Arizona residents who take opioids should already know that opioid use does not go together with driving. Opioids impair cognition and motor skills, especially in those who have not developed a tolerance for the drugs. Yet every year, a significant number of car crashes are caused by drivers who test positive for opioids. In 2016, 7.1% of all crash initiators tested positive; this is much higher than the 2% who tested positive in 1993.
In 2018, there were an estimated 40,000 car crash fatalities in the U.S. In addition, 4.5 million people were injured that year in car crashes. This comes to an average of someone being injured every seven seconds. Drivers, regardless of where they live, will find the next five tips helpful in preventing them from becoming a crash statistic.
Although it's always an underlying consideration, most Arizona drivers seldom dwell on the possibility of becoming involved in a motor vehicle accident. Driving is such an everyday, common part of people's lives, it's natural to be complacent about highway safety. And, in fact, the statistics regarding accidents show our nation's roads are becoming safer in recent years as compared to previous times. However, there is one menace that should never be accepted at any level, and that is the needless damage and destruction posed by drunk driving.
The auto insurance comparison site Insurify recently conducted a survey regarding the accident frequency of newer model cars. The Subaru Crosstrek was deemed the worst, being involved in more at-fault crashes in Arizona and across the U.S. than any other car. However, the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek has also garnered the highest safety rating from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety.
A total of 3,166 Americans died in 2017 due to crashes caused by distracted driving, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Arizona drivers are expected to be attentive to the road at all times, and everything from phone use to eating and drinking can prevent them from doing that. Therefore, avoiding these distractions is paramount. Teaching one's teenage children to avoid them is equally important.
Drivers of large commercial trucks in Arizona may soon be able to drive longer without having to stop for a rest. This is because the federal Department of Transportation intends to relax its regulations pertaining to the number of hours truck drivers are able to work. The move is something for which the trucking industry has been advocate for some time. However, safety advocates oppose the move as they believe that it will weaken the federal guidelines and will result in fatigue-related safety hazards.
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.
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 state has recently undergone a major change in its traffic safety laws. Last month, the governor signed a bill banning the use of handheld cellphones while driving. Today, we’ll discuss the basics of this new law.
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.