After consulting health insurance claims from 2005 through 2014, authors of a study published in JAMA Psychiatry found that more than 2.3 million drivers older than 18 have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Residents of Louisiana will want to consider the conclusions and what they might mean for other drivers.
When it's daylight standard time, drivers in Louisiana will want to watch out for wildlife on the road. The shorter days mean less visibility for wildlife, which are most active between dusk and dawn. This period also coincides with autumn, the peak mating season for deer and a time when bears roam for food before hibernation.
On Oct. 27, the federal government announced that it plans to remove regulatory barriers that are slowing the debut of self-driving cars in Louisiana and across the U.S. A formal public notice is expected to be released by the end of November.
Drivers in Louisiana have access to more automotive safety technology than ever before, but fatal traffic accidents have risen for the past two years. Human errors like speeding and failing to wear seat belts appear to be undermining the advantages of automatic emergency brakes, air bags and lane departure warning systems. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration concluded that human choices contributed to the higher death toll in 2015 and 2016. When examining fatal accidents, researchers found that 94 percent of them result from human decisions.
Drivers in Louisiana may be interested to know that the size of their vehicles plays a part in the safety of the vehicle in accidents. Generally, bigger vehicles, like SUVs, trucks and large cars, are able to better sustain a crash than smaller cars. This is especially true when there is a collision between a bigger vehicle and smaller car.
Louisiana drivers may be interested to learn that using their headlights during the day can reduce their risks of becoming involved in a car accident. This is because the use of headlights, even during clear, sunny days, makes their vehicle more visible to other drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists.
Motor vehicle accidents involving distracted drivers killed 3,477 road users around the country in 2015 according to figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and a recent study from Progressive Insurance reveals that more than nine out of 10 motorists think that texting while driving should be illegal. The automobile insurance provider polled approximately 1,000 American drivers 18 and over about distracted driving and texting while behind the wheel, and they discovered that young men are particularly prone to this kind of dangerous behavior.
Fall weather may mean a variety of hazards for drivers on Louisiana roadways. It is not uncommon for the weather to change dramatically in a short period of time from warm and sunny to cooler and rainy. Shorter days mean more time spent driving in the dark, and kids going back to school means additional vehicle and pedestrian traffic during the day.
Louisiana motorists who have been following the advancements being made around driverless cars have probably noticed that many of the world's most innovative companies, like Google and Tesla, have been working nonstop to turn these vehicles into reality. In fact, Google's driveless car project, called Waymo, already has more than 3 million miles under its belt.
Accidents caused by fatigued drivers claim thousands of lives each year around the country according to figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and public service campaigns that highlight the dangers of drowsy driving have done little to reduce this figure. Tired Louisiana motorists often try to avoid falling asleep behind the wheel by drinking coffee, opening a window or playing loud music, but these strategies rarely keep drivers awake and alert for long.