Virginia residents who wish to avoid auto accidents often choose vehicles based upon their safety rating. In most cases, automobiles with higher safety ratings are statistically less likely to become involved in an accident. One exception to that rule is the Subaru Crosstrek, which has been given the highest possible safety rating yet is still involved in more accidents than any other vehicle on the road today.
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has announced that its 2019 Brake Safety Week inspection spree will take place from September 15 to 21, so truckers and other commercial motor vehicle drivers in Virginia will want to ensure that their brakes are up to specs. During that week, officials will be out on the roads across North America to perform brake inspections at random.
Older drivers in Virginia may be more likely to get distracted by the technology features available in their vehicles. A study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety and the University of Utah found that older drivers take longer to complete tasks such as changing a radio station. On average, drivers 55 and older took 8 seconds longer to complete such tasks compared to those aged 36 and younger. This is in spite of the fact that these tools are intended to help all drivers keep their eyes on the road at all times.
Summer always seems to be a bad time for drunk driving in Virginia and elsewhere around the country. On an average summer day in the US, 26 people are killed in DUI-related crashes. It gets worse on the major holidays, though. For example, during the Independence Day weekend in 2017, 184 people died in DUI crashes. In a comparable period of four or five days in the summer, that number came to around 117.
Every summer, more teens are found on the roads of Virginia and every other state. Teens, being inexperienced, are more likely to crash, and so the summer has always been considered a dangerous time for them. In fact, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has pointed to the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day as the "100 deadliest days" for teen drivers. During that time, teens' risk for a fatal crash goes up some 15%.
Many truckers in Virginia and across the U.S. are speeding to meet deadlines. This puts a lot of passenger car motorists at risk. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration states that 72% of those who die in collisions involving trucks and passenger vehicles are occupants of the latter. In the effort to check the increase in truck crashes, some trucking companies are looking to speed limiters and other technology.
Nearly a third of the respondents to a AAA survey said that they have driven drowsy at least once in the past month. In fact, they admitted that they were so drowsy that they had trouble keeping their eyes open. Virginia residents should know that drowsy driving is a frequent cause of accidents. A 2018 AAA study found that it contributes to 9.5% of crashes, though that percentage may be higher because drowsiness may go unreported.