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September 2018 Archives

Study shows drivers put too much trust in car safety systems

Georgia drivers are right to think that their car safety systems keep them safe. Federal estimates say that such systems can reduce crashes by 40 percent and crash fatalities by 30 percent. Still, there are limitations. According to a study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, many drivers are actually unaware of the limitations with blind-spot monitoring systems, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and other features.

How truckers and fleet owners can maintain brake safety

The fleet tracking and management systems company Teletrac Navman has some tips to give to truckers and fleet owners when it comes to maintaining brake safety. Truckers in Georgia may remember how the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance conducted its Brake Safety Week, and though they may not have been stopped for an inspection, they will still want to follow these tips so that they don't endanger themselves and others on the road.

Car crash rates up for always-connected mobile workforce

The mobile workforce is becoming more connected. In 2013, 55 percent of mobile workers owned smartphones, but in 2017, that percentage rose to 77. At the same time, the number of car accidents among mobile workers went up from 5.7 million in 2013 to 6.4 million in 2017. Georgia residents who are part of a grey fleet or who maintain one should know what the dangers of this trend are.

Headaches are not the only post-crash symptoms to look for

If you are the victim of a car crash, you may walk away from the accident and, except for shaky nerves, feel perfectly fine. The problem is that symptoms of an underlying injury may not show up for days or weeks. One of the more common symptoms is a recurring headache, but other surprising issues may surface.

Humans are still the greatest threat to roadway safety

Self-driving cars have sparked both interest and fear among people in Georgia who wonder how the technology will change the driving experience and affect roadside safety. However, even as the technology advances, humans continue to be the greatest threat to life and health on the roads today. In one study of accidents or other incidents involving vehicles with autonomous technology, humans were responsible for 37 of the 38 incidents when the cars were in fully autonomous mode.

2018 International Roadcheck: the results

Truckers in Georgia may remember how the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance held its annual inspection spree, the International Roadcheck, in June. The three-day event took place across North America and resulted in 67,502 inspections. Commercial truck and bus drivers were stopped at random for vehicle- and driver-related safety compliance. 45,400 of the inspections were Level I inspections: the most comprehensive possible.

Certain intersections identified as hot spots for accidents

Certain intersections in Georgia and South Carolina are more conducive to traffic accidents than others. In the city of Greenville, for instance, one woman who works in the area reported seeing three accidents in the East North Street-Pelham Road area and two others a few blocks away. The Pelham Road corridor is one of several intersections in the vicinity on a list of "hot spots" for traffic accidents in Greenville that may be the source of potentially serious personal injuries.

New strategies are being used to raise teen driver awareness

Parents and teachers of young Georgia drivers may be interested in the results of a novel approach advocated by researchers involved in a study designed to examine the merits of integrative instruction when it comes to changing the unsafe driving habits regularly employed by youthful drivers. Statistics show that motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States. A close examination of additional numbers helps reveal why teens are at such high risk.

Summer is hydroplaning season in Georgia

The soaring summer temperatures endured by Georgia residents each year frequently cause sudden and heavy thunderstorms that can quickly turn driving conditions extremely treacherous. Oil residue on roadways becomes slippery when it mixes with rain, which is why the first few minutes of a summer storm can be especially dangerous for drivers. Tires with plenty of tread are crucial in these situations as they are the best defense motorists have against hydroplaning.

Fatal accident caused by driver who ignored traffic signal

The South Carolina Highway Patrol say that the driver who caused an accident that claimed the life of a 21-year-old Summerville man during the early morning hours of Aug. 30 ran through a red light just before he crashed. The man has not yet been charged, but the SCHP says that the incident is still being investigated by the Multi-disciplinary Accident Investigation Team.

Double tractor-trailer crash blocks westbound I-20 for hours

People on their way to the Six Flags Over Georgia theme park encountered a traffic jam after a crash involving two tractor-trailers and a car closed the westbound lanes of Interstate 20 in Cobb County on Aug. 15. The accident site included an overturned tanker near the exit for the park.

Technology can reduce backup accidents

Backup crashes can lead to severe consequences for drivers in South Carolina. However, new technology may make it possible to significantly reduce the frequency of such accidents. For instance, the use of automatic rear braking can lead to a decrease of 62 percent of reported backup collisions. When combined with rearview cameras and other sensors, that number increases to 78 percent. Rearview cameras will be mandatory in all vehicles beginning in May 2019.

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