April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and Illinois residents might want to know what is currently being done to combat this deadly behavior. According to The Risk Institute, the answer is that not much is happening to stop distracted driving.
Encountering a drunk driver on an Illinois road is an experience that most people would rather avoid. However, there are steps that a person can take if he or she sees a drunk or impaired motorist on the road. For instance, it is a good idea to call 911 and seek assistance from a police officer. While talking to the dispatcher, give as much detail as possible, including the location where the call is being made.
An Insurance Institute for Highway Safety study indicates that distracted driving is growing worse in Illinois and across the country. The research analyzed survey results from 2014 and 2018 to compare distracted driving concerns, especially following the significant public awareness campaigns and law enforcement efforts that have targeted this behavior. However, while the overall rate of distracted driving appeared to remain roughly steady over the four-year period, the types of distractions appeared to be more dangerous in the later study, posing a greater risk of severe car accidents.
Illinois residents may want to know the results of the 2018 Global Status Report on Road Safety, which was released in December by the World Health Organization. It focused on the road safety laws of 175 countries and how they fare in preventing traffic crashes. According to WHO, traffic crashes are now the No. 8 cause of death worldwide. This puts it ahead of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.
Winter driving conditions can suddenly become hazardous as families travel this time of year to spend holidays with relatives. Drivers in Illinois who are prepared for inclement weather will likely manage better than those who are not prepared for it.
The rising and setting sun can cause visual illusions and hurt drivers' eyes. In fact, the risk for a life-threatening car crash goes up by 16 percent in bright sunlight. Drivers in Illinois will want to consider the following tips for driving safely amid the sun's bright rays.
As National Teen Driver Safety Week approaches, parents may be more mindful of the dangers their teenagers face when they are on the road. According to new research released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, when teenage drivers in Illinois and the rest of the country have only other teenagers as passengers in their vehicle, the fatality rates for everyone who is in a crash jumps to 51 percent.
The 2018 Distracted Driving Report from Motus should be of interest to Illinois residents who are either part of a grey fleet or the operators of one. The mobile workforce is increasingly connected: in 2013, 55 percent of mobile workers owned a smartphone, but in 2017, that percentage rose to 77. At the same time, the number of auto accidents among mobile workers rose from 5.7 million in 2013 to 6.4 million in 2017.
There are plenty of stats suggesting that teen drivers in Illinois are more likely to be involved in accidents involving personal injuries. This is why efforts are often made to help motorists under the age of 21 understand the consequences of risky driving behaviors. Results from a university study suggest that supplemental drivers' education programs that include realistic experiences like emergency room tours and visits to intensive care units increase awareness of the dangers of risky driving.
Safe driving may not make drivers completely immune from accidents, but it will certainly reduce potential risks. This is why the following tips should be considered and, when possible, implemented. The first tip for avoiding accidents is to maintain the vehicle for optimal handling and steering. For example, good tires and brakes can save one from a rear-end collision.