According to statistics published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of car accident fatalities connected to aggressive driving is on a steep rise. The figure spiked almost 500% over the ten years between 2006 and 2015, from 80 fatalities to 467. Drivers in Ohio may already be aware of the increased prevalence of road rage, and there are things they can do to make motor vehicle travel safer.
Many Ohio residents probably own a car with a driver assistance system. The thing to remember is that the technology behind these systems is not perfect. Cameras and sensors may more easily pick up moving vehicles than parked vehicles, for instance. They may set a safe speed for drivers as long as they stay in their lane, but changing lanes may cause a "cut-out scenario" that confuses the sensors.
While drowsy driving poses a danger to people on the road, preventing this behavior is a challenge. There is no test for fatigued driving as there is for drunk driving, and inadequate transportation systems in America sometimes leave people with few other transportation options. Ohio residents might like to know more about the problem of driver fatigue.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported 3,166 deaths from distracted driving crashes in 2017. This alone goes to show that distracted driving is an epidemic in Ohio and across the U.S. To keep themselves from becoming a statistic, drivers should know that the number of potential distractions is great.
Every year, many Ohio residents flock the streets to celebrate the Fourth of July. While the day is full of fun and fireworks, it is also considered to be one of the deadliest days of the year. According to a study of DUI fatality data, car accident fatalities involving drunk drivers were estimated to be 57% more likely to occur on the Fourth of July than other days.
There were more than 40,000 roadway fatalities in Ohio and throughout the United States in 2018. That was the third consecutive year in which that threshold was passed. Roughly 10,000 of the deaths were the result of drunk driving accidents, and the problem has gotten so serious that the U.S. House of Representatives decided to hold a hearing about the issue. Of all fatal traffic accidents that occur, 94% are caused by human error.
Every year, 3.6 million students graduate from high school in Ohio and across the country. Graduation time comes with graduation parties and many students celebrating their driver's licenses as well as their educational milestones. Even teens who have gone through driver safety classes may have a lot to learn about keeping safe on the road, especially when it comes to drugged, drowsy or distracted driving. While many people have heard the message about how drunk driving can lead to fatal car accidents, they may not take other threats as seriously - even though they can be equally deadly.
In its second annual distracted driving study, Root Insurance unveiled certain behaviors and tendencies that should alarm drivers in Ohio. For example, 99% of respondents acknowledged that phones are among the top three driver distractions, yet the study found that these drivers use their phones an average of 13 minutes a day.
Self-driving cars have been encountering problems for several years. In May of 2016, a driver was killed when his Tesla Model S, which was on Autopilot, collided with a truck. Arizona, back in March of 2018, saw the first pedestrian death involving a self-driving car. Ohio drivers may find themselves agreeing, then, with a Rand Corporation report that automakers are not sufficiently test-driving their vehicles in their rush to get them out on the market.
Ohio residents may be aware that it's wise to get at least seven hours of rest each night. However, they may find that goal hard to achieve. In the wake of daylight saving time, it becomes even more difficult. This is why the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is recommending everyone to adjust their sleeping schedules.