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Avoiding accidents with large trucks

From 2009 to 2016, the number of fatal large truck crashes went up 27 percent. This is according to the U.S. Department of Transportation's Fatality Analysis Reporting System. In all, 3,986 people died in large truck crashes in 2016, and 66 percent of those fatalities were passenger vehicle occupants. Pennsylvania motorists can avoid becoming a statistic, though, if they consider some tips for avoiding truck crashes.

Most common factors in drunk driving fatalities

Many drunk driving crashes in Pennsylvania end in fatalities. Across the U.S., drunk driving fatalities make up approximately a third of all traffic-related fatalities. There are several common causes of these fatalities, such as the incurring of head trauma and excessive blood loss. Hitting the steering wheel or another hard surface, as well as being struck by flying debris, generally results in trauma.

External airbags can help keep drivers safe

Statistics show that cars with external airbags could experience a reduction in accident injury severity by up to 40 percent. However, there are some issues that will need to be addressed before Pennsylvania drivers have this technology on their vehicles. For instance, it will be necessary to ensure that the airbags only deploy when intended. The airbags would use a combination of lidar, radar and similar technology to determine if a collision is imminent.

Safe winter driving in Pennsylvania

Drivers will want to prepare for the challenges of winter driving, and one of the first steps is to ensure a properly winterized vehicle. They could check antifreeze levels, replace the windshield wipers and consider getting snow tires. A mechanic could inspect components like the battery, spark plugs, brakes and ignition. Drivers should also carry jumper cables, tire chains, ice scrapers, flares and other essentials in case of an emergency.

Beware the dangers of driving on Thanksgiving

Americans love the holiday season. No one spends more time, money and effort on making sure that the times together with family and friends are special for everyone. Part of our efforts to make each holiday memorable involves travel – trips to see those we care about most.

Study measures crash risk among sleep-deprived drivers

While experts recommend getting seven to nine hours of sleep every night, one in three adult drivers in Pennsylvania and across the U.S. sleep fewer than seven hours. The result is drowsy driving, a factor in an estimated 7 percent of all motor vehicle accidents, including 16 percent of all fatal crashes.

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