Articles Posted in Safe Driving

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AAVA160_VZ939_H-626x383Autonomous cars are generating considerable buzz for many reasons, but one of the most dramatic centers on public health: Many say self-driving vehicles could drastically reduce, or even eliminate, the tens of thousands of traffic fatalities that occur annually in the U.S.

Human error plays a role in 94 percent of all traffic accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which is why auto makers and regulators believe self-driving vehicles have the potential to be so transformative.

Once driverless cars are on the roads in large numbers, they say, there will be no need for traffic lights because the vehicles will be able to communicate with each other to time when they go through the intersection. The cars will intuitively know what’s a safe speed to travel based on traffic and road conditions, and human errors such as failing to stop at a stop sign or mistakenly driving through a red light will become non-issues.

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bigstock-216694456-1024x647Chevrolet has been sending a safety engineer across the county to raise awareness of the risks of drowsy driving. Fatigued driving accidents are commonplace and particularly dangerous because a sleepy driver is slower to react and brake or swerve to avoid a collision. A drowsy driver may actually nod off behind the wheel and crash at full speed.

Chevrolet is asking local and national journalists to try the car manufacturer’s drowsy driving simulator. It consists of a 23-pound suit to cause the sluggishness your body feels when fatigued, and goggles that replicate frequent blinking associated with drowsy driving.

“As you get tired, the way we can tell is by your percent of eye closure, so every 10 seconds, the goggles close for one second; this represents being a medium level of drowsy, and mimics your eye pattern when you’re tired,” Maureen Short, a human factors expert and senior safety engineer for Chevrolet, told an NBC News reporter. “If you’re truly drowsy and you nod off, it can be 2 to 4 seconds of eye closure at a time.”

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driving-in-summer-300x169Summer is in full swing and whether you and your family are enjoying a stay-cation in Dallas, or traveling, you’ll likely be spending a good amount of your time driving in a motor vehicle.

Summer vacation means crowded roads, highways, and sometimes overly-packed cars. To keep yourself and your passengers safe, practice these driving tips.

1. Plan Ahead

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heatwave12-300x169Summer is a dangerous time to drive: more drunk drivers, new drivers, and more confused tourists are out on the road with you in Dallas, Texas, and the surrounding areas.

But even if you take other drivers out of the picture, the summer months still have their own inherent climate-related dangers. The heat alone is dangerous for passengers and drivers alike. The most important things to watch out for during the summer months include: tire failure, heat stroke, and an overheated engine.

Tire Failure. The over-usage of drivers on the road, along with excessive heat, can wear down and cause great damage to your tires. Tire damage and failure causes over 11,000 accidents each year.

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Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death and serious injury for children over one years of age, and every day an unrestrained child under the age of five is killed in a traffic crash in the United States.

The safest place for a child in a car is in a rear seat, properly buckled into a child safety seat, or a booster seat – but what type of Child Car Safety Seat should you be using?

If your child is:

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car-safety-gear-cuts-deaths-in-dallas-300x200Driving regulations, such as no texting and driving, are good measures to ensure drivers are safer on the road, but are not the only actions in place to keep roads safer. A new study shows that safety gear and equipment being installed in new model cars has proven to decrease the amount of deaths resulting from auto accidents.

According to the Wall Street Journal, federal data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in December 2017 shows that safety features being built into cars in recent years have allowed for a drop in auto fatalities. In the study, it shows that in the past decade the number of fatalities from accidents has dropped by nearly two-thirds with each new model car released. In 2016, the number of fatalities dropped by 3.1% over the previous year, while the number of those injured fell 2.1%.

Traction And Stability Systems Lead To Safer Vehicles

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car-wreck-dangers-dallas-300x200A car accident is a traumatizing experience that can lead to serious injuries and well as long-term emotional troubles. Here are six things that might shock you about car accidents.

1. Thirty-One Percent of Fatal Accidents Involve Alcohol

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2017, 31 percent of all traffic-related fatalities in the U.S. involved an alcohol-impaired driver. There were 10,322 fatalities in the U.S. that involved a driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher.

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bigstock-Close-up-of-a-bicycling-helmet-224466319-1024x684Every year, hundreds of bicyclists die in traffic accidents involving motor vehicles, and thousands more are injured, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Bicycling advocates say drivers can play a big role in reducing those grim statistics, paving the way for peaceful coexistence. It’s a two-way street, of course. Bicyclists have responsibilities, too.

For you drivers, here are our 10 rules of the road for driving near bicyclists.

1. Appreciate Bicyclist Vulnerability

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bigstock-Two-Car-Crash-1522381-300x240Most drivers believe they can make it by with just the minimum required coverage. When you only purchase the minimum required insurance coverage to avoid a traffic violation, you and your family are exposed to potentially devastating financial hardships resulting from an accident.

Most minimum coverage plans leave out some of the most important aspects of insurance coverage, primarily Personal Injury Protection (PIP), Uninsured Motorist (UM), and Under-Insured Motorist (UIM). Auto Insurance is designed to protect you and your family in the event of an accident – not just avoid a ticket in a traffic stop.

Why You Need UM/UIM & PIP Insurance Coverage

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Distracted Driving Reyes Browne ReilleyEach day in the United States, approximately 9 people are killed and more than 1,000 injured in crashes that are reported to involve distracted driving. Distracted driving killed 3,477 Americans in 2015, and injured 391,000. More than one-fifth, or 21 percent, of all teenagers between the ages of 15 and 19 who were killed in accidents were distracted at the time of the accident.

Many teenagers are in near-constant contact with their friends on phones. But, cellphones and other electronic devices are a leading cause of distraction for drivers today.

Older, more-experienced drivers need to be careful to keep their attention on the road as much as teens. But, young people have less experience driving than most older Americans, and distracted driving can be even more dangerous.

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