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Safety on the Roads, by Dave Werner

Speeding: a neglected problem

Speeding is a factor in the deaths of approximately 10,000 people each year in the U.S., but the problem isn’t being addressed comprehensively. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Governors Highway Safety Association convened a speeding forum in April with a diverse group of ...

New drivers need experience for proficiency

Every driver starts off as a beginner. Over time, and through driving experience, one learns to be a better driver. But from the day one gets one’s driving permit to when one has the confidence and experience to be considered a proficient driver, there is much learning to be ...

Autonomous vehicles tested in The Villages, Fla.

There’s a lot of discussion, including in several of these “Did You Know” articles, about autonomous vehicles. Voyage Auto, a California-based company, is now test-driving its second-generation car, two Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans, in The Village of Virginia Trace, Florida. The ...

Distracted driving — every driver is guilty

Are you a distracted driver? Absolutely “YES,” no exceptions. Distractions are everywhere and are constant. They can be as simple as looking for the button to turn on the radio, windshield wipers, headlights or looking at anything along the side of the street or road, to more complex ...

Pedestrian deaths hit 28-year high

The number of pedestrians killed along U.S. roadways last year climbed to the highest level since 1990, according to a new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). That report determined that about 6,227 pedestrians were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2018 — a 4 ...

Slow moving vehicle symposium addresses safety

A March 6 symposium held in Syracuse presented information on the requirements under state Vehicle and Traffic Law (VTL) as applicable to slow-moving vehicles, including Amish buggies. This article will present some of the do’s and don’ts that involve slow moving vehicles including farm ...

Roundabouts on the rise — intersection of choice

Numerous local residents winter in Florida, many in The Villages, including some friends of mine. One of them sent me a very interesting article about roundabouts there, and I wanted to share some of the information from that article. Armed with mounting data touting the benefits of ...

Headlights with adaptive-driving beam coming

A potential change to the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard for headlights would allow auto manufacturers to begin incorporating adaptive-driving-beam headlights in the vehicles they sell in the U.S., according to an article in a recent issue of “Status Report” from the Insurance ...

Limits on teen drivers possible with Ford system

This article is not an endorsement of Ford vehicles but rather an example of how technology can be used to place certain limits on teen drivers. Some vehicles come equipped with systems that allow parents to monitor their child’s driving or control things like top vehicle speed and sound ...

Pot use limits when driving a major dilemma

At what point is someone too high to get behind the wheel? The answer is complicated. Brain scientists and pharmacologists don’t know how to measure if and to what extent marijuana causes impairment. In an article by Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent program of the Kaiser ...

‘You are not invincible’

Last week’s article was about the need for a cultural change on how we view speeding as a major factor in crashes, injuries and fatalities. Today’s article ties into last week’s with an emotional letter from an arresting police officer to a teen driver caught speeding at 100 mph. The Ohio ...

Speeding needs a cultural change

All through our driving lives we have heard that speed kills but we all still speed — some drivers sometimes, others most of the time. We know that speeding is a persistent factor in nearly one-third of crash-related deaths, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. The group ...

Test your Vehicle & Traffic Law I.Q. (answers)

Last week’s article presented 20 questions on vehicle and traffic law (VTL) and traffic safety. Hopefully you took the test and keep your answers. This article repeats the questions, gives the correct answers and the authority for the answers. See how you did. True or false 1. A driver ...

Test your traffic Law I.Q. — 2019

An annual winter feature of the weekly “Did You Know” articles is a 20-question quiz on vehicle and traffic law and traffic control devices. The first 10 questions are true/false and questions 11-20 are multiple choice. The answers will be found in next week’s article and will include ...

Essential safety items recommended for every vehicle

As drivers, we are aware that we should carry some essential items in our car at all times, more during winter driving. But, as our vehicles become more reliable, we don’t always do what we know we should. It isn’t much of a problem until we need it — then we pay the price for our ...

Survey: Driver at fault in 94% of crashes

In a February 2015 bulletin by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the critical reasons for crashes investigated in the National Motor Vehicle Crash Causation Survey conducted from 2005 to 2007 was a real eye opener. The survey was aimed at collecting on-scene information ...

Cannabis users driving with children don’t see risk

Last week’s article was about the increase in crashes in states that legalized recreational use of marijuana compared with similar states that didn’t. This article will take it a bit further and show that research by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) shows that some drivers ...

IHS study: Legalizing pot increases crashes

Legalizing marijuana for all uses is having a negative impact on the safety of U.S. roads according to new research by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Highway Loss Data Institute. States exploring legalization should consider this effect on highway safety when deciding on ...

Help keep Santa safe this Christmas Eve

If you are a reader of these weekly articles on traffic safety you know I do a special article in December about how Santa has to have the right-of-way everywhere in order to complete his rounds. Santa must be aware of these articles involving him, as he recently contacted me and requested that ...

Seven good reasons for driving slower

From the days when we were kids to today, we hear almost daily about driving slower, but we seldom do. We all have our reasons, most of which are our own fault for not getting started sooner, but nevertheless probably good reasons in our own mind. But, do we ever hear of good reasons for not ...