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December 2019 Archives

New cars may soon be mandated to have alcohol detection tech

A bill called the Reduce Impaired Driving for Everyone Act of 2019 has been introduced in Congress. If it is passed, it will mean big changes for automakers and for drivers in Kentucky and across the U.S. Specifically, it calls for the development of an alcohol detection system that would then be installed on all new vehicles by 2024.

Careful driving can avoid jackknifing

When large trucks jackknife on Kentucky highways, people are put in harm's way. In most cases, though, jackknifing is a preventable situation. The first thing the truck driver should do is check his or her mirrors to monitor the frequency of the trailer swing. It's important to do this every time hard braking is required. If the trailer is heading toward a jackknife during a hard brake, the recommended course is to let off the brake to regain static friction. Increasing speed may also be required to bring the trailer back into position.

Five of the most frequent causes of truck collisions

Collisions between big rigs and passenger vehicles are all too common in Kentucky, and there are several reasons why they can occur. The No. 1 cause is driver error. Truckers, like anyone else, can engage in unsafe behavior like drowsy or drunk driving. However, it should be noted that 81% of truck crashes due to driver error are the fault of passenger vehicle drivers.

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