Traffic and Safety

Rollovers And Sport Utility Vehicles

Eighty Percent Of All Deaths In Single-vehicle Crashes Of Sport Utility Vehicles Involve Rollovers.SUMMARYAccording to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 220,000 rollover accidents in the United States in 1991. Of these accidents, 207,000 [94%] were single vehicle rollover accidents.Rollover accidents accounted for 9186 deaths during the same time frame and...

Frustration and Road Rage

When I was a lot younger, my grandmother told me about a friend of hers who had taken a trip to Europe some years before. This friend, like my grandmother, was a heavy smoker from back in the days when doctors would prescribe cigarettes to women to help "calm their nerves".My grandmother's friend was traveling about Europe with her family by car, and apparently was stopped at a...

Protect Your Kids in the Car

The safest place for any child 12 years old and under is in the back seat. Every child should be buckled in a child safety seat, a booster seat, or with a lap/shoulder belt, if it fits.Riding with BabiesInfants up to about 20 pounds and up to 1 year old should ride in a rear-facing child seat. The child seat must be in the BACK seat and face the rear of the car, van, or truck. Babies riding...

Youth Fatalities By Specific Age

More 18 year-olds die in crashes than any other specific ageBy a wide margin, more 18 year-olds died in traffic crashes than any other specific age (1,395), in 1998. The next most fatal ages were 19, 21, 17 and 20, respectively. No other single ages but these five recorded over 1,000 fatalities.Most years, either 18- or 19-year-olds record the most motor vehicle fatalities.By a wide margin,...

Medically unfit drivers are at high risk behind the wheel

Tractor-trailer and bus drivers in the United States have suffered seizures, heart attacks or unconscious spells behind the wheel that led to deadly crashes on highways. Hundreds of thousands of drivers carry commercial licenses even though they also qualify for full federal disability payments, according to a new U.S. safety study obtained by The Associated Press. The problems threatening...

Impaired Driving

Driving Under the Influence (DUI) continues to be a major public health problem in the U.S. Although the number of deaths attributed to DUI have fallen slightly in recent years, still as many as forty percent of those killed on our nation's highways die in crashes where alcohol is involved.Administrative License SuspensionOne of the most effective tools in the fight against drunk driving is...

Why Not Build Trucks and Trailers That Are Compatible With Cars?

The United States has not updated the rear guard standard that covers all trucks and trailers since 1953.It is time for a world rear underride guard standard. The Underride Network recommends a minimum guard should withstand a 40 MPH or 64 KM/H impact at 50% offset from center without PCI (Passenger Compartment Intrusion) occurring in the impacting vehicle. Such a guard would be effective in...

Children Often Not Restrained

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says that in spite of extensive publicity aimed at getting children restrained and riding in the rear seats of vehicles, observational surveys in three states show many children still riding unrestrained. Other children are improperly restrained or riding in the front seats of cars equipped with passenger airbags.Institute researchers observed motor...

Caravan (RV or Recreational Vehicle) Survey

I drive a two trailer, 25-metre B-double fuel tanker and am seeking comment from vanners on sharing the road with trucks. In my experience the most difficult situation is with a truck catching up behind a van and the van driver, believing he is doing the right thing, unnecessarily slows and moves to the left. By slowing before the truck has pulled out to overtake the van forces the truck to slow...

Jeep Liberty Results Raise Questions About Accident Tests

After Consumer Reports nearly rolls a sport-utility vehicle in an accident avoidance test, the magazine labels the vehicle unsafe and urges its readers to buy something else. When AutoWeek magazine rolls an SUV in a slalom test, causing slight injuries to the driver, the weekly publication reminds its readers that sport-utilities shouldn't be driven as aggressively as cars. The conclusions and...

Youth Alcohol Consumption and Other Drug Use

"Monitoring the Future," a yearly survey of approximately 14,000 high school seniors conducted by the University of Michigan and funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, has tracked alcohol and other drug use by seniors since 1975. Since 1982, all categories of alcohol use have declined according to the self-report of students. These categories include lifetime use, yearly use,...

Get the Keys Away From Someone About to Drive Drunk

How You Can InterveneThe Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and The Advertising Council’s Innocent Victims public service campaign emphasizes the need to intervene and Get the Keys away from someone about to drive drunk. But sometimes this is easier said than done. Below are some helpful tips and advice from focus group research on...

Work Zone Hazards

Most of the roads in use today were built at a time when traffic volumes were lower and vehicles traveled at slower speeds. America's population growth has overwhelmed the existing road network. Over the last thirty years, the vehicle miles we drive every year have increased by 130%. But our road mileage has only increased by 5%. Due to this increased congestion, the frustration of...

Rollovers Are The Most Common Cause of Roof Crush

Over 10,000 people are fatally injured each year in rollover crashes, however the US Auto Industry denies the relationship between roof crush and occupant injuries.SUMMARYAs part of a vehicle's structural support system, a roof creates a "non-encroachment zone" or "survival space" that should protect occupants in a crash. If a roof crushes substantially in an accident, occupants may suffer...

Traffic Psychologist Confesses To Road Rage

By Mary M. FordImagine you are driving along and your passenger leans over and whispers in your ear, Grandma thinks you're a bad driver. A normal reaction might include denial and anger. But for Dr. Leon James those words mapped out his life's work. My struggle to become the kind of driver my wife and her Grandma can accept made me look at my driving problem.Adapting a technique from...