Traffic and Safety

What Causes Car Accidents?

The dictionary defines accident as "an unexpected and undesirable event, a mishap unforeseen and without apparent cause." Strictly speaking, most accidents are not accidents at all: they are collisions that could and should have been avoided. So, what causes them, and how can you avoid them?AdsFour factors contribute to the vast majority of collisions. In ascending order they...

Older Drivers, Elderly Driving, Seniors at the Wheel

In the next 20 years the number of elderly drivers (persons 70 & over) is predicted to triple in the United States. As age increases, older drivers generally become more conservative on the road. Many mature drivers modify their driving habits (for instance to avoid busy highways or night-time driving) to match their declining capabilities. However, statistics show that older drivers are more...

Maintain a Safe Following Distance (The 3 Second Rule)

Good Weather - During daylight with good, dry roads and low traffic volume, you can ensure you're a safe distance from the car ahead of you by following the "three-second rule." The distance changes at different speeds.To determine the right following distance, first select a fixed object on the road ahead such as a sign, tree or overpass. When the vehicle ahead of you passes the...

Driver Fatigue is an important cause of road crashes.

Driver fatigue is very dangerous condition created when a person is suffering symptoms of fatigue while driving, often resulting from the hypnotic (Inducing sleep; soporific or hypnosis) effect especially during nighttime (peak levels at night can be 10 times daytime levels) driving either falling asleep at the wheel or so exhausted they made serious - and fatal - driving errors. However the...

Traffic Jams

The Physics Behind Traffic Jamsby William BeatyI live in Seattle and my two daily commutes last about 45 minutes. (That's when I'm lucky; sometimes it's more like two hours each.) This has given me an immense amount of time for watching the interesting patterns in the cars. Boredom led me to fantasize about the traffic being like a flowing liquid, with cars acting as giant water molecules. Over...

Excessive Speed Is A Factor In One Third Of All Fatal Crashes

The economic cost to US society of speeding-related crashes is estimated at $27.7 billion per year.In 1998, nearly 42,000 people were killed in traffic crashes and almost 3.2 million more were injured, at a cost of over $150 billion. Speed - defined as exceeding the posted speed limit or driving too fast for conditions - is a factor in nearly one third of all fatal crashes. Research by the...

Distracted Drivers Cause Motor Vehicle Accidents

Studies Show Distracted Drivers Are A Leading Cause of Motor Vehicle AccidentsWhenever you're driving a vehicle and your attention is not on the road, you're putting yourself, your passengers, other vehicles, and pedestrians in danger.Cell phones have gotten a lot of negative media attention recently -- but other more low-tech distractions cause most traffic accidents. Have you ever...

Air Bag Safety Facts

As of December 1999, more than 95 million, or 47 percent of all cars and light trucks on Americas' roads have driver-side air bags. Almost 68 million of these also have passenger-side air bags.As of December 1998, air bags inflated in more than 3.3 million vehicles in crashes. (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, or IIHS) The combination lap/shoulder safety belts and air bags is the most...

Sun Glare - Bright Sun While Driving

Sun Glare - Many suits have been brought in United States courts as a result of sun glare obliterating traffic control devices or oncoming vehicles or pedestrians from view. Multiple terms have been used to describe this situation, including disability glare, veiling glare, sun blindness, and sun dazzle. The effect is to 'wash out' the image on the retina with a bright, overwhelmingly dominant...

Aggressive Driving Facts

What Is Aggressive Driving?Aggressive driving can refer to any display of aggression by a driver. It is often used to describe more extreme acts of physical assault that result from disagreements between drivers. "Road Rage" is a term believed to be coined by the American media, originally to describe the most violent events.Although the media currently seem to refer to all aggressive driving...

Cell Phones and Driving : A Prescription For Disaster

With cellular phone popularity reaching new heights (over 100 million cell phones are in use in the US), more and more drivers are using their commute time to conduct business and personal affairs on their cell phones. American motorists spend substantial amounts of their day in automobiles, vans, trucks, and buses. It is not surprising that people will attempt to optimize their time in the...

Fatalities From Large Truck Crashes

Large trucks account for a disproportionately large share of traffic deaths based on miles traveled. The fatal crash rate for large trucks is 50 percent greater than the rate for all vehicles on the roads.Large TrucksFatalities from large truck crashes have increased approximately 10 percent from 1995 through 1998, moving up from 4,918 deaths in 1995 to 5,374 deaths in 1998. Large trucks -...

Safe Driving Position

A proper driving position will improve your outlook - and safety - Dallas Fort Worth UpdateIf you think proper driving position means having your hands positioned at "10 and 2 o'clock" on the steering wheel (as they taught you in driver's-education class), get with the times! You see, automobiles have changed considerably in the past few years... and therefore, so should your...

Crashes With Animals

Cars + Deer = Trouble - Smart MotoristEach year there are approximately 500,000 deer/auto collisions resulting in over 100 deaths and thousands of injuries. Each deer/auto collisions cost the auto insurance industry about $2,000 according to the Insurance Information Institute. The recent explosion in the deer population has lead to a dramatic increase in deer/car collisions. In the 1980's...

Safe Parking Tips

Some road rage incidents don't occur on a roadway. You are just as likely to encounter an aggressive driver while parking your vehicle, especially in suburban parking lots. Parking lot confrontations can result in violence.You can take some basic steps to avoid involvement in an aggressive parking lot incident:Observe common courtesy. Consciously avoid actions that may provoke other...