North Carolina residents who are on the market for new cars may want to consider the benefits of rear automatic braking. This is because a report has shown that this technology can reduce the chance of a backup crash by 62 percent. If the brakes are combined with rearview cameras and backup warning sensors, that same risk goes down by an estimated 78 percent.
Summer is almost over. Some North Carolina schools have already begun classes, and, believe it or not, the holidays will soon be here. That means there will be extra traffic on the road and an increased risk of getting into a car accident. However, by brushing up on some basic driving tips, people can have a safe and enjoyable autumn.
North Carolina residents should know that according to the National Institutes for Health, car crashes are the leading cause of death for drivers aged 14 to 19. Some states believe that to reduce the crash risk for teens, they must lengthen the period between teens getting their learner's permits and driver's licenses. The results of a study that the NIH conducted with Virginia Tech University seem to back up this way of thinking.
Distracted driving accidents are often related to the use of technology. Reading or sending text messages, responding to social media posts and participating in social gaming cause drivers to take their eyes off the road. Ironically, technology may also be the way to stop the distractions and avoid preventable accidents on North Carolina roads.
Drivers in North Carolina who are concerned about the widespread threat created by texting and driving should know about a recent study conducted by app developer Drivemode. After reviewing one year's worth of text messaging data that was captured by one of its Android apps, the company stated that the peak time for drivers to text is during the afternoon rush hour, between roughly 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Many road safety experts in North Carolina and around the country have blamed the surge in distracted driving fatalities on the popularity of mobile devices like smartphones and tablet computers, but a study from a leading insurance company suggests that drivers who become lost in thought or daydream behind the wheel are a far more serious problem. A research team from Erie Insurance came to this conclusion after studying accident data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System gathered over the last five years.
Car accident victims in North Carolina should know about soft tissue injuries because they tend to be hard to diagnose. No X-ray can detect them, and the symptoms sometimes appear days after an accident, so victims may delay in having them treated.
Automatic braking systems can sense obstacles ahead of time, alert the driver to them and apply the brakes for the driver in the case of an emergency. Drivers in North Carolina may want to know just how effective these systems are, especially if they own a new car that's compatible with such technology.
April 20 is a self-proclaimed holiday for marijuana users in North Carolina and the rest of the U.S. Where recreational marijuana is legal, there is evidence of increased hospital visits by marijuana users as well as indication of a rise in impaired driving on this day. However, as many marijuana users consume alcohol at the same time, it can be hard to determine how many accidents are caused by drug use.
North Carolina residents may avoid moving violations and accidents by understanding who has the right-of-way on the road. If a driver sees an ambulance or another emergency vehicle, that driver must pull his or her vehicle to the side of the road. Drivers must generally stop when a school bus is stopped or if children are being offloaded. One of the most common moving violations is running a red light, and drivers are required to stop when they see one.