The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently released figures regarding the safety of motorists, and it wasn't the good news drivers have come to expect.
In 2012, the number of road deaths increased by 3.3 percent - the first time that the figure has grown since 2005. The NHTSA reported that many of these incidents occurred in the first quarter of the year and may have been a result of the unseasonably warm weather, which had many motorcyclists and pedestrians out on the roads.
"While we're seeing some unfortunate trends, we're also seeing progress in some parts of the country," said NHTSA Administrator David Strickland, as quoted by The Detroit News. "We will continue to work closely with our federal, state and local partners to change the way motorists behave on our roadways and build public awareness of key issues that have the potential to save many lives."
One way to provide peace of mind and ensure a safe vehicle is to take a car in for a tune up at regular intervals. A professional at an auto repair franchise is the best option for this maintenance, as they can handle any issues that may come up and ensure all aspects of an automobile are examined.