Teens in Louisiana are often singled out as being among the drivers more likely to take risks when behind the wheel. Results from a university study suggest younger drivers may gain a better awareness of the potential risks if they participate in supplemental drivers' education programs. The one referenced in the study involved an emergency room tour and visits to a morgue and an intensive care unit to emphasize the consequences of reckless driving. Motor vehicle collisions are the top cause of accidental teen deaths in the United States, according to the CDC.
The use of traffic lights can help to lower the number of crashes that take place at intersections in Louisiana and other states. However, the crashes that do happen are often severe in nature, and they can result in significant costs. While installing a roundabout won't reduce the number of crashes, it generally reduces the severity of the accidents. In North Carolina, a roundabout was installed for about $1.2 million.
When school is in session in Louisiana, drivers need to be more careful about their actions behind the wheel. The same goes for holiday seasons when traffic gets heavy. The following are just a few basic tips on how to drive safely in both situations. The first tip is to avoid distracting behavior. Not only calling and texting, but also eating and adjusting the radio will take one's eyes off the road.
Louisiana motorists shouldn't trust the electronic driver assist systems on their semi-autonomous vehicles, according to a report by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Apparently, the systems may have difficulty identifying stopped vehicles and could even steer distracted drivers into an accident.
Louisiana drivers will want to consider the following tips so that they can avoid car accidents in the future. After all, many accidents can arise out of one's own negligence. The first tip is to always concentrate on driving. Cell phone use of any kind, whether for calling, texting or surfing the web, is to be avoided while behind the wheel. Drivers should also refrain from eating, applying makeup, fiddling with their audio system and reaching into the backseat. Even letting one's mind wander is a form of distracted driving.
There are more car crashes in Louisiana and elsewhere during the summer than during any other time of the year. This is because school breaks and warm weather encourage more people to hit the road, which can lead to more collisions. Unfortunately, more car accidents mean more traumatic brain injuries.
Louisiana residents who are planning to do something special for the Fourth of July weekend should be careful on the road. According to Esurance and the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, this holiday is the deadliest for American motorists. There are more fatal car crashes on Independence Day than on any other day; roughly 40 percent of all highway fatalities between 2007 and 2011 were caused by drunk drivers over the July Fourth weekend.
So many drivers in Louisiana are addicted to their smartphones that it may sound ironic to say new tech could provide a solution to distracted driving; however, there are several new devices that claim to do just that. It depends on whether individual drivers will use the technology. In a National Safety Council survey of 2,400 drivers across the U.S., 55 percent said they could keep safety devices engaged if they came pre-set on their vehicles.
A common statistic is that upward of 50 percent of marriages end up failing. A lot of research has been done on the correlation between divorce rates and a person's choice of employment. One area where no hard figures have been compiled is divorce rates for entrepreneurs.
Drivers distracted by text messages are always a threat on Louisiana highways. According to recently collected data, it appears that peak driving times are typically when there is the highest number of distracted drivers on the road.