Drivers in California and elsewhere are more distracted than ever before, and more car accidents are happening as a result. In 2017, at least 3,166 people were killed in distracted driving car crashes across the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. However, there are several things drivers can do to help reduce their risk of becoming distracted while behind the wheel.
California has the third-highest number of fatal accidents involving senior drivers in the U.S., according to a new study by TheSeniorList.com. The purpose of the study, which used data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, was to determine which states have the worst senior drivers.
A study published in Traffic Injury Prevention found that women are more likely to get hurt in a car crash. This is true even when they are wearing seat belts. Ultimately, the data indicates that women are 73% more likely than men to be hurt in a front-end collision. Researchers analyzed data from 22,854 front-end collisions that were reported to police in California and throughout the country. These accidents occurred between 1998 and 2015 involving roughly an equal number of males and females.
Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveals that the worst U.S. holiday for drunk driving fatalities is Independence Day. This is followed by Memorial Day, Labor Day, New Year's, Thanksgiving and Christmas, respectively. The Fourth of July saw 1,192 DUI fatalities between 2010 and 2017, followed by Memorial Day with 1,105. California residents should know that certain factors make Independence Day especially deadly.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that drunk driving crashes led to 11,000 fatalities and over 200,000 injury cases in 2017. About 29% of all roadway fatalities in California and across the U.S. are due to drunk driving. At a congressional hearing, the president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving called for automakers to use more of the available technologies to stop this epidemic.
Tesla owners in California may be interested to learn that the automaker's newly updated Autopilot feature might not be entirely safe. According to a recent review by Consumer Reports that was published on May 22, it's easier to drive manually than use the automated feature.
California motorists should keep the date July 14 in mind because that will mark the start of the 2019 Operation Safe Driver Week. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will have law enforcement officials across North America searching for speeding commercial and passenger drivers, and those who are stopped may be issued a warning or citation.
Most California drivers would probably agree that being distracted behind the wheel is dangerous. However, using electronic devices while driving has become second nature for many people. This has led to many serious collisions across the nation.
A recent survey has revealed some disturbing trends among drivers who pass an emergency vehicle. California drivers should know that 71 percent of survey participants admitted to taking photos or videos when they see an emergency vehicle either making a routine traffic stop or responding to an emergency.
Drivers in California who do not get the recommended seven hours of sleep each night should be careful while behind the wheel. Drowsiness becomes even more problematic with every daylight saving time since the arrival of that season means losing one hour of rest. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety thus encourages all drivers to adjust their rest schedules prior to daylight saving time.