How life is out on the roads for drivers can be affected by many things. These factors can vary considerably from place to place. So, the overall driver experience isn’t the same in all states.
Decades of research and innovation in automotive safety have resulted in passive safety features such as seatbelts and airbags in every vehicle. Together, those two features have saved untold thousands of lives over the years.
Will news in Edwardsville media of the latest motor vehicle crashes be enough to make drivers pay attention to the road and traffic instead of their phones? Let’s hope so. The crashes claimed the lives of five school children in a series of wrecks across the nation.
When we hear the phrase “distracted driving,” we often think of texting. This is with good reason, as texting is a particularly invasive distraction that involves three distinct components. There is the manual aspect, which involves taking a hand off the wheel, the visual component in which the driver takes his or her eyes off the road, and the cognitive element wherein the driver is too busy focusing his or her mental energy on the text conversation to pay much attention to the road ahead.
The temptation to check one’s social media can arise quite often for people these days. The ease of access to social media accounts that smartphones provide contributes to this. So, too does how big of a part such sites have come to play in everyday social life.
Nighttime poses special risks for traffic safety, including pedestrian safety. Among the things that have very big impacts on drivers’ ability to respond to these risks is visibility level.
The many new auto safety technologies that have been coming onto the market have the potential to prevent crashes and make the roads a safer place. However, they also have their limitations. A recent study indicates that there are many drivers out there who don’t understand these limitations.
It happens 3,000 times per year: a vehicle slams into an electric power pole somewhere in Illinois. In some cases, the driver of a car will lose control of the vehicle and crash into a power pole. In other cases, the pole is hit as part of a motor vehicle accident involving two or more vehicles.
When you’re driving around the Edwardsville area, it’s not unusual at all to spot drivers talking on their phones or looking at their phones rather than keeping their attention focused on the traffic and streets. Unfortunately, the inattention to vehicles and traffic signals often winds up causing motor vehicle accidents and injuries.
Texting while driving is against the law in Illinois. However, many drivers in the state continue to engage in this dangerous driving behavior. Distracted driving, including texting-while-driving, is a significant cause of auto crashes here in Illinois and in the rest of the United States.