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Where can I learn more about North Carolina traffic laws?
How can I request a presentation?
What is the history of Vision Zero?
Sweden initiated the first Vision Zero program in 1994. Find out more about Sweden Vision Zero at: http://www.visionzeroinitiative.com/
Where is the safest place to ride?
The safest place to ride is with traffic, on the right side of the road. Bicycles are considered vehicles and have a right to use the full lane. If the lane is wide enough to allow motor vehicles to pass safely, ride on the right side of the lane. If a vehicle cannot pass you within the lane without hitting you, it is safer to ride in the middle of the lane, which encourages vehicles to move over a lane to pass. For more information, visit Bike Walk NC.
How often do I need to replace my bicycle helmet?
How should a bicycle helmet fit?
Are bike lights required when cycling at night?
Are bicyclists required to ride in bike lanes?
What are Ghost Bikes?
When can my child sit in the front seat?
It is recommended that you keep your child in the back seat at least through age 12.
When is it safe for children to ride without a car seat?
Keep your child in a car seat as long as possible while they are still within the manufacturer’s height and weight requirements.
How do I install a car seat?
NHTSA has provided guidelines and a series of videos for installing a car seat.
How can I know if my child is in the right car seat?
You’ll want to choose a car seat based on your child’s size and age. NHTSA has developed guidelines to help you decide on what is safest for your child. You can also stop by a Child Car Seat Inspection Station to have a technician check your car seat.
Is talking on a phone more dangerous than talking to a passenger?
Yes. Unlike a passenger riding in the car with you, a person on the phone is not able to see when road conditions change suddenly. In a dangerous situation, a person in the car with you may help you out by saying “watch out!” However, a person on the phone will continue to talk, unaware of any potential danger, which can be an added distraction, making it more difficult for you to react safely.
Is it safe to drive while using a hands-free device (Bluetooth, etc.)?
According to a study done by AAA, even when your hands are on the wheel and your eyes are on the road, when you talk using a hands-free device (speakerphone or Bluetooth), you still experience significant impairment, including:
The following document contains a graph depicting six common driver tasks according to the cognitive workload they impose on drivers:
How can I prevent drowsy driving?
Get a good night’s sleep (7-9 hours) before driving. If possible, travel with a companion and ask him or her to stay awake with you. Schedule regular stops along the way and avoid medications and alcohol.
What should I do if I get sleepy while driving?
The best thing to do is to pull over to a safe location (off of the highway) and take a nap. Drinking caffeinated beverages (the equivalent of two cups of coffee) can also help, but should not replace sleep.
How can I tell if I am too drowsy to drive?
If you are having difficulty focusing, feel like you have “heavy eyelids,” find yourself drifting out of the lane, yawning a lot, or can’t remember the last few miles driven, you are too drowsy to drive.
What is BAC?
BAC refers to either Blood Alcohol Content or Breath Alcohol Content. When blood is tested, the result is reported as grams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood. When breath is tested, the result is grams of alcohol per 210 liters of breath. A BAC of 0.08 using a breath testing device is 0.08 grams of alcohol per 210 liters of breath.
Is it legal to drive in North Carolina as long as my BAC is lower than 0.08?
No. There is no legal limit in NC. Driving with a BAC of 0.08 is illegal. Driving while impaired is illegal in NC even if your BAC is less than 0.08. Alcohol affects people in different ways. Studies show that some impairment occurs at 0.02 and everyone has impairment at 0.04. It is best not to drink alcohol and drive. Also, it is illegal for anyone under age 21 to drive with a BAC above 0.00.
How does alcohol affect the brain?
Alcohol is a depressant of the central nervous system, which is responsible for motor function, understanding, thinking, reasoning, and taking in information through the senses. Drinking alcohol can lead to hazy thinking, impaired vision, and slowed reaction time. (American Association for the Advancement of Science).
How can I track my BAC level?
What should I wear when I ride?
How often should I replace my helmet?
Is it safe to buy a used helmet?
How can I tell if my helmet is DOT certified?
Do pedestrians always have the right-of-way?
Where is the safest place to walk?
What is the safest way to cross railroad tracks?
The only safe place to cross railroad tracks is at designated crossings with flashing red lights or a gate. Crossing anywhere else is dangerous and illegal.
How does the weather impact stopping distance?
When there is water on the road, your tires will have less grip on the road surface. Inclement weather may also make it harder for you to spot obstacles in the road. Any time that you are driving in adverse weather, slow down and always leave more space and stopping distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.
Who determines the speed limit, and how?
Roadways are designed to accommodate certain speeds. Any change in the speed limit will first be investigated by a traffic engineer to determine a safe speed for the road conditions and area. (NCDOT).
When was the seat belt law started?
In 1993, North Carolina was the first state to initiate a statewide Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign in the United States. Driver seat belt use in the state rose from 65 percent to 81 percent by July 1994 (NHTSA).
Can a seatbelt injury me during a crash?
Any injury sustained from a seat belt will be significantly less severe than being thrown from a vehicle onto the road. Without a seatbelt, you are 30 times more likely to be ejected from a vehicle in a crash. If you are ejected from a vehicle, there is a 75% chance you will be killed.
Why does it matter that all passengers and drivers wear a seatbelt?
In a crash, any unbuckled person becomes a deadly missile. In a 30 mph crash, a person not wearing a seatbelt can have as much force as a small SUV. An unbuckled person flying through the car can serious injure or kill other passengers.
Where can I learn about proper installation of my child’s car safety seat?
Is it safe for my child to ride the school bus?
School buses are safest way to get to and from school. Of the student fatalities that happened during normal school travel hours, 58% of students were traveling with a teen driver, 23% were traveling with an adult driver, and 1% were traveling by school bus (NHTSA).
What safety features are available for school buses?
While the shape and color of school buses has not changed for years, new features are improving the safety of occupants. These improvements include reinforced side panels, higher back seats, new window designs for better visibility, and gate arms. (American School Bus Council)
Why are speed limits lower in work zones?
Slower speeds protect motorists and those working in the construction zone. Traffic shifts, construction activity, and physical hazards may be present in a work zone. Slower speed limits give all motorists more time to react safely in changing conditions.
What is the Graduated Driving License (GDL) program?
The Graduated Drivers Licensing program is a three step process which allows young drivers to acquire more driving experience before receiving full license privileges. The GDL program in North Carolina requires supervised driving hours, restricts driving times, and restricts the number of passengers for young drivers. For more information on the NC GDL program, download this brochure.
Why do younger drivers have a higher risk of being in a serious crash?
Young drivers have less driving experience, and are more likely than older drivers to underestimate dangerous situations or not be able to recognize hazards (Jonah & Dawson, 1987).