Have you ever wondered which seats in your car are the safest in the event of an accident? A recent report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety examined this question and found some interesting results. According to their research, passengers in the back seat may be at heightened risk for serious injury or death in a head-on collision as opposed to travelers in the front seat. Although these results may seem like the opposite of what you might expect, researchers are attributing the risk to back seat passengers based on several factors. Many seatbelts in the back seat are not designed well for passengers, which may increase their risk for injury. Most research and crash tests tend to focus on the safety of front seat passengers as opposed to back seat passengers. Seatbelt safety technology has improved greatly over the years for those in the front seat, but these same technological advances are not always used in the back seat, too. Additionally, seatbelt tensions do not always react the same way in the back seat, which sometimes makes restraints too loose or too tight in the event of a collision. Additionally, there are no front airbags in the back seat.
This is good news! Five PA agencies are working together to make conditions safer for emergency responders and clear accident scenes faster on our state's highways. As a result of efforts spearheaded by the PA Turnpike Commission, many of the state's emergency responders have been trained to improve their ability to communicate and collaborate when working on highway accidents. As a way to formally address highway accident issues, the PennTIME program was formed. This program consists of the State Department of Health, PA State Police, PennDOT, the Turnpike Commission, and the state's Emergency Management Organzation. This program will help organize efforts between police, firefighters, emergency medical personnel, and accident removal companies (like towing and hazardous materials organizations) to have one efficient, coordinated response.
Many of us know that summer is a big season for teen driving accidents, since students are out of school and on the roads more frequently. However, did you know what the major causes of teen driving accidents in the summer are? AAA has compiled some data to take a look at this phenomenon, what the causes of accidents are, and how we can help prevent them. According to their study, the top causes for teen driving accidents in the summer are 1) talking or getting something for someone else in the vehicle, 2) using their cell phones to talk, text, and/or use an app, and 3) attending/looking for something else inside of the vehicle.
Did you know that there are apps you can download to help you be a safer driver? DMV.org listed some apps that you can put on your phone to keep you safer and less distracted when driving down our nation's roads. Some of the apps block text messages while you're driving, while others send out notifications when you've left and arrived at your destination safely. Others share your location and reward you for the numbers of safe miles that you've driven! Read more here to figure out which apps may be right for you and your family members.