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Is your GPS making your drive dangerous?

Global positioning systems (GPS) have become a standard part of driving for many Texans. Whether it is built into your car, or accessed through your smartphone, GPS has replaced our dependence on physical maps.

Some GPS systems can respond to changing traffic patterns, notify users of accidents and provide alternative routes when necessary. While there are many benefits to using GPS, they may also endanger your health. Learn how.

Pedestrians still at risk in Austin

If you encounter a car as a pedestrian, you’ll almost certainly lose. Even relatively low-speed collisions can cause internal injuries, broken bones or even death. While the city of Austin has been trying to cut down on car accidents and the resulting injuries, the streets remain dangerous for pedestrians. If you’re on foot near a roadway, you have to stay incredibly alert.

Is driving with kids dangerously distracting?

Most Texas drivers know that operating a vehicle while distracted can be dangerous. If asked to list distractions, respondents might mention texting, talking on the phone, eating, drinking or changing the radio dial. Most drivers fail to consider that driving with their children may be just as distracting, or even more so.

How distracting are your children, and what can you do to increase your driving safety?

Keep your teen driver safe and avoid these common misconceptions

Putting your teen behind the wheel can be a scary moment. You feel like you prepared your teen for driving on his or her own, but you are still worried about safety. Worrying is understandable. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), for each mile driven the fatality rate for 16-19-year-olds is 3 times as high as for those 20 years and older in the U.S.

You may be wondering how to keep your teen safe on the road. Below are some common myths some parents have about teenage drivers. Make sure you do not have any of these misconceptions.

4 FAQs for Austin cyclists

Now that it’s spring, there’s nothing more freeing than a bike ride through the greenbelt.

While bicycle accidents in Austin have been declining over the last couple years, bicycle safety is still a prime concern for both bikers and drivers. In 2016, there were 400 bicycle accidents in Austin. But what can you do to avoid injuries and accidents while on your bike?

Parents should be wary of drinking and driving on prom night

For teenagers, the most exciting and anticipated time of the year will soon be upon them. Prom season is something that adolescents look forward to for months. The annual night of giltz, glamour and fun is a tradition like no other, as many teens make memories that will be remembered for a lifetime. With all the hype the comes with the prom, the use of alcohol can create tragic moments that will ruin a good time.

Indeed, distracted driving continues to be a dangerous problem for teen drivers, but alcohol use should not be dismissed as purely a problem for college students. In fact, a Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) survey presents some compelling information about underage drinking by teen drivers.

Should eating while driving be illegal?

Most Austin drivers have done it at some point, drinking a cup of coffee on the drive into work or eating a sandwich during a long road trip. So many drivers do it, 70 percent according to an Exxon Mobile study, that eating behind the wheel may seem like a normal part of driving, but should it?

While convenient, eating or drinking while driving distracts the driver, takes their eyes from the road and keeps their hands off the wheel. Many researchers equate the ill effects of eating while driving to texting while driving.

When are you most likely to get hit by a drunk driver?

It is a sad reality that you and your loved ones could encounter a range of different dangerous drivers out on the roads here in the Austin area. This includes drunk drivers. Drunk driving is behind a large number of accidents in Texas. For example, according to the Texas Department of Transportation, there were 24,563 reported alcohol-related crashes in the state in 2016.

You could encounter a drunk driver out on the roads at any time. However, there are certain times of the week and times of the day where the chances of drunk driving crashes are generally much higher. Statistics on alcohol-related crashes in Texas in 2016 give insights on when these times are.

The person who hit me was texting. How can I prove it?

Makers of a new device claim that they can prove if someone was texting while driving. When connected to a phone the device known as a textalyzer can unlock key data such as the exact time a text was sent, a phone call was placed or an app was opened.

But even if it works as its makers claim, the device may still pose a few legal issues. Is the device an invasion of privacy? Would the data derived be admissible in court?

When science tackles drunk driving

It has been said that nothing good happens after 2 a.m. That was certainly true for a man who was driving recently at 3:49 a.m. Of course, nothing good ever happens when you’re driving drunk and turn onto railroad tracks. And it definitely wasn’t good for his car which was struck by a freight train. Fortunately, the man was able to get out of his car before it was hit.

In Texas, as well as the rest of the country, it is illegal to drive if your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is .08 percent or higher. For most of us, that means that a woman can reach the .08 threshold after three glasses of Chardonnay. For men up to around 160 pounds, it would take roughly four drinks, and it could be closer to five drinks for those men near 180 pounds.

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