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Which months are the most dangerous for drivers?

Many people might think that the colder months are the most dangerous ones for Pennsylvania drivers. After all, rain, ice and snow can often make a deadly mix for any kind of vehicle.

However, the winter season is not necessarily the most dangerous for drivers. All four seasons alike involve risks for everyone, but the most hazardous months might surprise drivers.

Look out for the signs of drowsy driving

Almost every driver on Pennsylvania roads has gotten behind the wheel when they were probably too tired to drive. Whether it was when they came home from a late event or had to wake up too early to get to the airport, many people admit to driving drowsy. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that roughly 1 in 25 people fall asleep behind the wheel each month.

By now, we have all heard the assertion that drowsy driving is just as dangerous as drunk driving. But is that really true?

When your teen is a passenger in a car crash: What can you do?

In a recent blog post, we discussed how car accidents were still the leading cause of death for teenagers and how parents could help their teens become safer drivers. But what about when teenagers are the passenger of a reckless driver?

Whether it was because of peer pressure or a misjudgment, teenagers who are passengers in the vehicle of a negligent young driver face considerable risk.

Traffic fatalities trending downward, despite increase in 2018

Car crashes happen for all kinds of reasons and to all kinds of people. Even so, it doesn't make them any easier to deal with if it's you or a loved one who experiences it. You might be a responsible driver, but that doesn't mean everyone else will behave the same way.

Motor vehicle accident statistics reveal where law enforcement may need to concentrate its efforts and where the public needs to put its attention. A recent study from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation found that traffic fatalities increased in 2018. That may seem discouraging, but other statistics taken over the last two decades offer a bit of hope.

Are crash test dummies failing women?

We have all seen the videos of vehicles hurtling towards a wall during a crash test and watched the crash test dummies jolt forward and hit the airbags. These videos are jarring, but they also give us some level of comfort. After all, the videos show auto manufacturers taking precautions to ensure that drivers and passengers alike are safe in their vehicles.

However, a study from the University of Virginia indicates that those crash test dummies may not be helping to protect female drivers or passengers.

Safety tips to avoid pedestrian accidents

Walking is a great form of exercise. It's low-impact, simple to do and free. For some people, it's also a viable mode of transportation between their homes and places of work. Whether they walk out of necessity or choice, it has numerous benefits for pedestrians.

However, walking is not without its risks. Some reports say that the number of pedestrian fatalities has gone up in recent years. The National Highway and Traffic Safety Association estimates that pedestrian deaths went up by 4% last year. Fortunately, experts also have helpful suggestions to keep pedestrians safe whether you're a pedestrian yourself here in Pennsylvania or behind the wheel.

Misconceptions of driving technologies could increase accidents

By now, we have all seen the car commercials that portray something distracting the driver. Then, the advanced technology within the vehicle alerts the distracted driver to a hazard they do not see, such as the stopped car in front of them.

These driver assistance technologies are becoming more commonplace. Tesla is probably the most well-known manufacturer to implement these technologies, but many others have as well, including Nissan and Cadillac. 

Car accidents still leading cause of death for teenagers

Recently in Adams County, a 16-year-old passenger died in a car accident when the driver collided with a tree. In Lehigh County, a 19-year-old boy collided with a guardrail and died in the accident. 

All too often, we hear about teenagers suffering life-changing injuries or death in car accidents on Pennsylvania roads. Parents want to protect their children from danger, but they cannot always do so, especially when teenagers obtain their driver's license.

Be on the lookout for aggressive drivers this summer

The summer months bring the season of travel. Families and friends plan road trips and vacations alike. And the more vacations planned, the more vehicles take to Pennsylvania roads. 

However, the increased number of drivers on the road also increases the chance of traffic accidents. And many of those accidents—especially in the summer—are the result of aggressive driving.

Emphasis on motorcycle safety should last more than a month

The month of May was National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. While it can be effective to dedicate that time to increase motorcycle safety, it is essential that all drivers and motorcyclists continue to do so even after that month is over.

This is especially important in Pennsylvania, which is one of the most dangerous states for motorcyclists. 

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