Dogs are indeed often man's best friend. And woman's best friend and child's best friend as well. However, new research suggests that elderly drivers may be placing themselves in danger when driving with their best canine buddies. According to experts at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, elderly drivers face higher rates of car accidents when traveling with canine passengers.
When a new addition graces your household, it can be difficult to feel that anything else in the world bears paying attention to. New babies inspire a primal parental instinct to shower them with constant attention. Infants absolutely need this kind of attention, which is precisely why it can be dangerously distracting to have them with you while you are driving.
Whether the weather outside is frightful or not, driving during the holidays can be uniquely hazardous. A high volume of motorists on the roads, potentially inclement weather, heightened emotion, distraction of all kinds and readily available alcoholic beverages make the period between Thanksgiving and New Years the most dangerous time of year to travel by car.
Most of us vividly remember the day we got our driver's license and how exciting that newfound freedom was. Indeed, being able to drive is a symbol of independence. However, as we age, our driving abilities inevitably deteriorate. Unfortunately, this deterioration can put us and others at risk. As an older driver or a loved one of an older driver, it is important to heed warning signs that may mean it is time to hang up the keys.
New oil and gas wells have sprung up in the past several years all across the country. While many of these wells have provided an economic boom to those areas this industry growth has come at a cost.
Despite 40 deaths from deadly bus crashes in Illinois, Texas and Mississippi in recent years, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has yet to heighten its oversight of commercial vehicle safety, as recommended by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
As we enter 2012 it is a time for new beginnings, and one of the things beginning on New Year's Day is Illinois' more stringent seat belt law. Starting this Sunday, adult passengers in the back-seat of vehicles will be required to buckle up.
This past Monday the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and state police announced the beginning of a road safety campaign- Click It or Ticket and Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.
It has now been three years since Illinois strengthened driver licensing laws to address concerns of teen car accidents. However, new data released this month indicates that states with graduated driver licensing (GDL), like Illinois, may only be postponing the problem of car accident fatalities.