SUVs are a common part of the motor vehicle landscape here in Albuquerque and across the United States. Families love them because the vehicles can provide more room for hauling kids. People feel safer because of the larger size. The four-wheel drive option is helpful in the winter. Some people just find them easier to get in to and out of.
The Allstate Insurance Company compiles its claims each year and then ranks metro areas around the country. It now has released its new list based on numbers from 2017. As it turns out, Brownsville, Texas was the safest place to drive, while Baltimore, Maryland was the most dangerous. The statistics are based on the number of crashes that involved a property damage claim with the carrier.
A recent report from WalletHub points to Albuquerque being a rather dangerous place to drive.
Drivers create major dangers out on the roads when they speed. A recent report points to speeding being a particularly big, and deadly, problem here in New Mexico.
Spend a modest amount of time on the road and there always seems to be an individual who camps out in the left lane while driving at the same pace as a truck or slow car next to it in the right lane. It's enough to drive others crazy as a long line of cars builds up behind the moving roadblock. Worse, it can lead to reckless driving as drivers take risks to pass the slow moving vehicles.
The impact of drinking and driving has on traffic safety is well documented, but a new report points to an increase in positive drug tests in cases of traffic fatalities. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) who commissioned the report, over 50 percent of drivers tested in traffic fatalities tested positive for marijuana, opioids or a combination of the two.
Sometimes being #1 isn’t a good thing. This is the case with a new study by the AAA Foundation For Traffic Safety, which lists New Mexico one of the top-ranked states for hit-and-run fatalities. The study defines hit-and-run as a crash where at least one individual flees the scene of an accident before providing any or sufficient information.
Many adults remember the feeling of exhilaration and freedom that comes from learning how to ride a bike. Over the years, those feelings likely subsided as cars become the preferred mode of transportation. However, some continue to ride for pleasure while others may pick it up again as they teach their own children how to ride.
Commercial trucks and buses have been chronic dangers on our nation's roads. Commercial carriers and motor coach companies have often been found to cut corners on safety, sometimes leading to tragic results. They may delay required maintenance, cut back on training, employ dangerous drivers and even encourage certain rules violations -- all in the name of improving the bottom line.
The German automaker BMW has announced a recall of some 1.4 million cars and SUVs, citing a risk of engine fire even when the vehicle is not in use. A spokesperson said the risk is low, but recommended parking the vehicles outside until repairs are made. Repairs are expected to be available beginning Dec. 18.