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Storefront #crashes happen at least 16,000 times per #year according to #NHTSA estimates. Unfortunately, nobody knows the exact number of these crashes because they are not documented by the police. When you watch the videos of these crashes, what you typically see is a vehicle pulling into a parking space, then suddenly accelerating. #Videos always show what looks like the driver "flooring" the gas pedal. The sudden acceleration seems misplaced when attempting to park. Please see the #video link below.

There are multiple reasons why storefront crashes happen, but one primary reason is mistakes by drivers. These are often called "pedal misapplication" crashes. Unintended acceleration resulting from pedal misapplication is driver error wherein the #driver presses the accelerator when braking is intended.

Sudden acceleration might be more common in drivers who have a stature of less than 5'5". These #drivers may not have long enough legs to touch the floor and pedals adequately. Therefore, they more likely to press the #wrong pedal due to a lack of proper spatial or tactile reference.

When you have a shorter stature, installing pedal extensions is a very good #idea. Pedal extensions allow you to reach the pedals of your #vehicle without overextending your foot. You can adjust your pedal extensions so that you can rest your heel on the floor while driving to alleviate #fatigue. Additionally, pedal extensions are easy to install.


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Finding #humor in an event that AFODS is hoping to prevent...

Thankfully everyone at #TwistedScissors #Salon was ok after a 74 #year #old man crashed his #car into their #business in #Alamagordo #NM last Friday. It happened when the man mistook the gas pedal for the brake. The types of crashes are called "pedal misapplication #errors," and they happen more frequently than you might think. Most of these crashes happen when the driver is attempting to enter or exit a parking #space. Areas of businesses can be particularly at #risk near #handicapped parking spaces.

It is nearly impossible to figure out how many crashes like this are happening with older drivers in the #US. #Police usually do not cite the drivers as they happen on #private property. This means that there are no records of these events other than what happens in civil court. However, these crashes greatly affect both pedestrians and business owners. Many business owners do not have insurance to cover the damages and they can lose inventory after the #vehicle hits it.

All pedestrians should be aware when in businesses that don't have #safety barriers that these types of crashes can happen. Never take your safety for granted when you are in any business even if there is a wall between you and a parking lot. And never take for granted that any driver can see you when you walk around a car.

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Consider #driving down the #road with passengers in your #car. One of those passengers could be a back-seat #driver. Just about every #driver has experienced this scenario. The back-seat driver tells you what to do and you completely lose focus on how you are driving for that moment. If you're lucky, you won't #crash your car. It actually could be these types of interactions with passengers that cause the most #distracted driving crashes.

Are we spending too much #time worrying about #phones causing all distracted driving crashes? The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety stated in a 2014 #study that, "to effectively tackle the problem of distracted driving, we need a broader approach that takes into account the many and varied sources of driver #distraction. Singling out #cellphones may lead drivers to disregard the fact that other behaviors that divert their attention from the road are risky, too.”

Obviously, you shouldn't use your cellphone while driving. Using a handheld device is #illegal in progressive states, like #Maryland. However, having passengers talking to you in your car is not illegal in any state, yet it could cause the most distracted driving crashes. Passengers are not "dangerous," they are just around all the time.

On average, people drive 5-6mph slower when using their phones. Those who drive #angry from passenger interactions or a bad #day at the #office actually drive faster than normal. 6% of crashes that come without physical distractions ( phone use) are caused by inattentiveness. These #distractions include personal problems, #family #problems and preceding arguments. In other words, when drivers are so wrapped up in their own thoughts, it caused them to hit something.

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Kansas City Star – June 1, 2015

NHTSA Announces New 5-Year Traffic Safety Plan and Guidelines for Older Drivers and Passengers
NHTSA – December 5th, 2013

Older Drivers Would Have To Renew Licenses Every 4-Years
WSAU – December 10, 2013

75 Is The New Old: VA DMV Study Recommends Fitness Tests For Aging Drivers
The Washington Times – December 15, 2013

Bill Proposes Changing In-Person Renewal For Older Drivers In Virginia
Daily Press – January 13, 2014

Proposal: Wisconsin Legislation to Require More Vision Exams
The Journal Times – January 2, 2014

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