We have previously observed that it is surprisingly easy for responsible adults to unintentionally drive while illegally drunk. Currently, the law generally allows individuals aged 21 years and older to have some alcohol in their bloodstreams while operating motor vehicles. What is critical is that one’s blood alcohol content does not rise above the legal limit. Because alcohol metabolizes differently in the body based on a number of factors, some adults may feel sober even when their BAC exceeds the legal limit.
During our last post, we began a discussion about the latest efforts of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. We noted that because this agency is most directly tasked with ensuring that motorists remain safe on American streets that it is uniquely concerned with a host of auto safety issues. Keeping abreast of the NHTSA's efforts can be beneficial for motorists concerned about the latest trials and trends in auto safety.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration may or may not be an agency that our readers are familiar with. The NHTSA is the federal agency most directly tasked with ensuring that automobiles on American roads are safe and that fatal auto accidents are prevented when possible. Although some of our readers may have never heard of the NHTSA before, this agency likely makes a host of decisions on an annual basis that directly impact our readers' lives and their travel-related safety.
When you think about auto insurance, what emotion does that thought inspire? Does it make you frustrated? Tired? Does it even make you sad that you spend all that money on "maybe"? Auto insurance is certainly not a "fun" purchase. But it is absolutely a necessary one. Not only does the law require you to have current auto insurance in order to legally operate your vehicle, this kind of insurance protects you from potential financial ruin in the wake of an accident.
Car accidents happen for a wide variety of reasons, but one of the most infuriating causes of a car accident is texting while driving. Such a blatant disregard for other people's safety -- and for the task at hand -- is just plain stupid, let alone a perfect way to make yourself liable for any accident that you may be involved in. That's why many states were quick to ban texting while driving and cellphone use while driving in the years that followed the cellphone boom.
Pretty much everyone understands that major car accidents can have very big impacts on those involved. However, people may be prone to underestimating the impacts of minor car accidents. Some may assume that a car accident that is relatively minor couldn't possibly have any significant impacts.
Several years ago, numerous media outlets reported on the unique hazards faced by travelers who utilize 15-passenger vans. While these media reports and numerous fatal accidents involving these vehicles dissuaded many from purchasing or renting these vans, these vehicles remain popular today. Understandably, many schools, houses of worship and nonprofit organizations find them to be particularly appealing due to their size. Unfortunately, even as these vehicles remain appealing, they also remain uniquely hazardous.
Americans have weathered a particularly challenging winter. As the nation thaws, it has become time to turn attention to the comparatively easier challenges of spring. Driving during springtime is generally a pleasant task, especially when compared to the task of driving during the darkest days of winter. However, springtime driving is not without its hazards.
In our last post, we began a discussion about car seat safety. We noted that even the most safety-conscious parents in America can make safety-related missteps from time to time. This is why it is so important for parents of children under the age of 13 years to regularly review the latest car seat safety recommendations released by the government and other concerned organizations.
Even the most safety-conscious parents can misstep now and then when it comes to their children’s wellbeing. One can baby-proof a house from top to bottom and then forget to cut up a small child’s grapes. One can invest in swimming lessons and life jackets only to turn away for an instant as a child starts running along a slippery pool deck. And one can buy the most expensive car seat on the market only to install it incorrectly.