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Realistic drivers' ed supplement can boost teens' risk awareness

West Virginia residents with teenage children are no doubt concerned about their safety on the road. They may think that traditional drivers' education has not instilled in teens an awareness of the risks they run when they speed, for example, or text behind the wheel. This is where more reality-based, interactive methods could be beneficial.

Hydroplaning: what it is and what to do about it

When the rainy season arrives in West Virginia, drivers will want to make sure that the tires on their vehicles have good tread depth and are properly inflated. When driving through the rain, they will also want to slow down and avoid large puddles. Doing so will reduce the chances of their vehicle hydroplaning.

How drivers can stay safe during the school year

West Virginia residents know that the school year brings certain challenges to safe driving. More school buses are on the roads, and school zones require everyone to slow down. With the following tips, however, it's possible to reduce the risk for collisions with both cars and pedestrians. The first and probably most important tip is to avoid distracting behavior at all times. For example, drivers should not use their phones while behind the wheel.

Roundabouts can reduce risk of injuries and fatalities

When people in West Virginia drive in rural areas, they may encounter a number of intersections that are often dangerous for drivers and others on the road. Rural intersections may come together with only a stop sign, but the roads themselves may have speed limits of up to 55 miles per hour. This means that when crashes do occur, they can be devastating and even fatal given the high speeds involved. The risk of accidents escalates even further when drivers' visibility is reduced due to the time of day, weather, lack of lighting or vegetation growth.

The basics of safe driving

With so many distractions on the road, everyone in West Virginia should know what the basics are of safe driving. According to Nationwide, the first step is to be 100 percent attentive to the road. This means no calling, texting, eating, adjusting the radio or picking things up off the floor. Important items like toll fees and garage passes should be within easy reach.

Driver assist systems may cause crashes in some situations

A paper released by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety warned that the electronic assist systems installed in some high-end vehicles in West Virginia and around the country can fail in many situations. The IIHS tested driver assist systems designed by Mercedes, Volvo, BMW and Tesla. With automatic braking on and adaptive cruise control off, the Model S and the Model 3, both Tesla vehicles, hit a stationary balloon in testing on a track, suggesting that they would not have been able to avoid a real collision under similar circumstances.

Avoiding traffic accidents by eliminating human error

Motor vehicle accidents in West Virginia and around the country claim tens of thousands of lives each year, but there are steps that motorists can take to reduce their chances of crashing and becoming one of these grim statistics. Government figures reveal that the vast majority of collisions are cause at least in part by human error, so remaining vigilant, obeying traffic laws and never getting behind the wheel while impaired by drugs or alcohol can lower accident risks substantially.

Statistics show larger cars are safer than smaller ones

While there are more accidents on West Virginia roads and others throughout the country, it isn't necessarily because cars lack safety features. Many cars and trucks have up to 10 airbags as well as other tools that are designed to prevent an accident from happening at all. Although vehicles are required to meet certain federal standards, some vehicles are safer than others when looking at crash statistics.

As new tech is developed, distracted driving may only get worse

Many West Virginia motorists have a variety of infotainment systems available to them in their vehicles. However, a study from the American Automobile Association's Foundation for Traffic Safety notes that these systems can make driving extremely dangerous.

Research provides more evidence of seat belt safety benefits

The seat belt laws in West Virginia are among the most lenient in the nation, and police officers in the Mountain State are only able to ticket drivers for not being properly restrained after pulling them over for another motor vehicle violation. Road safety advocates have called for every state to pass primary seat belt laws for both front and rear seat passengers, and research published recently in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health provides yet more evidence about the safety benefits of buckling up before every trip.

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