Self-driving cars may be on the horizon, but some car companies are already ignoring the driver in their decisions. General Motors has created a new app that gives drivers the power to make purchases using their infotainment systems. We can now add dashboard shopping to the list of things drivers can do rather than pay attention to the road.
In 2016, the number of fatal pedestrian accidents is estimated at more than 6,000. That is the highest figure in more than 20 years, and is the largest year-over-year increase in at least 40 years. The sharp increase in collisions involving pedestrians is part of a larger trend. While recent years have been bad for deadly car accidents, pedestrian deaths are growing even faster. From 2010 to now, the pedestrian death rate has increased four times faster than the vehicle fatality rate.
Distracted driving is an epidemic. More and more people are finding more and more ways to multitask behind the wheel, and it's putting us all at risk.
Driving a car is a huge responsibility. It's more than just getting from point A to point B; it's making sure you arrive there safely without harming yourself or anyone sharing the road with you. One way to help ensure a safe arrival is to drive free of distraction.
We are officially in what AAA has dubbed the "100 deadliest days." These days start after Memorial Day and run until most teens are back to school. The thought is more teen drivers are on the roadways during the summer months, therefore creating a public safety risk with their dangerous driving behaviors.