevent other types of accidents. There are a few reasons why 15-passenger vans can suffer a rollover accident. First, these vehicles…

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Autonomous Car Crashes: What Causes Them?

Some would say it was bound to happen eventually. In March, the ridesharing platform Uber made the news in spectacular fashion when one of its self-driving prototype vehicles struck and killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona. In theory, at least, autonomous cars are supposed to make us safer because human error gets removed from the equation. This accident underscores that developers may still be far from realizing that goal—and critics have already used the incident as a push to eliminate autonomous vehicles completely. So if autonomous (i.e., self-driving) vehicles are programmed properly, why would they ever be involved in an…

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Why Summer Is the Deadliest Season for Teen Driving, and How to Stay Safe

As we come into the summer months, AAA offers a sobering warning: Memorial Day kicks off the 100 deadliest days of the year for teen drivers, as CNN reports. Over the past several years, the number of vehicle crashes involving teens ages 16-19 has spiked 16 percent per day during the 100-day period following Memorial Day. Perhaps surprisingly for some, the biggest contributing factor in these crashes isn’t drinking or drugs (although these issues remain a consistent threat). Rather, it’s distracted driving, which contributes to about 60 percent of teen crashes during this season, according to the CNN report. Why…

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No Designated Driver for St. Patrick’s Day 2018? Get a SoberRide

This Saturday, March 17, millions of people will step out to enjoy the many, parades, parties and pints of green beer in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day—potentially hundreds of thousands here in the D.C. area alone. While many will make arrangements not to drink and drive, the reality is sometimes no one wants to be the “designated driver” for the group. In these cases, many car services and organizations in cities around the country offer free rides to revelers who want to get home safely. Here in the Washington, D.C. area, the Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP) is once again…

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Report: Drowsy Driving Causes up to 10 Percent of All Road Accidents

We have discussed drowsy driving here several times before now, but a recent report sheds light on how widespread this problem has become. As USA Today reports, a recent study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reveals that drowsy driving may play a role in at least 9.5 percent of all vehicle crashes. For more severe crashes, that number rises to 10.8 percent. These findings suggest a trend that is up to eight times worse than what federal agencies have previously predicted. (Federal estimates consistently blame drowsy driving on only 1-2 percent of accidents.) Since alcohol plays a role…

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Safety Tips for Driving in Sleet and “Wintry Mix” Weather

February and March are unpredictable times for the weather in the DC area. While driving in snow has its own challenges, as the weather grows slightly milder, we run the risk of other types of “wintry mix” weather—for example, sleet, freezing rain/fog and rain-snow mixes—which can make the roads even more hazardous than snow alone. Let’s look at some of these weather conditions and how you can stay safe on the roads. Sleet Sleet occurs when air aloft is warmer than air at the surface—a condition that frequently happens as the seasons start changing. Snow melts as it falls, then…

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