Who would have thought that an increase in the quality of our economy could potentially lead to more traffic accidents? Advocates for vehicular safety have actually made ties to the stimulated economy and the recent influx of wrecks on the road.
Sometimes, you can't make this stuff up.
In a prior post, we highlighted the increased risk of accidents in shopping mall parking lots during the holiday season due to the increased volume of traffic as people shop for presents for their friends and loved ones.
'Tis the season to be jolly; or at least that is what automakers want you to feel so that you take a stroll down to the car lot to buy something new or trade up. Depending on when you were last in the market for a car, you may not be familiar with all the latest bells and whistles.
We hope our readers had a great Thanksgiving with family and loved ones. Now that the turkey, stuffing and cranberry have been eaten, the focus is now on Black Friday; the annual day of shopping and consumption designed to keep (or get) retailers into the black. Indeed, retailers want to get people into stores, and shoppers are more than happy to oblige. With that, it is expected mall parking lots will be crowded from now until the New Year. So accidents in parking lots are to be expected.
It is well known that driver-less cars will be coming. The only question is when. A number of automakers are working diligently on prototypes, including Audi, Toyota and Mercedes Benz. In fact, Silicon Valley tech giant Google is also in the running for an autonomous car. In fact, automakers already have elements of self driving cars in today's vehicles such as adaptive cruise control, park assist functions and automatic braking functions.
The ski season is going to start before we know it. People are going to start flocking to ski resorts in earnest after the Thanksgiving holiday. While winter driving safety tips don't apply for our readers in the Valley, they are important for those who love going to the mountains to enjoy what winter offers.
The holiday driving season is weeks away, so Arizona drivers will likely begin seeing public service announcements bemoaning the practice of drunk driving. Of course, the dangers of driving while impaired by alcohol are obvious. Alcohol affects a person’s motor skills and judgment; two things that are essential for safely operating a motor vehicle.
When parents put their children on a bus each day, they don't expect them to be involved in an accident. However, the reality is that accidents happen, and buses can be involved. We have heard many stories this year about how drivers have been inattentive and not mindful of traffic laws. With that, children on school buses have been put in harm's way.