The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has kicked off its annual Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign in the effort to keep motorists from driving drunk during the holiday season and beyond. The campaign consists of TV commercials, which are being aired in Pennsylvania and all over the U.S., and a 360-degree virtual reality web program that allows users to explore the scene of a drunk driving crash.
Though many are aware that vehicle deaths have decreased since the early 1980s, some may not be aware of how dramatic of a drop there has been. Few people in Pennsylvania are aware of the large disparity between vehicle models and deaths attributed to each model, or how much safer later model vehicles may be.
Winter is fast approaching, and Pennsylvania drivers will soon be faced with ice and snow on area roads. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 22 percent of all U.S. traffic accidents are the result of winter weather. However, by taking a few safety precautions, drivers can reduce their risk of being involved in a winter-related crash.
As daylight hours grow shorter, motorists should be aware of the risk posed by wildlife who may wander across the roadway. The return of standard time coincides with wildlife mating season in Pennsylvania and other states across the nation, so deer and other types of animals are likely to be active when drivers are making their daily commutes in low daylight conditions.
Pennsylvania residents should know that over 9.5 million Americans work either a night shift or a rotating shift. This means that millions of individuals are endangering themselves and others on the road each day they drive home from work. The reason lies in the nature of shift work. It disrupts the ordinary sleep-wake cycle, thus increasing drowsiness as well as the risk for getting conditions like high blood pressure, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes.
Some car accidents in Pennsylvania that have injured or killed people may have been caused by a driver distracted by a smartphone, but these accidents may not always be reported as such. Fatal motor vehicle accidents are on the rise after decreasing for years, and experts say the increase cannot be fully attributed to a slight rise in vehicle miles traveled or drunk driving. Some believe it is because of an increased use of smartphones behind the wheel.
A research paper released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates a negative correlation between the age of a car and how safe it is to drive. Specifically, the driver of a vehicle that is more than 17 years old faces a 71 percent increase in the risk of a fatal accident than a driver behind the wheel of a car that is three years old or less. These statistics may be especially sobering for Pennsylvania parents who would like their teenage drivers to be safe behind the wheel of an older vehicle.
Everyone wants to avoid car accidents. Sometimes collisions are unavoidable, so what factors are involved in making the crash less damaging to the car and safer for the occupants? It turns out that the size of the car plays a surprisingly significant role in the outcome of a car accident.
Statistics show that fatal traffic accidents are more likely to occur at night. Drivers on Pennsylvania roadways would do well to understand some of the reasons why the night presents added risks. Among the most important factors contributing to higher accident rates at night are night blindness, drunk drivers, increased construction activity and decreased visibility.
In August 2017, Progressive insurance conducted a study involving roughly 1,000 drivers over the 18 who were not Progressive customers. Generally speaking, most Pennsylvania residents and others believed that distracted driving was one of the biggest causes of accidents. Over 90 percent of respondents said that it should be illegal. However, more than one-third of those who responded said that they were confident in their ability to text while driving.