Do Drivers Feel Less Safe Today?

According to a survey done by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, more than 50% of American drivers said driving feels less safe today than it did just give years ago.  Why is this?  Wouldn’t it seem that driving would be safer, given all of the new features in vehicles today to help the vehicles sustain crashes and the passengers avoid injuries?

Why Driving is Tricker Today

While going to the Department of Motor Vehicles might be challenging, being on the road seems to be more difficult.  Drivers are reporting new worries about being on the road.  After all, there are more distractions when driving today than there have been in the past.

Drivers have pointed out the following worries:

  • Cell phones
  • Inattention
  • Aggressive drivers
  • Increased traffic volumes
  • Speeding
Does this mean that drivers are less safe?  That’s the question that’s difficult to answer.  Certainly, times have changed, but the causation isn’t as clear.

How to Stay Safe on the Road

There are a number of ways that you can begin to stay safer on the roads:
  • Know the local traffic laws
  • Attend driving classes
  • Do not talk on the phone or text while driving
  • Maintain a proper speed
What can you do about other drivers?  That’s where things get tricky.  But paying attention is the best advice in any situation.  Driving is when you should be thinking about driving, not about anything else.

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