The busy roads of Kansas City, Missouri, see a huge number of vehicles each day, coming and going from work, home, school, shopping and many other places. The sheer volume of vehicles means that, of course, a plethora of car accidents each year is inevitable, and that was the case in late December.
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.
The 8-year-old daughter of a beloved pastor of the Kansas City, Missouri-area Rock Church died on Tuesday, Aug. 29, just six days after her dad's Toyota Tundra truck was struck at an intersection. Her 5-year-old sister, who was also riding in its back seat at the time, remains in critical condition at the hospital. She reportedly cannot feel the lower half of her body.
People often argue that drivers should not be allowed to talk on the phone while driving because simply holding the phone takes one hand off of the wheel. They argue that this reduces the driver's control and increases the risk of an accident.
Experts note that roundabouts reduce the chances of an accident when compared to four-way stops or traffic lights. There are simply fewer places where two cars can collide.
Police claim that two accidents in just one week were connected to road rage in Kansas City.
In the United States, studies have shown that the vast majority of people do not want self-driving cars because they don't don't trust them. In one study, roughly 74 percent of the people responded this way. Why is there this distrust in a country that usually embraces technology?
Aggressive drivers can make the road an unpleasant and highly dangerous place for everyone else. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, aggressive drivers cause over half of the nation's traffic fatalities. Knowing how to handle potentially volatile situations with motorists who may be upset or angry can decrease the chance of a serious accident.
Grooming while you drive is a temptation. You hit snooze too many times, and you think you're going to be late for work. However, you still want to look your best. Why not save some time by shaving or putting on lipstick while you drive? Look around a bit during your next morning commute and you'll see a lot of drivers doing just that.
A large majority of the people on the road believe themselves to be above average drivers. A psychological phenomenon known as illusory superiority leads people to believe that they are better at a skill than they really are. This is particularly true in the case of a complex action like safe driving. There are as many definitions of good driving as there are drivers on the road. People who speed can simply argue that obeying the speed limit is unimportant for good driving and move on, confident in their belief that they are great drivers.