The National Transportation Safety Board wants anyone in South Carolina or elsewhere in the United States sharing the road with drivers to be as safe as possible. This is why the agency has released its biannual Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements. The NTSB has no regulatory power although the independent agency's suggestions are often influential.
A recent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety study reveals that drivers distracted by cell phones are becoming an increasingly serious problem in South Carolina and around the country. After observing motorist behavior in four Virginia communities in 2014 and then again in 2018, researchers from the nonprofit group did not see a significant increase in cell phone use. However, they did notice that drivers were using their phones in much riskier ways.
In a recent AAA survey, 70 percent of U.S. adults expressed a desire for new vehicle tech like infotainment systems. However, these systems come with features that are not only irrelevant to driving in South Carolina but also distracting. University of Utah researchers conducted a study for AAA that focused on 30 infotainment systems on new 2017 cars. The automakers represented included Honda, Toyota, Ford, Dodge, Audi and Tesla.
Heavy traffic has a way of upsetting some drivers in South Carolina. Anyone might encounter one of these angry and aggressive motorists who is overcome by road rage. They might tailgate and honk and flash their high beams in an effort to force a slower driver aside. Road raging drivers might also cut people off in traffic or steal parking spaces. For the sake of safety, the offended parties should strive to stay calm around angry drivers.
External airbags are an emerging vehicle safety feature that South Carolina residents should know about. While they are far from being implemented on vehicles, the advantages they offer may prompt more car parts manufacturers to create a strategy for developing them. ZF, which has developed its own model of external airbags, says that the feature can reduce the severity of occupants' injuries by as much as 40 percent.
South Carolina residents who have been injured as a result of a car accident may be aware of a tragedy being investigated in Greenville County. A three-vehicle collision involving a stolen car resulted in the death of one teenager and the hospitalization of three other people. The teenager died at the scene of the crash, which occurred in front of a Target shopping plaza. The coroner stated that the deceased was wearing a seat belt. An autopsy revealed that he died as a result of blunt force trauma to his head, neck and chest.
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.
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.
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.
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.