Uber recently suspended its self-driving pilot program after a vehicle in self-drive mode got crashed with another vehicle on an Arizona highway. Luckily, nobody was hurt, but this did cause Uber to decide to halt this program that was in progress in Pennsylvania, California, and Arizona. The crash occurred because a car with a human driver failed to yield to the Uber vehicle when making a turn. Although it is difficult to blame the computer as it seems the other driver may have been negligent, it does show that there is still inherent risk on the road – whether we’re talking about human and/or robot drivers.
How to Drive Safer
Being insured is part of being a responsible driver. There are some things you can’t control when it comes to your vehicle insurance. Age, gender, and location are all things you have no control over. However, there are many other things that you can control. One of those is your driving record. The fewer crashes and traffic violations you have had, the lower your insurance rate will be. In addition to offering online vehicle registration renewal services, eTags offers insurance quotes to motorists to help them find the best rate. Also by being a safer driver, you will reduce your risk of being injured or even killed in a crash or injuring or killing someone else on the road. But how do you commit to being a safer driver?
In addition to providing registration renewal service and insurance quotes, eTags promotes driving safety on their blog. Here are a few things to keep in mind about how to drive safer:
Obey the speed limit: When you speed, you are less likely to maintain control or react to something happening in front of you. Is it worth it to reach your destination a few seconds or minutes early when you increase your risk of causing or being involved in a crash?
Wear your seatbelt: It might be the law in your state. If it isn’t, it’s important to know that wearing a seatbelt can significantly reduce your risk of dying in a car crash – as much as fifty percent in some cases.
Keep your focus on the road: Don’t text and drive. If you need to talk to someone while driving, wear a bluetooth headset or use the in car Bluetooth that your vehicle may be enabled with. It’s important to note though that you are still being distracted by carryon on a conversation if in hands-free mode. Eating while driving is not recommended either. A few distracted seconds could result in a crash.