According to federal statistics, approximately 20 percent of car accidents in Pennsylvania and across the U.S. are caused by drowsy driving. In order to raise awareness about the issue, Ford Motor Co. invited young drivers to try a "Sleep Suit" that simulates the impact of sleep deprivation on the brain.
Daylight saving time changes can leave many drivers in Pennsylvania feeling drowsy. This is why the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety recommends that drivers adjust their sleeping schedules beforehand. It is well-known that everyone should rest for at least seven hours every night. Skipping one to two hours of that recommended time within a 24-hour period can nearly double one's risk for a car crash, according to AAA.
There is always some type of risk associated with driving and using a cellphone in Pennsylvania or any other state. A new study finds that this risk is even greater when drivers use their phones for purposes other than talking. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety study is based on a comparison of driver surveys from 2014 and 2018. They found that drivers were nearly 60 percent more likely to observed using their phones for purposes other than talking, such as texting and checking emails.
It has long been held by safety experts in Pennsylvania and across the U.S. that seat belt use can lessen the severity of motor vehicle crash injuries. Now, researchers at the NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn have confirmed this belief with regard to liver injuries.
The ZF Group is one of many car parts manufacturers that are developing external airbags. The safety tech has yet to be perfected, so residents of Pennsylvania should not expect new vehicles to be equipped with them just yet. Nevertheless, the benefits of external airbags are clear.
Winters in Pennsylvania mean rain, freezing rain and snow will create slippery and hazardous road conditions. Although traction control and anti-lock brakes on modern vehicles aid drivers, winter conditions still demand that drivers exercise extra levels of caution and be ready for emergencies. Cautious drivers in well-maintained vehicles have a greater ability to deal safely with wintry conditions and avoid causing serious accidents.
Pennsylvania motorists are exposed to the potential danger from a car crash every day. Fortunately, the majority of these are relatively minor with minimal property damage and no personal injury to the drivers, passengers or pedestrians. In some cases, however, a car accident victim is not aware of an injury sustained in the incident and does not immediately seek treatment. Left untreated, injuries often become worse and can lead to long-term medical complications.
Between 2016 and 2017, crash fatalities were down for a number of different types of collisions. According to the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), which the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) oversees, fewer pedestrians died in car crashes as well as those in passenger cars or light vans. While the overall trend was seen as good news, traffic fatalities did not decline for large truck drivers or in urban areas.
Technology has made vehicles safer than ever before with advanced safety features such as automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring systems and adaptive cruise control. A new study done by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has found that most drivers in Pennsylvania and across the United States don't understand that the safety technology has limitations and that most drivers overestimate the protection that such features offer.
During the rainy season in Pennsylvania, drivers will want to be more cautious. The first 10 minutes of rainfall are especially dangerous because that is when the water combines with the oily residue on the road to form a slippery surface. Even after the water washes away most of that residue, drivers are at a high risk for hydroplaning.