A woman was killed and her husband and children injured during a crash Sunday night involving a horse-drawn buggy in Cumberland County. Virginia State Police said the crash happened on Route 45 near Davis Lane when a 2005 Toyota Tundra struck a horse-drawn buggy. Ten people were riding in the buggy at the time it was struck.
A recent study by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania found a significant connection between teen brain development and the likelihood of a [crash]. Specifically, the part of the brain in question is the development of “working memory,” or the way in which the brain stores temporary memories to process immediate decisions (not unlike the RAM in your computer).
With nearly one-third of annual traffic fatalities in the U.S. involving drivers under the age of 25, Honda is building on its "Safety For Everyone" approach with several new initiatives targeting young driver safety. The multi-pronged effort includes more than $2 million in safety-related financial support; driver safety education resources; and a targeted social media advertising campaign highlighting young crash survivors, starting during National Teen Driver Safety Week.
As National Teen Driver Safety Week is October 17 – 23, now is the perfect time for a reminder that new and improved technology in today’s cars can’t replace the time licensed adults spend with teens talking and driving together, Van Tassel says. Most states require teen drivers with a permit to spend between 30 to 100 hours in the car with a licensed driver.
As crashes involving teen drivers continued to rise in the state and region, one Virginia mom is spearheading a nationwide effort to save lives on the road. "All the time. Think about him all the time," said Julie Garner, a mom of two from Spotsylvania County. "In fact, this necklace is interesting because he loved the ocean."
More than nine months ago on Jan. 1, authorities began officially enforcing Virginia’s new law that makes it illegal to use a handheld communication device while driving (§ 46.2-818.2). If a driver is caught, they can expect a $125 fine for their first offense. A second or subsequent infraction will double the cost of the fine to $250.
The survey, conducted by Zebra Insurance Services, found about 75 percent of those with a past traumatic incidents had it while driving, while around 25 percent were passengers. Further, the study found 66 percent of Americans have driving anxiety.
When I was a youngster, my grandparents delighted in taking me for a trek in their car, especially on the weekends. They would come to visit during the summers. A car ride included rolling down the windows of the vehicle and we would all relish the rushing cool breeze on those hot and muggy summer days as we drove leisurely along.
Our Waymo Jaguar looked like a spaceship, with cameras and spinning sensors on the outside. But on the inside, it's more like a fancy taxi with a robot driver – equipped with a human "autonomous specialist" behind the wheel. Our trip from San Francisco's Bayview to Potrero Hill was mostly uneventful. The car obeyed all the traffic rules but it wasn't necessarily smooth.
"While the top 10 list of models with the most reckless driving infractions comprises trucks, SUVs, sedans, coupes, and luxury vehicles, the most strongly represented category by far is sports cars," Insurify says. Wondering which car to steer clear of on the road? Read on!
The coronavirus pandemic has upended many of the familiar routines that make up everyday urban life, bringing tectonic shifts in office culture, classroom learning and online shopping. Now it is transforming the way people move around the nation’s largest city. A boom in electric-powered mobile devices is bringing what is likely to be a lasting change and a new safety challenge to New York’s vast and crowded street grid.
The headlight ratings program developed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is reducing dangerous nighttime crashes in the real world, a recent study shows. Nighttime crash rates per mile are nearly 20 percent lower for vehicles with headlights that earn a good rating in the IIHS evaluation, compared with those with poor-rated headlights, the study found.
Millions of teens are learning to drive at an especially difficult time – amid a pandemic-fueled boom in risky and dangerous driving on U.S. roads. To commemorate National Teen Driver Safety Week, October 17-23, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) and its partners continue to focus on keeping the youngest and most inexperienced drivers safe by reinforcing the important role of parents in the learning to drive process.
ndustry experts said in a report Thursday that American drivers should not become too reliant on automatic safety systems in modern vehicles during bad weather, like heavy rain, after studies showed that they sometimes aren't enough on their own to prevent crashes. AAA said in its report that systems like automatic braking and lane assist systems often failed in tests.
Homecoming season is a time of pain for Tammy Guido McGee, and it's a pain she doesn’t want any parent to experience. “The number of teenage deaths is continuing to rise and one death is too many deaths,” said McGee. In October 2019, her 16-year-old son Conner Guido was one of three Tabb High School students killed in a car wreck.
To broaden the scope of its research impact, the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute has joined the newly launched National Distracted Driving Coalition as a member institution. The goal of the coalition is to accelerate national efforts to implement short- and long-term interventions that will promote attentive driving and eliminate distracted driving fatalities and injuries.
The emphasis on pedestrian safety comes as data show that, in 2019 alone, 6,205 pedestrians died in traffic crashes across the United States. Older adults, black and indigenous people, as well as people walking in low-income communities, remain disproportionately represented in fatal pedestrian crashes, NHTSA noted.
After their 16-year-old daughter died in a car crash, David and Wendy Mills wondered whether she would be alive if federal rules on rear seat belt warnings had been issued on time. Four years later, with no rule and traffic fatalities spiking, they’re still at a loss over the inaction.
State police have a reminder for drivers: stop for school buses or face the legal consequences. The warning comes after a single-car accident on Friday ended in a near miss for students in King William County. According to Sergeant Dylan Davenport of the Virginia State Police, a school bus was stopped on the Richmond Tappahannock Highway to drop off students when a 2003 Suzuki ran off the road to the right.
The United States ranks third out of 56 countries for the most dangerous places to drive with a fatality rate of 12.4 per 100,000 population, according to an analysis from Zutobi. The only two countries that rank worse than the U.S. are Thailand and South Africa, with fatality rates of 32.7 and 25.9, respectively.
Nissan has expanded its Michigan-based engineering center, Nissan Technical Center North America, on Sept. 29. The automaker's $40 million Safety Advancement Lab brings more efficiency to the vehicle development process and furthers Nissan’s goal of reaching a future with virtually zero fatalities, their announcement said.
Stress. We all deal with it. Much has been written about stress and challenges fleet managers face on a day-to-day basis, but what about drivers? First, what is stress? Stress is a body’s way of coping with forces on the inside or in the outside world affecting an individual. So, to combat stress, two things need to be addressed: inside, personal issues, and outside added stressors caused by the job itself.
The consequences for fleets: Motor vehicle deaths remain the leading cause of workplace death, causing $72 billion to employers, a 52% increase since 2013. Meanwhile, commercial insurance premiums have increased 18% over the last five years.
Whether they have installed systems yet or not, most fleet operators understand the benefits of telematics and GPS tracking technology to monitor locations and driver behaviors in areas such as vehicle speed, acceleration, and harsh braking and cornering. The goal, of course, is to identify problems before a crash, reduce liability, and save lives.
Ford is working with neuroscientists to develop brain-scanning technology that can more quickly detect when drivers are getting tired or distracted. Why it matters: It's crucial that drivers stay engaged behind the wheel, even as cars become more automated. But there's mounting evidence that people get complacent using driver-assistance features like Tesla Autopilot, which is why federal safety regulators are investigating the systems.
A report has been published looking at the association between access to pediatric trauma care in the United States and the number of children killed in car crashes. The study, published in the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, showed access to pediatric trauma care is highly variable across the U.S. It revealed counties with pediatric trauma centers had significantly lower rates of pediatric motor vehicle collisions death than those with no trauma center.
One of the most dangerous acts a teenager can commit is getting behind the wheel after drinking. Young drivers are already higher-risk than other age groups due to their inexperience, their likelihood of being distracted while driving, and the higher prevalence of dangerous behaviors like speeding or not wearing a seatbelt. When alcohol is added to the mix, many of these issues only become more common and more likely to result in crashes and fatalities.
According to the 2020 State Farm annual study, nearly two million wildlife vehicle collisions (WVCs) occur every year in the United States alone, representing approximately five percent of all reported motor vehicle collisions. Thermal imaging solutions are one potential way to mitigate those collisions, which are often deadly. Thermal imaging cameras can see significantly farther than headlights to see large animals in various driving conditions.
Truck drivers who have a positive drug or alcohol test and find themselves in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse will begin having their licenses downgraded after a final rule from the agency takes effect.
Approximately one in five U.S. adults have, or know someone who has, driven while impaired by prescription medications, with 18% noting opioid use, or depressants (18%) or stimulants (17%) — or those mixed with other substances like alcohol or marijuana (22%), according to the findings from a recent survey commissioned by Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD).
The Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) GrandDriver program, a statewide initiative funded by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, is taking a new approach to promote safe driving among older adults. The RadDriver Totally 80's Workout Tape is a new series of short exercise videos recently launched to help older adults improve coordination, flexibility, and maintain strength to drive safely.
The In-Vehicle Coaching service provides fleet managers and drivers with real-time, verbal feedback regarding specific driving behaviors to help create awareness and encourage safer driving habits. Fleet owners set the criteria for each of the identified behaviors within the Motorq platform, including if the driver is braking or accelerating too hard; if the driver is exceeding either/both the posted or maximum allowed speed limits and if the driver/passenger hasn’t fastened the seat belt.
With an average attention span of about eight seconds — which has dropped from 15 seconds since 2000 — drivers need the necessary tools so they can stay focused on the road. A common thought process among drivers is the “it will never happen to me” syndrome, Franssen said.
Newly released AAA research indicates that some drivers may not fully grasp the danger they pose to roadside workers, a particularly alarming finding given the recent deaths of two AAA drivers killed this year along with dozens of other first responders working at the roadside.
As the number of pedestrians struck and killed by drivers continues a decade-long trend in the wrong direction during the pandemic, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) and its State Highway Safety Office (SHSO) members are marking the second annual National Pedestrian Safety Month this October by taking steps to address the behavioral safety issues that put people on foot at increased risk of injury and death.
Campbell County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) has come up with a unique plan to help keep roads in Campbell County safe. CCSO has been working with a group of Swartzentruber Amish families in the Southern and Eastern parts of the county who recently moved to the area to ensure their safety while traveling local roads by horse-and-buggy. They have done so by having the families install reflective, silver strips on the back of their buggies, along with red, kerosene lanterns on the sides to improve visibility. In turn, CCSO has asked motorists to be respectful of buggies they may encounter on the road.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that thousands of crashes involving Level 2 autonomous vehicles will occur each year in addition to 200 crashes involving Level 3-5 autonomous vehicles.
There are certain things you shouldn’t have to tell adults not to do. Such as hurling yourself onto a semitruck then holding on for dear life as the truck travels at interstate speed. It should go without saying.
As we head into the fall, days get shorter, and nights get longer, which means we will all spend more time driving and walking in the dark. Nighttime driving heightens safety risks and calls for added precautions and awareness to help protect everyone, especially our children.
“We compulsively check our phones because every time we get an update through text, email, or social media, we experience an elevation of dopamine, which is a neurochemical in the brain that makes us feel happy,” said Dr. David Greenfield, founder of The Center for Internet and Technology Addiction. “If that desire for a dopamine fix leads us to check our phones while we’re driving, a simple text can turn deadly.”
Fall is a particularly fatal time on the nation’s roadways bringing with it 8,290 fatal collisions between September and November, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
With the goal of reducing the 38,680 roadway deaths experienced in 2020, four traffic safety initiatives from California, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and Tennessee recently received recognition from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) in Denver at the 2021 GHSA Annual Meeting.
The Fairfax County Police Department isn’t just on the hunt for those driving drunk, but officers are looking for people driving while high. Helping lead what’s known as the DWI Enforcement Squad is 10-year veteran of the force Officer James Burleson.
From Sept. 12 through Sept. 18, officers patrolled Midlothian Turnpike and several connecting roads. During that time they cited drivers for speeding, reckless driving, cell phone use while driving and failure to wear a seat belt. Officers also handed out 67 pedestrian safety cards during pedestrian safety talks with community members.
“In 2020, … an average of 104 people died each day on our roadways,” said Rob Molloy, Ph.D, director, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Office of Highway Safety. “For several decades, the number of fatalities has been dropping. But we've seen this trend change in the wrong direction.”
With thousands of deaths attributed to it every year, distracted driving remains a huge problem across the country. Now a top executive at General Motors who lost his own son is trying to raise awareness of the issue. NBC’s Tom Costello sat down with him for an emotional interview.
If you're planning a road trip to a city or state you've never been to before, it's reassuring to know ahead of time what to expect from its drivers. Will they let you in if you suddenly realize you need to merge or engage in some inappropriate sign language?
With millions of students recently returning to classrooms, some schools are seeing heavier traffic congestion as more parents drive children to avoid crowded buses. Safety advocates who tout the health and environmental benefits of children walking and biking to school say they can navigate the additional traffic more safely using some of the same pandemic-era measures that increase social distancing.
The new chairman of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board wants to change the way governments and businesses look at highway safety to consider the whole system rather than individual driver behavior.
The coronavirus pandemic and other economic challenges have continued to test the resolve of America's truck drivers, but once again they have delivered, keeping goods and services flowing as the country rebounds from a once-in-a-lifetime crisis.
In 2020, there were 880,595 vehicle thefts nationwide, up a staggering 86,000 from 2019’s 794,019, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau’s annual Hot Spots reports. That translates into one vehicle stolen approximately every 36 seconds and a more than 10% surge in total thefts.
In 2020, there were over 1,900 vehicle-train collisions and nearly 200 fatalities at highway-rail grade crossings in the U.S., according to the Federal Railroad Administration. Approximately 65% of highway-rail grade collisions in 2020 occurred in 15 states. The top five states that experienced such collisions include Texas with 191 crashes, followed by California (150), Georgia (103), Illinois (98), and Indiana (93).
Work truck fleets look toward advanced vehicle technologies, including ADAS, to reduce accidents and associated costs. Check out what a few of our subject-matter experts had to say when looking toward the future of this newer technology.
Five Septembers ago, my son Mitchel was a popular college student, a talented hockey goaltender and a gifted salesman who had just set a record selling Cutco knives. While accepting an award for his salesmanship, Mitchel told the crowd, “Dream colossal. Change someone’s life. Change the world.” Now those words are carved into his tombstone. Two months after that speech, Mitchel died in a car crash caused by a distracted driver. He was 18.
“In no other mode of transportation would we accept the kind of carnage that we have on our highways,” Bruce Landsberg, vice chairman of the NTSB, said during a press conference announcing the coalition. “Distracted driving is one significant and growing part of that. It has to stop. We’re killing literally thousands of people every year.”
The coalition will focus on such areas as distracted driving data collection, technologies, education, enforcement and legislation.
“Every few hours a life is lost on the nation’s highways due to distracted driving,” said National Transportation Safety Board Vice Chairman Bruce Landsberg. “In no other mode of transportation would we accept the kind of carnage that we have on our highways.”
A former security officer in Chesterfield County who lost both of his legs in a distracted-driving crash nearly six years ago is making his way back into law enforcement. Brad Hughes is now a proud deputy with the Powhatan County Sheriff’s Office. “I once stood at 6-foot-3, and the way I am right now, I’m 4-foot-6,” the double-amputee told 8News.
Some 109 people lost their lives in school bus-related crashes in 2019 alone, according to the National Safety Council. With September upon us, children across the country head back to the classroom. Now is a good time to remind your fleet drivers about best practices for driving in school zones and around school buses.
An innovative double-teardrop roundabout design installed in Carmel, Indiana, cut injury crashes by 84% and reduced all crashes at multiple locations by nearly two-thirds, according to an analysis by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The National Safety Council released preliminary estimates today that show a 16% increase in motor vehicle deaths from the first six months of 2021 as more people began to hit the roads again. This increase is a deadly trend that started last year during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and negates more than 15 years of progress in preventing death on U.S. roads.
Modern cars already generate huge amounts of data: according to the European Data Protection Supervisor, a new car typically has over 100 sensors, and generates as much as 25 gigabytes a day. The rise of highly assisted driving and autonomy will see further exponential increases, with sensors hoovering up information on their surroundings to train algorithms. However, much of this is highly specific to the vehicle itself, and how it performs: what possibilities are there for a driver-focused approach, reliant on easily accessible devices such as smartphones, and how might this fit with an automaker’s connected car strategy?
You’re driving and you’re bored. Tired of staring at the road, your eyes drift toward the polished touchscreen to the right of your steering wheel—what the auto industry calls your “infotainment” system. First you scroll through its menus to select a pump-me-up playlist; then you use its mapping tool to reroute toward a nearby Starbucks.
"In the last 12 months, police have investigated three pedestrian deaths and three fatal motor vehicle crashes along the Midlothian Turnpike corridor," a Chesterfield Police spokesperson wrote in an email. "Speed, alcohol, lack of seatbelt use and distracted driving continue to be factors in these crashes."
State Police participated in the Crash Awareness Reduction Effort program (CARE) over the 3-day holiday weekend. The nationwide state-sponsored traffic safety program aims to help keep the roadways safe.
A dog climbing into the front seat can divert your attention from the road. Fido might bump into the controls or get between your feet and the pedals. In a worst-case scenario, your pooch could even stick its head through the steering wheel.
The highway can be filled with hazards that range from traffic, to sudden stops, aggressive drivers, blind curves, to distracted drivers. What if you could predict and prevent crashes before they even happen? That’s the question Feng Guo is working to answer.
Over 460 people may lose their lives in roadway collisions this Labor Day weekend — an alarming 19% jump from the 350 who died in crashes over the 2020 three-day weekend, according to the National Safety Council.
Professional drivers know the importance of good vision and attention to details. Even a momentary lapse in vision or focus can be the difference between a triumphant finish and a potentially disastrous outcome.
But the stakes are equally high for all of us. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 1.35 million people are killed each year on roadways around the world.
An eye-popping 34 million Americans live with type one or two diabetes. Although diabetic Americans typically lead perfectly normal lives, they sometimes have special considerations when behind the wheel. If a diabetes patient plans to get their license or move to a different state, they may want to analyze state-specific restrictions or guidelines for driving with diabetes.
You may have heard the advice, “expect the unexpected.” Yes, the statement is somewhat illogical; however there are some things that an urban driver doesn’t expect at home but should anticipate on rural roads. Let’s start with the biggest one, at least physically: farm equipment.
New fleet management software is combining with the Electric Vehicle (EV) revolution, along with other technological innovations, to drastically improve how service fleets handle fleet operations and improve safety measures.
Crash avoidance features and teen-specific vehicle technologies have the potential to prevent or mitigate up to three-quarters of fatal crashes involving teen drivers, a new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows.
Pedestrian deaths around the country have increased steadily and sharply. Now about 6,400 people are killed annually — about a 50% increase over 10 years earlier. Roughly the same pattern is apparent in Los Angeles. Pedestrian deaths are up 36% in the city since Vision Zero (an initiative aimed at gradually eliminating traffic fatalities) became policy in 2015.
NHTSA estimates that 8,730 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes in the first three months of 2021, a 10.5% increase from the 7,900 fatalities the agency projected for the first quarter of 2020.
With school buses hitting the road again, drivers have to be ready to stop. It could be life or death for children crossing the street. After a few months without seeing many buses on the road, it's easy to forget the rules, but unless there's a barrier separating two sides of the street, both directions of traffic must stop for a school bus.
State departments of transportation from across the country are helping State Highway Safety Offices (SHSOs) and law enforcement agencies step up efforts to reduce drunk and drug-impaired driving ahead of and during the Labor Day holiday.
It’s the end of summer and one thing is certain – kids across the country are going back to school. Over the next few weeks more and more kids (55-million-plus according to AAA) will be picking up their backpacks and heading out the door to grow and learn.
An estimated 22% of collisions involving light vehicles were attributed to brake-related problems, according to 2015 data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Reducing those statistics — as well as avoiding violations and penalties — is why automotive fleet owners should be cognizant of Brake Safety Week, which commences Aug. 23 and runs through Aug. 28.
"Part of the issue was in COVID, people really got out. That was the big push," said Garry who is the grant coordinator for Hamilton County Safe Communities. "Let’s get outside. Let’s take walks. Let’s be around. More cars were speeding. More cars were not paying attention because there was less traffic on the roads.”
With highways deaths at a 15-year high, experts have pointed to a decline in seat belt usage — prompting safety advocates and auto manufacturers to look for ways to get people to buckle up again. General Motors, for one, has dusted off an idea from the 1970s, introducing a new system that prevents motorists from shifting into gear until they’re belted up.
A police car that is in a rush might end up coming to an intersection that presents a red light to the vehicle. Rather than coming to a stop, the officer is likely to proceed into the intersection and do so under the belief and hope that cars coming from the other sides will not intervene. This has got to be one of the most unnerving moments for an officer. A car that has the green light might proceed into the intersection and plow broadside into the speeding police car.
Drunken driving prevention and awareness campaigns are being held in Maryland and Virginia ahead of the Labor Day holiday. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam kicked off the 20th annual Checkpoint Strikeforce DUI enforcement and public education campaign on Thursday. The initiative uses sobriety checkpoints and patrols designed to get impaired drivers off the roads.
Michael Graham is on a personal mission to reduce the number of rear-end crashes. The National Transportation Safety Board member told a group of fleet and supplier representatives that he believes one way to do that is by installing collision avoidance systems on trucks.
Traditional schooling has seemed like a distant memory due to so many changes brought on by the pandemic. As the new school year begins with a more traditional feel, law enforcement is reminding drivers of school zone and bus safety laws. On Tuesday, the Roanoke Police Department posted about a driver who was ticketed for driving 52mph in a 15mph school zone.
When most people think of telematics, GPS tracking is the first thing that comes to mind. While there are many benefits of location tracking, fleet managers can use telematics for far more than real-time location data. Fleet intelligence technology delivers actionable insights to optimize multiple aspects of government fleet safety, service, and savings. It provides fleet managers with peace of mind knowing they have the right technology to protect their people and make data-driven decisions.
“Tree-lined roads leave practically no room for driver error.” In many areas, rural roads are more dangerous than urban ones. In Germany, most fatal road crashes — about 60% — occur on country roads, and one of the most common hazards is a collision with roadside trees, consistently responsible for some 25% of those deaths.
As summer winds down and millions of Americans take to the roads for the Labor Day weekend, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) is reminding motorists that State Highway Safety Offices (SHSOs) and their federal and law enforcement partners are stepping up efforts to reduce drunk and drug-impaired driving, a preventable behavior that puts all road users at risk.
Relatively simple engineering changes, such as rumble strips, median barriers, pavement markings, better lighting and wider shoulders could make a big difference in rural road safety, transportation experts and advocates say.
"The winners of the Best Cars for Teens awards all have active safety features that can help teens safely develop their driving skills while lowering the risk that they'll be involved in a collision..."
The teardrop roundabout installed along Keystone Parkway and other busy intersections in the "Roundabout City" reduced crashes by nearly two-thirds, an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety analysis showed. The study said the roundabout has cut down on injury crashes by 84 percent.
Automation and autonomous driving are complex subjects. What engineers can safely deliver doesn’t always match what marketers want to sell. This guide will walk you through what you need to know about automotive autopilot, self-driving technology, and driver aids today and tomorrow.
The nation’s new chief accident investigator wants to send a message: Growing public confusion over automated driving systems in the U.S. is threatening to undermine the potential safety benefits of the technology.
The speeding and reckless driving seen on wide-open roads during the pandemic appear, like COVID-19 itself, to be sticking around longer than wished. Even as driving and travel habits bounce back to normal, the dangerous behaviors do not seem to be subsiding.
As Arlington, Virginia, bike shops struggled to meet increased demand, the number of weekday riders on the county’s network of bicycle lanes and multi-use trails rose 4 percent in March-December 2020 compared with the same period a year earlier. But the rate of injury crashes with vehicles plunged 28 percent compared with 2013-19, thanks to changes in riding patterns, IIHS researchers found.
The Honorable Jennifer L. Homendy took the oath of office Friday during an outdoor ceremony held at NTSB headquarters, in which she was sworn in as the 15th Chair of the National Transportation Safety Board.
If you don’t believe that road rage is a real thing, a video of a hammer-throwing incident just might change your mind. The video, released July 27, shows the driver of a Jeep get out and throw a hammer at another vehicle’s windshield in Washington state.
A study led by researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital found that “hands-free” cellphone laws are associated with fewer driver deaths. However, more targeted cellphone laws – such as calling-only and texting-only bans, among others – are not.
There can be a bit of tension between fleets and drivers when it comes to tracking driver behavior. Drivers not only want their privacy, but their managers’ trust, and fleet managers need to ensure that they are protected. Drivers, of course, have valid concerns, but there are many benefits to tracking driver behavior that everyone should appreciate.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and Pittsburgh-based tech startup RoadBotics released a new study, which used artificial intelligence (AI) to assess roadway conditions in 20 of the nation’s major metropolitan areas. As millions of Americans are preparing to return to offices and downtown business districts since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the study ranked the cities where commuters may encounter fewer problems and where headaches may be the worst.
Tuesday, GHSA released a report, including 10 recommendations, to help reduce racial disparities in highway safety. They include promoting the collection and analysis of racial data for every traffic stop.
Curves in the road are posing a challenge to some advanced driver assistance features, limiting their potential safety benefits, according to a new study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Drowsy driving continues to be a major problem pretty much everywhere around the world, despite the awareness campaigns and the investments that carmakers have made into technology supposed to prevent it.
In 2020, reckless driving began to rise. While there were fewer cars on the road, more drivers were speeding, reaching over 100 mph. On the other hand, fewer cars on the road have resulted in lower DUI rates due to the closing of bars and restaurants that serve alcohol.
More drivers have engaged in risky behaviors, like speeding and driving under the influence, during the Covid-19 pandemic. Compounding the problem, safety officials say, these drivers often leave their seat belts unbuckled, raising the potential for deadly consequences.
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) says if you can avoid driving in wet weather, then stay put. However, with the chance for more pop-up showers and storms in the forecast, here are some safety tips to follow if you get caught driving through a downpour...
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 846 cyclists were killed in traffic crashes in 2019. Helmets are the single most effective piece of safety equipment for riders of any alternative modes of transportation.
Analysis of in-cab video and observation data gathered over 29 billion driving miles show that distracted drivers are more likely than other drivers to have a near collision, fail to stop at an intersection and exceed the speed limit, according to the Omnitracs study.
As of July 1, state law requires drivers to change lanes when passing cyclists unless the lane is exceptionally wide. Also, two bike riders are allowed to travel side by side without having to form single line when a vehicle approaches.
VDOT wants to study the U.S. 11 and U.S. 58 intersection — a crowded half-mile section of the two highways near I-81’s Exit 19 in Abingdon. For years, VDOT officials have talked about building a multimillion-dollar roundabout in this area.
Across the nation, many rural communities lack safe infrastructure to accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists. Experts say more investment could save lives because fatality rates on rural roads are two times higher than on urban roads, according to federal data.
Knowing how to keep your lithium-ion battery safe is a big plus. There are a few simple steps each consumer should take. There is a desire for lithium-ion batteries to be lightweight yet hold a significant charge, making it easy for batteries to be damaged.
Every day vehicle safety notices go out and still these warnings go largely ignored by consumers. Every year car manufacturers will recall millions of vehicles in the United States due to important safety issues. Many may not know what a vehicle safety recall is, where to find more information or why it is very important.
It is not enough to demonstrate that an autonomous vehicle is as safe as a human driver, as can be seen from some of the high-profile crashes that have undermined efforts to develop driverless tech in other vehicle sectors.
A report released in March 2021 by the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) showed that of the unsafe behaviors that were tracked, distracted driving was the only behavior that costs employers more for on-the-job occurrences than off the job.
Not only does the seat have to be comfortable to the driver, but there also has to be some science behind it to eliminate a couple major issues prevalent in trucking for years — driver’s fatigue and lost time due to injury.
The messages might be memorable and change some behavior, but it’s unclear what the sign’s impacts are on the overall transportation landscape. Virginia saw 105,000 crashes and 847 deaths in 2020, an increase over the prior year.
According to a 2019 report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists were about 29 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to die in a motor vehicle crash and were four times more likely to be injured.
When choosing a car seat, first consider safety. Then, when you've narrowed it down to the safest options in each category, you can then have fun with other details, like the ease of use, style, price, and the ability to clean and keep the car seat fresh.
Catalytic converters — which break down toxic exhaust into water, nitrogen and carbon dioxide — are popular theft targets because they contain certain metals that can be recycled for cash. Vehicles manufactured after 1975 were mandated to have the converters factory-installed.
The campaign’s central focus is an animated public service announcement (PSA), along with ads that will run on digital and social media, local radio, and on the sides of buses throughout Virginia, especially in pedestrian-friendly cities like Roanoke.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2019, per vehicle miles traveled, motorcyclists were about 29 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to die in a motor vehicle crash and were four times more likely to be injured.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the national traffic safety research arm of AAA, found that drivers are four times more likely to crash if they are talking on a cell phone while driving and eight times more likely to be in a crash if texting.
The Natural Language Processing (NLP) component of the AI driving system might engage the human passenger in a brief dialogue. Besides asking where the person wants to go, the AI driving system might also ask the passenger to please glance around and underneath the autonomous vehicle.
Creative methods combined with the theoretical approach discussed in self-study and virtual meetings, as well as in-person training where the driver will physically manipulate a ratchet strap or similar tie-down device, is exactly what is the best practice going forward.
By adopting new technology to improve safety, such as cameras, advanced driver assistance systems, and more, fleets can demonstrate to drivers the seriousness and importance of their safety on the road.
Never leave children, disabled or elderly adults, or pets in parked, unattended vehicles. Studies have shown that the temperature inside a parked vehicle can rapidly rise to dangerous levels for people and pets.
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has set this year’s Brake Safety Week for August 22-28. Throughout the week commercial motor vehicle inspectors will focus on truck brake systems and components.
In 2015, Dr. David Strayer of the University of Utah found that drivers took an average up to 27 seconds to fully regain awareness of their external surroundings after disconnecting from their smartphones and car voice-command systems.
In recent years, fleets have worked hard at trying to make their vehicles as safe as possible. They have made sure to stress safe driving not just in their on-boarding process but also and by rewarding drivers who reach a certain number of crash-free miles.
Before the early 2000s, a heavy duty commercial vehicle with anything other than a manual transmission was almost unheard of. Since then, demand for automated manual transmissions (AMTs) has increased.
The 2021 Bicyclist Safety Act, requires drivers to change lanes to pass a cyclist if the lane they’re in does not allow them to maintain a three-foot distance from the cyclist, even if that means crossing double yellow center lines.
The ability to reduce crashes is the grandest purpose of these projects, and every team declares that safety is at the core of everything they do. There’s a business reason behind that focus, not just a moral one.
PETA has asked the state Department of Transportation to designate a portion of State Route 10 in southeastern Virginia as a highway safety corridor due to what the animal welfare group and locals say is a high rate of crashes involving hog trucks.
If you think it’s hot outside, consider how hot it is for your furry friends! Lynchburg authorities issued a warning to the community about the dangers of leaving animals unattended in vehicles in hot weather.
Curves in the road are posing a challenge to advanced driver assistance features like adaptive cruise control (ACC) and more sophisticated partial automation systems, limiting their potential safety benefits, a new study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has implemented a new policy that will require car companies to report incidents involving semi- and fully autonomous driving systems within one day of learning of an crash.
According to AAA, from Memorial Day to Labor Day marks the 100 deadliest days for teen drivers. They say an average of seven people are killed per day in teen driver-related crashes during that time-frame.
As Americans head out on the roadways for some much needed rest and relaxation over the Independence Day holiday, they should do so with heightened awareness, as statistically it’s the most dangerous weekend to drive.
Speed-related fatalities increased to the highest number in at least 10 years with 406 fatalities reported, a 16% jump over 2019 fatalities. The number of people who weren’t wearing their seat belts killed as a result of crashes also increased in 2020.
AAA reports that in Washington State after the state legalized the drug, fatal crashes involving drivers who recently used cannabis doubled, according to research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety (2020).
When the coronavirus pandemic shut down the country last year, highways emptied out as many people holed up at home. But those who got behind the wheel engaged in riskier behavior, leading to the deadliest year for US traffic crashes in over a decade.
In more than 1,200 towns and cities around the world, not a single person was killed in a road traffic crash in at least one calendar year since 2009. Some municipalities reported zero traffic deaths for multiple years.
An update to the National Safety Council's Alcohol, Drugs and Impairment Division's (NSC-ADID) recommendations for toxicology testing in impaired driving and motor vehicle fatalities has just been released.
Various systems and technologies in today’s commercial vehicles and fleet operations collect data. Fleets feeling overwhelmed by data emitted from various commercial vehicle sensors, safety systems, and more are not alone.
When lockdowns swept the nation last year but construction work was deemed essential, many state DOTs saw a golden opportunity to fast-track jobs that would otherwise snarl traffic and anger motorists.
New technology or horsepower may be the focus when shopping for a new car, but safety is always important. You can find a lot of info on a car's window sticker, but there's a very easy way to find the info at any point in time.
As the summer months roll in, many people are gearing up to take much-needed vacations. If you do opt to take a summer road trip, you’ll want to make sure your vehicle is in tip-top shape before you head out.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration blamed the increase on drivers taking more risks on less-congested roads by speeding, failing to wear seat belts, or driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol.
Across the board, American trucks, SUVs, and sedans have been growing nearly every year, increasing in size and power. Even worse, vehicles are increasingly designed with high front ends that make them deadly in crashes.
Distracted driving is clearly a safety risk. It’s a factor in one in four fatal crashes, and a related analysis reported by the Traffic Industry Research Foundation (TIRF) found distracted drivers are more likely to kill other road users than themselves.
Preliminary traffic fatality data recently released by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) showed a surprising finding: the year saw the largest projected number of fatalities since 2007.
During the past decade, professional truck drivers have been introduced to more and more onboard safety systems designed to alert them to immediate risks and in many cases automatically intervene on their behalf to prevent crashes.
A new study found that 18- to 24-year-olds who use cell phones while driving are more likely to engage in other risky driving behaviors associated with 'acting-without-thinking,' a form of impulsivity.
Humans are, admittedly, not the best drivers--a full quarter (26%) of those surveyed confessed that they had broken the law while driving. But that's not quite enough to let them cede control. Only a third (36%) would be actually willing to let an autonomous driver take over at the wheel.
An Insurance Institute for Highway Safety study found that from 2016 to 2018, an estimated 566 people were killed and 14,371 were injured each year in disabled vehicle crashes where low visibility was a contributing factor.
While vehicles of all sizes have seen technological improvements in recent years—with more collision mitigation systems for both commercial and passenger vehicles becoming prevalent—road fatalities are still among the top 15 causes of death in the U.S.
When the summer heat is on, heat related illnesses become more likely. This is especially true with unattended children who may be left in hot cars, leading to heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and even death.
Not only did the 2021 Memorial Day weekend see a rise in overall traffic volumes on Virginia’s highways, but also an spike in traffic deaths, nearly double the number of deaths from the 2020 Memorial Day weekend.
As June rolls in and the school year ends, most teens are thinking about how they will spend their summer vacation. Whether it is working or socializing with friends, teens will be on the road much more than during the school year.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released preliminary estimates of crash fatalities in 2020 involving motor vehicle occupants, motorcyclists, and people walking and biking.
Intersections are dangerous because they are where cars, often moving very fast and in different directions, must cross paths. Approximately 40% of all crashes occur at intersections, including 50% of crashes involving serious injuries and 20% of those involving fatalities.
In suburban and rural areas, transit becomes expensive to operate, and passengers can't expect to catch a bus every 10 to 15 minutes. Some rural and suburban communities are turning to the latest technology, contracting with Uber and Lyft to give passengers a ride.
Whenever road work has to happen, it’s essential to have a proper and systemized traffic control system for different construction sites. If the construction is being done at more than one site, it’s ideal to direct the traffic accordingly to not cause any potential road crashes
The period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is traditionally the most dangerous time for teen drivers, with a 21 percent spike in teen traffic fatalities. Traffic safety officials often refer to it as "the 100 deadliest days."
Informal conversations about safe driving, personal responsibility, and the consequences of distracted driving or reckless behavior can help to take some of the air out of your new driver’s inflated sense of invulnerability.
Drowsy-driving crashes are particularly high for shift workers due to disruption of their natural sleep pattern, according to the study. While driving, lack of sleep results in slower reaction time, poor coordination, and less ability to pay attention.
While the basic skills involved with driving are likely still intact, tasks that require more attention (like driving at night), more precision (parking) or memories that aren't so easily accessible (where an old haunt is located) may have eroded.
Nine out of 10 motorists (89%) said they engaged in at least one of 14 distracted driving behaviors that involved the use of their phone while behind the wheel, according to a new survey from State Farm.
Recalls are carried out by the automaker but can be ordered by the safety agency. The process can start when a carmaker discovers a problem during regular quality checks, or defects emerge through the dealer service network.
Pedestrians deaths in 2020 increased by 21 percent from 2019 — the largest annual increase since such data collection began in the mid-1970s — according to a report released Thursday by the Governors Highway Safety Association.
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's (CVSA) Brake Safety Week is scheduled for Aug. 22-28 and will emphasize the importance of brake systems and components during roadside inspections across North America.
Fleet utilization dropped dramatically, according to data from Intellishift, a driver management platform. During the demand drop, large fleets customers saw a 10-15% drop in vehicles on the road, while overall utilization declined by 25%.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and others, including vehicle manufacturers, warn that ACC has limitations and that drivers should always keep their hands on the steering wheel and eyes on the road at all times when using ACC.
Starting next year, The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) regulations will disallow vehicle sales in large swaths of the world sans certifications that require, in part, an ongoing relationship with the vehicle.
National Tank Truck Carriers (NTTC) recently relaunched its Zero Distractions Campaign, which seeks to educate current and future drivers, and their passengers about the importance of active and safe driving on the road.
Speed is one of the biggest dangers on the road. In 2019, 9,478 deaths — more than a quarter of all traffic fatalities — occurred in speed-related crashes. Higher speeds make crashes more likely and make the crashes that happen more severe.
Look past the stereotype of the stubborn 90-year-old who refuses to cough up the car keys and you’ll find a more nuanced reality. It’s painful to admit it’s no longer prudent to drive. But the decision gets easier if the option is putting yourself—and others—at great risk of harm.
During last year’s Operation Safe Driver Week, officers issued 71,343 warnings and citations and 28,486 state or local driver enforcement violations, ranging from speeding to failure to wear a seat belt.
Among the main causes of car crashes are texting and driving. Being on your phone for any reason will decrease your reflexes. Talking on the phone takes one hand off the wheel and texting takes your eyes off the wheel.
The IRT method’s origins were the result of passage of the 2015 Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act that required the National Academy of Sciences to conduct a study of the CSA program and its motor carrier Safety Measurement System.
In honor of World Safety Day, the Together for Safer Roads (TSR) Global Leadership Council for Fleet Safety are calling for companies around the globe to enroll in the Focus on Fleet Safety program, designed to improve road safety, particularly in small- to mid-size fleets.
Make it a habit to always check the backseat of your car when you park. And don't just glance back, get out and look through the passenger windows since many carseats are rear-facing and it can look like no one is sitting back there from the driver's seat.
According to the NHTSA, sending/reading a text message takes your eyes off the road for five seconds. If a vehicle is traveling at 55 mph, that's essentially driving the length of a football field blindfolded.
The move by auto OEMs and suppliers to emphasizing head-up displays at the bottom left of windshields is fed by factors ranging from safety concerns to interior design, from the power needs of electric vehicles to the ergonomics of autonomous vehicles.
New research and inspection data shows that electronic logging devices are largely on target to reach their goals of improving road safety and simplifying tracking hours of service, according to a technology expert.
A lot of emphasis has been placed on making trailers smarter, safer, and more resilient in recent years. From telematics sensors and advanced lighting systems to innovative designs and construction materials, the trailer is becoming a high-value asset for a fleet.
The national average for instances of “rude” driving in 2020 was 25.90 per 1,000 drivers. Virginia came in at 43.26 out of 1,000, or 41% higher than the national average. By contrast, the most polite was Kentucky, which has 10 rude infractions per 1,000 drivers.
A Technology & Maintenance Council study group on fleet maintenance management hosted the session on advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) as part of the council’s spring meeting on April 23. TMC is a division of American Trucking Associations.
Cars have become safer for people inside them over the ears, but the number of people who died on roads last year in the United States still reached as many as 42,000 according to preliminary data from an advocacy group.
For anyone considering buying an electric car, there’s growing evidence that they’re as safe or safer than conventionally powered vehicles. A new set of tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety looked into that.
In publishing this study, the center anticipates more effective collaboration for improved safety among industry stakeholders as they better understand fleet professionals' desires, constraints, and priorities.
A vehicle maintenance coding system used by repair shops across the trucking industry is receiving an update that has been years in the making, and is also evolving to include the burgeoning electric vehicle segment.
The top three distractions for drivers are texts, phone calls and children in the backseat, but in what may seem counter intuitive, nearly all parents altered their driving behavior and were less likely to be distracted by technology.
The problem does not stem from a lack of trying, but rather, a failure to recognize the problem for what it is. Unravelling the traffic death and congestion puzzle will require taking a closer look at the nature of both and understanding the subtle relationship that ties the two together.
The list took into consideration the agency’s research and results of transportation-related accidents investigated by the board, particularly those involving speeding and distracted and impaired driving, large contributors to fatal crashes.
According to collision data from Virginia’s Traffic Records Electronic Data System, distracted driving contributed to 18,816 crashes and 121 fatal accidents in 2020. Those figures represent 17.8% of all crashes and 14.2% of all fatalities on Virginia roadways.
Dense cities where public transit was already popular generally saw the largest increases. In cities with lower density, more cars per capita and higher traffic speeds, the increase in cycling was more modest.
The CVSA’s International Roadcheck will take place May 4 — 6, 2021 throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Law enforcement agencies will conduct tens of thousands of CMV inspections during the three-day effort.
The insurer says such driving behaviors may have contributed in part to more hazardous roads. According to the National Safety Council, motor vehicle deaths were up 8% in 2020 from 2019 – the highest percentage increase in 13 years.
"Many teens wrongly think they can drive safely while high," said Michelle Anderson of The National Road Safety Foundation. "But the reality is, marijuana impairs judgement and slows reaction time. That delayed response to surroundings on the road can be the cause of an otherwise avoidable crash."
Distracted driving continues to be a danger to everyone on the nation’s roads. In 2019, 3,142 people died in distracted driving crashes in America, according to the latest data from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)’s report on drivers’ habits from March to September 2020 suggested more motorists were adopting risky driving practices during the pandemic including speeding and failing to wear their seatbelt.
All of this data has to be reviewed and acted upon, which can be difficult given the distributed workforce of drivers. To be effective, fleet managers also need information to be predictive of crash risk, but tailored to specific driver needs.
The volume of traffic fell much more. As a result, more people died per mile traveled—1.25 per 100 million miles in the first half of the year, compared with 1.06 in the same period in 2019, and the highest rate since 2008.
Not so long ago, driverless cars seemed like something out of a science-fiction novel or film. However, companies are now testing them in several markets. Analysts caution that specifics still must get ironed out about new laws and regulations surrounding these high-tech vehicles.
New analysis AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that 2,008 deaths occurred wrong-way driving crashes on divided highways between 2015 and 2018 for an average of approximately 500 deaths a year; up 34 percent from the 375 deaths annually from 2010 to 2014.
A new panel of truckers will advise American Trucking Associations’ federation on ways to “grow and strengthen” relationships between the trucking industry and law enforcement organizations nationwide, ATA announced March 24.
Sometimes driving can cause discomfort, especially in the neck, shoulders or hands. And that in turn can make driving more difficult. If you experience persistent pain in the car, you should make an appointment with an occupational therapist who specializes in driving.
Federal trucking regulators are progressing on plans for a $30 million Large-Truck Crash Causal Factors study intended to gather new critical information and data in an effort to reduce crashes nationwide.
The latest IIHS study, which used data collected between 1997 and 2018, quells the supposition that seniors should park their cars in the garage and only drive on Sunday. It says that, mile-per-mile, older drivers are actually safer than younger counterparts.
An Insurance Institute for Highway Safety study found that drivers using adaptive cruise control and other automated features tend to do something many drivers do without help from artificial intelligence: speed.
Traffic fatalities were up 2 percent across Virginia in 2020, even though traffic crashes were down 21 percent compared to 2019, according to preliminary data by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.
The National Safety Council estimate for 2020 deadly car crashes in the U.S. shows an eight percent increase compared to 2019. The NSC reported 42,060 deaths in crashes across the country last year. In 2019, there were 39,107.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that drivers using adaptive cruise control (ACC) were more likely to set a target speed that was over the limit because of the perception that the system enhanced their safety.
Speeding, distracted driving, work zone accidents and a lack of seat belt use in fatal truck-occupant crashes remain “areas of concern” among federal trucking regulators, according to a top official at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
The purpose of a risk management strategy is to manage — and mitigate — potential risks. This includes anticipating the possibility of at-fault driver incidences, engaging in prevention and reducing claims against the carrier.
Some truck buyers require lightweighting while most others move toward it slowly, if at all, but the coming of electric trucks may demand more of it, according to an updated confidence report from the North American Council for Freight Efficiency.
For the first time in 20 years, America’s grade point average for infrastructure is finally out of the D range. This year, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) gave the nation a grade of C- for its cumulative GPA.
Three national roadway safety organizations — the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and National Road Safety Foundation (NRSF) — are partnering to fund and evaluate pilot projects to reduce speeding.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety collaborated to perform crash impact tests at 40, 50 and 56 mph to determine how speed affects the likelihood and severity of injury in a crash.
This project will develop a sensor degradation detection algorithm for automated driving systems to tackle existing safety issues, such as leading a vehicle off the road or causing the vehicle to suddenly stop in the middle of an intersection.
The criteria identify critical vehicle inspection items and detail the criteria that can prohibit a motor carrier or driver from operating a commercial motor vehicle for a specified period of time or until the condition is corrected.
NHTSA started wrecking cars in 1978 to test their performance during frontal-impact crashes and later added side and rollover crash tests as well as lists of recommended safety technology to its New Car Assessment Program (NCAP).
This report offers a framework that can serve as a tool for public- and private-sector actors in ensuring the equitable development of new forms of transportation focusing on consumers and the local mobility ecosystem.
To some degree, the driving task changes because of the rainy conditions, and the reaction of the drivers is altered too. In theory, if we all agreed to drive in a “reasonable” manner during the rain, the difficulties of driving in the rain would be a lot less problematic.
A report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states 46% of car seats were "misused." The NHTSA defines this as how the car seat is installed that could reduce its ability to protect a child in a crash.
Recent research has indicated that most of the heightened risk is related to the types of vehicles women drive and the circumstances of their crashes rather than physical differences between men and women.
The number of driver violations reported rose by roughly 10,000 over the final two months of 2020, the first full year of operation for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse.
Stepped-up enforcement will have a special focus on commercial motor vehicle lighting and hours of service. Inspectors from jurisdictions throughout Canada, Mexico and the United States will carry out the 72-hour event.
The Virginia Port Authority has been awarded a $2.1 million grant from the Federal Highway Administration to develop a proof of concept using an autonomous truck to access terminals and deliver and receive containers.
Traffic deaths on U.S. roadways rose in 2020, compared to 2019, according to a new report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), despite the fact that there were fewer drivers on the road.
Imagine if your car was able to call your mechanic when the engine was showing signs of trouble. Imagine if the mechanic could read a data report from your engine and order the required parts ahead of time.
Keeping roadways free of snow and ice is critical for safety, but the de-icing products states use — mainly chlorides — are notorious for causing truck corrosion, creating a significant risk to equipment.
Despite the clear safety benefits and demonstrated reduction in frequency, severity and injuries in crash statistics, resistance remains to retiring older equipment because of reluctance or resistance to ADAS technologies.
So, once you’ve decided to make stopping behind a crosswalk a new habit, you must work at it—constantly. This requires vigilance and discipline; every time you pull up to one, you must pay attention and plan ahead of time, multiple times a day.
This year, new technologies will enable more drivers to take their hands off the wheel while on the road. But that doesn't mean their cars will be fully self-driving -- that day still remains far in the future.
A growing number of motor carriers are taking advantage of remote diagnostics to streamline vehicle maintenance and reduce downtime, but fleets must know how to filter through the data to use this information effectively.
A primary offense refers to any crime or violation that allows police to pull over a driver for that reason alone. A secondary offense is one where a motorist can be charged after being stopped for the primary offense.
Advanced driver assistance features have the potential to improve safety for young, novice drivers, but parents have mixed opinions about how to introduce such technologies to their teenagers, a new study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows.
The National Road Safety Foundation (NRSF) and The National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) are looking for innovative methods with which resource officers teach teens about safe driving.
Balanced on two wheels without a protective shell, riding a motorbike is far more dangerous than driving a car. In the United States, for example, motorcyclists are about 28 times as likely as car occupants to die in a crash.
Automakers are expanding screen size in large part because customers want to mirror their consumer electronics experience in the vehicle, said Stephanie Brinley, principal automotive analyst at research firm IHS Markit.
Roadways can be dangerous, both for drivers and for pedestrians. In the United States alone, 38,800 people lost their lives to car crashes in 2019. And it’s estimated that worldwide, more than 1.35 million people are killed on roadways every year.
A new draft of voluntary cybersecurity best practices released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration focused on secure software use has the support of industry and is expected to be widely adopted.
The same lessons we learned in driver’s ed all those years ago also apply to the safe operation of a truck. Stay away from trouble, and alert authorities to potentially drunk, drugged or incapacitated drivers.
A new mandated law in Virginia forbids people from driving while holding a handheld device such as a phone in their hand. Local leaders in the commonwealth believe this will help eliminate deadly crashes.
More than 35,000 people a year are killed, and some three million are injured, in vehicle-related crashes in the United States each year. Fortunately, there are a lot of people and organizations that work all year, every year to try to bring those numbers down, and we all want that.
Grants allow law enforcement agencies, non-profit organizations, state and local government agencies, and colleges and universities to implement innovative programs and campaigns aimed at preventing and reducing traffic fatalities, injuries, and crashes in Virginia.
To control full vehicle dynamics, which is necessary for advanced driver assistance systems as well for automated driving, there are two actuators in the vehicle, which are important: Braking and steering.
The Federal Highway Administration recently awarded $49.6 million to support projects that incorporate transportation-related technologies, including an effort to develop autonomous truck accommodations at the Port of Virginia.
Teen drivers are more likely to be involved in a car crash than any other age group. The lack of driving experience and the immature behaviors of teen drivers are the main reasons why teen drivers are involved in more crashes.
As we approach the advent of self-driving cars, some various nuances and qualms still need to be worked out, including the seemingly innocuous matter of chickens crossing the road, along with other facets of anything or anyone that perchance crosses the road while in front of an oncoming self-driving car.
First offense, $125. Second, $250. Experts don’t mince words in terms of the pernicious epidemic of cell phone usage by drivers: a device meant to make our lives easier is unnecessarily claiming countless lives.
Several pedestrian crashes were caused by negligent adult drivers, pedestrian distraction while walking, drunk driving, unsafe drop-offs, poorly designated crosswalks, and malfunctioning traffic lights.
Hydrogen to power commercial vehicles is a hot topic these days. There seems to be something in the news about it every day. And hydrogen just so happens to be the fuel of choice for fuel cells to power vehicles.
Do not begin your year with injury, death, or heartache due to the avoidable mistake of drinking and driving this holiday. It is not worth it. Remember to think of others on the road, think of your family, and think of yourself.
The rate in which people died on the road is higher. If you drove this year, you had an increased chance of a fatal crash. On top of that, add the additional danger of contracting COVID due to contact with medical professionals.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), rear-end collisions account for roughly 23% of all motor vehicle crashes, and causing 2,000 deaths and 950,000 injuries annually.
The magazine Outside tracked every death of a bicyclist in a collision with a car so far in 2020 and found that despite COVID-19 dropping traffic rates and road miles traveled in the U.S., death rates for cyclists remain high.
As you might imagine, your car wasn’t designed to vibrate when it moves, and a newly-developing vibration isn’t something to ignore. It can cause damage to other parts of your car and may even pose a safety issue as you're driving down the road.
There were 36,096 fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2019. This represents a decrease of 739 (down 2%) from the reported 36,835 fatalities in 2018, even though vehicle miles traveled (VMT) increased by 0.8%.
International Roadcheck is an annual 72-hour inspection and enforcement initiative conducted by CVSA-certified inspectors in Canada, Mexico and the U.S. This year’s International Roadcheck took place Sept. 9-11.
Car seats are designed to be snug—that’s how they protect your little ones in an crash. But by adding a bulky winter coat to the mix, you’re creating some wiggle room that would be dangerous in an crash.
Teens living in states that ban cell phone use while driving may be less likely to use their electronic devices when behind the wheel, according to a study from the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) announced the launch of the Beautify Virginia program as a part of its Environmental Stewardship Initiative to support keeping Virginia’s roadways litter free.
During the Click it or Ticket campaign, VSP participated in Operation C.A.R.E. - Crash Awareness and Reduction Effort. VSP reported 498 drivers were cited for failing to buckle themselves or juveniles.
Many of us, at some point, have probably felt sleepy while behind the wheel. While it’s inevitable that this can happen, the choices we make once we realize we’re drowsy can make the difference between getting into a crash and arriving safely at our destination.
The Virginia Department of Transportation recently completed a pedestrian accommodations project to enhance safety and accessibility at the intersection of East Parham Road and Brook Road in Henrico County.
The Central Virginia Planning District Commission (CVPDC) in partnership with Campbell County and the Virginia Department of Transportation, is seeking citizen input to identify potential improvements to the Route 24 corridor.
Some of us keep absolutely nothing in our cars’ trunks, while others have enough packed in there that they could live in their car for weeks. Somewhere in between is this list of 30 things we think every car owner should always have on hand.
Manufacturers, suppliers and automated vehicle developers will need to piece together a complex combination of software, sensors and new components to safely introduce fully self-driving trucks on the nation’s highways.
Given the far-reaching and potentially disruptive effects the autonomous movement of goods will have on the trucking industry, the North American Council for Freight Efficiency has begun exploring the subject of autonomous trucking.
As the Tri-Cities sees its first snowfall of the season, the Virginia Department of Transportation and county emergency management agencies all say they already have an inclement weather plan in place.
The U.S. Department of Transportation issued what it is calling a “first-of-its-kind” Pedestrian Safety Action Plan on November 23 – a plan that will be overseen by the Federal Highway Administration and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
As a reminder, motorists must follow the “move over” law when approaching an emergency vehicle stopped alongside the road. If unable to move over, drivers must cautiously pass the emergency vehicle, including those with amber lights.
Rebekah Cazares, a Wilder Fellow with PlanRVA, the region's district planning commission, is conducting a study of how the built environment -- roads, sidewalks, utility poles and bus stops-- in Richmond and its surrounding counties can be improved.
The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles Click It or Ticket! campaign reminds those who will be traveling that the best way to ensure you and your loved ones arrive at your destination safely is to always wear a seat belt.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is seeking public comment on the potential development of a framework of principles to govern the safe behavior of automated driving systems (ADS) in the future.
The National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) reviews and approves allocations from the Federal Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside program.
With many Virginians planning to hit the road to grandma’s house, or wherever they may be heading, the Virginia State Police says motorists should be traveling with extra caution, even with less travel anticipated this year versus previous years.
If you’re like many Americans who are driving less due to the COVID-19 pandemic, your skills are getting a bit rusty. If you’re worried you’re losing your edge behind the wheel, consider these tips to help strengthen your driving skills when you’re driving less.
More than one in three long-haul truck driver has been in a serious truck crash in their career. While crash deaths of occupants of large trucks held at about 5,000 between 2018 and 2019, non-commercial traffic deaths dropped 2% over the same period.
Technological advances have made cars safer in many ways. There are systems that brake if a collision is imminent; warn the driver and take control if the car leaves the lane, and issue alerts when pedestrians are about to step into the road.
As Thanksgiving approaches, we asked Martha Mitchell Meade, manager of public and government affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic, about what travelers can expect this holiday season and on-the-road safety tips.
This year, VDOT cares for over 128,000 lane miles of state-maintained roads. They have more than 11,300 pieces of snow removal equipment. There’s more than 690,000 tons of salt, sand and treated abrasives.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is holding its annual “Click It or Ticket campaign, stressing the importance of wearing your seatbelt. Local police departments are joining the campaign.
While holiday travel will look different this year for families across the country, for those venturing out and visiting family, we want to remind everyone to buckle up - whether in the front or backseat of the car.
In a statement Thursday, AAA Mid-Atlantic said that while they predict more than 50 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home over the Thanksgiving holiday, that’s down about 5 million from last year and would be the largest one-year drop since the 2008 recession.