Intersection car accidents are among the most common, as a simple mistake by a driver puts everyone at risk.
Driving at any time of the day can be dangerous and stressful. But when the sun goes down, you have every reason to be even more concerned about your safety.
There are people who drive aggressively and other people who drive defensively. As a defensive driver, you're more likely to avoid trouble on the road. And for that reason, you'll also have greater peace of mind every time you get behind the wheel.
If you've passed by the site of a catastrophic motor vehicle crash, then you might have seen investigators taking measurements or photographs. What you may not have seen them doing is simulating different chains of events to see what the results would be. This is often what accident reconstructionists do.
In North Carolina, many drivers tend to think of their driver-assist system as something that will do his or her job for him or her behind the wheel. However, thinking that a car is self-driving when it really is not is dangerous and leads to vehicular and pedestrian accidents. Accordingly, the IIHS has called for these systems to be designed in a way that requires the driver to be involved.
Self-diving cars are still decades away from becoming a reality, but it pays for automakers to know the public's anxieties about them. North Carolina residents should know that AAA conducted a survey in January 2020 asking respondents if they would feel safe riding in a self-driving car. Only 12% answered affirmatively.
In North Carolina and throughout the United States, the danger of an auto accident seems to lurk around every corner. Often, these are linked to recklessness, texting and driving, DUI and other preventable factors. There is another relatively understated danger that happens every spring: daylight saving time.
Teenagers run a higher risk for distracted driving and other unsafe behavior on the road the earlier that school starts. This was the conclusion of a study published by the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, and it echoes that of other studies and even the findings of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. North Carolina residents will want to know more.
North Carolina residents who rely on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's five-star rating system to determine if a vehicle is safe may be misled. A report released in October 2019 states that the federal government is lagging behind other countries in its crash testing.
Accidents caused by impaired drivers claim far too many lives each year in North Carolina. Ignition interlock devices provide an effective way of preventing motorists who have consumed alcohol from operating motor vehicles, but they require drivers to submit breath samples and are considered too invasive to be fitted as standard equipment to new cars. Auto manufacturers are working on systems that can detect alcohol without breath samples, and Volvo says that it hopes to introduce such a system within five years.