Ohio residents should be aware of the effect that impaired driving has on car accident rates across the nation. Now, people have a month that's dedicated to raising awareness about the danger of impaired driving; on Nov. 30, the White House declared that December 2017 is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month.
Ohio residents who plan on traveling over Thanksgiving may want to know more about the dangers of holiday road trips. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data, roadway fatalities peak on Thanksgiving and drop only slightly over the winter. The most recent statistics available from NHTSA's Fatality Analysis Reporting System indicate that the Thanksgiving holiday may be a deadly time to take to the road.
Truck drivers who work in Ohio understand the challenges of staying healthy. Long hours sitting in the cab, broken sleep patterns and truck stop food raise barriers to good health. When a trucker's health deteriorates, they generate more crashes, according to a study from a university medical school.
Ohio parents who are thinking about buying an inexpensive used car for their teenagers who just got their drivers' licenses may be interested to learn that, according to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study, the age of a vehicle affects a driver's chance of dying in a car accident. The chance of dying in a crash goes up the older the vehicle is.
Some Ohio drivers may be among those who fell they can text and drive safely while also believing that doing so is a main cause of accidents. In August 2017, Progressive Insurance conducted an online survey in which over 90 percent of the roughly 1,000 respondents said that texting and driving should be illegal. Despite that, 34 percent reported that they were very or somewhat confident in their own ability to do so safely.
The results of numerous studies indicate that Ohio daytime drivers might want to keep their headlights on even on sunny days. Driving with headlights on during the day has been shown to reduce accidents by up to 10 percent. More importantly, the types of accidents daytime headlights are shown to reduce are the types that can lead to the most serious injuries to motorcyclists and pedestrians.
Lane departure warning systems, blind spot alerts and other collision avoidance systems can have a strongly beneficial effect on Ohio roadway safety, according to a study. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that these systems can seriously cut the number of car crashes and injuries.
Some people in Ohio may have heard that autonomous vehicles will soon be populating the roadways in great numbers. One of the biggest attractions of self-driving cars is that they have the potential to be safer than human-operated vehicles. Nearly 100 people die each day on U.S. roads, and in 94 percent of those cases, human error is to blame. Industry leaders have made bold predictions about the future of autonomous vehicles (AVs) and invested a significant amount of money in their development. However, there are a number of issues that need to be addressed before AVs become commonplace.
Ohio motorists know that driver fatigue can be dangerous. People who drive while they are drowsy cause as many as 6,000 fatal accidents around the country every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A startup company has put together a device that shocks drivers awake as a way to cut down on these numbers.
Ohio residents may be aware that motor vehicle accident fatalities rose sharply in 2015 after falling steadily for many years. Road safety experts say that the increase in road deaths is the result of higher traffic levels caused by falling oil prices and an economy that continues to grow, and they expect fatalities to remain high for the foreseeable future.