Driver Education: What learning can be more useful than what could save your life?
Author: RICARDO ALEMÁN
It is a unique portable safety device that can be on the keychain. It is a small tool that allows you to escape to from a vehicle or rescue trapped passengers. Some Councils give them to their local police officers, since they serve to rescue trapped people quickly and efficiently. Remember the day where he had to break the glass of a vehicle because there was a minor forgotten inside, thanks to this tool it could fracture glass safely for the child.
Inspired by the concept of the car emergency hammer, ResQMe ™ is a revolutionary and extremely powerful rescue tool despite its small size. As it is in the keychain, it requires no installation and you will always have it at hand.The head is reusable, is restored automatically, and can be used several times. The blade is extremely durable and can cut several safety belts.
AUTHOR: RICARDO GERMAN/POLICÍA LOCAL DE ROQUETAS DE MAR
Editor’s Note: This has been translated into Spanish from the original blog here.
Question: Does the resqme tool work on all car windows?
Answer: The resqme tool is effective only against clear and tinted tempered glass. Tempered glass is commonly used in rear and side car windows. The resqme tool does NOT work on laminated glass. Laminated windows which are typically used for windshields can also be found on some car models. To check to see what your side windows are made of, locate the sticker on your side windows to see if it is designated as “Tempered” glass. If you are unable to locate the sticker or the information is not understandable, please call your car manufacturer. You can find a list of some vehicles equipped with laminated windows in the US at: http://www.epgaa.com/applications/index.asp. This list is not comprehensive so we recommend contacting your car manufacturer directly.
Since the type of glass on car windows vary between car manufacturers, it is important to know what type is on your vehicle. For further information on what laminated glass windows are, please visit wiseGeek.
-The resqme team
Teen Car Insurance and Driver Safety Guide
By Guest Author: Kerry Blake
It’s a well known fact that teen drivers take more risks on the road than drivers over the age of twenty. But many people do not realize just to what extent teens have problems with driving safely, and what exactly can be done to reduce the problem. Besides the physical risks entailed by reckless driving, teens and their parents are often hit with higher insurance premiums. Fortunately, there are things that can be done to improve teen driving and reduce teen insurance premiums.
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Teens and Automobile Accidents: The Truth
It’s the shocking truth that according to CDC teens are 3 times more likely to get involved in fatal road accidents than drivers over the age of twenty. An explanation for this is that teen drivers simply do not have the requisite experience to drive safely.
High Risk = High Insurance Premiums
Due to the riskiness of insuring adolescent drivers, insurance companies charge much higher premiums for teenage drivers than they do to drivers 25 or older. Unfortunately, many parents are under the impression that there is little or nothing that they can do to lower their teens’ insurance premiums. This, fortunately, is not the case.
Lowering Teens’ Insurance Premiums
One possible way to lower a teen’s car insurance premium is to ask for a good student discount. Some insurers are willing to offer teenagers with a B average or higher insurance discounts they are not willing to offer mediocre or bad students.
Another way to possibly reduce a teen’s premium is to have him or her take a safety-focused driving course after passing his or her driving test. If the course is recognized by the car insurance company, they may be willing to offer some kind of discount. (Of course, different insurers have different policies, and not all are willing to offer any kind of discount.)
In the event that no discounts are available, it is a good idea for teens to consider buying a used car to help them and their families cut overall automobile expenses.
Helping Teen Drivers Develop into Safe Drivers
Becoming a safe, expert driver takes years of practice. Teens need all the help they can get in order to better develop their driving skills. Parents should provide advice and continued assistance as teens become more and more comfortable with driving on their own.
Naturally, at the same time, parents should avoid playing too dominant a role in teens’ driving education. Doing so may end up resulting in communication problems between parents and teens.
The single best way parents can help their teens develop into safe drivers (who will have substantially lower insurance premiums in the future) is to model good driving behaviors. Parents who fail to practice good driving habits cannot expect their older children to do anything but follow their bad example.
Being a good example is invariably more effective than lecturing. Parents should always be aware of their driving and what their teens might learn from their driving in order to encourage teens to establish good driving habits in the future.
Kerry Blake is a writer of technology and automotive articles. You can find Kerry contributing on several sites like King Of Fuel.
The Problem of Unsafe Driving Among Teens
As you can see from the data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the key contributing factor to fatal collisions with young drivers is speed. Over 35% of the accidents are caused by teenage drivers exceeding the posted speed limit.
|Cause of Accident||Percentage of Fatal Crashes|
|Alcohol and Drugs||
|Passing and Lane Changes||
|Wrong Side of the Road||
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (USA) 2012
The statistics are a great concern as they address a clear lack of judgment of the risk factors that multiply when driving at reckless speeds, but it also reflects an unfortunate overconfidence in the young driver’s abilities to manage the vehicle at a high speed. Their confidence that they will be able to react promptly as a driver causes a high mortality rate in motor vehicle accidents involving teens. And the data reflects that the speed of travel greatly exceeds the posted safe speed, which means that they aren’t just speeding “a little” they are making a dangerous choice that puts them (and other drivers and passengers) at great risk.
What is even more alarming is the fact that statistically, young drivers do not appear to learn from their mistakes. After a non-fatal collision dangerous young drivers are very likely to repeat the same risky behaviors that lead to the cause of their first accident. These dangerous drivers rather than being deterred by participating in a collision have a probability of a reoccurring serious accident according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data.
- Drivers with one prior crash have a subsequent crash rate of 1.5 times greater than drivers with no prior incidents.
- Drivers with three (3) prior crashes have a subsequent crash rate of 3.3 times greater than drivers with no prior incidents.
- Drivers with 6 or more prior neg-op points have a crash rate which is 2.5 times higher than young drivers with no prior accidents.
The data is alarming for both parents and lawmakers who struggle to educate young drivers on the very real risks of fatality or serious, lifetime injury such as cognitive or physical disability post-accident. Overcoming the obstacles to educating our young drivers is critical, and understanding what motivates them to make life threatening choices when behind the wheel of a motor vehicle.
Factors Which Contribute to Unsafe Driving
Why do young drivers make bad choices that put their safety (and the safety of others) at risk? There are a number of common factors that contribute to motor vehicle accidents causing injury or even death for young drivers, who have a traffic accident rate that is higher than any other age group (drivers aged 16 to 19 years). These are some of the common factors.
- Poor hazard detection (the ability to gather information quickly and identify potential risks around them to avoid accidents). This perception comes with experience that young drivers have not acquired on the road.
- Hesitance to wear seatbelts contributes to serious injury during motor vehicle accidents for teens.
- Alcohol and drugs are a factor that impairs reaction time and judgment, increasing both the risk of an accident and the severity of injuries for the driver and passengers.
- Transporting passengers puts a young driver 3.6 times more likely to get into an accident due to distracted driving.
- The crash rate is three times higher for young drivers on the road after 9:00 p.m. Visual acuity for night driving may be poor, but alcohol and drugs are also a factor in late night accidents.
- Risk perception is low. Teens do not feel that they will get into an accident and they do not contemplate the probability of a serious life threatening injury, disability or even death.
For young drivers it can be a combination of many of these factors that puts them in the direct path of a motor vehicle accident. So what is being done and what can we do to educate them better and protect teens and other drivers from bad decisions that cost lives?
Why are teenage drivers so reluctant to evaluate the real danger when it comes to driving? Lawmakers have realized that in many cases where speed or distracted driving is a factor, there are other passengers in the vehicle which can contribute to poor decision making and dangerous distractions for the young and inexperienced driver.
Each of the fifty (50) States in the US have instituted a three-stage GDL system, although the terms and restrictions of the Graduated Drivers License vary by state as there is no Federal provision. One of the common restrictions for teen drivers is to restrict passengers by age; it reduces fatalities to limit the number of young passengers permitted in the car without adult supervision. More than 50% of the States limit young drivers to one (1) passenger under the age of 21 years.
For more information and a map of State laws pertaining to Graduated Drivers Licensing visit the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Highway Loss Data Institute website.
What Can Parents Do About It?
No one wants to discuss mortality, particularly with your children. But that hesitancy to discuss the consequences of certain actions and bad judgment puts young drivers at exceptional risk. They need to understand that there is more at risk in a car accident than a speeding ticket or raised insurance premiums. That they, and their friends and other drivers are all put into a dangerous situation any time bad choices are made behind the wheel.
- Insist on a formal driver’s education program for your teen. You can assist their progress and training by helping them and instructing them, but the best education comes from trained professionals who are skilled in communicating with young drivers. Choose a qualified and reputable education class for your teen.
- Sit down and show them the consequences of reckless driving. It may seem a little harsh or awkward but YouTube is a great source for videos on driver safety awareness. Let your teen see peers who have experience significant loss (injury or disability) as a result of bad choices.
- Limit access to vehicles until you are comfortable with the level of practical driving skills your teen has. In other words, a license does not mean automatic and unsupervised access to Mom or Dad’s car. It is earned when responsible driving skills are demonstrated over time.
Create an honest, non-lecturing and frank dialogue with your teenager about the risks for them, their friends and other drivers on the road with them.
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Distracted Driving: One Text or Call Could Wreck It All
With ever increasing demands on our personal and professional time in today’s busy society, learning to juggle multiple tasks at once is something we all face daily. As a result, a new traffic safety epidemic has emerged on America’s roadways that demand immediate attention: distracted driving.
In 2012, 3,328 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver. One of the most alarming and widespread forms of distracted driving is cell phone usage. According to a Carnegie Mellon study, driving while using a cell phone reduces the amount of brain activity associated with driving by 37 percent. And a report from the National Safety Council found that people talking on cell phones or sending text messages cause more than one out of every four traffic accidents.
Text messaging is of heightened concern because it combines three types of distraction – visual, manual and cognitive. In other words, texting involves taking your eyes off the road, your hands off the wheel, and your mind off the task of driving.
To tackle this ever-increasing problem, NHTSA is focusing on ways to change the behavior of drivers through legislation, enforcement, public awareness and education—the same tactics that have curbed drinking and driving and increased seat belt use.
NHTSA’s message is simple – “One Text or Call Could Wreck it All.” With supporters ranging from President Obama to Oprah and legislation being passed across the nation to discourage distracted driving, we hope drivers get the message loud and clear.
So the next time you are pressed for time, and it seems like multitasking in the car is the best decision, remember those 3,328 lives that were taken because someone decided they could do two things at once. A text or call is not worth your life, or anyone else’s.
Three Technologies Poised to Offer the Greatest Advancements in Highway Safety
WASHINGTON – In an effort to significantly reduce deaths and injuries on the nation’s roadways, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced its new “Significant and Seamless” initiative that calls for the agency and the automotive industry to aggressively accelerate achievable technological advances that would significantly improve safety.
NHTSA’s “Significant and Seamless” initiative aims to address the areas in highway safety where industry can fast-track existing technology for the greatest technological advances. The initiative emphasizes three promising areas of technological development and challenges both the automotive industry and the agency to determine the extent of, and ultimately utilize, the significant safety potential in these areas.
“Safety is our top priority and we can achieve remarkable progress in reducing injuries and fatalities in this era of innovation and technology,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “Today’s announcement focuses on real solutions that can significantly address safety issues that have plagued this nation for decades, including failure to use seat belts, drunk driving and driver error.”
The three technologies are:
- Seatbelt Interlocks – This technology could prevent a vehicle from being driven if the driver and passenger are not properly buckled. Using new authority under MAP-21, NHTSA is conducting research to inform an agency decision on whether to amend its standards to allow vehicle manufacturers to voluntarily use such interlocks in satisfying certain crash test requirements. For those manufacturers that choose seatbelt interlocks, the agency would look to provide appropriate regulatory relief from portions of the occupant protection standard. Each year, more than 3,000 people killed in crashes could have survived if they had been wearing a seatbelt. Seatbelt interlocks could increase use from the current national level of 86 percent to near 100 percent, saving thousands of lives a year. To provide safety benefits, NHTSA has begun research to ensure that such interlocks would be tamper-proof and highly reliable.
- Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS) – This technology could prevent a vehicle from being driven by a drunk driver. NHTSA and the automotive industry have partnered to advance the long-term research in this advanced technology and will now begin working on the legal, public policy and consumer acceptance issues to ensure that when the technology is ready for commercialization, manufacturers that choose to offer the system as an option will find a marketplace with few to no impediments to consumer adoption. The goal is to develop a system that can accurately and reliably detect when a driver is above the legal alcohol limit. The automatic system would be enabled every time the car is started, but unobtrusive so it would not pose an inconvenience to the non-intoxicated driver. According to new NHTSA data released earlier today, 10,322 people were killed in drunk driving crashes in 2012. The majority of those people died in crashes involving drivers with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .15 or higher – nearly double the legal limit. Such technology could save thousands of these victims every year.
- Forward Collision Avoidance and Mitigation (FCAM) – This sensor-based, vehicle technology could detect a forward crash with another vehicle or pedestrian before it occurs, by alerting the driver to take corrective action to avoid the crash. In 2012, one-third of all police reported crashes involved a rear-end collision with another vehicle as the first harmful event in the crash. This technology could automatically apply the brakes to assist in preventing or reducing the severity of crashes. NHTSA has been doing intensive research on the reliability of this technology and developing relevant performance measures. Based on its research, the agency has enough data to make an agency decision this year as to pathways to advance market penetration into the rest of the fleet.
The three technologies chosen under the Significant & Seamless initiative were selected because they have great lifesaving potential, and their combined effect could have an impact on decreasing the death toll.
“In addition to our ongoing work with states and the automotive industry, we need a new vision, and a new blend of technological research to address some of the most significant and persistent threats to American motorists,” said NHTSA Administrator David Strickland. “We must look to technological intervention to make the next great leap, and get them poised for fleet adoption as soon as possible.”
The new “Significant and Seamless” initiative builds on a solid foundation of NHTSA safety programs. These programs include work with states to educate motorists, improve driving behavior, including emergency response to crashes, and will increase the agency’s commitment to enhancing occupant protection, crash worthiness and crash avoidance, with the promise of automated driving.
Earlier this year, NHTSA released a “Preliminary Statement of Policy Concerning Automated Vehicles,” describing research plans and the various levels of vehicle automation ranging from no-automation to full self-driving automation. The plan also offered guidance to states for moving forward with testing automated vehicles on their roads. View NHTSA’s preliminary policy on automated vehicles.