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.
Autumn in Pennsylvania means the settling in of cool weather and the changing and dropping of the leaves to the ground. It also means new hazards on highways and surface streets, as fall can be a dangerous time on the road for a number of reasons. Back to school traffic, including many green or young drivers, and more pedestrian traffic during morning and evening hours can increase accident risks.
Pennsylvania drivers may be safer with collision avoidance systems on their vehicles, but too few vehicles have these systems according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The organization studied 2015 data on approximately 5,000 accidents to examine the effect these systems had on crash rates and found that accidents involving sideswipes and head-on collisions were 11 percent lower when vehicles had warning systems for lane departures and blind spots. Injury accidents of these types were 21 percent lower.
Pennsylvania motorists may have heard that some innovative companies are pouring resources into developing self-driving car technology. In fact, Google already has driverless cars driving on roadways in several locations.