Heat Stroke in Cars is a Year-Round Danger For Children

Summer is here and so is the warm weather. That means everyone should be on the lookout for heat exhaustion and heat stroke. And while most people know to hydrate and keep cool, there are some circumstances where heat stroke can occur unexpectedly. Heat stroke can be more dangerous to children than parents might expect. This is because heat stroke not only causes uncomfortable symptoms, such as nausea, headache, dizziness, and fainting–it can also be fatal. Heat Stroke and Cars Since 1998, over 800 children have died from heat stroke in vehicles, according to NoHeatStroke.org. This problem has persisted over…

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1 in 6 Ride-Sharing Vehicles Have Safety Recalls but Remain in Service

A recent Consumer Reports study looked at vehicle registration for ride-sharing companies in Seattle and New York, and found that 16.2% of vehicles in service had at least one or more active safety recalls. The total number of vehicles surveyed in the study with safety recalls was 15,175. One car in service in Seattle had over 5 different open safety recalls, including one for a defective Takata airbag. Overall, the percentage of recalled vehicles on the road for Lyft and Uber is actually lower than other car-hire services such as the traditional taxi industry. However, the scale and frequent use of…

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Gen Z Behind the Wheel: A Look at the Statistics, Dangers, and Opportunities

Move over millennials — a new generation is about to take over. Born in the late 90s and early 2000s, Gen Z holds a fiercely independent streak and a deep awareness of technology as it relates to personal branding. Although slow to take to the road compared to other generations, today’s young adults are beginning to adapt to the vehicular world. We’ve observed the following as they get behind the wheel: Lower Rates of Drunk Driving Today’s roads are safer because members of Gen Z know better than to drive while intoxicated — or at least, they’re willing to take…

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100 Deadliest Days for Driving Teens Begins Memorial Day

This Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of a season where rates of car crash-related deaths among teens tragically rise. Dubbed ‘the 100 deadliest days’ by AAA, the time from Memorial Day until Labor Day sees a 14% increase in teenage auto accident related deaths when compared to other periods of time. This meant that an average of 1,022 deaths occurred from auto collisions which included teens between 2010 and 2014 during this season. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A study from AAA using the same data found that , This problem is caused primarily by distracted teens with insufficient…

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St. Patrick’s Day Safety Tips

After a long and difficult winter, St. Patrick’s Day is about to usher in spring — and you’re ready to party! In this time of celebration, however, many party-goers find themselves vulnerable to a variety of risks, most of which involve alcohol. Follow these tips to stay safe this St. Patrick’s Day: Plan to Use Public Transit or Ridesharing Apps According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), 60 people were killed in crashes involving drunk drivers on St. Patrick’s Day in 2016. The fatality rate that year averaged 29 people per day; clearly, people drove drunk on St….

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Staying Safe on the Highways for Parents

Safe driving is important in a world of traffic jams, work commutes and other drivers who do not respect the rules of the road. When we become parents, safe driving takes on added importance. Child deaths due to car accidents have been dropping, and much of it is due to parents following the right safety tips for their children. Driver Safety Tips for Parents Keep your loved ones safe when you are out on the road by making the right decisions. Wear a seat belt. What is true for you is also true for your little one. Few things could…

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Are Advanced Car Dashboards a Safety Hazard?

Advances in car technology are leading to a dangerous trend in the name of vehicle innovation – smart, advanced car dashboards. These dashboards have multiple features that can easily distract a driver, such as cameras, hands-free phone capabilities, and GPS. How dangerous are these gadgets and what are their consequences? What Are Advanced Car Dashboards? Car companies are competing to produce the most advanced, high-tech, and innovative vehicle on the market. However, can this competition go too far? Many vehicles have advanced dashboards to improve the driver experience and add additional impressive features to the car. Some of these dashboards…

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Safe Driving Apps: Do They Work?

Distracted driving is a huge public hazard; the National Safety Council reports that distracted drivers cause 1.6 million crashes annually. According to tech gurus, however, the very devices that distract us could also make us safer drivers. Skeptical? You’re not alone. Read on to learn about the latest safe driving apps and whether they could actually improve behavior behind the wheel. AT&T DriveMode Available on both Android and iOS devices, AT&T’s DriveMode silences incoming text messages and send calls to voicemail to reduce the urge to look at your phone while driving. The free app is activated when your vehicle…

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Why Children Should Remain in Rear-Facing Car Seats As Long As Possible

Our nation’s roads are safer for children than they used to be. Car seat vigilance, in particular, has greatly reduced the risk of fatality among the nation’s youngest passengers. An especially promising Centers for Disease Control study revealed that child passenger deaths decreased 43 percent between 2002 and 2011. Despite this, motor vehicle crashes remain a leading cause of death among children. An easy way to beat the statistics? Keep your child in a rear-facing car seat as long as possible. How Long Should My Child Remain in a Rear-Facing Car Seat? If you’re like most parents, you’re tempted to…

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Teens or Seniors: Who’s More Dangerous Behind the Wheel?

Auto accidents kill tens of thousands of people every year in the United States. No age group is safe. Two demographic groups in particular, however, seem to be at elevated risk: teenagers and the elderly. We’ve all heard awful stories involving both types of drivers—for instance, teens texting and blowing through red lights into oncoming traffic, and confused seniors slamming the accelerator instead of the brake, leading to tragic consequences. But what can an objective assessment tell us? Are teens more dangerous behind the wheel, or are senior citizens? Let’s look at the data. Teenage Drivers Per CDC statistics from…

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