Teenage drivers statistically pose a relatively high risk on the road. This is first and foremost because they are inexperienced at driving and at the most, they will have been on the road for just a few short years. Teenagers may also be more vulnerable to peer pressure, meaning that they may be easily convinced to drink and drive or to have many friends in the car who are under the influence. They may also be less risk-averse than the general population.
Older generations sometimes like to complain about younger generations, and teens often feel stereotyped. They feel like they get unfairly criticized for their decisions, life choices, music preferences, entertainment options and much more.
Being involved in a car wreck can turn a nice day into a nightmare. Unfortunately, many individuals have to deal with this event just because someone didn't give their full attention to driving. Distracted drivers can slam into other vehicles, which can cause serious injuries.
Parents in South Carolina are probably concerned about seeing their teens driving distracted or drowsy. The biological changes that teens undergo make them sleep long and later into the day, a habit that can be at odds with the early start times that many schools have established. It follows, then, that if schools started later, teens may get more sleep and not be so prone to unsafe behaviors behind the wheel.
Many South Carolina motorists believe that cars today are safer than ever before. With modern technology developments, many safety advancements have been made by vehicle manufacturers. Unfortunately, the safety ratings system developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is outdated and may not truly reflect today's reality.
South Carolina residents who have seen a multi-car accident understand how devastating these collisions can be. The largest multi-car accident in the U.S. history involved 194 cars and spread over 2 miles. Thankfully, that accident did not lead to fatalities. However, determining who was at fault was likely a challenge.
Drivers in South Carolina and around the country often react angrily when municipalities announce plans to install red light cameras despite clear evidence showing that the devices save lives. Many motorists believe red light cameras are used to generate revenue and not prevent accidents, and fierce opposition to the devices has led to them being removed in many parts of the country. In 2012, 533 cities and towns in the United States used red light cameras. That number has since fallen to 421.
Systems that have been designed to make driving easier and safer may actually be putting drivers at risk. Touchscreens, lane keeping assist and adaptive cruise control can lull South Carolina drivers into letting their guard down, which can lead to serious accidents. The solution is not necessarily getting rid of these systems: It is teaching drivers how to use them properly.
South Carolina residents may know about how some car safety devices can prevent distracted driving and even keep drunk drivers from starting their car. The benefits of alcohol detection tech are becoming so clear that a bill has been proposed to mandate such tech on all new vehicles by 2024.
Drivers in South Carolina and across the U.S. aren't talking on their cellphones as much as they used to, according to a recent study. On the other hand, the research found that drivers are increasingly using their phones to text, send emails and browse the internet while behind the wheel.