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National Safety Council issues winter weather driving tips

Although Georgia rarely sees large amounts of snow, the state is still prone to experiencing freezing temperatures, ice and sleet during the winter. Combined, these weather conditions can lead to serious driving hazards. While it's recommended that drivers avoid hitting the road in the middle of bad winter weather, there are times when getting behind the wheel is a necessity.

Sharing the road with big trucks can be risky

Georgia drivers share space on roadways with thousands of commercial vehicles every day. While some of these big trucks are piloted by drivers with many years of safe driving experience, others may have someone with just a few weeks of experience behind the wheel. While it's impossible to know the driving record of nearby truckers, motorists can dramatically improve their odds of being in a crash by understanding the hazards and following a few safe driving habits when adjacent to transport trucks hauling freight.

The top dangers of driving at night

Georgia residents may find themselves commuting in the dark now that daylight saving time has ended. Though motorists in general only do a quarter of their driving at night, 50 percent of traffic deaths occur during this period. According to the National Safety Council, the risk for a fatal car crash triples at night. The following are just some of the factors in this trend.

Ways to stay safe when driving in bright sunlight

In Georgia and across the U.S., drivers put themselves and others at risk for a crash because they fail to make provisions for bright sunlight. In such conditions, drivers are actually at 16 percent higher risk for a fatal car crash. The following seven tips help keep drivers safe and should be taken into consideration.

Surge in truck accident deaths prompts calls for new regulation

Accidents involving semi-tractor trailers around the country claimed 4,300 lives in 2016 according to government crash statistics, and this alarming surge in commercial vehicle road deaths in Georgia and other states has prompted renewed calls for autonomous crash avoidance systems to be mandated. Since the technology was developed about two decades ago, the National Transportation Safety Board has called on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to introduce such a regulation on at least 10 occasions. The agency says that it hopes to complete field testing of the latest autonomous truck safety systems within two years.

Safety technology might prevent truck crashes

The National Transportation Safety Board has repeatedly asked the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to mandate crash avoidance technology in large trucks. According to the NTSB, many large truck crashes could be avoided, or their severity mitigated, by crash avoidance technologies. The NTSB does not have the power to mandate that these systems be installed in trucks on Georgia roads. Rather, it can only conduct investigations and make recommendations to other agencies.

Report links mobile phone use to rise in traffic accidents

Practically every motorist in Georgia has either seen another driver using a smartphone or is guilty of the behavior themselves. The increase in smartphone ownership has produced a rise in traffic accidents, according to a study from the vehicle management company Motus. The company's research about distracted driving examined the mobile workforce. These workers either use company vehicles for their jobs or drive their personal vehicles while working.

Humans may be more dangerous than autonomous vehicles

At some point, it is likely that self-driving cars will be prevalent on Georgia roads. However, research has found that humans will still pose a risk even when they are available for use. According to a study, there were 38 incidents involving vehicles driving themselves in California between 2014 and 2018. A human was responsible for causing 37 of them to happen. Another 24 incidents occurred while an autonomous vehicle was operational but not moving.

Study looks at teen drivers' risk education program in Texas

Georgia residents with teenage children who are unsafe drivers may be looking into a drivers' risk education program. A Baylor University study shows that those programs with realistic, interactive elements are much more effective at making teens more aware of the dangers of certain driving behaviors. Researchers came to their conclusion after analyzing the Texas Reality Education for Drivers program.

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