The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has been performing small overlap front crash tests (where the left corner collides with a vehicle or object) since 2012. Only in 2017 did it start to test the passenger side, after which it came to several conclusions that may be of interest to Florida residents.
Most Florida drivers understand how serious driving while distracted can be. Simply turning their gaze away from the road or placing their attention elsewhere, be it on a text message, a passenger in the car or a telephone call, could lead to a major accident.
Losing one hour of sleep for daylight saving time can cause many drivers in Florida to become drowsy at the wheel. This means more car crash risks as drowsiness is known to impair judgment and slow down one's reaction time. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety had a survey where three in 10 drivers admitted to driving in a severely fatigued state at least once in the prior month.
When Florida motorists get behind the wheel, they may have good reason to be concerned about the dangers posed by drunk drivers. Driving under the influence is linked to thousands of car crashes each year and a high number of fatalities. Therefore, people can benefit from tricks and strategies that can help them drive defensively and avoid an incident in case they encounter a drunk driver.
Considering the number of vehicles on Florida roadways and throughout the country, car accidents are bound to happen. While most auto accidents are considered minor in nature, the average driver will be involved in at least one accident over their lifetime. That's why it's imperative to know what to do and what not to do if involved in a vehicle crash.
Drivers in Florida and across the U.S. are using their cell phones to text and send emails more frequently than they did a few years ago, according to a new study. The study, which was released on Jan. 24, was conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
For some Florida residents, it may be impossible to avoid driving while drowsy. However, there are steps that people can take to avoid operating a motor vehicle while tired. If there is a passenger in the vehicle, that person could take over driving duties while the original driver takes a nap. A passenger may also be able to tell a driver if he or she is displaying symptoms of drowsy driving.
Whether on highways or in parking lots, aggressive and impatient drivers are not hard to come by. Road rage is a serious issue, but by following a few tips, any driver in Florida can help defuse that anger. It all starts with one's self: stay calm when offended by another driver, and do not honk the horn, flash the high beams or make inflammatory gestures. In fact, there should be no eye contact.
The UN has a stated goal of halving global road traffic deaths between 2016 and 2020. While the rate of traffic deaths has decreased, it is unlikely that this goal will be met. However, there are several steps that countries around the world can take to make roads safer. According to a World Health Organization (WHO) report, there were 1.35 million traffic deaths in Florida and throughout the world in 2016.
Florida drivers may not think about headlights needing regular inspection and maintenance, but the American Automobile Association says otherwise. Its research shows that old headlights only produce a little more than 20 percent of the light that fully working beams provide. In a press release, AAA recommended using original manufacturer parts as replacements. While aftermarket parts worked at a capacity of 83 to 90 percent, they were less intense overall and also tended to create a glare for other drivers.