Fewer distracted drivers on the road makes transportation safer for everyone, but for motorcyclists the reduction in cell phone use behind the wheel is lifesaving.
Only half of New Yorkers own cars, according to the New York City Economic Development Corporation, but ridesharing companies like Uber are rapidly exploring self-driving technology for their own services. The future reality of self-driving rideshares is one that is equal parts exciting and scary, and one that New Yorkers living in a city of cabs may have to confront for themselves one day.
In part one of our series on holiday safety, we focused on how to stay safe while holiday shopping. However, many dangerous situations this time of year occur on the road. With millions of Americans visiting their families or escaping to warmer climates, the roads are packed. Combined with unpredictable winter weather, holiday traffic can be dangerous.
Avoid roadside violence and serious crashes by keeping your cool.
We thought we'd take a break from our usual topics to bring you news about some unusual car accidents that may have escaped making your local news. We don't report them here to make fun or sport of the accidents, as some of them resulted in serious injuries. We are discussing them as a way of highlighting the fact that a motor vehicle accident can happen in the most uncommon ways, and at the most unexpected times.
Whatever our political views may be about the causes, long-term weather data indicates that our winters in New York are getting warmer and our summers hotter. Statistically, traffic accidents increase as the temperatures go up. This post will look at some possible reasons.
A recent Harvard study draws an alarming connection between working the night shift and being in a car accident.
Do you know when to move over for emergency vehicles?
New York's notoriously dense traffic can do more than slow down your commute or derail Seinfeld plots. It can also pose a real danger to emergency responders and the people they are trying to help. When emergency vehicles cannot maneuver and stop safely, they can't do their critical, life-saving work effectively.
Safe driving involves more than just consciously following the traffic laws. There are also other well-publicized common sense behaviors that also need observed. These include don't drink alcohol over the legal limit and drive, get enough sleep before getting behind the wheel, don't talk on the phone or text or otherwise allow your device to distract you, and don't eat while driving.
For New Yorkers acclimated to the sounds of the urban environment, the plaintive cries of taxi horns and brake squeals are often relegated to the background, categorized as white noise. Visitors of New York City have a hard time tuning out this noise pollution and claim the auditory overload causes headaches and inability to maintain focus. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), however, the revving of an engine and the hum of the motor are sounds that warn pedestrians of an automobile's presence. For those with impaired vision, these audio cues may provide the only hints that a car is in the vicinity. It is for this reason that the agency has established a new safety standard for electronic vehicles and hybrids.