December means holidays, family and fun-filled festivities. Unfortunately, it can also mean bad weather and slippery roads. That's why the National Safety Council has released some winter driving tips that can help Pennsylvania drivers reduce the risk of accidents and ensure a safe holiday season.
Philadelphia motorists often have little understanding of the true causes of auto crashes. Even police reports often don't fully reflect the reasons why accidents happened. When the National Safety Council reviewed police reports nationwide, it found that no state records all of the data that traffic safety groups and the government need to determine the major causes of crashes. By understanding why car accidents happen, safety officials can take steps to improve their prevention.
People die of diseases, allergic reactions, plane crashes and even lightning strikes. Many of these causes seem random and unavoidable, but Pennsylvania readers may be surprised to learn that the leading cause of death for Americans ages 1 to 44 is unintentional injury. This means that, in some cases, these deaths are entirely avoidable.
There was a 2 percent decline in traffic fatalities in 2017 according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). However, there was an 18.7 percent increase in fatalities in crashes involving large trucks. There are many possible reasons why this is happening including the fact that more vehicles are traveling on roads in Pennsylvania and around the country.
A vehicle management platform called Motus has released a report focused on the increasing amount of distracted driving among people who are part of the mobile workforce. The platform has the largest pool of retained drivers in the world, and utilized data from that driver pool to determine that mobile workers use their cars more than any other employee type. Pennsylvania travelers should be aware of the dangers posed by distracted driving.
As summer gives way to fall in Pennsylvania, people can find themselves dealing with a lot of rain. In addition to lower visibility and slick roads, hydroplaning can occur. Hydroplaning or literally floating on the surface of water is a major cause of vehicle accidents in wet weather.
Replacing stop signs and traffic lights with roundabouts at busy intersections in Pennsylvania and around the country could save countless lives each year according to road safety experts. Roundabouts, which are sometimes referred to as traffic circles, could also greatly reduce emergency services costs, according to road safety experts. The reason roundabouts can deliver these safety and cost saving benefits is because they slow down rather than stop traffic.
Teenage drivers in Pennsylvania may be more likely to cause crashes during their first three months of being licensed. According to a study by the National Institutes of Health and Virginia Tech, the risk of a teen getting in an accident or near-miss collision is eight times greater in their first three months of having a license than in their last three months of driving with a parent.
People in Pennsylvania who frequently use their phones to talk or text while driving may be less inhibited than other drivers or generally more addicted to using mobile tech. These were among the findings of researchers who published a study in "Risk Analysis: An International Journal" that looked at distracted driving behavior. Women respondents as well as those who had negative attitudes about safety also tended to use their phones more while driving.
The National Safety Council gathers data on fatal car crashes in Pennsylvania and the rest of the country, and in so doing it makes use of data compiled by the National Center for Health Statistics. The NSC's preliminary estimate of fatalities on U.S. roads for 2017 is 40,100, slightly less than the reported 40,327 traffic fatalities in 2016. The 2017 number is 6 percent more than the number in 2015. Prior to 2016, the last year with 40,000 or more motor vehicle accident fatalities was 2007.