The US highway system has become a huge target for criticism for its perceived lax safety standards, but some experts are arguing that drivers should take their time.
“A lot of people don’t think about what’s going on,” said Bill McNeil, the former chairman of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
“A lot people don�t think about the dangers. They don�ll drive around.
They�re just waiting.”
The US is home to more than a quarter of the world�s population, with more than 9 million people living on the mainland.
The number of deaths on US roads has quadrupled since the mid-1990s, according to a recent study by the University of Texas at Austin.
While there is no reliable data on the number of injuries caused by drivers on the road, researchers have estimated that nearly a quarter to a third of deaths are caused by other vehicles, including bicycles and other heavy-duty vehicles.
A study of more than 100,000 drivers in Canada found that more than 40 per cent of the people who died in collisions with pedestrians or cyclists were not wearing seat belts.
“The vast majority of drivers who hit pedestrians or bicyclists are aware that they�re in a dangerous situation and that they need to stay out of it,” said Peter Hsu, a researcher at the University at Buffalo who was not involved in the research.
In the US, McNeil and other experts say that in the majority of cases, people should wait until they see the sign indicating the safest time to drive.
Some drivers who are slow to react are more likely to be injured, McNeilsons report found.
And even if a driver does get hit, McNeill said, most people do not need to go into full-blown panic mode.
He said he did not think the road should be closed for weeks or months because people need to be cautious about their actions.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration says the average annual fatality rate in the United States is just 3.5 per 100,0000 vehicles, or about one in six.
If there is an accident, it typically happens in traffic accidents, such as when drivers lose control of their vehicles and collide with pedestrians, bicyclists or vehicles with an emergency brake or horn, according a 2009 study by NHTSA.
Other studies have found that the safest times to drive are after dusk and after dark, when people have more time to observe traffic.
McNeil said that drivers can also take more precautions in rural areas.
Even in the urban areas where the roads are generally safer, McNEILSONS research found that there were many times when people did not follow the signs indicating the best times to slow down.
That’s when McNeil said, people are more at risk.
But McNeil says it is too early to tell if the road system is safe or not.
It could take some time before we know if the highway system is really safe,” McNeil told The Associated Press.
Teach children how to use a cell phone. “
It�s important to make signs larger and to have a clear warning that there is a danger,” McNeilly said.
Teach children how to use a cell phone.
“When people use cell phones, they are texting and texting and they are trying to get their message out,” McNeill added.
Make it harder for drivers to stop.
“We should be talking to the drivers more,” McNeesons report said.
“That is the right way to go.
We want people to slow their car down.” “
You want to slow it down.
We want people to slow their car down.”
Make it easier to stop and negotiate with drivers.
“In the past, drivers have been trained to slow to a crawl, but we have to teach them to slow themselves down,” McNEILLESON said.
If drivers can be taught to slow, McNeeysons report shows that they will be more cautious about speeding.
Instead of telling people to stay at least 10 metres (33 feet) away from a car, people who slow down could be given a traffic cone and asked to keep moving.
To help prevent crashes, McHollins report says people should make sure they are wearing helmets and eye protection.
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