Bicycle lanes, or bike trails as they're often called in many more rural areas, are small strips designed for cyclists on the edge of the road, sometimes not separated by anything more than a painted line. In some rural areas there may be a grassy median between the highway and the bike trail, but in most cases there's no barrier. The line is there as a barrier and for guidance, but does little to actually protect cyclists from traffic.
A number of barriers can be erected to protect cyclists, with varying risks and effectiveness. Guard rails are expensive, bulky and can...Read More
Within the next two decades, it's estimated that about 25% of the drivers on the road will be senior citizens 65 years of age and older. One on hand, that means the roads will be filled with very experienced drivers. On the other hand, it poses some definite risks.
Most older drivers originally got their licenses when the streets were far less complicated and less well-traveled. Traffic increases every year, roads have lanes added, new laws go into effect and the highway system gets more difficult to traverse. For some seniors whose reflexes aren't quite as fast as they...Read More
Communities concerned with pedestrian safety have an option to help them prevent and minimize fatal accidents: radar traffic speed signs. Most of us have seen these on highways and in residential areas, telling us what speed we're going, usually above or below the posted speed limit sign for reference. They're also common in new construction zones, or in places where new roads or stoplights have been installed.
While these signs can be permanently installed, movable signs that operate via battery are also available. Even small communities can benefit from these movable...Read More
Slowing traffic in a school zone is a priority to help make kids safer. Despite posted limits and many adults monitoring the kids, however, some drivers seem to go too fast, ignoring all the safety precautions. There are some communities where police monitor school areas before and after the school day to catch speeders. An officer on the scene may be incentive for many to slow down, but that alone might not be enough for everyone.
Speed limits are already posted in school zones. Most people will follow these speeds and be very...Read More
The United States Department of Transportation says that Thanksgiving and the Fourth of July are the most dangerous holidays to be on the road, followed by Memorial Day, Labor Day, and finally the holiday that most think of as the worst for driving, New Year's Eve. Because of increased traffic and travelers, and the tendency for many to enjoy alcohol during holidays, special days like these raise the chances of drivers encountering speeders and people who are driving impaired or very tired.
There's little that a driver can do except mind his own speed, avoid drinking and...Read More
The phrase "teen drivers" has been known to strike fear in the hearts of many. While many teens are very good drivers, there's no denying the fact that they have far less driving experience, and they have all the distractions of the teen years to deal with while on the road. Cell phone use alone can provide a major distraction, especially if the driver tries to read texts or reply to them while behind the wheel.
Radar speed signs can actually help teen drivers become more aware of their speed in relation to the limit, and improve their abilities behind the wheel by...Read More
Certain cars get stolen more than others. Certain vehicles are involved in accidents more than others, too. While the popularity of certain vehicles obviously tips these odds towards cars with more ownership than others, a number of factors are also at play in these situations. It should come as no surprise then that certain cars might change your perception of the speed they're traveling.
For instance, if a station wagon with wood panels on the doors zipped past you going 65 miles an hour, and a small, sports car painted cherry red zipped past at the same speed, it's...Read More
Radar traffic signs that display the speed of cars in bright, LED lights really can make roads safer for all pedestrians, but especially children. When put up in heavily trafficked areas, near playgrounds and in school zones, the signs can help reduce the speed of cars to minimize accidents and raise the odds of pedestrian survival when an accident does happen.
Kids are one of the most vulnerable groups among us, so protecting them from accidents while walking next to a road or crossing a street needs to be a priority. There are a few different ways in which these signs...Read More
There seem to be few people who are given speeding tickets or other traffic violations who aren't angry or upset about it. Even when the person knows he was speeding, and often not just by a tiny margin, anger at being ticketed is common. Rarely do we see the attitude that, "Yes, I was speeding and I got caught, so it's my fault." Instead, it seems unfair to the person that they were ticketed when others were speeding, or when they weren't speeding by much, or even when the road seems to be safe for a much faster speed.
This lax attitude toward speed and traffic...Read More
Cell phones help us stay connected with each other, and they can actually make traveling safer because there's an easy way to call for help in an emergency. Misused, however, cell phones can prove to be far more hazardous than helpful on the road. Just talking on a cell phone can be distracting, but texting, which has been accepted as a popular activity by teens and adults everywhere, seems to be far more dangerous.
A driver distracted by reading or typing a text message, even with just the thumb of one hand, has his or her attention split between the road and the act of...Read More
Just 5 mph hour can make the difference between life and death. That doesn't sound unreasonable at high speeds, does it? But what about 5 mph when cars are moving at an already slow pace? The difference between 30 mph and 25 mph might seem small, but that difference is massive when measured in lives lost. Pedestrians hit by a car going 25pm have 3 times better a chance to survive than those hit by cars going 30 mph.
There aren't many areas where going 30 mph is speeding. But even on streets where 30 mph is the speed limit and cars are traveling at that speed, pedestrians...Read More