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Choose the best and safest vehicle for your teen Teenage drivers have the highest risk of crashing, but there are ways parents can help reduce the risks by being a role model, getting involved with their kids in the practice of essential driving skills, and talking with them about the many dangers of driving. “Choosing…

Distracted Driving The term“Distracted Driving” is an umbrella under which many activities fall–driving while texting, eating, grooming or performing other activities and talking on a cell phone, for example. According to NHTSA “Texting is the most alarming distraction. Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for 5 seconds. At 55 mph, that’s…

IIHS recognizes semitrailers with good underride guards After six years of research and testing multiple trailers from eight of the largest trailer manufacturers in North America, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded five of these a new safety ranking recognizing underride guards designed to prevent injury and death caused by rear-end passenger car collisions with semitrailers. According to IIHS, an “underride…

New Railroad Crossing Safety Ad Campaign The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)  launched the “Stop! Trains Can’t” campaign aimed at young male motorists to make the right choice at railroad crossings. The campaign is the latest in a two-year effort by DOT to reduce accidents, and ultimately fatalities, at railroad crossings around the country. The…

According to Dan Robinson from Icy Road Safety, “When freezing rain is in progress, it has a death and injury rate far surpassing any other type of weather more than tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and thunderstorms. Freezing rain, freezing drizzle and freezing fog all produce the same type of dangerous icing on road surfaces. But it…

American Traffic Solutions (ATS), the leading road safety camera provider in North America, wants drivers to see this year’s compilation of the worst red-light running crash videos and realize they are too dangerous to ignore. “Seeing is believing, and ATS urges drivers to watch this public service video and recognize the danger red-light running presents,”…

NHTSA Administrator Dr. Mark Rosekind stated that “Drunk driving crashes are no accident – they are 100 percent preventable. With the help of our safety partners we’re looking at a technological path forward to create a world where there is no more drunk driving.” With 10,265 drunk driving deaths each year, today Federal and Virginia…

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety IIHS has released their list of top safety picks for 2017 models: To qualify for 2017 TOP SAFETY PICK+, a vehicle must earn good ratings in the five crash-worthiness tests, an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention and a good or acceptable headlight rating. Small cars Chevrolet Volt…

Statistically, driving in the rain is more dangerous than driving in the snow. One of the more common–and terrifying– hazards of driving in the rain is Hydroplaning which happens when the tires are riding on the top of a layer of water and have completely lost contact with the pavement. It can happen when your…

Crash tests can show how seat belts save lives. But CBS reports that when it comes to older drivers in particular, seat belts are also blamed for a higher rate of potentially serious, even deadly, chest injuries, as older drivers tend to be more easily injured in a crash. Seat belts are designed to protect…

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