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Phones, food, fatigue and other driver distractions

Drivers in North Carolina and across the U.S. are encountering more and more distractions on the road. Smartphones and navigation systems are just the newest in a line of possible distractions. In fact, everyday activities like eating and talking can pose a danger to drivers as well.

4th of July Roadway Safety in Asheville

Law enforcement agencies and safety advocates are reminding motorists to stay safe behind the wheel this holiday weekend. Along with barbeques and family get-togethers, the 4th of July is also known for having an increase in injury causing and fatal car crashes, especially due to drinking and driving. On the Independence Day holiday weekend last year, 601 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes. Of those fatalities, 39 percent happened in crashes involving alcohol-impaired drivers.

NHTSA projects fewer traffic deaths but more risk for pedestrians

A preliminary report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offered slightly good news about traffic fatalities in North Carolina and nationwide. Deaths on U.S. roads in 2018 appear to have dropped by about 1% compared to the previous year. The agency, however, reported that pedestrian deaths went up by 4% in 2018. Bicyclists fared badly in the same year with a 10% increase in fatalities according to preliminary data.

Roundabouts in rural areas save lives

According to data gathered by the United States Department of Transportation, roundabouts result in less fatalities and serious injuries at rural intersections. At one particular location in North Carolina where a pregnant woman died in 2011, DOT replaced stop signs with a roundabout in order to improve safety. While this type of traffic control does not decrease the amount of overall accidents, it does reduce their severity significantly.

Holiday Weekend Travelers Increase Traffic

How to reduce the risk of getting into a car crash

Summer is fast approaching, which means that more motorists will soon be on roads in North Carolina. Unfortunately, this can increase the chances of getting in a car accident. In fact, car wrecks are the leading cause of death for Americans between the ages of 2 and 34 years old. By following certain safety tips, however, drivers can help prevent crashes and safely arrive at their destinations.

Drivers continue to text, email behind the wheel

Many people in North Carolina are fully aware of the dangers of distracted driving. Increased law enforcement activity and public awareness campaigns have highlighted the fact that thousands of serious or even deadly car accidents are caused every year by people whose minds are not on the road in front of them. Distracted driving has emerged as a major hazard since smartphones have become nearly ubiquitous. When roads are slow, traffic is heavy or red lights are long, people may be tempted to reach over to their mobile devices for interaction or entertainment.

Volvo will add monitors to detect drunk driving behaviors

Starting in the early 2020s, North Carolina motorists can expect some cutting edge safety features in Volvo vehicles. The car manufacturer claims that the technology is aimed at preventing accidents rather than protecting passengers from inevitable crashes.

Pickup passengers more prone to injury, crash tests find

Pickup truck owners in North Carolina should know that their vehicles may be safer for drivers than passengers. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has taken note of this discrepancy after a round of crash tests involving 11 modern two-row pickup trucks. This means that front passengers are in greater danger of injury and even death.

Distraction means higher risk of highway work zone crashes

Everything from using the phone to conversations with passengers can distract a North Carolina driver. They should know that this raises their car crash risks. In particular, it makes them 29 times more likely to crash in a highway work zone. This is the conclusion that researchers at the University of Missouri recently arrived at.

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