One of the advantages of using a ride-sharing app like Uber or Lyft is that a person is practically guaranteed that they will be able to get a ride to their destination in a relatively short amount of time. Throughout Pennsylvania different communities have adopted ride-sharing as a good way to keep unsafe drivers off of the roads and to reduce the number vehicles in operation at any given time. However, a recent study on the impact that ride-sharing services are having on general safety has revealed that they may actually being causing more harm than good.
When they are young, Pennsylvania children are taught to look both ways before walking onto streets. They are given this important lesson so that they are prepared to avoid coming into the paths of moving vehicles and so that they may protect themselves from the serious harm that can result from auto-pedestrian accidents. As children grow into adults many still remember this important piece of wisdom but despite their best efforts, individuals of all ages are often made victims of collisions with motor vehicles.
Most Pennsylvania residents have experienced distractions at some points in their lives. For example, they may have been trying to get work done at home but found that their children prevented them from focusing on their tasks. Or they may have created extensive "to do" lists for their days off but found that football or other television programming provided an enjoyable distraction from their plans for productivity.
The new cars that Pennsylvania residents buy to get themselves to work and to transport their families in are built with some off the most up-to-date safety features on the market. While seat belts have long been standard in American vehicles, technologically advanced airbags, road monitoring systems and lane encroachment programs all work to keep men and women on the right and safe path while they are behind the wheel.
With the school year coming to a close and the summer holidays approaching, residents in Pennsylvania and elsewhere can likely expect to experience an increase in traffic. Because many seek to drive to their vacation destinations, it is possible to see more traffic at any point of the day. While this is great for tourism and revenue in the state, it can become problematic for motorists. Distracted driving, drowsy driving and driving while intoxicated are three major concerns on the roadways. When a motorist is negligent, this puts many lives at risk and increases the chances of an automobile accident occurring.
When one pictures injury from a vehicle, the image conjured likely involves damaged vehicles. But not all automotive peril in Pennsylvania derives from car accidents. Some of the danger is far more insidious, involving no damage to the vehicle and victims who are not even in the car: carbon monoxide poisoning. And a key culprit in dozens of carbon monoxide poisoning cases around the country is the keyless ignition.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has recently tested the effect of collision avoidance systems on several new vehicle models. These systems included rear automatic braking and rear-view cameras and sensors. Their findings should interest drivers in Pennsylvania and elsewhere in the U.S. due to the frequency of backup collisions.
Pennsylvania drivers may be interested to learn that drowsing driving could be a factor in as many as 9.5 percent of car accidents. These figures, which come from a new study, are much higher than U.S. government statistics, which have indicated that drowsy driving is only a factor in about 1 to 2 percent of car accidents.
Pennsylvania drivers may find that smartphone use could eventually play a role in determining their insurance premiums. Those in the insurance industry believe that drivers can be "coached out" of using their phones while driving. Therefore, basing premiums on smartphone use could lead to safer roads. A company called Arity tracks how smartphones are used in a vehicle.
Thanks to a decades-long campaign to get drunk drivers off the road, people living in Pennsylvania are well aware of the perils of drinking and driving. Sometimes, however, people are not as aware of the very real problem of drugged driving, which is getting behind the wheel after using legal or illegal drugs.