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.
When people take a charter bus, whether on an extended tour or a day trip, they're placing their lives in the hands of a bus company and driver they may know little or nothing about. Unfortunately, one of those trips ended in tragedy last November here in Mississippi. The Teague VIP Express bus was taking a group to a Mississippi casino when it crashed on an icy section of Interstate 269 in Desoto County.
For people who don't regularly drive on highways and interstates, merging onto these busy roads can be one of the most frightening aspects of driving on them. One of the most common errors that drivers make is to not get fully up to the speed of the traffic on the road before they merge onto it from the onramp.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is still investigating "all aspects" of a fatal crash on June 3 near Scooba, Mississippi, that claimed the lives of eight people. Among them were four brothers. The NTSB's preliminary report, however, provides some information about what happened on a rural two-lane highway when a box truck struck a van in which the eight people who died were traveling.
If you've bought a new vehicle in the past few years, it likely has some nifty safety features (either standard on the vehicle or optional) designed to minimize your chances of a crash. These are known as advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). However, they all have different names, depending on the vehicle manufacturer.
Americans are living longer than ever -- in part because of prescription medications that help them control blood pressure, high cholesterol and many other conditions that plague people as they get older. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, almost half of senior drivers report that they take at least seven medications.
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.