Texting while driving has always been a dangerous activity and when cell phone companies installed a personal assistant on your device that allows you to text someone hands-free, most everyone automatically thought this was safer. But is this really a safer option than traditional texting? Contrary to popular belief, using voice-to-text is just as dangerous as traditional texting. You are still using the device mentally to think about the text that you want to send, listening to the response, and correcting any errors that were made. Before using the personal assistant to text your friends, family, or significant others, there are a few things to think about.
Here is a list of reasons why voice texting is just as dangerous:
- Mental Distractions – While using the personal assistant you are thinking about the text that you are sending and what you want to say rather than what is going on around you.
- Reaction Time – Your reaction time is twice as slow while using the voice-to-text method. You are not likely paying attention to the road around you and will have a slower braking time, be forced to swerve out of the way, or will not have time to stop.
- Amount of time it takes to use the voice texting – Personal assistants are not the best at texting because they deal with diction transcription. While using voice-to-text, some phrases, names, etc can be easily lost in translation. People often become frustrated with the device and have to deal with correcting errors.
- Eye contact with the road – Contrary to popular belief, you have the same loss of eye contact with the road whether you are using voice to text or texting traditionally.
Before using the voice-to-text option, think about the list above. In order to prevent accidents, it is recommended that you opt not to text while driving. For further questions contact the Brothers in Law, 757.319.4085.
According to a new study, pedestrian deaths are at an all-time high and it does NOT appear to be a statistical anomaly. “U.S. pedestrian deaths totaled nearly 6,000 in 2017 for the second straight year amid mounting signs that walkers and drivers are dangerously distracted, according to a new study.” (USA Today)
According to a report from the Governor’s Highway Safety Association, “GHSA estimates that there were 5,984 pedestrian fatalities in 2017, essentially unchanged from the 5,987 pedestrians killed in 2016. The report also explores potential contributors to the high number of pedestrian fatalities, considering factors including state legalization of recreational marijuana and the dramatic growth in smartphone use.”
To keep you and your family safe while walking and driving the streets of Hampton Roads, here are a few tips.
- Don’t let your phone distract you into danger. When you’re crossing busy roads or walking alongside well-traveled thoroughfares, keep your phone in your pocket and pay attention to the environment around you.
- Watch your speed! When driving in areas where pedestrians are also present, it is especially important to obey speed limits and crosswalk laws. “If you’re hit by a car that’s going 25 miles an hour, you have an 80 percent chance of surviving. If you’re hit by the same car going 40 miles an hour, you only have a 20 percent chance of surviving.”
- Clean your headlights and wear reflective clothing. As a driver, having clean headlights that are able to shine to their full potential and illuminate any potential hazards can greatly increase the safety of your driving. The same can be said for pedestrians out at night. Make yourself more visible to drivers and you’ll make yourself safer.
We hope these tips help keep you safe. If you or someone you know do become the victim of an accident, call The Brothers in Law, 757-319-4085.
Did you know, driver’s education isn’t just for teenagers anxious to get behind the wheel for the first time? Driver’s education courses can provide a lot of benefits to experienced drivers as well. During the years you spend driving, rules and regulations change so it’s good to take a driver’s education class for a refresher. Find out the top benefits now.
Benefits of Driver’s Education Benefits for New and Experienced Drivers
- The teachers are qualified and experienced because they go through intense training and are required to know what to expect for your area. The instructors teach you the skills you need while learning to drive. As well as learning the basic skills, the courses also teach you freeway driving, what to do in inclement weather, how to navigate busy urban streets, and what to do when in a critical situation.
- You can get discounts on your insurance. Most insurance companies will discount your insurance if you are able to provide evidence that you took a Driver’s Ed course. As well as you being eligible for a discount, your teenagers are as well. That will create a double discount and save you big bucks. Your insurance will usually have a list of recommended schools to attend and who which school will allow you to gain these benefits.
- They give you the confidence you need for driving on the road. Confident drivers equal safer drivers. The more knowledge you have, the better you will feel while driving and will prevent accidents from happening.
- You can improve your driving record and gain points on your license. If you were to get a ticket and/or were in an accident, taking the course will either counteract the points to your license or you can gain positive points when you take the class.
Here are a few of the top driving schools in the area:
Joyner’s Driving Improvement School 757-213-6855
Hampton Roads Driving School 757-486-8636
Old Dominion Driving School 757-473-3321
While driving schools may seem tedious or unnecessary, there are a lot of benefits to taking one. Have you been in an accident and wonder if a driving course would help your situation? Contact the Brothers in Law, 757.319.4085.
Motorcycle riding is a very popular hobby that many people enjoy. Since there is such a large population of riders, there are also a lot of bikes on the road. Drivers are often not aware that a motorcycle is nearby and this can lead to accidents. Although riding a motorcycle can be a blast, there are some safety concerns to consider before hopping on. Before choosing to ride, take into account this list of facts.
5 Must-Know Facts About Motorcycle Accidents
- Wear Safety Gear at all times. This one is self-explanatory but it’s an important factor to keep in mind at all times. Wearing your safety gear could prevent from death or further serious injuries upon impact.
- Beware of other drivers and blind spots. Drivers cannot see you, even if your bike is loud and brightly colored. It is important to always be aware of the drivers around you and your blind spots because this could prevent an accident.
- Motorcycles are deadlier than cars. This one is also self-explanatory. Motorcycles do not have the metal cage that cars do to shield their riders. You are open and exposed and are more likely to be ejected from the motorcycle.
- There are more than just physical injuries. When you get in a motorcycle accident, you have to take into consideration the emotional trauma that is experienced, medical bills, times spent in the hospital, and missed time from work and your loved ones.
- Most motorcycle accidents occur at intersections. It does not seem logical to most people but there is a lot that occurs at intersections. When the accidents do occur it’s usually the result of someone failing to obey the rider’s rights, not being able to see the motorcycle, violating basic traffic laws or running the stop signs or lights.
It’s good to know your options and the precautions you can take to prevent accidents now and in the future. If you find yourself the victim of a motorcycle accident, call The Brothers in Law, 757.319.4085.
In 2016, “97% of vehicle occupants killed in two-vehicle crashes involving a passenger vehicle and a large truck in 2016 were occupants of the passenger vehicles.” Why are these crashes so common and so deadly?
According to IIHS, “A total of 3,986 people died in large truck crashes in 2016. Seventeen percent of these deaths were truck occupants, 66 percent were occupants of cars and other passenger vehicles, and 16 percent were pedestrians, bicyclists or motorcyclists. The number of people who died in large truck crashes was 27 percent higher in 2016 than in 2009, when it was the lowest it has been since the collection of fatal crash data began in 1975. The number of truck occupants who died was 47 percent higher than in 2009. ”
What causes these accidents?
The Top 5 Causes of Truck Accidents
- 29% – Brake problems on the truck
- 23% – Excessive speed
- 22% – Unfamiliar roadway
- 20% – Roadway problems
- 17% OTC Drug Use
If you or someone you love has been the victim of a truck accident, call The Brothers in Law, 757-319-4085.