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When can my child ride bicycle on the street?

For many children, bicycling can be one of the best summertime activities. As a parent, you probably want to be supportive of your child’s interest in this healthy activity, but you may have concerns about your child’s safety.

It is understandable that you may have safety concerns when there were almost 800 bicyclists killed in traffic crashes in 2017. However, as unsettling as that statistic may be, bicycling can be a safe activity for your child.

J.D. Power study shows effectiveness of new car tech

Though some drivers in Texas and across the U.S. are looking forward to self-driving cars and a future of zero accident fatalities, the vehicle safety tech seen today is already helping to save lives. J.D. Power has a study out showing that more than half of new car owners were able to avoid an accident in the first 90 days of owning their car thanks to technology.

The new safety tech goes by the name of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and includes devices like adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking and lane departure warning systems. There are even sensors that can alert drivers to pedestrians, bicyclists and large animals. ADAS are available for vehicles of all sizes and price ranges. All new vehicles are required to have backup cameras at least.

Safety experts urge greater protection for rear seats

Auto accidents in Texas can lead to severe injuries or even fatalities. However, improved safety technologies mean that modern automobiles are now safer than ever before. Devices like automatically locking seat belts and airbags save lives. Yet some of the most effective technologies to save lives in a crash are often confined to the front seat only.

Many people assume that rear-seat passengers are automatically more protected in most types of crashes. In some ways, this can be true, but people in the back seat can also be at risk of devastating and deadly injuries. In many types of crashes, rear-seat passengers may actually face greater risks. A director of the Center for Auto Safety said that as front-seat safety technologies have improved dramatically, rear-seat technologies have lagged behind. Airbags and seat belt reminders are now standard in front seats but are rarely found in the back.

Some ride-sharing vehicles may be unsafe, new study shows

When you hail an Uber or Lyft ride in Austin, what concerns are going through your mind? You might be worried about whether the driver is going to be too chatty. Or you might worry that he or she will be driving distracted. One thing you probably don’t worry about is whether the car itself is safe.

But according to a recent Consumer Reports study, this should be a concern. Upon reviewing 94,000 Uber and Lyft vehicles in two major U.S. cities, the report found that nearly one in six vehicles had open safety recalls. This means that the vehicles had been recalled for at least one safety defect but hadn’t yet been fixed.

Stay alert for distracted drivers

It only takes one trip down I-35 to know that there are some crazy drivers in the Austin area. Some people drive too fast or too slowly, others weave in and out of traffic, and some won't think twice about throwing what's left of their fast food lunch at you over some perceived offense.

Between never-ending construction and frustrated drivers, the I-35 corridor is always a challenge. However, there is one driver that you can encounter in any part of the city, at any time of the day: the distracted driver.

Pedestrian-vehicle accidents occur for many reasons

If you live in Austin, Texas, you're well aware that more people than ever before are leaving their car at home and opting for other modes of transportation.

From walking to riding your bike, there are many times when you're considered a pedestrian. While ditching your car can save you money and do good for the environment, it also brings forth a variety of safety-related concerns.

Volvo to introduce onboard cameras that detect drunk driving

Volvo Cars wants to make Texas roads safer by installing in-vehicle cameras and sensors that will determine when a driver is drunk or distracted. The technology will be available on the Swedish automaker's vehicles sometime after 2020.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, around 30 Americans die in drunk driving crashes each day. In 2017, nearly 11,000 people were killed in alcohol-related accidents nationwide. Volvo's new technology could help reduce drunk driving and distracted driving crashes by monitoring drivers for certain behaviors that indicate they are impaired or not paying attention. Such behaviors include failing to steer the vehicle for a long period of time, dangerously slow reaction times and erratic driving.

Fatal storm-chasing crash leads to lawsuit for Weather Channel

On March 28, 2017, near the city of Spur, Texas, the two stars of "Storm Wranglers," the Weather Channel show, were speeding down the highway chasing a tornado when they ran a stop sign and crashed into a jeep, killing themselves and the driver of the jeep. The mother of the jeep driver is now filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the network for $125 million in damages.

The driver of the jeep was a 25-year-old storm spotter who was employed by the National Weather Service. He was heading away from the tornado at the time of the crash. The storm-chasing duo had broken a traffic law. Moreover, the Weather Channel knew of the duo's long history of reckless driving and could have hired a more responsible driver instead.

Reasons for truck driver fatigue

You're driving down a Texas interstate late one night, coming home from a work trip. It may be nearing midnight, but you didn't actually set out until mid-afternoon, so you feel pretty good. Just in case, you have a hot cup of coffee in the cup holder. You know the value of staying awake and alert behind the wheel.

Then you come to a work zone, and traffic is a bit backed up. They're down to just one lane. Even with the lighter late-night traffic, people have started slowing because the workers are on the job, with shifts running around the clock. They're being careful.

How to protect yourself from dog attacks

Most dogs are safe and friendly, but it's a serious risk to assume that's the case when the reality could be exactly the opposite. Remember, people get injured in dog attacks every year. Sometimes, the injuries are so severe that they pass away.

This isn't to make you feel afraid of every dog that you don't know, but you must be aware of this risk, especially if you have children or if you're a frequent jogger. Dogs often chase runners out of instinct, and kids are at greater risk than adults because more vital areas -- the face and neck -- are closer to the dog's level.

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