Traffic and Safety

The Truth About Airbags

Serious injuries can occur when airbags hit occupants prior to full inflation.Airbags are supposed to be fully inflated before the passenger falls into it during a crash. Serious injuries occur when airbags, which can travel at speeds up to 200 mph, hit occupants prior to full inflation. An example is the 1994 Nissan Altima, which has blinded or significantly visually impaired at least 30...

OnStar is a package of services

OnStar is a package of services designed to provide you with the personal assistance you need while traveling. The Safety and Security plan provides you with the peace of mind knowing that the push of a button connects you to a highly trained OnStar Advisor that can help you any time of day or night almost anywhere you drive. The Premium service plan can help with a myriad of daily conveniences...

Motorcyclist Facts

Helmets save lives and prevent serious brain injuries.In 1998, 2,284 motorcyclists were killed on our nation's highways and 49,000 more were injured. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcycle helmets have been shown to save the lives of motorcyclists and prevent serious brain injuries. Twenty-two states and the District of Columbia require helmet use by all...

Most Shorter Drivers Can Eliminate Airbag Injury Risk Without Deactivation

Most drivers sit at least 10 inches from the steering wheel. Minor seating adjustments help shorter drivers sit farther away from airbags.Among drivers who use safety belts, the possibility of a serious airbag inflation injury is cause for concern if there's less than 10 inches between the belted driver and the steering wheel. Most drivers, even short ones, normally sit with at least this...

Summary of Aggressive Driving Study

Reports of violent traffic incidents have increased nearly 7 percent per year since 1990. "Yet this is only the small tip of a very large iceberg," says David K. Willis, President of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. "For every aggressive driving incident serious enough to result in a police report or newspaper article, there are hundreds or thousands more which never got...

Child Passenger Safety - Kids, Cars and Crashes

Child Passenger SafetyIn 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. Among those killed were 2,549 children age 0-14 years, 1,772 of whom were vehicle occupants. (The others were pedestrians or bicyclists.) Vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for Americans age 1 - 34.When children are properly...

Conversion Van Safety

"Conversion vans" are passenger vans made in part by major automobile manufacturers, but modified or completed by a van conversion company. Typically, these vehicles have been equipped with trim "upgrades," such as captain's chairs, paneling, raised roofs, sofa chairs, and even television sets, fold-out beds, kitchens and bathrooms.Unfortunately for the consumer, the...

How Good Drivers Get Killed

By Ralph Kinney BennettOn a sunny May afternoon, contractor Philip Swann, 48, drove west on two-lane Route 234 toward his home in Newburg, Md. Three employees were in the pickup truck with him, hitching a ride home. Swann was looking forward to dinner with his wife and three sons.As Swann headed west, an eastbound Buick veered onto his side of the road. At the wheel was a 16-year-old girl driving...

Does Your Teenager Drive A Safe Car?

Vehicle choice is particularly important for young drivers.If your teenager has just gotten a driver's license, chances are he or she is looking forward to driving to school this fall. It may be hard to imagine handing them keys to your brand new car, but that may be the smartest vehicle to choose.While getting a driver's license is an exciting rite of passage for teens, it can be...

Injuries occur from poorly designed automobile seats

Preventable injuries occur in rear-impact collisions as a direct result of poorly designed automobile seats.SummaryAs a direct result of weak and defective designs of automobile seats and their components, such as seatbacks, recliner mechanisms and seat tracks, thousands of otherwise preventable injuries occur each year in rear-impact collisions. The problems with seats stem from an inadequate...

Traffic Stop Do's and Don'ts

There are several things that are good to do and many things are NOT so good to do if you are stopped by an officer.One of the most frequent topics that I have been asked about concerns being pulled over in your car. As a traffic officer for the past several years, I can tell you that there are several things that are good to do and many things are NOT so good to do if you are stopped by an...

Potential Dangers of Air Bags to Children in Car Seats

The safest practice is to place all child safety seats in the back seat of the vehicle.Air bags are standard equipment in almost all new cars and are designed to supplement the protection provided by safety belts in frontal crashes. Federal safety standards require that all new passenger cars and light trucks be equipped with both driver- and passenger-side air bags by 1999. While air bags have...

Graduated Driver Licensing Is Effective In Reducing Young Driver Crash Fatalities

Graduated Driver Licensing Is Effective In Reducing Young Driver Crash FatalitiesYoung drivers have much higher fatal crash rates than other drivers and represent a significant highway safety problem.In 1998, nearly 42,000 people were killed in traffic crashes and almost 3.2 million more were injured, at a cost more than $150 billion. Young drivers have much higher fatal crash rates than other...

Novice Drivers Safety Facts

Motor vehicle crashes are the number one killer of young people. The situation is most dangerous for 16-year olds. A study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found motor vehicle crash rates were decreasing for every age group except those 16 years of age.At 16, young people are getting their driver's license. Compared to the past, today's teens have greater access to...

Auto, Car Safety

Safety Considerations - Safety should be your most important consideration when looking for a new or used motor vehicle. I strongly recommend that you visit SaferCar.gov early in the car-buying process, to get the safety rating for the cars you are considering. Every year they publish crash-test results from the Federal Government's New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) and the Insurance...