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Keep the right of way in mind to avoid crashes

People in Illinois know that it's important to be aware of who has the right of way when driving. The rules that govern this distinction, also called failure-to-yield laws, determine who is legally correct in moving first when driving. Understanding who has the right of way can be critical in avoiding traffic tickets, moving violation citations and, most importantly, auto collisions and the risk they pose for serious personal injuries.

Roundabouts reduce car accidents that result in injuries

Illinois drivers may be interested to learn that it has long been believed by many traffic engineers that roundabouts could be safer than busy traditional intersections. A study of 144 roundabouts in Minnesota showed that the fatal crash rate was reduced by about 86 percent after installation.

Highlighting the issue of drunk driving

A person is killed once every 50 minutes on an Illinois roadway or elsewhere in America because of an impaired driver. In an effort to raise awareness of the dangers of impaired driving, December has been named National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. The goal is to recognize that impaired driving is not a smart option and that people can choose not to do so.

Americans think texting more dangerous than marijuana on roads

Those in Illinois and elsewhere around the country probably are aware that it is dangerous and illegal to drive while under the effect of marijuana. However, a new poll shows that most Americans believe that driving while high is less dangerous than texting while driving.

Avoiding car crashes in the winter

The Federal Highway Administration reports that nearly 1.3 million car crashes out of the more than 5.7 million that occur each year are weather-related, and winter is arguably the most dangerous season of all. Many drivers in Illinois are familiar with the heavy snow, freezing rain and flooding that it can bring, which is why they should inform themselves about the ways they might avoid an accident during inclement weather.

Thanksgiving, the deadliest U.S. holiday

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the deadliest holiday in the U.S. may be Thanksgiving. In 2012, for example, there were 764 crashes involving fatalities on Thanksgiving, compared to 654 on Christmas. In addition, that year saw 50,000 non-fatal crashes on Thanksgiving. Illinois residents may be wondering what can be done to prevent this surge in mortality rates.

Night shift workers at higher risk for drowsy driving

Night shift work disrupts the ordinary sleep-wake cycle, increasing the risk of drowsiness in the daytime. With over 9.5 million people throughout the U.S. working a night or rotational shift, drowsy driving has become a public health hazard in Illinois and around the country.

Perceived ability to safely text and drive may put some at risk

Although a majority of motorists in Illinois and around the country may feel irritated or concerned when they observe other people texting and driving, approximately one-third of them apparently believe that they can handle both tasks at the same time. Extrapolated from the results of a 2017 Progressive Insurance study, this conclusion lies in sharp contrast to other findings in connection with this particular research effort. For example, the majority of the survey respondents believe that texting behind the wheel is dangerous, and more than 90 percent of them say that distracted driving should be illegal.

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