What you need to know about seat belts
On the outside, the new Seat Belt Reciprocity (SBR) program has been touted as a way to cut down on distracted driving.
The idea is to encourage motorists to buckle up as often as possible, which would mean fewer trips to the hospital for a potentially fatal heart attack or stroke.
But according to the Department of Transportation, the SBR program hasn’t worked as promised.
The average person in the U.S. dies from a distracted driving-related injury every four minutes, according to a new study by a leading car insurance company.
So what can we do to reduce the toll?
In the U, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that drivers using cell phones more than twice a day were 10 times more likely to crash.
To address that, NHTSA last year added a second “rear view” feature to the NHTAS (National Highway Traffic Accident Reconstruction) program that allows a car to be tracked from the driver’s seat.
This feature allows drivers to check the speed and speed limits from the front seat to see if a car is approaching, and to view the car’s radar and radar-detecting system.
In addition to making it easier to spot distracted drivers, this new feature has a number of other benefits.
It makes it easier for motorists to understand when their car is in a “safe” position, says David R. Baker, an auto accident and insurance analyst with the Baker Group.
When drivers are in a safe position, they are less likely to be distracted, he says.
In fact, in some states, people who are driving with a smartphone are more likely than others to be involved in an accident, according the National Safety Council.
While distracted driving is on the rise, it’s still relatively uncommon, Baker says.
There are a lot of reasons behind that.
“It’s just the way we are,” Baker says, noting that distracted driving in general has become a more frequent occurrence over the last few decades.
That’s not to say that we haven’t seen crashes related to distracted driving, Baker adds.
But distracted driving does tend to happen less often in urban areas, where cars have been slower to catch up with cars on the highway.
So while distracted driving may not be a problem in some places, it does happen in other areas of the country.
The NHTPA recommends that motorists take the following precautions to reduce their chances of getting injured in a crash: Watch for traffic signals when approaching a curve.
If you see one, make a U-turn.
Keep your eyes on the road.
Take a few extra seconds to brake.
When you see a red or amber light, brake.
The light indicates that a car may be slowing down.
If it’s not, slow down as much as possible.
Check the rearview mirror.
If the mirror is green, it indicates a distracted driver is nearby.
If not, look out for the warning “Don’t move.”
If you feel that the light changes from red to amber, or that it’s flashing red and you can’t make out the car, you are in an unsafe situation.
If someone stops you, don’t make eye contact.
Be ready to fight back.
If a car suddenly pulls up to you, make an U- turn and get out of the way as fast as possible before it gets behind you.
If something happens, pull over, make sure that the other driver isn’t hurt, and call 911.
It’s important to remember that you don’t have to give up your seat belt.
You can get it back, but only if you can prove that you can do so safely.
According to Baker, it will take a lot to change the way Americans view distracted driving from within the car industry.
“In some ways, it doesn’t matter what’s in the minds of the people in the industry,” he says, “because the cars that are on the roads are the ones that are driving at the speed limit and you’re just not paying attention to the road.”
The good news is that there are ways you can be proactive about keeping your eyes and ears on the roadway.
In the meantime, Baker and others recommend that you check your dashboard mirror regularly.
If your dashboard is green or amber, check for signs of an accident and make a sudden U-Turn.
Stay aware of speed and keep your eyes alert.
Take some time to check your phone before you start driving.
It could be that you’re on a public highway, or it could be a dangerous accident waiting to happen.