To stay safe in winter, drivers need to take the following into account. First of all, they have to make sure their vehicle is properly winterized. A mechanic could easily check components like the battery, spark plugs, brakes, ignition and fuel filters as well as inspect the tires for wear or underinflation. Drivers should maintain their gas tank at above half full and should avoid using cruise control and the parking brake in winter weather.
Most West Virginia drivers think of hazardous driving conditions as those involving inclement weather such as slick road conditions caused by rain, snow or ice or lack of visibility due to precipitation or fog. Bright sunlight, however, is seldom thought to pose a risk of hazard, but statistics tell another story. The period of time during the day when a motorist drives directly into the rising or setting sun creates visibility problems and consequently a higher risk of a vehicle crash.
Winter brings rain, freezing rain and snow to West Virginia, and the slick roads increase the chances of motor vehicle accidents. When people have to travel on wet, icy or snowy roads, they can adopt strategies that could help them maintain control of their vehicles and avoid crashes.
AAA Northeast has some safety tips to give for those who plan to party or have their children trick-or-treat for Halloween. West Virginia residents can benefit from the tips as well. After all, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, most Halloween drunk driving deaths occur between 6 p.m. on Oct. 31 and 6 a.m. on Nov. 1.
West Virginia residents may have heard about the deadly limo crash in New York that was widely covered in October. All 18 passengers in the limousine, the driver and two pedestrians were killed in the crash. The group was heading to a surprise birthday party from a brewery when the crash occurred.
On October 3, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released data that showed that motor vehicle accident fatalities in West Virginia and around the country fell slightly in 2017. This is news that will likely be welcomed by road safety advocates who were concerned when road death figures rose alarmingly in both 2015 and 2016. NHTSA used data from its Fatality Analysis Reporting System to compile the report. It is a database of traffic accident statistics based on police reports and accident investigations.
Virtually all West Virginia workers are exposed to various hazards throughout the day that could lead to slip-and-fall accidents. A majority of such accidents involve falls from the same level, falls caused by ice or snow and falls from a different level. Workers could also fall from stairs, slip on liquids or fall into openings. Then there are slips where victims almost fall but catch themselves.
Research shows that most drivers tend to overestimate their driving abilities. This is true of drivers all over the world, but it is especially true of those in West Virginia and around the country.
A report released by Motus, a vehicle management platform, indicates that the rate of car accidents has increased significantly alongside the rate of smartphone use. In its 2018 Distracted Driving Report, the company says smartphone ownership grew to 77 percent in 2017 from just 55 percent in 2013. During that same period, the number of car crashes in West Virginia and across the country rose to 6.4 million from 5.7 million. That represents a 12.3 percent increase.
West Virginia has a rainy season like every other state, which poses several challenges on the road. One of the dangers that drivers must always be alert for is hydroplaning, where a vehicle slides or slips uncontrollably over a wet surface. The thin layer of water that develops between a vehicle's tire and the road could become thicker, making the tires lose traction.