When people take prescription medications at night to help them sleep, they don't expect to feel the effects of the drug the next day. However, research and anecdotal data have increasingly shown that some sleep medications can make driving unsafe the following morning.
Ask just about any parent of a teen if they think their child's brain is fully formed, and they'll probably tell you it doesn't seem like it sometimes. In fact, the frontal lobe isn't fully developed until a person is in their early 20s.
Your high school or college student is already counting the days until spring break. If they've got a brand new driver's license (or even if they've been driving for a few years now), you may be nervous about them hitting the road with other spring breakers. Whether they're headed to the Mississippi Gulf Coast or points further south, there are things you can do to help them stay safe.
Until fairly recently, most Americans hadn't encountered a roundabout unless they traveled abroad. For most people, the first experience at a roundabout doesn't go as badly as it did for Clark Griswold in the movie National Lampoon's European Vacation when he circled a London roundabout for hours -- unable to figure out how to get out. However, it can be a confusing and even frightening experience -- in any country.
For many drivers, the worst times of day to be behind the wheel are when the sun is rising and setting. Having the sun in your eyeline can be blinding, even with sunglasses. In fact, when the sun is too low for the visor to block it out, a driver may experience temporary blindness. They may be unable to see vehicles around them or signals, signs and intersections ahead of them.
Driving in Biloxi can have its frustrations. However, driving in a city that's home to hundreds of thousands of people (or more) can be truly frightening if you don't do it often. If you've recently been in a car crash, you may still be nervous behind the wheel. The thought of having to deal with other drivers (not to mention pedestrians and cyclists) in a busy metropolitan area may feel overwhelming.
Is your spouse one of those people who likes to drive as long as possible without stopping on a road trip? Do they prefer to skip the overnight hotel stays and meal breaks and just "push on through" until you reach your destination? Maybe you're the one in the family who likes to do that.
If you're shopping for a new car after being involved in a crash, you likely want one with all the safety features widely available on newer models to help you feel more secure as you get back on the road.
If you were involved in a car accident, particularly if you or a loved one suffered injuries, you may be anxious about getting behind the wheel again. Even if the accident wasn't your fault, you may be fearful of driving.
It's every driver's worst nightmare: encountering a vehicle driving the wrong way towards you. Fortunately, wrong-way crashes aren't very common. They account for only about 3% of all accidents. However, they are more likely to be fatal than any other type of crash. They result in about 350 fatalities annually, according to data from the U.S. Department of Transportation.