Despite widespread attention paid to the dangers of distracted driving, one study indicates that it continues to be a significant threat on Kentucky roads. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released a report comparing results of surveys in 2014 and 2018 that questioned drivers about their distracted behaviors behind the wheel. While overall rates of distracted driving remained relatively stable between the two years, more dangerous forms of distraction became increasingly common in that time period.
Tired drivers could be a safety hazard for those who use ride-sharing services like Lyft or Uber. They can also be a danger to others on Kentucky roads. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, there are 328,000 crashes each year that are caused by drowsy drivers. Of those crashes, 109,000 cause injury while 6,400 result in someone dying. There are several reasons why Uber or Lyft drivers operate while drowsy.
Most residents in Kentucky and across the United State are aware of major worldwide health threats like HIV/AIDS and obesity. However, many overlook one of the major causes of injury and death across the world: vehicle accidents. Now, a new study shows that vehicle accidents are becoming a leading cause of death worldwide.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.