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 Unfortunately, the safety ratings system developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is outdated and may not truly reflect today's reality.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.
Every day, people in South Carolina face serious risks on the road due to distracted driving. According to the National Safety Council, nine people are killed across the country and 100 more injured on a daily basis. Technology has contributed to the threat of distraction behind the wheel with smartphones, tablets and other devices keeping drivers' attention away from the road. In addition, some built-in technologies have contributed to distracted driving, including touchscreens that allow drivers to control GPS and entertainment systems inside the vehicle.
The vast majority of the drivers recently polled by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety said that running through a red light is extremely dangerous. However, almost one in three of them admitted to doing just that in the previous 30 days. This kind of cognitive dissonance is not uncommon in traffic safety studies. In fact, analysts suspect that it's one of the reasons why the number of fatal accidents involving red-light runners has recently surged in South Carolina and across the U.S.