California combines nearly every form of transportation. Freeways and light rail tie together some of the densest and largest population centers in the world, while farmers walk along lesser roads in the heartland and desert extremes. One would not be too surprised to see a horse in Lane No. 2 while driving in the Golden State.
You are likely well aware of the fact that many commercial truck drivers and ordinary motorists are prone to various distractions that cause accidents, but what about school bus drivers? Turns out they get dangerously distracted, too. Not much could be worse than a school bus transporting children plowing into you. Not only can these massive vehicles cause serious damage and injuries to you, but the children inside are at risk, too.
California is a popular state for bikers. The state has the most roads listed in the country's top 100 choices for motorcycles, and there is no state with more registered motorcycles. Any trip onto a crowded freeway in the Bay Area or elsewhere will convince someone to try a bike.
Drivers in California can expect to encounter not only cars, trucks, buses and pedestrians on the road, but from time to time, tankers, golf carts and horses will be on the road in front of them. Such encounters can cause unexpected hazards for drivers even if they are paying close attention. The exercise of extra care is needed to keep the roads around them safe. This includes paying full attention to the road and avoiding cellphones and other distractions. It also means proper maintenance of headlights, windshield and windshield wipers that allow a clear view of the vehicle or pedestrian in front of you. Multi-lane roads, including interstate freeways and high-traffic state roads, also present the danger of lane change related auto accidents.