Children in spooky costumes, bags of good candy corn and scary ghost stories set the scene for an exciting night. With kids four times more likely to be involved in pedestrian-car collisions on Halloween, however, Oct. 31 can be one of the most dangerous nights for driving. Drive safely on Halloween with these tips from the National Safety Council.
Like oil and water, driving and cell phone use don’t mix – particularly if you’re a teen.
An estimated 421,000 people were injured in vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver in 2012, according to Distraction.gov. For teens, the statistics were even more frightening – 21% of drivers 15-19 years old involved in fatal crashes were distracted by a cell phone.
As a parent, you can expect your car insurance premiums to increase once your teen driver gets behind the wheel. In fact, adding a teenage driver to your policy can nearly double your premiums. Aside from encouraging your teenage child to take defensive driver lessons, follow these money-saving tips to cut down the cost of car insurance for teenagers.
Remember the days when summer meant three solid months of warm weather and no school? Unless you’re a teacher, it’s probably been a while since your last summer break. But this is the time of year when students across the country are getting ready to head back to class. Some older teens will be driving to and from school, making this a perfect time to review the study about distracted driving and cellphones that the National Safety Council created in partnership with Nationwide.
As the weather warms, more and more RVs can be seen rolling along the highways. Driving next to such large vehicles can be intimidating, so treat RVs the same as you would a semi-truck (some RVs are nearly as large, and have similar mirror set-ups and handling abilities). When driving near an RV, keep these five tips in mind, and practice the same precautions when you’re on the road with any large vehicle.
As reported in the Wall Street Journal, the National Safety Council estimates 1 in 4 crashes involve cell-phone-distracted drivers. But that’s just an estimate; there isn’t enough data to back up the claim. That’s because distracted driving is substantially underreported, even though it presents one of the biggest threats to driver safety.