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Responding to aggressive drivers

Drivers in North Carolina probably know about road rage, either at first or second hand. They should know, then, how important it is not to provoke other drivers who are being aggressive or bullying. The following are just a few tips on how to handle common situations.

Common reasons for car crashes

Most people living in North Carolina today will experience a car crash at some point during their lives. Most of the accidents are minor, but in 2016 alone, there were more than 40,000 deaths in the U.S. caused by car accidents. Scientists have been working to understand why car accidents happen to hopefully make roadways safer for everyone.

Drivers urged to stay sober over holidays

North Carolina residents may be familiar with the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. It aims to increase driver awareness of the dangers related to driving drunk or otherwise under the influence. It is being run during the Christmas and New Year holiday period as it is one of the busiest for travelers. According to the NHTSA, there have been an average of 300 drunk driving fatalities between Christmas and New Year's Day over the past five years.

December 2017: a month for impaired driving prevention

Whether it's in North Carolina or another state, impaired driving is a serious problem affecting drivers, passengers and pedestrians. It has been estimated that one person in the U.S. dies in an alcohol-related car crash every 50 minutes. Because of this, the White House has designated December 2017 as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. The proclamation was signed on Nov. 30.

Public views texting and driving as greatest accident threat

Seeing someone using their smartphone behind the wheel of a vehicle has become a common sight in North Carolina. The National Safety Council documented a 6 percent rise in traffic fatalities between 2015 and 2016, and smartphones are suspected as a source of driver distraction.

Driving tips to prevent accidents in the winter

In North Carolina, winter generally tends to be mild. However, this puts many drivers at risk when the temperatures do drop and cause ice to form on the roads. When the winter season does arrive, drivers can reduce their chances of becoming involved in an accident by following certain winter driving safety tips.

U.S. traffic fatalities increase over Thanksgiving

North Carolina motorists should be especially careful when driving around Thanksgiving. Studies show that U.S. traffic deaths increase in the days surrounding the annual feast, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that no other holiday leads to more fatal car accidents.

NHTSA to develop safety guidelines for self-driving cars

In early October, a Senate committee approved a bill that could speed up the manufacturing and testing of self-driving cars. It allows the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to exempt automakers from meeting certain safety standards and allow them to deploy up to 80,000 self-driving cars annually for the next three years. In September, the House of Representatives passed a similar measure. The bill has been called a landmark in legislation, with the support of corporations like General Motors and Ford Motor Company, but North Carolina motorists should know that there are some hurdles involved.

Night shift workers at heightened risk for drowsy driving

While it is well known that night shift workers are prone to develop heart disease and type 2 diabetes, there is another issue that may be of more immediate concern. Drowsy driving is a safety hazard in North Carolina and across the U.S. This condition, the result of an irregular sleep schedule, puts night shift workers and others on the road at risk even during daytime commutes on the way home.

Traffic accident fatalities up again in 2016

Venturing out onto the action's roads is becoming increasingly hazardous for motorists in North Carolina and around the country. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's latest traffic accident fatality report, which was released on Oct. 6, reveals that fatalities have increased in two consecutive years. The 37,461 road users killed in 2016 represents a 5.6 percent year-over-year increase and is the highest highway death total since 41,259 died in 2007.

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