If you just read that headline and thought, “only fourth?” you’re not alone. Drivers from various states have earned the dubious title of worst in the nation over the years. This one, however, is based on data from a website where drivers nationwide can compare auto insurance rates. Sine drivers are constantly entering information into the website’s database about their driving habits, recent citations, DWI arrests and other risk factors, the website offers an unusually full picture of driver behavior across the U.S.
"People at this time of year are anxious to get their shopping done, and they may be frustrated, and other people can aggravate them," says a researcher from the University of Alabama, who just completed an analysis of the distribution of traffic accidents near holidays. As we discussed on this blog in July, holidays are active times for drunk drivers, which tragically means that many families are forced to associate the holiday season with the death of a loved one.
If you know anyone under about age 25, you’ve probably noticed that they have a hard time putting down their smart phones. This may be responsible for the dramatic increase in distracted driving among young adults.
Of all the factors at play in the car accident rate among teen drivers, parental involvement is by far the most important, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association, or GHSA. For parents who discount such statements as nonsense meant to make them feel good, here’s one statistic that may change your mind: when supportive parents set driving rules and monitor their kids’ behavior, teen drivers are 71 percent less likely to drive drunk.
If you’ve ever witnessed a wreck between a large truck and a passenger car, you know these accidents can be catastrophic. A fully loaded tractor-trailer can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, and that weight increases the momentum of the crash. We all want to prevent auto-truck accidents, yet an average of 500,000 of them happen every year -- including 5,000 fatalities.
A collection of statistics from the FBI, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Traffic Injury Research Foundation are pointing to a growing trend of drunk driving among women. While the rate of men arrested for DWI and DUI has been declining nationwide since 1995, the research found that the rate for women is rising at the same time. In fact, the latest statistics from the FBI show that women accounted for nearly a quarter of all drunk driving arrests in 2011 -- a dramatic rise since the early 80s, when women only made up 10 percent of those arrests.
It’s about that time of year again. Here in Texas and across the United States, kids are about to start walking, biking and riding buses to school. Whether your mourn the end of summer or are excited about fall, you may need a refresher course yourself on avoiding motor vehicle accidents involving children.
How many hours could you drive before you became so drowsy you couldn’t drive safely? How many hours before you would actually fall asleep at the wheel? What if you were driving a 80,000-pound truck?
Over the past two decades, traffic safety experts have succeeded in getting graduated driver’s license (GDL) programs passed in every state. GDL programs are intended to help inexperienced drivers gain needed skills and driving experience by following a three-stage process. The three stages are typically a learner’s permit, a probationary, restricted license, and a full, unrestricted license. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is one group that has worked hard to get GDL laws passed, because their research showed that when states passed these laws, serious and fatal car accidents among 16-year-old drivers dropped by an average of nearly 40 percent.