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February 2020 Archives

Senior drivers face various cognitive and physical challenges

For most seniors in New York, driving themselves instead of relying on others symbolizes independence, but they all reach a stage when they can no longer take it for granted. If you are a senior driver, you will know that changes take place that affect your vision, hearing, cognitive and physical abilities. Like most other senior drivers, you might be more diligent about observing speed limits, driving sober and wearing seat belts than younger, inexperienced drivers. However, some senior drivers struggle to cope with advancing technology in vehicles.

Early school start times may factor into teens' negligent driving

The Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine published a study suggesting a link between school start times and the rate of car crashes involving teen drivers. Parents of teen drivers in New York should know that the later school starts, the less risk there likely is of teens losing sleep and becoming drowsy behind the wheel.

Technology not yet able to overcome car accidents

Many people in New York look forward to the development of autonomous vehicles, hoping to remove the issue of human error from roadway safety. However, current technology has not yet reached the stage where cars can truly operate on their own. Partially autonomous innovations have led to safety options like lane-change alerts and collision detection, but auto accidents still continue to pose a major danger on the road. For Americans aged 15-29, car crashes are the leading cause of death. Over 3,000 people lose their lives in motor vehicle accidents every day, and many more are seriously injured as a result.

Nonprofit group maps the nation's leading accident hotspots

Three intersections in New York City are among the nation's worst traffic accident hotspots according to a study released on Jan. 29 by a San Francisco-based nonprofit group. After scrutinizing 1,846,245 car accidents that took place in the United States in 2018 and 2019, Go Safe Labs found that the points at which Interstate 95 meets the Harlem River Drive, Sedgewick Avenue and Riverside Avenue near the George Washington Bridge ranked second, fifth and eighth in the country for number of collisions. The researchers put this down to the huge volume of traffic that crosses from New Jersey into Manhattan each day.

Tips for driving during winter weather conditions

When New York roads are covered in snow and ice, it may be best to stay home. According to to the Department of Transportation, 22% of car accidents in the United States are attributed to snow, sleet or ice. Those who have to travel during periods of severe weather should inspect their vehicles before they leave. Ideally, a car will have emergency supplies such as road salt in the event that it becomes difficult to move because of snow or ice.

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