Cars are Getting Safer, But What About Our Roads?

New Honda models are being equipped with more advanced safety features than ever before, like optional Collision Mitigation Braking System, which can automatically brake to avoid a crash at low speeds. Our cars are getting safer and safer, and yet traffic fatalities are not dropping.

The reasons for this are complex, including more cars on the road, and a rise in distracted driving thanks to smartphones. One factor not often looked at, however, is the road itself.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety urges our government to allocate resources toward improving the infrastructure of public roads. According to AAA, thousands of lives could be saved in the coming decades by making six select changes:

  • Turn intersections with the greatest risk of fatalities into roundabouts
  • Build roadside barriers, like guardrails
  • Add sidewalks and clearly marked crosswalks for pedestrians
  • Install median barriers on divided highways
  • Add centerline rumble strips on undivided highways, and shoulder rumble strips
  • Pave and widen shoulders
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