It's hard to believe, but approximately 2 million people lose their lives because of auto accidents each year. These crashes are all different in the way they happen, but the vast majority of them can fall into a handful of categories.
Consumers in the United States work hard for their money. Outside of purchasing a home, buying a motor vehicle tends to be one of the most significant purchases U.S residents make. In almost all cases, they have to purchase their new cars on credit. Considering what a financial commitment it is, they tend to expect their new cars to be in proper working condition and not pose a threat to their safety.
You take a driving test at age 16, and you must pass it to get your license. However, many drivers never have to take a road test again. Is that wise? Some have argued that more tests are needed when drivers reach retirement age.
Every season brings its own set of weather conditions. The summer months bring rain and hot weather, which can create certain types of dangers for drivers, but fall and winter are even worse with their potential for snow, ice and poor visibility. Then, we have springtime when the snow begins to alternatively melt and freeze, resulting in slippery and slick driving surfaces.
Not too long ago, there was only one kind of child safety car seat: the forward-facing design. These days, child safety seats are different. Nearly every parent knows that for young children under 3 years of age, the rear-facing child seat is the safest. Nevertheless, until a recent safety study published its results, many parents wondered if rear-facing seats were just as safe in car accidents that happened from behind.
Accidents happen for many reasons, from distraction to a lack of knowledge regarding traffic laws to vehicle malfunctions. In studying the risks on the road, though, experts often come back to the fact that emotions can get the best of people behind the wheel. This can lead to aggressive driving, speeding, poor decision-making and even road rage.
After the U.S. president's recent comments about the alleged "bowling ball test" employed by Japan to prevent American-made automobiles from being sold by the country, everyone is asking what this strange test could be. The bowling ball test (and other tests like it) are the means by which countries test whether vehicles are equipped with pedestrian-friendly features that could prevent catastrophic and fatal injuries to people on foot.
The first time you're in a car accident, you may feel at a loss for what to do. It's overwhelming and chaotic. You have no experience to lean on. You also desperately don't want to make a mistake that will make your situation worse.
The vulnerability of a pedestrian in the event that he or she is struck by a motor vehicle is obvious. A driver in a car is protected by thousands of pounds of metal and safety equipment, and a pedestrian's body is completely exposed to injury. Add the fact that vehicles are usually traveling at high speeds and you can see why many pedestrians are killed after being struck by a car.
Ford has issued a warning to drivers who own 2006 Ford Ranger pickup trucks. Don't drive the car, an airbag recall issue, has been resolved. The problem relates the potentially deadly Takata Airbags installed in the vehicles. In the event of a collision, there's the chance of the airbag inflator detonating with an explosion. These explosions have killed drivers and passengers around the world. Because of the dangers, Ford recommends that drivers of 2006 Ford Rangers do not operate their vehicles until after a dealership has fixed the problem.