Getting behind the wheel of a car can be dangerous. Besides basic fender benders, serious and life threatening accidents
happen daily. These accidents are often attributed to drivers falling asleep at the wheel, failing to check for pedestrians,
and not bothering to buckle up. Bad weather, aggressive driving practices, and badly maintained vehicles also play a part.
Drivers lack of awareness of product safety recalls, vehicle ratings, and crash reports are another part of the problem.
Additional safety concerns are also related to age, both teenagers and older adults have a greater risk of getting into
a serious accident. Although eliminating the risk of an accident is impossible, drivers have a responsibility to passengers,
children they transport, and pedestrians to be fully knowledgeable on the rules of the road.
A Guide to Rollovers: Though
rollover related crashes may be less rare than other types of car accidents they have the potential to be more deadly. The
Foundation for Traffic Safety, answers frequently asked questions about rollovers and provides vehicle safety tips for drivers.
Advice on Safety: Access smart advice related to
driving safety, passenger safety, seat belts, airbags, and car safety ratings.
Advocates' Safety Issues: Review facts and
state driving laws related to seat belts, speeding, rollovers, impaired driving, and motorcycle helmets.
Aggressive Driving Information: Aggressive driving and speeding are behind a significant portion of car accidents.
The American College of Emergency Physicians offers this advice on understanding and staying safe from aggressive drivers.
How's My Driving?: Advice
designed to help older drivers maintain good driving habits as they age.
Impact Teen Drivers: Tips, driving guides, reports,
and facts break down the ins and outs of driving for teens and their parents.
Impaired Driving Statistics: Provided by Students Against Destructive
Decisions, these statistics reveal the rates of drinking and driving among youth. General traffic safety statistics are
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety: This nonprofit,
scientific organization rates vehicle on how well they protect occupants during crashes. Consumer brochures, statistics,
and reports are also available.
This article discussed recent driving research and statistics.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving: Visit this leading non-profit organization
to access statistics on drunken driving, view publications, and get support for victims or survivors of drunk driving incidents.
Network of Employers for Traffic Safety: Get the straight facts
on sharing the road with pedestrians, bicycles, and motorcycles then take a driver fatigue quiz.
Roadway Safety Tips: Learn important driving facts
with ten safety tips that cover the major rules of the road from buckling up, to night driving, to pedestrian safety.
Rules of the Road for Teen Drivers:
Basic information parents can use to equip first time drivers with the knowledge to drive safely.
Safe Driving Information: Keeping your vehicle in good working order is one of the most important
aspects of staying safe on the road. Vehicle safety information from the government offers the latest data related to car
tires, airbags, and rollovers.
Safe Winter Driving
Tips: Those who live in areas where snow or sleet are common need to prepare for driving in the snow. Tips provided
explain how to deal with being stranded, how to drive near plows, and supplies to keep in the car.
Safety on the Road: The National
Safety Council educates drivers about defensive driving, distracted driving, and various other rules of the road through
fact sheets, whitepapers, and study programs.
Safety Tips - Highway Driving: Basic
tips cover staying alert while on the road and sharing the highway with trucks.
SeniorDrivers.Org: Senior drivers can access this resource
for brochures, screening tests, surveys, tips, and education to improve driving ability.
The Center for Auto Safety: Check lemon laws by state, access information
packages on various vehicle models, and watch videos to learn more about auto quality and safety.
Traffic Safety Tips: Quick traffic safety tips
for riding on the school bus, dealing with a vehicle breaking down, and pulling over for law enforcement.
Winter, Your Car, and You:
The National Safety Council provides tips on how you and your vehicle can survive harsh winter conditions.
World Road Safety Partnership:
Safety programs cover the fundamentals of road rage, crash force, the necessity of wearing a seatbelt, slow driving dangers,
Association for Safe International Road Travel: A non-profit that promotes
global road safety.
America Foundation: Offers a variety of programs to insure students are safe behind the wheel.
Crash Prevention: A non-profit that strives to reduce the number
of fatalities and crashes on U.S roads