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Drivers expect too much from ADAS, says IIHS study

In New York, many drivers are becoming dangerously complacent because they believe that their advanced driver assistance systems can take over for them behind the wheel. The fact is that all ADAS on the market allow for level two automated driving. Whereas level five allows for fully automated driving, level two requires drivers to operate their vehicles in the same way they always do, or should do: fully engaged and alert to their surroundings.

New car features are effective in preventing crashes

The results of a study from J.D. Power may confirm what many New York drivers think about new car safety features: namely, that these features really are effective in preventing crashes. Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, as these features are called, can help save the lives of those who use them in addition to the lives of others on the road.

Researchers urge attention to rear seat safety

Overall, people in New York are safer than ever before when they get behind the wheel of a car. Safety technologies like airbags or automatically tightening seat belts save lives, allowing people to walk away from car crashes that would have taken their lives in past years. Still, many people are severely hurt and killed in car accidents, and even improved technologies do not provide equal benefits for everyone. For example, many experts note that most of these advanced safety options are only available in a car's front seat. Rear seat passengers have seen little improvement to their safety, even with the advances in recent decades.

Types of distractions that lead to car accidents and injuries

One of the most important tasks motorists have is to stay alert while operating their vehicles. However, many drivers in New York find driving a menial task and look to their cell phones and mobile devices to occupy their minds during commutes. The dangers of distracted driving are real, yet many motorists remain blissfully unaware and ignorant of how much of an impact a distracted driving collision can change their lives. 

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