Pennsylvania endured what may have been the worst winter in living memory for many people, and so with Memorial Day marking the start of summer, or at least the summer driving season, many are ready to get on the road and go somewhere, anywhere. And those people will have a lot of company, as the AAA is estimating the highest traffic count since the recession, with an expected 31.8 million drivers on the roads.
As the weather warms, many Pennsylvanians will take to the roadways on their motorcycles. While this can be a fun, relaxing way to spend some free time or an enjoyable way to get to school or work, other motorists can put motorcyclists in danger. When a distracted or negligent driver causes a motorcycle crash, riders can be left with catastrophic injuries or dead.
If you are a Pennsylvania driver who texts or checks emails behind the wheel, unfortunately you are not the only one. Many drivers have these very dangerous habits, and a recent survey suggest that the number of drivers who use smartphones while driving is increasing. And, it is not only young and novice drivers who are a part of this disturbing trend.
Pennsylvania motorcycling enthusiasts may find interesting one psychologist's findings that show drivers turning into the path of a motorcycle or smashing into it during a left turn may be due more to judgment errors in the human brain than to carelessness or bad driving. The Texas psychologist's new study was relevant to the nearly continual stream of news reports about auto accidents killing motorcyclists when the drivers of cars misjudge the bikers' distance. The main finding of the research was that smaller and closer objects can appear farther away than do larger objects that are actually more distant.