When a winter snowstorm hits, you expect the roads to get more dangerous. You expect accidents and fatalities to increase. After all, driving in snow, ice and slush simply makes the roads more hazardous and reduces control.
Imagine that the car ahead of you can't seem to stay in the right lane. It weaves over the center line, nearly drives off of the shoulder, and keeps drastically changing speeds. When you get to a stoplight, the driver stops well before it, then does not start driving right away when it turns green.
Driving at night really does put you in more danger. You don't see hazards as clearly. You may be around more drunk drivers and drowsy drivers. Your reaction times suffer. Young drivers, in particular, tend to simply feel more nervous and uncomfortable because they are not used to driving in the dark, and it can lead to car accidents.
This time of year brings out new hazards on the roadways. Some of these hazards are obvious, while others are not.
April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, making this an opportune time to evaluate our current efforts to change driving attitudes and habits. New technology in vehicles is causing us to become more distracted behind the wheel than ever before. According to the National Safety Counsel, fifty-three percent of drivers believe if manufacturers put phone display dashboards and hands-free technology in vehicles, they must be safe. And, with some state laws focusing on handheld bans, many drivers honestly believe they are making the safe choice by using a hands-free device. But in fact, these technologies distract our brains even long after you've used them.
Some days on the road make you feel like you are a target. Every vehicle seems to be aiming for you, pulling out in front of you or swerving into your lane. These are the days when your defensive driving skills are on full alert.
Recently, the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) reported that while the number of deaths occurring in crashes involving semi tractor-trailers, the number of collisions has risen. Now, the bureaucrats want to create a regulation requiring all semi trucks to be electronically governed to 65 miles per hour. I thought we wanted fewer crashes, not more.