Most drivers in Mississippi and other states are aware that driving while distracted is a problem. This is one of the main takeaways from an annual survey by an insurance company that offers discounts for drivers who avoid using their phones while driving. The insurance provider behind the study notes that for many drivers, mobile device use has become second nature, and there are more distractions than ever for drivers today.
Driving while intoxicated can easily put Mississippi motorists at risk. This is one of the reasons why Volvo has announced plans to install cutting-edge safety tech in its vehicles. If driver intoxication is detected, the automaker's proposed system could potentially limit the vehicle's speed or park it in a safe spot. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that nearly 11,000 drunk driving fatalities occurred in 2017 alone.
Ohio State University's The Risk Institute has presented some research that may interest Mississippi residents who want to address distracted driving. The Risk Institute is coordinating a nationwide effort with government entities, companies and researchers in areas like engineering and behavioral science to reduce the number of distracted driving crashes.
In Mississippi and across the U.S., distracted driving is a dangerous trend. The Travelers Companies surveyed more than 2,000 consumers and executives about this subject and found certain trends that shed light on it. Among these trends is the pressure that drivers feel to use their phones for work purposes.
Lane-splitting is a practice used by motorcyclists that is currently only legal in the state of California. Previously thought to be dangerous, recent studies are now suggesting that lane-splitting could be a good thing when used responsibly.
People who ride motorcycles in Mississippi know that motorcycle safety requires significant awareness and skill. Among the most important skill to know on a bike is how to bring it to a stop quickly regardless of how fast it was moving. Excessive speed and cornering improperly are the most common causes of motorcycle wrecks, but braking improperly also leads to a number of serious accidents.