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Per mile driven, are motorcycle riders more likely to die, more likely to get in an accident, or more likely to get in a severe accident, than the average driver of a four-wheel car? Wikipedia's Motorcycle safety: Accident rates article starts with, According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2006, 13.10 cars out of ...


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It is true, but in a very unspectacular way. The official traffic laws state: 10. The driver is prohibited to: ... 10.3 participate in road traffic on a vehicle covered with dirt (laminations), limiting the driver's field of vision and also making indiscernible the information on the registration plate at a distance of 40 meters and less So - ...


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Yes, and so much so that it can significantly affect accident rates. A good study exploring this phenomenon is The mixed effects of precipitation on traffic crashes by Daniel Eisenberg. ...analysis shows that the risk imposed by precipitation increases dramatically as the time since last precipitation increases. For example, 1 cm of precipitation ...


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It appears that the story may be an invention or at least a massive exaggeration. Greg Blandino, an expatriate living in China, examines the claims and the video evidence. I only watched one of the videos because frankly I don't want to watch people being run over. The one I watched was the "wealthy young man reversing his BMW X6" and running over a ...


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I asked a very similar question yesterday on History and after reading more about it, I believe the answer is not absolutely clear. In any case, this article from New Scientist seems to provide the clearest answer I've found so far. Rather than because of being left-handed, Napoleon seems to have been keen on changing centuries-long traditions for the sake ...


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Well, looking at the census data for fatalities due to transportation incidents and homicides... following the links from www.osha.gov.... https://stats.bls.gov/iif/oshcfoi1.htm#2016 OSHA says 26 fatal injuries in the industry of Motor Vehicle Towing in 2016 (line 568) (link from Static charts, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, 2016) 2003 numbers ...


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This is a difficult one. To begin with: there is research showing that interactive media are more likely to improve driving than passive media (which would be you radio listening baseline) - though this only holds for tired drivers on monotonous drives, which does probably not apply to your urban US setting (Takayama, Nass 2008). There are also other ...


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There is some fairly old research suggesting that night-driving glasses, i.e. glasses with tinted glass, do not make it easier to see at night, and might even have a detrimental effect. Both acuity and contrast appear to be impaired (note: with the exception of the first paper by Lauer et al. 1949, I'm going by the online summaries, as I currently don't have ...


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Personal test experiment, (more of an extended comment than an answer)... Sometimes I have to drive a four door sedan at night, during times of sporadic traffic, in a town with curvy roads and hills where about half the cars on the road are SUVs, and half of those never seem to turn off their hi-beams. On a straight road the oncoming hi-beams needn't be so ...


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According to Walter Isaacson's biography, His Life and Universe (Szilard, like Einstein, did not drive) Source: Chapter 21 Also, "The professor does not drive," Elsa [Einstein's wife] often said. "It's too complicated for him." Source: Chapter 19


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