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Tips for safe winter driving in Kentucky

Kentucky drivers can do a number of things to ensure their own and others' safety during the winter. First of all, they will want to ensure that their vehicle is winterized. A mechanic could check the condition of the battery, spark plugs, brakes, distributor, filters and other components. The professional could also inspect the tires and the antifreeze levels.

The dangers of nighttime driving

The change back to standard time can make rush hour driving even more dangerous for Kentucky motorists. Earlier sunset means many people are suddenly driving in the dark after months of driving in daylight at the same time of day. Nighttime is statistically the most dangerous time for driving, according to the National Safety Council, and the risk of a fatal crash is three times greater at night than during daylight.

AAA warns against reckless driving on Halloween

Halloween can be fun for both children and adults in Kentucky, but the festivities lead some to drive recklessly or while intoxicated by alcohol. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that the "witching hour" for drunk driving crashes is between 6 p.m. on October 31 and 6 a.m. on November 1. Many of these are caused by drivers aged 21 to 34.

Foundation for Traffic Safety studies teen driving fatality rates

When Kentucky teenagers are driving with only other teens as passengers, car accident death rates increase significantly. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, when there are only teenagers in a crashed vehicle, the rate of fatalities rises by 51 percent. For the driver and passengers in other vehicles, the fatality rate is 56 percent higher.

All drivers are distracted behind the wheel

Volvo and The Harris Poll did a survey looking at the driving habits of various generations. It found that younger drivers in Kentucky and elsewhere had their share of poor driving habits. However, it also found that older drivers were also susceptible to driving while distracted. For instance, the study revealed that drivers belonging to Generation X used their mobile phones the most while behind the wheel.

Traffic circles can help to reduce serious injuries

When people drive on rural roads in Kentucky, serious car accidents are always a possibility. Many rural intersections are governed only by stop signs, despite the fact that cars on those roads can travel up to a speed limit of 55 mph. While there may be a relatively small amount of traffic on these roads, the risk of a severe accident can be significant. High-speed crashes in rural areas can lead to serious injuries and even fatalities.

How to be a responsible driver

An auto accident may lead to significant injuries and property damage. However, there are ways that Kentucky drivers can reduce the risk of one occurring. Eliminating distractions such as a cellphone may make it easier to focus on the road. Drivers should also refrain from eating, reading, chatting with passengers or applying makeup when operating a motor vehicle.

Cars that generate the most injury claims

As today's vehicles are being equipped with more and more safety features, drivers can avoid accidents and be protected from serious injuries should a crash occur. However, the risk of accidents taking place will remain until perhaps all vehicles become fully automated. In addition, different vehicles offer different levels of protection. Drivers in Kentucky should know about a recent list that has been compiled of the most dangerous vehicles.

Research suggests automated cars won't harm insurance industry

Despite several dire predictions in 2016, recent data suggests that automated vehicles may not lead to the death of the car insurance industry after all. As a string of fatal accidents involving self-driving cars have shown, liability issues will still affect drivers in Kentucky and across the country. The most likely scenario is that the industry will evolve, not die.

Seatbelts may reduce risk of severe liver damage in car accidents

Kentucky drivers or passengers who get in car accidents are at risk of suffering serious injuries that could include a severe liver injury. However, researchers found that people who wore a seat belt were less likely to sustain severe liver injuries.

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