Distracted drivers in Missouri and around the country kill approximately nine people every day according to the National Safety Council, but many road safety experts say that the problem is underreported, and the true daily death toll could be much higher. Economists believe that distracted driving drains the economy of about $40 billion each year, but laws banning cellphone use behind the wheel have done little to curb the practice.
During the Missouri winters, the roads can become icy and wet, putting drivers and others at risk for a collision. With the following tips in mind, though, drivers can be safer behind the wheel and reduce that risk for a crash. It all begins with slowing down, even below the posted speed limit, because the tires lose traction the faster one goes.
With the end of daylight saving time, everyone gains one hour of sleep. However, it should be noted that the change causes a disruption to the body's internal clock. As the body readjusts, one must expect to feel sleepy for a day or two afterward. Unfortunately, residents of Missouri who must head out on the road after the end of DST run a higher risk for a crash. Drowsiness, after all, dulls one's ability to judge and react to dangers.
For the second year in a row, highways deaths in Missouri and across the country fell. According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, highway deaths decreased by 2.4% in 2018. In 2017, the numbers fell 2% from the previous year. The decline comes after years of steady increases in motorist fatalities. Experts blamed the booming economy, which resulted in more drivers on the road than ever before, on the increase.
The week of October 20 to 26, 2019, is designated as Teen Driver Safety Week. Corresponding with this event, researchers at Michigan State University have revealed the results of a study analyzing teen drivers and distractions. Parents of teen drivers in Missouri should know that the study offers insights into what happens both inside and outside the vehicle when teens drive distracted. By contrast, other studies have to rely on the limited data in police crash reports.
Even though the mortality rate from vehicle accidents is going down, it is still a major problem. An estimated 40,000 people lost their lives in car accidents in the year 2018. For this reason, drivers in Missouri and other states should learn about ways that they can prevent car accidents from occurring.
Statistics show that driving at night is more hazardous than daytime driving. This is because operating a vehicle at night poses specific dangers, including low visibility and the risk of fatigue, which can both contribute to accidents. However, there are things Missouri drivers can do to reduce their risk of getting into a crash.
While many in Missouri are excited about the potential for self-driving vehicles to eliminate human error and make the roads safer, others are concerned about the potential downsides of new vehicle technologies. For example, in one crash involving a Tesla vehicle with Autopilot engaged, the car slammed into a police car and fire truck parked with lights running and blocking an upcoming lane. Of course, Tesla has warned against relying on Autopilot for autonomous driving, saying that the feature is currently intended to help improve driver safety, not replace the role of a human driver.
There are 10 newer model vehicles that are involved in the most car accidents in Missouri and the rest of the U.S., according to Insurify. For its data, the auto insurance comparison site analyzed over 1.6 million insurance quotes that specifically mention makes and models and if the vehicle in question was previously in a crash.
Drowsy driving is a widespread issue in Missouri. In fact, it may be more widespread than many believe; with a lack of any tests to prove drowsiness, drivers can easily lie to the police about it. However, a 2018 AAA study that analyzed videos of drivers estimates that 9.5% of all car accidents are caused by drowsy drivers.