If you're one of the millions of parents who will be shuttling their kids to day camps, softball games, play dates and "Mommy and Me" classes this summer, it's essential to understand how much of a distraction the kids can be to you when you're behind the wheel. Not only can kids take their parents' minds off their driving, they often cause them to take their eyes off the road.
Mississippi doesn't have the weather extremes that come with the changing seasons in many parts of the country. However, summer nonetheless brings added dangers on the roads. Whether you're staying in Mississippi this summer or your vacation plans include a road trip across the country, it's important to be aware of them. Let's look at a few hazards that can plague drivers during the summer months.
Many people think they're not guilty of distracted driving because they don't use their phone behind the wheel. That's certainly an important safety measure. A buzzing phone or the sound of an email or text coming in can be hard to resist. Turning your phone off and putting it out of reach (maybe even in the trunk) can eliminate the temptation to just take a quick look while you're stopped at a light.
We're coming up on the time of year that's been ominously dubbed the "100 Deadliest Days for Drivers" -- from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Many Americans are taking weekend trips and longer vacations. Teens with little experience behind the wheel have a lot of free time, and much of it is spent in their cars.
In the aftermath of a car crash, people are often focused on healing from their physical injuries and dealing with the damage to their vehicle. It can be easy to neglect the psychological damage that may have resulted from the accident.
Most parents exercise an added level of caution when they're driving with their children in the car. Unfortunately, they're still at the mercy of other drivers who may not be so cautious.
We all know about the opioid epidemic in this country. Overuse of opioids -- even prescribed dosages -- can lead to addiction and overdoses. Perhaps less attention has been paid to the impact of opioids on drivers and the safety of all of us on the road -- even when taken as directed.
More than a year after a crash that claimed the life of a 29-year-old Pennsylvania man, a Mantee, Mississippi, truck driver has been charged with multiple offenses including involuntary manslaughter. The chain-reaction crash occurred in Decemember 2017 on Route 28 in O'Hara, Pennsylvania.
If you're among the millions who will be traveling to a vacation destination or family gathering this holiday season, one of the biggest dangers you'll face on the road is drowsy drivers. Although driving under the influence and distracted driving are well-known causes of car crashes, according to AAA, about 20 percent of all fatal crashes involve at least one driver who dozed off or was operating on insufficient sleep. Nonetheless, nearly one-third of people surveyed by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety admitted to driving "when they were so tired they had a hard time keeping their eyes open" within the past month.
Rain is a possibility at any time of the year here in Mississippi. However, it seems as though some drivers still haven't learned to make the necessary adjustments to safely navigate the roads in wet weather. You can't control what other drivers do. However, you can take steps to keep yourself and your passengers safe and be prepared when you encounter unsafe drivers.