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Tips on how to prevent jackknifing

Truckers in Tennessee would do well to review the tips below on how to avoid jackknifing. There are two types of jackknifing: trailer jackknifing, caused by hard braking, and tractor jackknifing, often caused by sudden acceleration. In the first case, truckers should let up on the brake, and in the second, they should let up on the accelerator. Then, they should steer out.

Study links opioids with initiators of fatal two-car crashes

Opioids can cause psychomotor and cognitive impairment, which is why opioid users should not drive when feeling such effects. Unfortunately, many in Tennessee do. The nationwide opioid crisis has clearly made an impact on auto accident numbers. Of all the drivers who initiated a crash in 2016, 7.1% had opioids in their system. This is a marked increase from 2% in 1993. Now, a new study has found a link between opioids and fatal two-car crashes in particular.

Five common reasons why truck accidents occur

Drivers in Tennessee probably know that the majority of large truck accidents occur because of driver error. What they may not know is that there are at least four other major causes of truck accidents across the U.S. As for those crashes that involve driver error, studies show that some 81% are the fault of passenger vehicle drivers rather than truckers. Drowsy, drunk and distracted driving are a few examples of driver error.

Advances in motorcycle safety tech could save lives

Fatal motorcycle accidents are decreasing in Tennessee and across the United States, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In 2018, there were 4,985 motorcyclists killed in traffic accidents nationwide, which is a 5% decrease from 2017.

Driving tips for an accident-free winter

Winter roads are typically icy and snowy, and this can pose a problem for many drivers in Tennessee. Tires lose their traction on such roads, and cars are more apt to go out of control, but most accidents in winter are due to driver negligence. It will benefit drivers, then, to consider the following safety tips.

Daylight saving time can increase crash risk for drivers

With the end daylight saving time on Nov. 3, people in Tennessee and across the U.S. turned back their clocks. While this annual tradition provides an extra hour of sleep, it may also increase the risk of traffic accidents, according to AAA.

More than 47,000 drivers cited during safety blitz

Police officers around the country cited almost 47,000 passenger and commercial vehicle drivers and issued more than 85,000 warnings during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's most recent Operation Safe Driver Week. The annual road safety blitz began on July 14 and ended on July 20. The CVSA asked law enforcement to concentrate on speeding violations during Operation Safe Driver Week, and 17,556 of the 46,752 citations issued were handed to drivers who either exceeded posted speed limits or drove too fast for prevailing traffic conditions. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, excessive speed is a factor in one in four fatal motor vehicle accidents in Tennessee and across the U.S.

Five ways that Tennessee drivers can help prevent crashes

There are any number of ways that drivers can help prevent crashes. Road safety is becoming more crucial as the number of car crash fatalities continues to hover around 40,000. One should not forget the millions who are injured, too. In 2018, for example, 4.5 million people in the U.S. were injured in auto accidents, which is about one person every seven seconds.

Truck driver fatigue is on the rise

Tennessee residents might be interested to learn that researchers from Ball State University analyzed more than 150,000 working adults across the U.S. to determine what professions were most prone to sleep deprivation. Overall, 35.6% of respondents said they suffered from inadequate sleep in 2018. Back in 2010, the percentage was 30.9%.

Sleep deprivation high among commercial truckers

Commercial truckers in Tennessee can work long hours, sometimes getting less than the recommended seven hours of sleep as a result. Truckers are not the only workers who are experiencing a chronic lack of sleep, though. A study from Ball State University surveyed more than 150,000 working adults in the U.S. and discovered which professions run the highest risk for sleep deprivation.

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