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.
The government takes great care to make sure that their decisions regarding traffic controls are warranted. They understand that these controls, when used in places where they are not needed, can really inconvenience drivers. The goal is to make the road systems as simple and efficient as possible, while still keeping people safe. It can sometimes be hard to find a balance.
The road is a dangerous place, and you've seen enough accidents -- and news stories about accidents -- to understand the risks you face. You want to do everything in your power to stay safe -- on every road trip, every commute, every trip to the store.
If you have a cough or a cold, and you decide to take some over-the-counter medication for it, you probably won't think twice about driving. You barely even think of these medications as drugs. You're just trying to get through another day of feeling sick. You should be fine to drive, right?