Drowsy driving is behind one in five road accidents. Lack of sleep affects concentration, and remaining awake for 18 hours or more can impair one to the same extent as a driver who exceeds the legal limit for alcohol. Louisiana residents should know that Ford has created a special Sleep Suit to give drivers a first-hand impression of how dangerous it is to drive drowsy. This coincided with the designation of March 15 as "World Sleep Day."
Louisiana partially restricts cellphone use by drivers. Novice drivers must forgo the use of cellphones behind the wheel entirely, and texting while driving is prohibited for everyone. The state had the 15th highest rate in the nation for distracted driving deaths, according to a study by an online financial advice company. Overall, the study found that strong policies against using cellphones in vehicles correlated on average with lower numbers of accidents due to distraction.
While traffic deaths in the U.S. declined slightly in 2018, the overall number remains much higher than it was four years ago. For the past three years, the figure has risen to over 40,000 per year. A few reasons have been given for the increase. By taking the necessary precautions, drivers in Louisiana could help reverse the tide.
Speeding is behind nearly one-third of all motor vehicle-related fatalities in Louisiana and the rest of the U.S. This major topic has been analyzed anew in a report from the Governors Highway Safety Association. Entitled, "Speeding Away from Zero: Rethinking a Forgotten Traffic Safety Challenge," it outlines some of the latest data and research on speeding as well as ways to reduce it.
According to a study, drivers in Louisiana and around the country are talking on their cellphones less often while behind the wheel. However, they are increasingly using their cellphones to send texts and emails.
Louisiana residents who drive for extended periods could become drowsy on the road. This is the issue facing many drivers in the ridesharing industry. Unfortunately, low fare and salary incentives compel many to work past their safety limit, thus endangering themselves and others. Early mornings and nights are the times when sleepiness tends to peak.
Car accidents may carry severe consequences for people in Louisiana who are seriously injured as a result of a crash. Seat belts and other technologies can, in many cases, help to reduce the severity of these injuries although they may be unable to prevent catastrophic effects. Researchers have noted that wearing a seat belt may not stop liver injuries from occurring as a result of a crash, but it could help reduce the severity of the harm done.
At some point, an individual may share a Louisiana highway with someone who is aggressive or driving in a dangerous manner. Those who are aggressive on the highways are said to be experiencing road rage. While an individual may use coping strategies to stay calm behind the wheel, he or she can't control what another person does. However, there are steps a person can take in an effort to defuse a potentially dangerous situation.
Drivers in Louisiana and across the U.S. are protected by strong road safety laws that help reduce traffic-related injuries and deaths. However, according to a new report by the World Health Organization, some countries do not offer such strong protections for drivers, passengers and pedestrians.
External airbags are an emerging technology that many Louisiana residents may be interested to hear about. While some car part manufacturers are developing external airbags, it should be kept in mind that they are far from being perfected, much less being implemented on vehicles. Still, they may become a reality in the future.