It's a quirk of the human mind, apparently, that people think they're better drivers than they are. Whether a person is driving on roads in Georgia or somewhere else in the country, chances are that they think they're an above-average driver. The first study to identify the phenomenon took place more than five decades ago.
Most Georgia parents and educators realize the incredibly high stakes when teens start exercising driving privileges. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States. In addition to inexperience, part of the reason behind the statistics is believed to be a relative lack of awareness regarding the risks and potential consequences of poor driving practices. A recent study examines the impact of shocking teens into awareness and safer driving habits.
Equipping all vehicles with rear automatic braking systems could save lives in Georgia and around the world, according to a recent study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Researchers say the technology is especially effective when combined with other advanced safety features.
Georgia drivers may have noticed that roundabouts are becoming more popular throughout the United States. This is because state and local municipalities have learned that the circular junctions, which are widely used in the United Kingdom, can reduce serious traffic injuries and save funds.
Each year, thousands of serious car accidents occur across the United States. However, Georgia drivers can reduce their chances of getting into a crash by following some basic driving safety tips.
The summer months generally see more accidents on roads in Georgia and throughout the country. This is because there are more vehicles on the road during this time of the year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, car and motorcycle accidents are a leading cause of traumatic brain injuries. After a car crash, it is a good idea to seek medical treatment even if an individual feels fine.
Recent data from the Highway Loss Data Institute shows that small and mid-size four-door cars are the most prone to accidents and generate personal injury insurance claims. Georgia drivers may be curious to know what the ranking is like; Forbes made a list of 10 vehicles from 2014 to 2016 model years with the highest number of claims.
According to several studies, including one from AAA's Foundation for Traffic Safety, built-in vehicle infotainment systems and smartphones are making the roadways more dangerous for drivers in Georgia and elsewhere. The problem is that these systems and technology take drivers' attention away from the roads, potentially resulting in serious car accidents.
Georgia truck drivers and trucking companies may be interested to learn that annual Brake Safety Week was scheduled for the week of Sept. 16. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance noted that full Level I inspections of vehicles will take place in addition to focused inspections on each vehicle's brakes.
The Governors Highway Safety Association has released a report on fatal car crash data from 2016, concluding that the percentage of fatally injured drivers found with drugs in their body has risen to 44 percent. This is compared to 26 percent in 2006. Drivers Georgia will want to know more about the report as well as some of the challenges that still face drug testing.