If you are like many other drivers in the United States, you have used your cellphone while behind the wheel. This deadly practice, however, leads to catastrophic car accidents, injuries and deaths. In 2016, 3,450 people were killed, and another 391,000 people were injured in distracted driving car accidents in the U.S., according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. As a result, many states, including Connecticut, implemented legislation banning the use of hand-hand cellphones while driving. In order to stay in compliance with the law, you may have used a hands-free cellphone while driving. However, studies show that these devices may not be a safe alternative to their hand-held counterparts.
Now that winter is finally here, many motorists in Connecticut will find themselves traveling for the holiday season. In this case, taking the proper precautions is crucial to prevent both you and other drivers from being involved in an accident. Accordingly, AAA offers the following advice.
Despite your preparation for inclement weather or hazardous road conditions in Connecticut, no matter how confident you are, it can be incredibly shocking to be in the moment where you have to navigate a dangerous risk on the road while you are driving. For example, if you are driving your vehicle and your tire blows out, what should you do? Even the slightest overcorrection or overreaction could instantly put your life at risk. Understanding how to safely navigate this dire scenario is essential to help you remain calm if you ever find yourself in that position.
Distracted driving can lead to serious collisions. A recent analysis looked into how many accidents involving distracted driving the different cities, towns and villages in Connecticut have seen in the period running from 2015 to 2018. It did this by reviewing traffic data that went up to Sept. 8 of this year.