Tagged: safer roads

Learner Driver

Driving Rules For Your Learner Driver

A growing body of evidence suggests it’s important to put limits on learner drivers  and novices when, where and with how many friends they drive. Those restrictions can dramatically reduce the chances that learners and novices — the most crash-prone age group around — will get into an accident. The adults need to remember that they have the keys. They have the power to set the limits....

Mobile phone is most hated of driver bad habits

The other most annoying habits that irked respondents included: Overtaking illegally or dangerously (47.7 per cent ); driving too slowly (44.1 per cent ); not indicating or generally bad lane use (43.2 per cent ); and breaking the speed limit (40 per cent ). More than half of drivers (51 per cent ) said looking down at a mobile phone while texting...

Motorists will face penalty points for faulty tyres this year

That is the pledge from Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe after he said he was shocked at new findings which found faulty tyres are contributing to far more accidents than was previously realised. The results of new analysis of Garda forensic evidence investigations into fatalities have shocked those involved in road safety – with tyres a factor in 14 deaths a year. The...

This technology could prevent people from texting and driving

Though self-driving cars may be a little further down the road, auto manufacturers such as Toyota, General Motors and Volkswagen are currently testing technology that can tell if a driver is fully focused while driving — and the launch of these systems could happen as early as 2017. Delphi Automotive is developing tech that tracks drivers’ gaze and head movement using cameras and software, and alerts drivers with...

Car Insurance Rates Going Up Due To Distracted Driving

Billionaire Warren Buffett thinks that Car Insurance Rates Going Up Due To Distracted Driving, according to an interview he did with CNBC. Geico Insurance is part of his empire, and profits are down because of more traffic accidents and more severe accidents. He believes distracted driving is part of the problem, and we’re all probably going to pay more as a result....

Driving when angry is MORE dangerous than using a phone

Getting in the car when you’re angry, or suffering from road rage could be putting your life at risk, according to new research. The biggest study of its kind found that ’emotional drivers’ – those who were clearly angry, sad or agitated – were around five times as likely to crash as those who were chatting on their mobile. Overall, those overwhelmed...

Road safety advert shows how a split second can cost lives

Highlighting the fatal consequences that can comes from taking your eyes off the road, nearly 30 pc of road collisions on  Irish roads could be caused by a distracted driver. The RSA is hopeful its new campaign ‘The Anatomy of a Split Second’ will be a stark reminder to people of the dangers associated with mobile phone use while driving. The new...

What is an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) and will they catch on in Ireland?

  An Ignition Interlock Device (IID) is a mechanism, like a breathalyzer, installed in a vehicle to deter drinking and driving. Before the vehicle can be started, the driver must deliver a breath sample into the device, and if the analyzed result is greater than the pre-programmed level, the device prevents the vehicle from being started. In most restricted driving programs, random...

Safe Driving Bill would grant licenses to undocumented Irish in Massachusetts

Safe Driving Bill would grant licenses to undocumented Irish in Massachusetts

  In Massachusetts, lawmakers are being pushed by the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) and Irish community groups to support a Safe Driving Bill that would allow all foreign-born residents to secure driver’s licenses. For thousands of undocumented Irish men and women who are living in the state such changes to the law would be welcomed. Currently any immigrant seeking...