While warnings about talking and texting on the phone while driving are widespread, using some forms of social media could be just as dangerous. Kentucky residents might like to know about why some people are using the mobile app Snapchat while on the road.
Driving courses and experience have taught you what to do on Kentucky roads and how to stay safe, but do you know what to do if you get in a car accident? No matter how skilled and prepared you are, you cannot prevent someone else from driving recklessly and hitting you.
Kentucky residents may be wise to ensure that they sleep for at least seven hours before getting behind the wheel according to a study published on Dec. 6 by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Researchers found that motorists who slept for only four or five hours are involved in accidents about four times as often as fully rested drivers. Even drivers who have gotten five or six hours of sleep crash about twice as often.
Kentucky is not among the top 10 most dangerous states to drive in, according to a study based on 2014 crash statistics. However, people who live in rural areas of the state may want to be aware that rural roads are more dangerous than roads in heavily populated areas. Though just 19 percent of the U.S. population lives in rural areas, over 50 percent of the fatal car accidents in the country take place on rural roads.
Kentucky drivers should take extra care during the Thanksgiving holiday. Research shows that traffic fatalities spike up around the annual family feast and stay elevated throughout the winter months.
Four high school students in Kentucky were injured in a car accident on Nov. 3. The four boys were all students at Fairdale High School in Louisville, and three of the boys played on the school's soccer team. Two of the boys were being treated at the intensive care unit of the University of Louisville Hospital after the accident.
Four Kentucky high school students were injured in a one-car accident on Nov. 3. The incident took place in Louisville at about 2:45 p.m. while the students were on their way home from Fairdale High School. A spokesman for the Louisville Metro Police Department said that the driver lost control of the vehicle and hit a tree.
Aggressive drivers cause serious car accidents in Kentucky far too frequently. According to a study by the American Automobile Association, 56 percent of the fatal automobile accidents that took place between 2003 and 2007 around the country involved some kind of aggressive driving behavior. The data that was used for the study came from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Fatal Accident Report System.
Kentucky parents can take steps to help keep their teenage children safer on the road by modeling driving behavior such as not using cellphones. It is also important to encourage teens to speak up if someone is driving in a dangerous way. Almost 3,000 teenagers around the country die each year due to motor vehicle accidents, and statistics show that traffic fatalities are on the rise.
Driving naturally comes with many risks of harm, but one that is increasing is road rage. Road rage refers to when a driver shows aggressive, intimidating or threatening behaviors in response to another person's driving or reaction. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that almost 80 percent of drivers expressed road rage at least one time in the last year, with about eight million resorting to extreme behaviors. If you find yourself the recipient of someone else's anger on the road, here is what to do and not do.