Drive Safely

Summer 2006 CSANews Issue 59  |  Posted date : May 28, 2007.Back to list

Nearly 80 per cent of all automobile accidents involve driver inattention, according to a major report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Simply looking away from the road for longer than two seconds doubles or triples the risk of a crash. Complex tasks – such as reading a map, applying makeup or dialing a hand-held phone – are riskiest. Even talking on a phone increases the risk only slightly but, since this is so common, it adds up to a major risk factor. Drowsiness is another leading cause of inattention.

Source: University of California, Berkeley Wellness Letter

Good Driving News
Older drivers are less likely to be involved in accidents associated with driver fatigue during bad weather and while travelling at high speeds and involving a single vehicle. Mature drivers are less likely to be involved in head-on and rear-end collisions.

Bad Driving News
Older drivers are more likely to be involved in crashes involving broad-siding or sideswiping other vehicles. Older drivers are more likely to be involved in crashes that involve driver error, as opposed to poor judgment. Common errors include failure to regard traffic signals, crashes at intersections, failing to yield right of way and failing to obey stop signs and signals.

Source: The Mature Driver: Safety and Mobility Issues