According to Freier, three things cause crashes: speed, weather, and "driver attitude." "I attribute it to people significantly extending their commuting time," he says. "They want country living, and they think they can make it up on the roads. They give just so much time to the commute, and they don't add in any time when the weather's bad. And they don't adjust their attitude when the weather's bad, either. They're on their cell and fooling with their iPod and it's raining or it's snowing, and they don't slow down."
Freier's advice: "Leave one, one and a half car lengths between vehicles for every ten miles per hour." And, he adds, "If I were running the driving schools, I'd have every kid go through the precision driving course we go through. It would be an eye-opening experience. Any sixteen-, seventeen-, eighteen-year-old kid is going to get into a crash. You can bank on it. And this would help them know what to do when they hit a patch of black ice."
Asked what he considers the most dangerous highway intersections, Jeff Robinson lists them crisply and in the same order as Freier: "Jackson and 94-people don't handle the curve well, and we get pin-ins and rollovers there all the time. And Barton and M-14-that intersection is convenient for the people who live there, but it's dangerous and it should have been shut years ago."