According to a survey from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, 80% of respondents admitted to being angry or aggressive while driving. Honking, tailgating and making rude gestures were among the most common acts of aggression that survey participants took part in. While road rage may be relatively common in Kentucky and across the country, there are things that people can do to avoid a confrontation while on the road.
Driver impairment, excessive speed and running red lights are all common reasons why car accidents occur on Kentucky roadways. In fact, they are among some of the most common reasons why accidents happen on roads across the United States. Nationally, the number of deaths attributed to accidents caused by drivers running red lights jumped 30% from 2012 to 2017. In 2017, there were 939 fatalities caused by drivers who ran red lights, which was the highest total in the past 10 years.
In Kentucky and across the U.S., many newer-model vehicles are getting into accidents. Insurify, an auto insurance comparison site with a database of over 1.6 million insurance quotes, has compiled a list of 10 newer vehicles that are involved in the most at-fault crashes. At the top is the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek, a car that was a top safety pick of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. This means it has top ratings for crash avoidance and crashworthiness.
Many in Kentucky drive "smart cars" with high-tech devices involving touchscreens and voice command features. While these devices are meant to reduce the amount of time drivers take their eyes off the road, they still tend to be confusing, especially to older drivers. A study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has found that older drivers become more distracted than younger drivers do by this in-vehicle technology.
Kentucky drivers should know that front-end collisions are the most typical kind of car crash. After analyzing nearly 23,000 such collisions that occurred from 1998 to 2015, researchers came to several intriguing conclusions, which were published in the journal Traffic Injury Prevention. It turns out that women are 73% more likely than men to be injured in these crashes even when they are wearing a three-point seatbelt.
Driving while intoxicated is a serious offense that can lead to first-time offenders being fined and going to jail for upwards of a year. Of course, DUI crashes also result in many fatalities. Kentucky residents should know that the most DUI-related fatalities occur on the Fourth of July. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1,195 such fatalities occurred on this holiday between 2010 and 2017.
Parents in Kentucky may be especially concerned about their teen drivers in the summer months. As school comes to an end and many teens pursue active schedules of jobs, parties, internships and summer fun, they spend much more time behind the wheel. However, teens are also inexperienced drivers with a significantly greater risk of motor vehicle accidents when behind the wheel. Summer roads are often crowded with vacationers, and the increased traffic on the road can be even more difficult for teen drivers to navigate.
Drowsy driving is to blame for 9.5% of all car accidents, according to a AAA study made back in 2018. In a survey, also conducted by AAA, nearly one third of respondents admitted to having trouble keeping their eyes open behind the wheel at least once in the previous month. Kentucky residents should know that this trend is growing and is also, where there are no comprehensive public transit systems, inevitable.
Driving a motor vehicle requires a person's full attention at all times. Unfortunately, as smartphones have become commonplace in everyday life, many people text, surf the Internet, or engage in social media forums, like Twitter and Facebook while behind the wheel. The average amount of time someone looks at their phone while driving is roughly five seconds. Someone who takes their eyes off the road for five seconds while driving 55 miles per hour travels the length of a football field. Considering these dangers, the consequences of distracted driving are both predictable and tragic.