Traffic and Safety

The SUV Controversy

by Kristine Ching of Driver Alert MagazineBecause the SUV's are so large the tendency for them to crush other motorists in accidents are common.What I will do in this report is to define for you what a SUV is and what its' supposed use is. I will then discuss why people feel that SUV's are a problem and later what its advantages are. Of course we can't end without the writers comments. My...

Road Rage - What it is and how to avoid it

Road rage can happen to anybody at anytime and can vary from an aggressive gesture or word to a full on physical attack, or in some cases, even murder.Over the past few years, the so called "road rage" syndrome has developed and we hear an increasing amount about it. However, road rage is nothing new, it has been around us for many a year, probably since the beginning of road transport...

Roadway Hazards

Good driving is about being prepared for every eventuality. A clear road ahead is rarely empty! In order to respond to a problem, we have to see it. "I just didn't see you" is the most common explanation at the scene of an accident, testifying to the dangerousness of inattentive or distracted driving. Regrettably, many qualified drivers see driving as an easy task and appear to have...

Driver Fatigue In Truck Drivers

In a Journal of Public Health Policy article, "Long Hours and Fatigue: A Survey of Tractor-Trailer Drivers," a team of six investigators reported on interviews they had conducted with 1,249 semi-trailer drivers at inspection stations and truck stops in Connecticut, Florida, Oklahoma and Oregon.The investigators said 31 percent (386) of the drivers admitted having driven more than the...

Controlling Road Rage - What Works & What Doesn't

A literature review and pilot study on how to prevent aggressive driving and road rageExecutive SummaryThis report discusses results of a literature review and pilot study on how to prevent aggressive driving and road rage. The study "Controlling Road Rage: A Literature Review and Pilot Study" defines road rage as "an incident in which an angry or impatient motorist or passenger...

As many as half of the child car seats in use today are installed incorrectly

Vehicle seats and seat belts are built for the comfort of adults, not to secure a child car seat correctly.Some seat belts need a different buckle or a special locking clip to safely secure a child car seat.Some child car seats cannot be used safely in certain seating positions.Air bags can cause serious injury or death to infants in REAR-FACING child car seats.This booklet shows you how to...

Learning to drive safely

New drivers lack the ability to divide their attention between control and safety functions. Teen-age drivers in particular, perceive safety as being in direct conflict with their ultimate goal - mobility. Their choice of enhanced mobility, derived from driving at greater speed or in a more daring style, is made more attractive when the risks of detection by the police or involvement in a...

Improper Steering Endangers Drivers With ABS

Too much steering - such as from jerking the wheel while braking - can send an ABS-equipped vehicle out of control.Improper steering in vehicles equipped with antilock brakes (ABS) can send the vehicle veering dramatically out of control, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has found. "When drivers are about to hit something, they often panic, jam on the brakes, and jerk the wheel,"...

Safety Belt and Child Safety Seat Facts & Enforcement

Research shows that when adults buckle up, children get buckled up too.A driver who is buckled up is three times more likely to restrain a child passenger than one who is not buckled.Fact SheetIn 1998, nearly 42,000 people were killed in traffic crashes and almost 3.2 million more were injured, at a cost of more than $150 billion. Safety belt use, reinforced by effective safety belt laws, is a...

Drowsy Driving and Traffic Safety

How to Combat Drowsy DrivingSmart Motorist recommends that drivers get sufficient sleep, don't drink alcohol when sleepy, pull over when drowsy, and limit their driving at night - especially between midnight and 6 a.m.What causes drowsy driving? - Driver fatigue and inattention. NHTSA data indicate that in recent years, driver drowsiness or fatigue causes 56,000 crashes annually, as cited...

Relationships Between Vehicle Weight and Occupant Death Rates

The highest priority for car designs should continue to be improving protection for their own occupants. New study of relationships between vehicle weight and occupant death rates helps put in perspective issue of crash compatibility.As bigger and heavier utility vehicles get ever more popular, is incompatibility between vehicles in crashes becoming a big safety problem on U.S. roads?A...

Deadly Drivers - One Fatal Crash In Five Involves An Unlicensed Driver

One Fatal Crash In Five Involves An Unlicensed DriverDrivers with invalid licenses were far more likely to have been driving drunk and to have had multiple suspensions or revocations in the three years before the crash.Drivers who do not have valid licenses are involved in 20 percent of fatal crashes, a new study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety shows. "One fatal crash in five...

Death Rate Among 16 yo Drivers Has Nearly Doubled Since 1975

The increase occurred among both males and females.The overall driver death rate declined during 1975-96 from 15 to 12 per 100,000 licensed drivers. But among 16 year-olds, the death rate was trending upward, and this trend was more extreme. The rate increased among 16-year-old drivers from 19 per 100,000 in 1975 to 35 per 100,000 licensed drivers in 1996, and the increase occurred among both...

Red Light Running Crashes Are On The Increase

Red light running factors into more than 800 deaths annually; more than half of those who die are hit by red light violators.Each year more than 800 people die and an estimated 200,000-plus are injured in crashes that involve red light running. Total deaths in such crashes numbered almost 6,000 during 1992-98. More than half of these deaths were pedestrians and occupants in other vehicles who...

Improving Roadway Safety

Despite substantial progress in improving vehicles and driver performance, significant challenges remain to assure that the nation's roadways make their fullest contribution to the safety of road travel.Even though road travel in this country is the safest of any industrialized nation, traffic crashes continue to extract a terrible toll in lives and property as reflected in the more than $...