New drivers are at an increased risk of accidents in winter weather because they may not have the experience needed to successfully avoid ice- and snow-related accidents. At the same time, winter hazards increase accidents during cold weather for all drivers. By following these five tips for new drivers, you can reduce your risk of an accident this winter.
What is a Google Self-Driving Car?
According to Google, “Our self-driving cars are designed to navigate safely through city streets.” The advertisement claims you can get around easier and safer with cars designed to “take you where you want to go at the push of a button.” The company claims that everyone, including visually impaired and aging individuals, can get around easily and safely.
The cars work by using sensors to detect objects around the car. The software processes the information from the sensors to navigate the road while avoiding potential obstacles and dangers. This is all done without any driver input. Google is testing its self-driving cars in Mountain View, California, Austin, Texas, and Kirkland, Washington. [Read more…]
We live in Anchorage, Alaska so we are covered in snow during the winter, right? Most winters the answer would be, “yes” but this winter that is not the case. Anchorage has had one of the lowest snowfalls on record this year.
This season, Anchorage received just under 25 inches of snow making it one of the three least-snowy seasons to date since 1952. You would think that having a low snowfall would be a good thing for many people working, living, and visiting Anchorage; however, that is not always the case. [Read more…]
Texting while driving (TWD) has become one of the most common forms of distracted driving across the country. It is estimated that 1,153 people are injured and nine people are killed each day in distracted driving accidents. Each year, more than 3,000 teens are killed in crashes involving texting while driving compared to approximately 2,700 teen deaths in drunk driving accidents. The availability and the constant use of cell phones has rapidly increased the risk for this distraction among teen drivers. [Read more…]
Pedestrian Accidents: 5 Ways to Stay Safe
On February 13, 2016, a man was struck by a vehicle on Fifth Avenue in downtown Anchorage. The 65-year-old man was crossing the street with two other men when he was struck by a 2011 blue Toyota RAV4. According to the men who were walking with the deceased, they had a ‘do not cross’ hand signal and the traffic light was green for oncoming traffic.
The other two men stopped at the median, but the deceased continued into the next lane right in front of the Toyota. The driver of the Toyota tried to miss the man but could not. Emergency personnel pronounced him dead at the scene of the pedestrian accident. [Read more…]
The Alaska midnight sun is distracting making it hard to appreciate brake lights on the Highways and the beautiful scenery from mountains, foliage and wildlife is a major distraction this time of year. Of course no texting and driving and if you’re lost, pull over to find your way or get directions rather than looking at GPS on your phone.
According to news reports, police responded to more than 85 crashes – including ten with injuries – in Anchorage alone. While weather can make driving more difficult, some precautions might reduce your risk of a wintertime car accident. [Read more…]
No matter where you are from, wearing your seatbelt is always important. In Alaska, however, this simple step can be even more important. With the twisting roads, bad weather, and a higher amount of inexperienced drivers, getting into a vehicle in Alaska can prove to be more dangerous than other places in the United States, so wearing your seatbelt should always be top of mind. [Read more…]
Beginning in July, motorcyclists from across the country will be making one of the longest treks possible in North America.
Starting in St. Augustine, Florida, bikers head north through the contiguous U.S. before crossing the Canadian border. After completing the international portion of the trip, they are welcomed by our home state of Alaska, the final destination of their journey. After over 4,000 miles, they will be weary, but elated to see their trip complete (or at least halfway, if they are riding back home). [Read more…]
All drivers (be them of bikes, motorcycles, cars, trucks, snow machines, jet skis what have you) have equal right to be on roads or posted recreational areas as other motorists. Unfortunately, typical motorcycle collisions happen when motorcyclists are not seen (dark clothes, no lights, roadway visual sight obstructions, etc.) by a driver of a car or truck. Motorcycles by nature are less stable than cars and trucks. This results in a higher likeliness of accidents. [Read more…]
Glenn Highway, especially near the Knik River Bridge, has an unfortunate history when it comes to motor vehicle accidents and fatalities. In March of 2014, one person died and five others were injured on the northbound side of the highway. This occurred when a pickup truck driving southbound crossed the median and ran head-on into an RV, later hitting a van. The highway was shut down, leading to traffic and complications on other roads throughout the area. [Read more…]