Traffic Safety

The Traffic Safety Store is currently developing a safety resource center to help you prevent accidents on the road, in the workplace, or on your property. We will be releasing content on an ongoing basis. If you have any suggestions or questions regarding safety and regulations, please leave a comment below. New pages include: How To Wear a Children’s Bicycle … Continue reading “Introducing Our Safety Resource Center”

Pedestrian Safety

Picture the worst intersection you encounter on your commute to work. What would happen if the traffic lights were removed? Chaos, right? According to some experts, eliminating signals can actually encourage considerate driving. The most extreme example comes from Poynton, U.K. The intersection running through the center of this historic 16,000-person village serves 26,000 vehicles per day, including a number … Continue reading “Make Murals Not Mayhem: How Art Makes Us Better Drivers”

Drinking and Driving

College and beer. In popular and news media, the two are practically synonymous. Seems every week, another headline calls attention to student substance abuse or exposes an alcohol-related hazing tragedy. Although we hear plenty about the college kids who endanger themselves, we rarely hear about the peers who protect them. Those students are out there and they deserve your attention. … Continue reading “This Student Says She Learned From “Real Life.” How She Helps Others Avoid Tragedy.”

Traffic Safety

April is distracted driving awareness month. Rather than list the reasons why this staggering public safety issue deserves your attention, Traffic Safety Store got some help from designer, Adrienne Erin. The infographic below can help you explain to friends, loved ones and coworkers, why putting down the cellphone is a MUST. Here’s Adrienne’s bio: Adrienne is a freelance writer and designer … Continue reading “This Straightforward Infographic Explains Distracted Driving”

Bicycle Safety

We’re sitting in the living room on a bright June day, talking about nothing in particular when Megan, a friend I’ve known since high school, starts wincing and hugging her ribs. “Oh, it’s nothing,” she assures me. “I just got doored Saturday.” By “doored,” she means smacked off her bicycle by the door of an adjacent parked car. It’s a … Continue reading “Is Biking And Drinking A Problem?”

Distracted Driving

Few social trends in the United States are as startling as the staggering rates of texting-while-driving (TWD), especially among teens. Car accidents are the number one cause of death for adolescents and 10 percent of these incidents involve distracted driving (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). Dr. Despina Stavrinos, Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Alabama (UAB), has dedicated her … Continue reading “A Research Psychologist’s Perspective On Distracted Driving and Teens”

Bicycle Safety

Note: If you can’t find the answer here, leave your question in the comments section and we’ll do our best to answer it.Now that the ruthless winter is behind us, will you give up your precious parking spot to search for one downtown?Or will you dust off the bicycle?More and more of my friends and acquaintances are choosing the latter.These … Continue reading “Start Bike Commuting With These Simple Guidelines”

New Technology

If you’re one of millions of commuters in the United States, this image is too familiar. Luckily, the data we need to solve traffic problems already exists – it’s in the GPS trackers on our phones and cars and the sensors along our highways. Researchers at the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at University of South Florida (USF) are developing … Continue reading “Solving Traffic Isn’t Just Good Design, It’s Good [Computer] Science”

Traffic Safety

Of course you could argue every accident is preventable. The driver should have braked sooner. He should have looked before turning left. He should have yielded to the oncoming car. But some causes are so blatant, they defy human error. Take texting-while-driving, for example. That mistake causes over a million accidents every year according to National Highway Safety Association. Prevention … Continue reading “3 Accidents that are Completely Avoidable”

Traffic Safety

Ready or not, a second bone-chilling gust is blowing in from the north. Temperatures are expected to reach sub zero in some parts and, once again, we can expect several inches to several feet of snow in the Midwest and Northeast. Here’s some tips and reminders to get through this week safely: Think Your Car is Winter-Proof? Here’s What You … Continue reading “The Polar Vortex Returns. Here’s Tips To Get You Through it.”

Traffic Safety

Stuck The Story: The Washington Post called it “traffic anarchy.” During an infamous 2011 snowstorm, northbound commuters trapped on the George Washington Parkway without food or water got so desperate some hopped the medium and wove through opposing traffic. Others simply abandoned their vehicles and started walking. The interstate, marred with black ice, fallen trees, and snow-trapped 18-wheelers, held travelers captive … Continue reading “Don’t Be That Guy: 5 Car Catastrophes to Avoid This Winter”

Traffic Safety

Winter can’t be predicted. One week you’re struggling to pull your car out of the snow. The next week you’re splashing through puddles that snow left behind. It’s hard to know exactly what to prepare for. Unless you live in Maine or Minnesota, you probably pack a snow brush, put extra air in your tires, and consider yourself ready for the … Continue reading “Think Your Car is Winter-Proof? Here’s What You Might Be Missing.”

Traffic Safety

The Arctic is drunk. That’s how science blogger, Greg Laden, describes the current weather phenomena: The mass of cold air that typically sits atop the north pole has stumbled down the western hemisphere, dumping ice, feet of snow, and extreme temperatures on the United States. Even Georgia, Florida, and Louisiana are feeling the freeze. Recent winters have been relatively mild … Continue reading “What Happens to Our Roads In a “Polar Vortex””

Traffic Safety

For many, the end of December will be full of travel, family and hopefully a few good parties. Unfortunately, for some, the season also means morning the loss of a loved one – about 900 people are killed each holiday season due to drunk driving. With all the social activities and reunions, it’s easy to slip in an extra drink … Continue reading “Don’t be a holiday statistic. Free rides can keep your family safe”

Traffic Safety

What the Techies Can Tell Us About Safe Winter Driving People aren’t good at driving in the snow. So Wired Magazine reached out to their tech-loving readers to build a definitive list of clever, but effective tips for safe winter driving. [Wired] Michigan Roads Are Now Open for Self Driving Cars As part of an effort to re-claim their status … Continue reading “Week In Traffic: Winter Driving Tips and New Leadership for U.S. DOT”