Now that summer is finally here, motorists are taking to the road in droves for vacations and other fun events. Being aware of certain hazards is important in this case, as summer carries its own unique risks for drivers. Travelers explains what you should look out for when driving this summer.
Road trips are a rich summer tradition and a great way to see many different parts of the country. Long road trips also entail a few risks, which drivers must work to avoid when on their travails. Nationwide explains how you can get the most out of a summer road trip while ensuring you and other motorists remain safe.
As you drive the Tennessee roads and highways this spring relishing the greening of winter's end, be sure to keep your mind on your drivings so as to avoid becoming an accident victim. You undoubtedly realize that car accidents happen all too frequently in our state and that you could suffer catastrophic injuries should you become involved in one of them. But do you realize that a back injury could put you in a wheelchair for the rest of your life?
Allowing your teenager to have the freedom to drive him or herself to designated destinations around your Tennessee community can be a bit overwhelming at times. While you acknowledge that you cannot control every single decision they make, you are concerned about allowing such young drivers to have a complete reign of a vehicle. Understanding the risk factors that they face, and significantly more than other drivers because of their age, may allow you to make wiser decisions as a parent in the way you discipline and educate your young teenage drivers.
Although many studies have proved that using a cellphone while driving causes major accidents, injuries and death, people continue to engage in this deadly practice. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 481,000 drivers use their cellphones during daylight hours. In 2016, 3,450 people were killed in distracted driving accidents. Many states have banned the use of hand-held cellphones as a way to decrease the number of tragic accidents that occur each year. However, studies show that hands-free cellphones may not be a safe option for drivers.
During Black Friday, Cyber Monday and other big holiday shopping days, many people here in Tennessee will be hunting for the best deals. These days, it is common for big holiday deals to be very time-sensitive. So, when it comes to days like Black Friday, a person may be tempted to be constantly glued to his or her phone to find the best prices for his or her holiday shopping.
While there isn't a national ban on texting and driving, there could be deadly consequences if you choose text behind the wheel. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that, in 2015, 3,477 people were killed and around 391,000 people were hurt in crashes resulting from distracted drivers.