You're driving along, minding your own business, and all of a sudden you come across an aggressive driver. Even though you hope to avoid a conflict, you know that removing yourself from harm's way is easier said than done.
When you merge onto the highway, your entire mindset should change. The way you tackle these roadways should be different from how you drive in the city.
When it's finally time for your teen to hit the road without parental supervision, you must be confident in their ability to handle any situation that comes their way. That's why it's so important to talk about safe driving in the appropriate manner (and as often as possible).
Police forces throughout the United States have been using the "Breathalyzer" device to identify, arrest and convict drunk drivers for decades. This has served to dramatically decrease deaths and injuries caused by drunk drivers, but now there's a new threat on the block: texting-while-driving. Whether this behavior involves commenting on Facebook or posting on Instagram through a smartphone or tablet while driving a vehicle, many believe that it's more dangerous than drunk driving because of the way texting-while-driving requires motorists to take their eyes off the road.
Imagine you're riding your bicycle along the side of the road while obeying all traffic laws. It's the early evening hours and you've turned on the headlight of your bike and you're wearing your bicycle helmet. Unfortunately, a motorist distracted by his cellphone doesn't see you and clips the side of your bike, sending you flying onto the pavement. Because you were wearing a bike helmet, you survived the fall, but not without severely breaking your arm.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the best way to reduce instances of motor vehicle-related deaths and injuries is for drivers and passengers to use seat belts. Nevertheless, millions of Americans make it a regular habit not to buckle up. Furthermore, the CDC claims that some demographics are more likely than others to avoid this vital safety precaution.
We've all seen the archetypical photo of a whiplash victim with a neck brace sitting in the courtroom. However, whiplash injuries can have severe and painful effects on victims, and the medical care needed for whiplash can be costly -- too costly for some people to be able to afford. Therefore, if a negligent or unlawful motorist causes an accident that results in someone suffering a whiplash, the at-fault motorist should pay for these costs and damages under Georgia law.
As the technology behind autonomous vehicles continues to improve, the world will benefit from numerous safety advantages associated with non-human drivers. It's important to consider these safety advantages, not only from the perspective of supporting the ‘driverless car revolution,' but also from the perspective of how humans – by refraining from certain dangerous behaviors – can dramatically increase the safety of driving for everyone, right now, without the need for technological advancement.
Sometimes we are in the middle of a difficult traffic situation, and we're forced to follow closely behind another motorist. If you're a responsible driver, these circumstances are rarely by choice. If you're an aggressive driver, on the other hand, you might have been impatiently trying to "push" the motorist ahead of you to drive faster by tailgating. However you get into this up-close-and-personal situation, you should try to get out of it as quickly as possible because you're vulnerable to getting into a "brake-checker accident."
The average weight of a motor vehicle in the United States is 4,000 pounds, so -- as you might imagine -- piloting a heavy object like this through traffic that includes other cars, pedestrians and bicyclists is a weighty responsibility. One false move, a tiny slip-up, and someone could die in an instant.