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5 safety tips for your summer road trip

A road trip can be a great way to bond with your family and explore new destinations. With the kids off school and the sun shining, summer is the perfect time to go. There is an endless list of places to visit both here in Arizona and across the country. But before you fuel up and pack the car, read these tips to keep the whole family safe while having fun.

How Arizona drivers can help prevent accidents

Drivers in Arizona who wish to improve their safety on the roads should be aware of safety tips that can make a big difference in the prevention of car accidents. Even though they are often preventable, car accidents in the United States are currently the leading cause of death in people between two and 34 years old.

One easy way people can stay safe is by wearing seat belts. Everyone in a moving vehicle should wear their seat belts at all times, and they should also sit in the correct position to make sure the seat belts work properly in the event of an accident. For example, they should not hunch or slump in their seats, and drivers should never lean over the steering wheel. This can also help air bags work effectively.

Teen drivers more liable to crash after they are licensed

Arizona residents might think that teen drivers become safer the longer they drive under adult supervision and that they become especially so once they have obtained their license, but it seems that the opposite is true. Virginia Tech University and the National Institutes for Health conducted a study comparing the driving of teens who had been licensed for three months to that of teens who were three months away from obtaining a license.

The former were found to raise their risk for a crash or near-miss by eight times when compared to the latter. The sudden absence of adult supervision that comes with getting a license may leave teens unable to navigate certain situations. For this reason, researchers recommend a gradual reduction in adult supervision as teens come nearer to obtaining their license.

4 reasons for road rage

Have you ever seen someone get caught up in road rage? Maybe you watched two drivers scream at each other at a stoplight, or maybe you had a driver make obscene gestures to you out their window. It takes a lot of different forms, but one thing is for certain: From the outside, you may find it hard to understand road rage.

Why are people so angry? Why do they let that anger lead to aggressive and dangerous actions? Why do they take things so far that they cause accidents?

New technology could help in distracted driving cases

It can be dangerous to use a cellphone while driving on Arizona roads or any others throughout the country. While many states have partial or complete bans on using cellphones while a vehicle is moving, it can be hard to prove if a person was using one when a crash occurred. In Nevada, lawmakers are considering using a device called a textalyzer to analyze a driver's phone after a crash. 

Faulty brakes? Several people could be liable for your injuries

Imagine driving off from the mechanic thinking you did everything right. You got your brakes replaced, and you know that your vehicle is in the best condition for the drive ahead of you.

Now, imagine that you're driving and your brakes go out. You have space in front of you, but with no ability to slow down, the distance between you and others is closing fast. You don't have much room to maneuver, and as a result, you end up in a collision.

Avoiding drowsy driving due to daylight saving time

Drowsy driving becomes a problem every year in Arizona after residents "spring forward" for daylight saving time. Losing one hour of sleep may not seem like much, but it can have a large effect. The usual recommendation is that drivers get a minimum of seven hours of sleep each night. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, getting one or two fewer hours than that in a 24-hour period can double one's chances of being involved in a car crash. 

Safety coalition formed to press Congress for speed limiters

Both the Truck Safety Coalition and Road Safe American have joined forces to reduce trucking accidents in Arizona and across the United States. The safety groups sent a letter to Congress to encourage lawmakers to pass legislation that would require automatic emergency braking systems and speed limiters to be installed and used on all heavy-duty trucks. The groups say that they have been trying for 12 years to get the measures passed.

The coalition used recent data from a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration study to support their case. The study showed that trucks that didn't use speed limiters increased their risk getting into an accident by 200 percent. Additionally, data has also shown that automatic emergency braking systems could prevent an estimated 2,500 accidents annually.

A broken part can cause a big truck accident

When truck accidents occur, the victims often feel overwhelmed and may not know how to recover their losses. If you recently experienced a truck accident, you probably have a long road to recovery ahead of you, and you may need a lot of help along the way.

First, it is always important to receive a full medical examination from a doctor. Even if you don't believe that the accident caused any serious injuries, you may have injuries that you can't feel. Sometimes, these injuries are dangerous and if you don't get proper treatment, you may experience lasting pain or other side effects.

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