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Nearly 1,200 trucks taken off roads for brake violations

Louisiana drivers should be aware that approximately 2,000 trucks across North America were sidelined after they failed inspections that were park of an unannounced Brake Safety Day in early May. During this inspection blitz, inspectors with the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance inspected a total of 9,524 trucks in 33 states and in parts of Canada.

Of the 9,524 commercial vehicles that were inspected, 1,989 were placed out of service due to truck safety violations. Of these, 1,146 had brake-related violations. The group also noted that 4,635 commercial vehicles that were inspected were required to have ABS by law. However, 391 of those trucks had violations related to their ABS systems.

Tesla, Ford and Chevrolet models struggle with IIHS crash test

Louisiana residents may know that the electric car manufacturer Tesla has referred to its flagship Model S luxury sedan as the safest car ever to be brought to market in the United States, but the results of crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety seem to contradict this statement. The Tesla Model S was one of six full-sized sedans that were recently subjected to a series of accident simulations by the IIHS, and it was one of three that failed to earn a place on the nonprofit organization's list of America's safest vehicles.

The IIHS, which conducts car crash simulation tests on behalf of carmakers, says that the Tesla Model S, the Ford Taurus and the Chevrolet Impala all failed to make the safest cars list because they performed poorly on the small front overlap test. The Toyota Avalon, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the Lincoln Continental performed well in all of the tests and were added to the list.

Drunk driving's true impact: How it affects college students

Drunk driving is a serious problem in every state and among any age. As someone who has been impacted by the drunk driver, you don't need statistics to know how dangerous this act is. They can help support the importance of stopping drunk drivers, though.

A document by Louisiana State University focused on alcohol and drug trends among college students sheds light on how college-aged students may face an increased risk due to drunk or drugged activities.

July 4 is the riskiest holiday of summer for motorists

Louisiana motorists need to be aware of the hazards they confront while driving on summer holidays. On the Fourth of July and the three days preceding it, the risk of an automobile accident is at its highest among the summer holidays. In fact, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reported that the Fourth of July has been the deadliest traffic day of the year for the past 10 years.

One insurance company noted that it receives 7 percent more accident claims on the days leading up to Independence Day and the holiday itself than they do for the weekends of Memorial Day and Labor Day. A representative of the company cited distracted driving, tiredness and unfamiliar routes as some of the factors contributing to heightened risk on the holiday. He recommended that drivers stay focused while driving to mitigate some of the risks posed by other drivers.

Majority of drivers frustrated on the roadway

Male drivers are three times more likely to engage in aggressive behaviors behind the wheel compared to female drivers. Those who are between the ages of 19 and 39 are also most likely to engage in aggressive behavior behind the wheel. These are the findings of a survey conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety that was published in July 2016 and that likely included some Louisiana respondents. The foundation has estimated on the basis of its survey that about 80 percent of drivers across the country engage in road rage or similar behaviors while driving.

There are many reasons why drivers may let their frustrations boil over on the road. A lack of courtesy on the highway combined with higher levels of stress are among them. Increased levels of traffic may also contribute to higher levels of stress and more road rage incidents. Drivers are urged to not make eye contact or make gestures toward other drivers. If they feel threatened, they should call 9-1-1 for assistance.

Next steps for drivers after a car accident

Louisiana motorists can be shocked by an unexpected car accident at any time. While they can follow all the rules of the road, drive defensively and keep a sharp eye out, other factors, including a mechanical failure or the negligence of another driver, can result in a serious collision.

It can be very important for drivers who are hit by another vehicle to take certain steps to protect themselves and their interests immediately following the crash. Of course, the first step after an auto accident is to seek appropriate and immediate medical attention. This includes keeping track of injuries or other symptoms following the accident. It is best to move the vehicles involved away from traffic and to the roadside or shoulder to prevent future accidents or traffic jams.

Driver training rule to take effect in 2020

Truck drivers in Baton Rouge and throughout the country who receive their commercial driver's licenses on or after Feb. 7, 2020 will do so under new rules. Although delayed five months by the Trump administration because of regulatory reviews, a new training standard was developed by industry stakeholders and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

The FMCSA will begin maintaining a registry of trainers it has certified, and new drivers must get their training from those listed on this registry. The new rule has set a core curriculum, and drivers will be required to put in behind-the-wheel hours.

Pickup trucks might be safer than other vehicles

Louisiana motorists who love their pickup trucks and SUVs may be interested to learn that these classes of vehicles generally scored better than the industry average when it came to driver fatalities. However, there were a few makes and models that did not fare as well as others.

From 2011 to 2014, the rate of traffic deaths for passenger vehicles, which included sedans, pickups, SUVs and other types of passenger cars, was about 30 per million vehicle registrations. When pickup trucks were looked at by themselves, the rate dropped slightly to 26 deaths per million registered vehicles. SUVs had a rate of 21 deaths per million registered vehicles and minivans had a rate of 19 deaths per million registered vehicles. Comparatively, passenger vehicles had the highest death rate with 39 per million vehicle registrations.

Protect yourself from drivers without adequate car insurance

Besides the emotional toll of being involved in a car accident, the financial impact is one of the biggest ways that a wreck can affect your life. Most people count on motor vehicle insurance to cover the cost. But, what happens if the person who hit you doesn't have adequate insurance coverage to cover your damages?

In the case of an underinsured driver, uninsured driver, or a hit-and-run crash, you might be left to cover the financial damages that you suffered. There is a way that you can avoid this. Underinsured/uninsured motorist insurance coverage can help, but this is an optional insurance type that you have to purchase.

The influencing factors of your blood alcohol concentration

Many of us have a drink or two from time to time, but it's important to know how alcohol affects your body to avoid driving drunk. Especially if you've previously been hit by a drunk driver, the last thing you would ever want to do is find yourself victimizing someone similarly. There are many factors that influence your blood alcohol concentration, and these can impact how fast you get drunk.

Some factors that might affect this include your gender, if you ate before drinking and what you're doing at the time of drinking. Drivers who are unaware of how different factors play a role in a BAC could find themselves with a much higher BAC than expected upon arrest.

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