According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 6,000 teen drivers are killed annually as a result of motor vehicle crashes, and more than half of those fatalities involved a vehicle rollover. As if that is not bad enough, last year more than 325,000 teens were injured in vehicle crashes.
While many have heard these startling statistics, what most Americans have yet to grasp is that safety technology available today can help drivers prevent a large number of those injuries and deaths from occurring. It’s called Electronic Stability Control (ESC), and Read more . . .
Sure, we all see a lot of stuff in the middle of the road, including the occasional dead skunk, but did you know that all this detritus actually results in thousands of automobile accident each year? According to new research released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, vehicle parts, cargo, or other material that has been unintentionally discharged from vehicles onto the roadway is estimated to cause over 25,000 crashes per year in North America, and those crashes, in turn, result in approximately 80-90 fatalities. Read more . . .
Wireless phones get a bad rap as a distraction to drivers. What goes under-reported is the fact that while the use of mobile phones might play a hand in some accidents, mobile phones are also frequent lifesavers, helping summon help in emergencies far quicker and with more accuracy that if the populace relied on land lines alone. The fact is that whatever you do that might distract you during driving, whether it is looking at hotties or arguing with your spouse, is a danger. Read more . . .
The difficulty in demonstrating effectiveness of driver education has often been cited as a reason for dropping this curriculum from public schools. At the same time, alternate means of delivering driver education have proliferated, through home schooling, driving schools and auto clubs, as well as computer and web-based instruction. Currently, there is no comprehensive set of guidelines for evaluating driver education programs. Read more . . .
To most of us, our children are the most precious things in the world. In this age of high speed, high pressure and high tech, our families provide a welcome respite–an escape to simpler times when the world was home-centered, not business-centered. Like a mother bear protecting her cubs, we have become fanatic about sheltering our children from harm. And, for all the benefits motor vehicles have brought us in terms of mobility and freedom, they have also exacted a price with respect to our children. Read more . . .