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Safety while driving in the sun

Drivers in South Carolina and other areas of the country often face conditions when the sun can make it difficult to see the road. Many car accidents occur in the early morning hours and later in the evening because of the angle of the sun during these times. Fortunately, there are some tips that drivers can keep in mind while driving in these conditions so that they are safe while on the road.

Halloween and the threat of drunk or reckless drivers

Aside from ghosts and goblins, there are real dangers to Halloween. Among the biggest threats are drunk or reckless drivers. South Carolina residents who intend to party on Halloween or have children who will be trick-or-treating should consider the following safety tips from AAA.

Public remain skeptical about self-driving cars

Several car manufacturers have promised to introduce a fully autonomous car within the next five years, and many models currently on sale are equipped with autonomous and semi-autonomous accident prevention systems. However, the results of a recent poll conducted by the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies and the research firm J.D. Power and Associates suggest that drivers in South Carolina and around the country remain skeptical about the safety benefits of self-driving cars.

AAA reports on drivers' overreliance on safety tech

Residents of South Carolina who are concerned about the effects of vehicle safety technology on driving behaviors will want to know about a study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. It states that people are relying too heavily on driver assistance systems and, as a result, are putting themselves and others at risk.

Drivers overestimate their own driving skills

South Carolina is made up of all different kinds of people, and the great majority of them think they're good drivers. It's a quirk of human psychology that most people think they have above-average driving skills when, in fact, not everyone can be an above-average driver. The study that first identified this quirk took place more than 50 years ago. It has been repeated and reconfirmed many times since then.

Hydroplaning: its causes and how to avoid it

South Carolina drivers know that when the rainy season hits, they run the risk of hydroplaning on the road. This occurs when the tires encounter more water on the road then they can handle. The water pressure in front of the tires pushes that water underneath, creating a thin layer of water between the tires and the road. The wheels are essentially floating above the road. The thicker that layer becomes, the more traction that is lost by the tires.

How drivers can avoid accidents on the road

Like every other state, South Carolina sees its fair share of auto accidents. Local drivers will want to guard themselves against any negligent behavior so that they can avoid causing or being involved in a crash. Before even getting on the road, for example, one will want to make sure that their vehicle is properly maintained. Good maintenance improves steering, handling, braking times and acceleration. Tires and brakes, in particular, should be in good condition.

Sleep is the only way to overcome drowsiness

A South Carolina motorist who has been awake for 18 hours drives like someone who has a blood alcohol content of .05 percent. If that same driver has been awake for 24 hours, it is similar to having a blood alcohol content of .10 percent. Those who are tired will yawn frequently, close their eyes and have trouble staying in their lane.

What safety hazards beset the Fourth of July weekend

Those in South Carolina who plan to travel during the Fourth of July holiday period will want to be more safety-conscious than usual. According to Esurance and the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, July 4 sees the highest number of fatal car crashes of all the days in the year. Every year between June 30 and July 4, there are approximately 200 traffic deaths across America. About 40 percent of all highway deaths between 2007 and 2011 occurred during the same five-day period.

Drugs leading to more fatal car crashes, says GHSA

The Governors Highway Safety Association has released a report on drugged driving that may be of interest to drivers in South Carolina. After analyzing fatal car crash data in 2016, the association found that 44 percent of fatally injured drivers who were tested for drugs tested positive. This is a 16 percent increase from 2006.

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