With Halloween coming soon, kids may already be giddy with the anticipation of donning costumes and getting candy while strolling through their neighborhood. With this highly anticipated event, drivers throughout St. Louis County must be careful about seeing (and avoiding) pedestrians. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of children killed in car-pedestrian accidents spikes on Halloween, because more little ones are walking neighborhoods at night.
The proliferation of crash avoidance systems in new cars (e.g. lane integrity warnings, proximity warnings and automatic braking) are quickly turning what used to be considered science fiction into reality.
Believe it or not, but Labor Day weekend will soon be upon us. With that, many around the St. Louis metro area will celebrate the last holiday of the summer. They tend to drive to their favorite destinations. With gas prices down compared to last year, traffic volumes are expected to be high. As such, prudent driving will be important given how Labor Day weekend is a dangerous time to be on the road.
Distracted driving, particularly texting while driving, remains a national problem even with a majority of states enacting laws banning the practice. It appears that even with these laws in place, people continue to use their cell phones to communicate while on streets and highways.
While a number of our posts focus on hazards drivers encounter because of other drivers, the roads we drive on can sometimes be hazardous as well. Indeed, we are not worried about snow covered roads and black ice in July, but warped roads and sinkholes could be dangerous.
With the Independence Day holiday coming next week, the roads around the St. Louis County region are expected to be busy. The American Automobile Association expects a record number of travelers on the road due to low unemployment and relatively low gas prices.
The Independence Day holiday is arguably the height of the summer (even though the first day of summer was only a week ago). For many high-school kids (especially those who drive) it is a time like no other during the year.
At last week’s World Developers Conference in San Jose, California, Apple announced a new function in its IOS 11 operating system that could curb distracted driving. After all, distracted driving (particularly texting while behind the wheel) is still a problem in the United States. The NHTSA reports that 3,500 people were killed in accidents involving distracted driving. Further, 391,000 were injured in such accidents.
If you feel like you are addicted to your phone, especially when you are driving, you are certainly not alone. According to the wireless provider AT&T, as many as one in 10 drivers video chats while on their drive home. Also, more than 60 percent of drivers admitted to texting and driving and nearly 20 percent say they regularly take steering wheel selfies.
At this point of the school year, most teens (especially juniors and seniors) look forward to two things: spring break, where they can get away from school for a vacation; and prom night, the one glitz and glamour that will create memories for a lifetime.