A survey conducted by the Emergency Responder Safety Institute and the National Safety Council confirms the fact that drivers, in Mississippi and across the U.S., become more distracted when passing emergency vehicles. A startling 71 percent said they take pictures or videos when passing first responders; 66 percent send an email and 60 percent post on social media about it. Eighty percent slow down to get a better look.
Losing an hour of sleep to daylight saving time can have serious consequences for drivers in Mississippi and across the US. First of all, it is recommended that all drives sleep for at least seven hours each night. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety claims that missing even one or two hours of sleep in a 24-hour period can nearly double an individual's risk for getting in a car crash.
Mississippi residents with concerns about distracted driving should be aware of a JAMA Psychiatry study that shows ADHD medication greatly reduces the chances a driver with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder will get in a car accident. The study examined more than 2.3 million Americans and demonstrated that up to 22.1 percent of car crashes may not have happened if the drivers had received ADHD medication.
Emergency rooms in Mississippi and around the country treat about 2 million car accident victims each year, and many of these road users are admitted because of blunt force abdominal trauma. Two of the organs most commonly damaged in automobile accidents are the liver and spleen. However, wearing a seat belt reduces the risks of suffering such an injury by more than 20 percent, according to a study in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health that was recently published.
The World Health Organization has ranked traffic crashes as the No. 8 leading cause of death globally. While drivers in Mississippi can feel confident that road safety laws are adequately protecting them, this is not the case in many countries. The 2018 Global Status Report on Road Safety, released in December by WHO, shows that those in low-income countries are three times more likely to die in a traffic crash than residents in high-income countries.
Mississippi residents who keep up with advances in car safety tech may be aware of external airbags. While other systems that predict crashes will tighten seatbelts or adjust the suspension, the systems linked to external airbags provide a more drastic solution. However, this solution can limit the risks associated with side impact crashes.
Changes in winter weather patterns have meant that even drivers in Mississippi need to be concerned about winter driving. Winter driving brings unique dangers because icy winter conditions can appear out of nowhere. Modern vehicles have been equipped with traction control and other safety features to protect drivers, passengers and pedestrians from unforeseen occurrences that can take place during the winter.
The National Safety Council has released a report called "Undercounted is Underinvested: How Incomplete Crash Reports Impact Efforts to Save Lives." The results are startling: No state has fields or codes for the police to record all the possible factors in car crashes. Referring to various government and traffic safety organizations, the NSC identified 23 crash factors. Mississippi residents will want to know which states fare the best.
Mississippi residents should know that the risk for a fatal car crash triples at night, according to the National Safety Council. The following are just a few reasons why driving at night is more dangerous than driving at any other time of day, and they are worth keeping in mind as drivers adapt to the end of Daylight Saving Time.
Bright sunlight is a danger to drivers in Mississippi, as in every other state, because it can create visual illusions, temporarily blind drivers and slow their reaction times. Drivers are actually 16 percent more at risk for a fatal accident when traveling in bright sunlight than in normal weather. By following the tips given below, they can reduce that risk.