Why Pedestrian Deaths Are on the Rise

Walking seems like a perfectly safe means of getting around, right? Increasingly, however, evidence suggests otherwise. An alarming report from the Governors Highway Safety Association suggests that pedestrian deaths are on the rise. In 2018, for example, an estimated 6,227 pedestrians were killed in accidents involving motor vehicles. Shockingly, projections indicate that 2018 saw the largest number of pedestrian deaths since 1990. What’s behind this rise in fatalities — and what can be done to keep pedestrians safe? Read on to find out. What Causes Pedestrian Deaths? A variety of factors may be to blame for the sudden increase in…

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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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Thanksgiving Travel Dangers — And What to Do About Them

Thanksgiving is almost here — and you’re eager to hit the road. Whether you plan on driving for a few minutes or a few hours, your journey may be more perilous than you suspect; data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates an uptick of 19 percent in traffic accidents during the Thanksgiving holiday. Read on to learn about the most significant Thanksgiving travel dangers — and what you can do to stay safe. Increased Traffic Traffic isn’t just a workweek phenomenon; Thanksgiving can spark truly frustrating jams. Combine the usual pitfalls of traffic with drivers determined to arrive…

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What Parents of Newly Minted Drivers Can Do to Protect Their Teens

Your teenager recently aced parallel parking and the rest of the driver’s test. Now, it’s time to hit the road. As parent, however, you’re naturally wary. After all, car crashes remain a top killer for adolescents. You can’t monitor your teen at all times, but you can provide an element of protection from afar. Follow these tips to keep your teen safe on the road: Select Vehicles With Teen Driver Mode Several of today’s finest vehicles feature driving modes specifically designed to address parent concerns. Chevrolet, for example, provides teen driving technology to monitor young drivers’ behavior and, if necessary,…

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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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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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Bike Safety Guidelines for Kids and Adults

Between the warm weather of summer and the desire to get in shape while cutting fuel costs, children aren’t the only ones riding bikes in traffic these days. Even when you have the right-of-way as a cyclist, drivers might not see you or expect you—and the results can be deadly. Following these bicycle safety guidelines will help keep both adults and children safe, whether they’re riding around with friends or commuting to work. Always Wear a Helmet Recent studies have shown that wearing a helmet while biking can reduce your risk of a serious head injury by 70 percent. It’s…

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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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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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