The singer Sammy Hagar once sang in complaint “I Can’t Drive 55,” an ode to the tortoises that cars became when the speed limit was lowered to 55 mph in 1974 as a provision of the Federal Emergency Highway Energy Conservation Act. It was hoped that driver safety would be enhanced by lowering speeds.
Now comes data from the Auto Insurance Center supporting that original contention. The bottom line? Across the board, states with tougher driving laws see fewer motorists die on their roadways. It all starts with speed. Speed limits vary by states for good reasons. You can drive faster safer in rural Texas or Wyoming than in urban New York or Illinois. But where speed limits are higher, fatalities are also more common. Of the four states (South Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho, Texas) with the highest allowable speed limits (70 mph across the board), the highest death rates in the country exist in two of them (Texas, Wyoming), with 3.6 fatalities for every 100,000 car crashes.
And do seat belts save lives? Apparently. Only six states plus the District of Columbia impose fines greater than $76 for seat belt violations. And not coincidentally, those states also have the lowest seat belt-preventable fatality rates. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that another 2,814 lives could have been saved the year before last if all drivers and passengers had worn seat belts.
The Advocates for Highway and Traffic Safety group has identified 15 kinds of laws for all states to pass to make the roads safer, from learners’ permit regulation and booster seat requirements to texting-while-driving bans.
“For any governor or state legislator or police chief or sheriff interested in moving their states toward zero deaths,” says transportation safety advocate Bill Bronrott, “we know the exact laws and programs and policies that need to be put into place to keep our families whole and our circle of friends intact.”
At Gross & Son Paint and Body Shop, we value your life as well as your business. Our passion and ability to restore autos of all makes and years still thrives after 68 years, so if you have a gem that needs restoring or if your regular vehicle is in need of collision repair or some automotive detailing, come see the kingpins of paint and body at Gross & Son.
A new mobile game is on the app market that attempts to answer a question many drivers have today: “My car does what?”
The game, Dashboard Blitz, helps educate players about the beeps, flashing icons and technologies that are common in many of today’s cars. If you’ve ever wondered how to turn off that lit icon telling you you need an oil change, you know what we mean.
Free and available for iOS and Android devices, the game’s players work at a virtual auto expo booth where they answer customers’ questions about crash prevention technologies like blind-spot monitors and back-up cameras. The game is a part of the MyCarDoesWhat campaign, created by the National Safety Council and the University of Iowa, to educate about current and upcoming car safety technologies. The game’s ‘visitors’ can try out simulators with the latest in car safety technology.
Objectives of Dashboard Blitz include: Selecting safety features that meet a customer’s needs; progressing through 30 levels to gain points and unlock upgrades—from mechanic helpers to rocket-powered roller skates—and battling the clock while answering as many customer questions as possible.
HOW TO PLAY:
• Greet a visitor entering your expo space and ask what problem they’re having.
• See a clip of their driving mishap and pick the safety feature that could help.
• Drag the visitor to the simulator with that safety feature so they can try it.
• Find out if the safety feature matched—then score points or answer a follow-up.
• Reset the car for the next customer.
At the end of each level, you’ll see your score, how many questions you got right, and how many visitors you helped. Play again for a better score to get more upgrades and continue playing to see what other safety features your customers can try out.
There is a place in Pensacola, Florida, where the passion and the ability to restore autos of all makes and years still thrives after 68 years: Gross & Son Paint and Body Shop. If you have a gem that needs restoring or if your regular vehicle is in need of collision repair or some automotive detailing, come see the kingpins of paint and body at Gross & Son.