Category: Safety Topics

  • December 8th, 2021

A disproportionally high number of serious vehicle crashes (25% of fatal crashes) occur on horizontal curves, even though curves represent only a fraction of the roadway network (5% of highway miles) (1). This is a high-priority problem that has great interest among transportation agencies throughout the nation because their ultimate goal is to reduce serious […]

  • December 8th, 2021

When StreetLight published its COVID Bicycle Trends update in the fall of 2020, it was thrilled to find that an overall spike in cycling across America’s top 100 metros had largely persisted throughout the first six months of the COVID-19 pandemic, with a remarkable 11% year-over-year (YOY) cycling increase in September of 2020. This is […]

  • November 29th, 2021

With inexpensive sensor technologies and integrated control systems becoming widespread in the automotive industry, platooning has emerged as a viable method for reducing fuel and energy consumption of vehicles, particularly within the heavy-duty trucking sector. In this report, we computationally analyzed the effect of platooning on semi-trucks with regards to aerodynamic drag using computational fluid […]

  • November 17th, 2021

At the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, we are dedicated to keeping everyone safe on the road. Part of that responsibility is identifying safety-related defects in vehicles and equipment, promoting awareness of these safety defects, and urging vehicle owners to repair open recalls. We also look closely at every complaint we receive. Unrepaired vehicle recalls […]

  • November 5th, 2021

For most people, the end of Daylight Saving Time on Sunday means gaining an extra hour of sleep, and maybe a reminder to change smoke detector batteries. However, we encourage you to add a new tradition to your safety essentials list when falling back and springing forward: Checking for vehicle safety recalls. Don’t risk your […]

  • November 3rd, 2021

The Crash Responder Safety Week (CRSW) initiative, recognizing all traffic incident management (TIM) response communities, will take place this year from November 8 -14, 2021. This week is our opportunity to make a difference individually and jointly for roadway safety during traffic incidents by teaching each other and the motoring public about our common goal […]

  • October 25th, 2021

The Thanksgiving holiday is the kickoff to the busiest season of the year. With all the rushing around and holiday travel, it’s a great time to remind motor vehicle drivers and passengers to buckle their seat belts. To keep drivers and their passengers safe, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) […]

  • October 22nd, 2021

Traffic Volume Trends is a monthly report based on hourly traffic count data reported by the States. These data are collected at approximately 5,000 continuous traffic counting locations nationwide and are used to estimate the percent change in traffic for the current month compared with the same month in the previous year. Estimates are re-adjusted […]

  • October 22nd, 2021

The new analysis for GHSA found that from 2015 to 2019, teen drivers and passengers (16-19 years of age) accounted for a greater proportion of speeding-related fatalities (43%) than all other age groups (30%). During this five-year period, 4,930 teen drivers and passengers died in speeding-related crashes. Teens and Speeding: Breaking the Deadly Cycle also sheds light […]