Georgia drivers might want to use extra caution when traveling area roadways over the Fourth of July holiday. According to a new study by Value Penguin, the drunk driving fatality rate is 23% higher on Independence Day than the average rate for six other U.S. holidays.
Teenage drivers may be more likely to get into an accident between Memorial Day and Labor Day. This is because they will spend more time on Georgia roads and others in the United States during this period. As they tend to lack experience behind the wheel, it is a good idea for parents to talk about how to stay safe while driving. For instance, they should stress that it is never a good idea to drive while tired or intoxicated.
In today's world, Georgia motorists enjoy access to some of the safest vehicles ever made. While automakers are continuously improving their vehicles to eliminate risks, some cars are still traditionally safer than others. That's why consumers looking for used vehicles should still consider safety in addition to cost before making a purchase.
In a recent study from Root Insurance, 47% of the drivers surveyed said distractions were their top concern while behind the wheel. Almost all of them, 99%, considered phones to be among the top three sources of distraction. Yet despite their awareness of the danger of distracted driving, the respondents reported using their phones an average of 13 minutes every day while behind the wheel. Georgia residents should know that Generation Z drivers are especially prone to this distraction.
Distracted driving has reached epidemic levels in Georgia and the rest of the U.S. Every day in this country, according to the National Safety Council, 9 people die and 100 are injured in crashes where one of the drivers was distracted. In the effort to increase awareness of this trend, the NSC has designated every April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
When Georgia residents lose one hour of rest for daylight saving time, drowsiness could seep in. This fatigue could become a major hazard when they get behind the wheel. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety upholds the opinion that everyone should get seven hours of sleep a night. Furthermore, the foundation claims that those who skip one to two hours of rest in a 24-hour period nearly double their chances for a crash.
Knowing the various causes of auto accidents is important because the cause will determine who should be issued a traffic ticket and who will be liable for injuries sustained by others. Many drivers in Georgia and around the country cause crashes because of simple human error. Driving while distracted, either by using a smartphone or by doing something simple like eating, drinking or talking with a passenger, is one common error. Any kind of multitasking is risky.
Georgia drivers may now be using cellphones in more risky ways compared to previous years. This is according to observational surveys that compared driver habits in 2014 and 2018. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety researchers say that 2018 drivers were 57 percent more likely to be seen using their cellphones to text than in 2014. However, 2014 motorists were more prone to making calls while behind the wheel.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine issued a position statement back in April 2018 that should be of interest to rideshare users in Georgia. According to academy researchers, many rideshare drivers are compelled by low fares and salary incentives to overwork themselves. Moreover, these drivers are independent contractors who are never screened for conditions like obstructive sleep apnea.
Unintentional injury is a leading cause of death for Georgians between the ages of 1 and 44. In 2016, 61,749 people died in the U.S. as a result of unintentional injury. This makes it nearly twice as deadly for that age group as cancer and heart disease combined.