Like many other states in this country, California bars drivers from using cellular phones while they're behind the wheel -- but distractions have always been around. It doesn't take much for drivers to let their attention wander from time to time. What makes cellular phones so dangerous that they warranted a whole law to prohibit drivers from using them?
You're a safe driver, to be sure. You obey the speed limit, watch the traffic around you and you don't take chances with your safety or the safety of others.
When your car comes to a crashing halt in a wreck, injuries to your fingers, hands and wrists are very possible. Blunt force trauma from an impact with the steering wheel or airbag is common -- as are injuries from flying glass and other debris.
There are a lot of very tired drivers out there on the roads. By and large, Americans today are running on fumes. We're so sleep deprived that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has declared sleep loss an epidemic problem. That's not any kind of exaggeration when you consider the fact that 70% of adults admit that they have trouble sleeping at least once a month and 11% suffer from problems sleeping every single night.
If you've been injured in a wreck, remember this: Insurance adjusters are not your friends. Figuring out a way to devalue your claim is what they do for a living.
Got an early commute? Heading off for a drive in the evening? Either way, these lovely summer days present a familiar hazard to drivers in California. The sun glare can be fierce -- and that can make it particularly difficult for drivers who are stuck driving into the sun during the early morning or at sunset.
How do you define distracted driving? Ask most people to picture a distracted driver, and they will probably envision someone who is more interested in their cellphone than they are the road.
Spring is a beautiful time of year -- but it can also present some unique hazards for the nation's drivers. If you're about to get behind the wheel to run errands or take a drive, make sure that you take note of the following:
When you look at the sheer traffic volume, it feels like the city should be far more dangerous than rural roads. You have massively more traffic, on smaller streets, and you have a lot of pedestrians, cyclists and joggers to contend with. Why, then, do the statistics show that a majority of the fatal car accidents in the United States happen in rural areas?
Do you know how "brake checking works?" It's fairly simple. When one driver starts tailgating another, the driver in front decides to aggressively hit their brakes. This forces the tailgater to brake just as hard and possibly swerve to avoid a crash. People do it to "teach a lesson" to tailgaters.