A study by Kelley Blue Book shows that Americans are still wary of driverless technology, and prefer to drive themselves. Some wonder if this attitude can slow the development of driverless technology.
Every holiday weekend means an increase in traffic and the burdens that come along with it. This Memorial Day weekend will likely see an increase in car accidents due to congestion, visitors and the unsafe behaviors that attend many holidays. After a very difficult winter, many people will be looking to head to the beach to finally enjoy the return of warmer weather. If you are among the people traveling this weekend, please be careful. Holidays are no excuse to drive drunk, drive while distracted or generally engage in dangerous behavior.
If you've never installed a child's car seat, you might think the process is difficult to screw up. You'd be wrong. Installation errors in child restraint systems are a very common. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, three-quarters of children ride in car seats that either don't fit them or that are installed incorrectly. There are actually quite a few ways that a car seat can be installed incorrectly. Factor in the fact that cars are not all set up the same way for car seats and it is clear why installation is not so simple.
Learning the rules of the road is one part of new driver education that is relatively straightforward. Learning how to physically operate a vehicle in various circumstances - parallel parking, three-point turns, and the like - requires a little practice, but is still more or less a simple matter. Developing and maintaining the proper mentality for safe driving is both more difficult and more important. A new law will hopefully help new applicants for New Jersey drivers' licenses consider the dangers of aggressive driving.
April is Distracted Driving Awareness month and New Jersey police are participating. Distracted driving is just the latest target of public service campaigns designed to improve traffic safety. The latest national campaign, "U Text, U Drive, U Pay" specifically targets a common distracted driving concern: the text message. Texting is far from the only type of distracted driving, however. In fact, it may represent only a small percentage of the distraction that drivers are succumbing to, with deadly results. The crackdown by New Jersey police will focus on all types of distracted driving, including texting behind the wheel.
Perspective and wisdom are in short supply all over. Shortsighted behavior is not restricted to one age group. There are, however, things that seem like they could only be connected with teenagers. A recent study revealed the positive news that teens are showing a greater awareness of the dangers of texting while driving. It also revealed that teens are engaging in activities such as changing clothes, doing homework and putting in contact lenses while driving. It might be a case of not being able to see the forest for the trees.
Do you have big plans for March 17 this year? Are you planning on hitting the bars or going to a party? Do you plan to drink green beer or maybe something stronger? While St. Patrick's Day does not have to involve alcohol, in the United States the holiday is often celebrated by drinking. The Department of Transportation has issued a reminder for drivers that St. Patrick's Day is a prime time for drinking and driving accidents. Drivers are advised to plan ahead to avoid being involved in an accident.
Why Is The NHTSA So Ineffective?
There are many ways in which society could benefit if self-driving automobiles ever become a reality. Some of them are dependent on usage. The vast majority of the cars in the United States go unused most of the time. While estimates vary, a car generally spends 95 percent of its life parked (and therefore unused). Some people think that driverless cars will change people's opinions about mass private ownership of cars. While increased efficiency is certainly possible, it seems naïve to expect that people will suddenly be willing to forgo owning a car just because it will be driving itself.
Who designed this road? It's a question many of us have asked as we sat in traffic on a road that always seems to be overcrowded. Some roads seem like more potholes than road. Others have spots that are notorious for being the site of car crashes. The design and maintenance of our roads have a substantial impact on drivers. According to a recent report by TRIP, a nonprofit organization focusing on surface transportation issues, New Jersey drivers lose $2,000 per year to substandard roads and bridges.