Those who are truly devoted to biking as a form of transport and exercise know that winter weather doesn't mean the end of biking season. From proper outerwear to fat tires meant to better grip snowy and icy roads, there's gear that can make winter biking accessible for most who bike.
The ban on handheld devices currently being considered by Governor Quinn may have unintended consequences. A recent study by AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety suggested that using voice commands typical of hands-free technology can be even more distracting than using a handheld device. The potential exists for an increase in distracted driving accidents as people turn to Bluetooth and built-in devices to complete tasks they would previously used a smart phone to accomplish. Such bans will also likely accelerate the move by many auto makers to add hands-free devices into the available options on new vehicles. They may encourage drivers to take their attention off the task of safely operating their vehicles.
Preventing trucking accidents from ever happening is crucial for many reasons. Trucking accidents can cause serious property damage and put people in danger if hazardous cargo is spilled after a crash. The cleanup efforts that are required after a crash can be substantial and can be costly, both in terms of money and time. But the most important reason to prevent these truck accidents is because they can cause catastrophic or fatal injuries to the victims who are involved.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has publically denounced the issue of distracted driving as a "deadly epidemic" on American roadways. Unfortunately, his assessment of the issue is not exaggerated. In a day and age where turning off your cellphone can feel like being cut off from the outside world, many people find it hard to disconnect - even when they get behind the wheel of a car. This problem is especially prolific among young drivers. Yet, according to new research, many teens and young adults are in denial about the dangers of distracted driving.
Parents of Chicago teenagers know the stress that results when their children begin driving. Today's technology and its potential for causing distracted driving often produce more anxiety. That is why it is extremely important that parents talk to their teenagers about the importance of being a responsible driver.
Distracted driving has always been a problem. However, with the recent proliferation of cellphones, handheld devices and in-car electronics systems, instances of distracted-driving related traffic accidents are on the rise. Although much of the focus has been on individual drivers, the problem is hitting commercial fleets as well.
With the advent of smartphones, GPS devices, MP3 players and other mobile devices, distracted driving has become a major problem on our nation's roads. However, handheld devices aren't the only culprits. Increasingly, manufacturers are equipping vehicles with onboard devices that take drivers' attention off the road.