Drivers in West Virginia are always navigating dangers whenever they are on the road. From slippery roadways with ice, rain or leaves to dealing with dangerous, drunk or distracted drivers, there are an array of hazards that can pose a threat to passengers and drivers. At the same time, there is some positive news, because the chances of dying in a car accident involving a late-model car have declined dramatically due to improved technology and extensive safety features.
West Virginia drivers may be interested to learn that the trucking industry is preparing to switch to an electronic logging system that will monitor and log long-haul truck drivers. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the Electronic Logging Mandate begins Dec. 18.
With its freezing rain, ice and snow, winter poses many risks for drivers. Experts have several tips for safe driving that can apply to anyone in West Virginia. The first thing is to know how ice can affect driving. Since all-season tires cannot provide the traction needed for icy roads, they can easily cause drivers to lose control when braking or steering over icy patches. Black ice can catch drivers unaware because of its wet appearance.
Marijuana can have many side effects on drivers, such as making them disoriented or reducing reaction time. However, people throughout West Virginia and the rest of the country believe that texting while driving is more hazardous than driving while influenced by marijuana. This was one of the findings of a poll commissioned by the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America. Overall, 98 percent of respondents said that texting while driving was a dangerous habit.
Ever since its release in July 2016, the augmented reality game "Pokémon Go" has been cited as a major cause of auto accidents. A study conducted by two Purdue University professors has shown a direct connection between the game and distracted driving. This trend may have affected West Virginia and the rest of the U.S.
West Virginia parents who have teenagers with ADHD may be interested to learn that those who have been diagnosed with this order are about 33 percent more likely to be involved in a crash than those who do not have ADHD. However, researchers note that, although there is an increased risk, this risk is manageable.
Studies have shown that people who have ADHD in West Virginia and across the nation are more likely to be involved in car accidents than people who do not have the disorder. This is because the symptoms of the disorder may lead ADHD sufferers to be distracted while they are driving.
While the colder weather and the prevalence of flu are certainly worth worrying about, these alone do not explain why the U.S. mortality rate spikes during the Thanksgiving season. The main cause, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is to be found on the roadways. Drivers in West Virginia are warned to stay safe on the road during this season.
Drivers in West Virginia have probably noticed that their evening commutes are more and more shrouded in darkness. The end of daylight saving time comes with an increased risk of wildlife-related accidents because many wild animals are most active between dusk and dawn. Deer are especially active since autumn is their peak mating season, and bears will be looking for food before hibernation.
Companies such as Ford, GM and Alphabet want to see legislation that will make it easier to put cars on the road with no human controls. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration said on Oct. 27 that it is looking for input as to how it can eliminate unnecessary regulations. This may provide West Virginia residents with an opportunity to make their voices heard about this issue.