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.
Many drivers in Mississippi use their phones to talk while driving. Since this compromises one's ability to process what they see ahead of them, it constitutes a distraction. Unfortunately, though distracted driving rates have not changed much, drivers are now using their phones in riskier ways. This was the conclusion of a recent report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
When people in Mississippi get behind the wheel for their morning or evening commute, they may face a surprising danger: the rising or setting sun. People do not often think of the sun as a problem for drivers, but extremely bright sunlight can make it difficult to see. The excessive sun glare associated with those times of day can block drivers' visibility, leading to traffic snarls and even dangerous crashes. Serious car accidents are 16 percent more common in bright sunlight than in average weather. However, drivers can follow certain guidelines to help make driving in bright sunlight safer for themselves and others on the road.
Like most states, Mississippi bans texting while driving. Evidence indicates that the American public supports a crackdown on distracted driving due to phone use and that passing laws regulating cellphone use while behind the wheel reduces accidents.
Rural highways in Mississippi might appear quiet and easy to navigate, but drivers running traffic lights or stop signs at rural intersections often produce serious accidents. Roundabouts have emerged as a safety strategy deployed by agencies seeking to reduce deaths and severe injuries.