Drivers on the road play a key role in traffic safety. Understanding driver related risks and how you can proactively address these issues can impact the safety of our roadways.
Drivers aged 65 and over represent a growing segment of America's licensed drivers, and face an increased risk of traffic-related injuries and fatalities. Mature drivers often face impairments in vision, cognition, and motor function that affect driving abilities.Read More
Newly licensed drivers and teen drivers experience a heightened number of traffic crashes and fatalities. This can be due to impairment, passengers, distracting electronic devices, speeding, and not wearing a seat belt.
Young drivers, parents, and educators can be proactive in addressing these issues through research, community partnerships, grant programs and public awareness campaigns such as NHTSA’s National Teen Driver Safety Week.Read More
Child safety in and around cars includes proper restraints and extends to the prevention of rollaway, backover, and heat stroke dangers. NHTSA provides educational information to parents and caregivers through prevention campaigns.Read More
Aggressive driving is the operation of a motor vehicle in a manner that endangers or is likely to endanger persons or property. Aggressive driving behaviors include following too closely, driving at excessive speeds, weaving through traffic, and running stop lights and signs, among other acts. Aggressive driving is a traffic violation.Read More
Hit & Run
A hit and run occurs when is a pedestrian, vehicle, fixed object, or an animal is involved in a car accident and one of the vehicles leaves the scene without stopping to identify itself or render aid to anyone who might need assistance. The act is committed by leaving the scene of the accident regardless of fault.Read More
Road Rage encompasses the angry and violent behaviors at the extreme of the aggressive driving continuum. It includes gesturing in anger, yelling at another motorist, confrontation, physical assault, and even murder. Road rage, aside from the yelling and gesticulating, is a criminal offense.Read More
NHTSA considers a crash to be speeding related if any driver in the crash was charged with a speeding-related offense or if a police officer indicated that racing, driving too fast for conditions, or exceeding the posted speed limit was a contributing factor in the crash.Read More
Distractions both inside and outside of the vehicle can cause drivers to take their eyes from the road long enough to put themselves and other roadway users in serious jeopardy.
Distracted driving enforcement concentrates on a driver’s self-imposed distractions, such as texting, electronic device, eating or putting on makeup.
Consider implementing an app to fight distracted driving such as LifeSaver or Mojo. Distracted driving apps encourage users to drive safely by blocking calls and text messages as well as rewarding safe driving.Read More
Drowsy Driving is a common driver issue where the driver's attention is diverted from driving responsibilities from tiredness, lack of sleep or boredom. Combat drowsy driving with these useful tips:
- Find a rest-stop where you can stretch and walk around
- Find a place to get a snack or a cup of coffee
- Turn the radio volume up loud
- Roll down your windows
- Chew gum or eat sunflower seeds while driving
Designate a Sober Driver
When planning on consuming alcohol, designate a sober driver before going out and give that person your keys.
Call a Ride
If you’re impaired, call a taxi or rideshare, use mass transit, or call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely.
Promptly report drunk drivers you see on the roadways to law enforcement.
Restraints & Protective Gear
Wearing your safety belt while in a car or using a helmet and protective gear when on a motorcycle is your best defense against an impaired driver.
Friends Don't Let Friends Drive Drunk
If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.