Safety is something that not a few drivers in Tennessee make light of. Distraction is especially common. Drivers often, for example, call or text on their smartphones, or they engage in more basic activities that nonetheless take their attention from the road, including eating, drinking, adjusting the radio, using a navigator or talking with a passenger. Every day across the U.S., approximately 600,000 drivers use their phones at least once during their trip.
Many Tennessee motorists get drowsy from time to time. However, rideshare drivers are often sleep deprived on a regular basis. The low fare and salary incentives of the industry compel many operators to overwork themselves. This can wreak havoc on their circadian rhythm and endanger both themselves and others.
Traffic accidents are the eighth-leading cause of death in the world according to a report from the World Health Organization. However, accidents may not receive as much attention from Tennessee residents and others compared to other worldwide causes of death like HIV. Despite this, there are many things that countries around the world are doing to make sure that roads are as safe as possible.
The number of road users killed in motor vehicle accidents involving large trucks in Tennessee and around the country rose by a worrying 9 percent to 4,761 in 2017 according to figures released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This is the highest commercial vehicle accident death toll in almost three decades, and a number of logistics industry groups say that federal hours of service regulations are partly to blame.
Motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians had a somewhat safer year on the roads of Tennessee according to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. After worrisome increases in traffic deaths nationwide in 2015 and 2016, fatalities went down by almost 2 percent in 2017. Drops in deadly passenger car, motorcycle or pedestrian accidents contributed to the improvement, but the number of deadly truck accidents actually went up, and urban areas have surpassed rural areas in traffic deaths.
Tennessee residents with teenage children who have just learned to drive may be interested to know about a certain Baylor University study. Researchers focused on the Texas Reality Education for Drivers program, a supplemental drivers' education program, and its effect on teens' risk awareness and driving behavior.
Tennessee residents with teen children know how important it is to supervise them before they go on to obtain their license. Parental supervision during the permit phase can have its limitations, though, according to a study from the National Institutes for Health. Researchers took 90 teen and 131 parent participants and analyzed driving performance from the time the teens obtained their learner's permit to one year after they received their license.
Tennessee drivers are likely aware that distracted driving is becoming more and more prevalent. From 2014 to 2017, the number of fatalities on America's roads went up by 10 percent, and distracted driving may be partly to blame for it. It should be kept in mind that public health officials have not definitively established that link.
The vast majority of fatal truck accidents in Tennessee and around the country are caused by passenger vehicle drivers or obstacles in the roadway according to the latest Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts report from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The federal safety agency's figures reveal that 73 percent of the fatal truck and bus accidents that took place in 2016 were caused by vehicles, people or animals that were either in the truck or bus's lane or strayed into it.
Many Tennessee drivers are aware of the dangers of being distracted on the roadways. Whether the distraction is a mobile phone or an advanced entertainment system, anything that draws the eyes and mind from the road ahead could spell disaster in case of a car accident. While device-oriented distracted driving has received substantial publicity and awareness campaigns, one of the most dangerous forms of distracted driving is also the simplest: daydreaming behind the wheel.