University researchers have released a study of distracted driving and other behaviors among teenage drivers. The study gathered data between 2011 and 2013 by monitoring 3,400 drivers. According to one of the researchers involved with the study, they looked at how often drivers were distracted and recorded the distraction using one of more than 60 different distraction type codes. Drivers in New York are at risk of being involved in distracted driver accidents, and research like this can help the behavior be better understood.
In 1984, the National Minimum Legal Drinking Act set out that individuals had to be 21 years of age in order to consume alcohol in the United States. However, major problems associated with underage drinking, like motor vehicle accidents, are still of concern. New York residents may be interested in knowing how some states rank when it comes to underage drinking and car accidents.
New York residents may not be aware of this fact, but not all passengers in limousines are required to wear lap and shoulder belts. Limousines can be modified to such an extent that they can be considered midsize buses, which means they do not have to be subject to the seating and seat belt standards that traditional vehicles do. This is beginning to be a problem, however.
Heavy traffic, bad weather and unexpected events all create safety hazards on the roads of New York. Although traffic fatalities have trended downward in recent years, the president and CEO of the National Safety Council believes room for improvement remains. The death toll, which reached about 40,000 lives lost around the country in 2018, still represents a huge problem in the view of the NSC. Every year also produces roughly 4.5 million injuries as well. People have the ability to adopt behaviors that could inspire a driving culture focused on safety.
Road rage incidents have skyrocketed in New York and across the country, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In fact, fatal car accidents involving aggressive drivers increased from 80 in 2006 to 467 in 2015. In addition, a nonprofit news organization reported that incidents involving drivers threatening other motorists with a gun or firing a gun at them increased from 247 in 2014 to 620 in 2016.
Automated safety features have been shown to prevent crashes, but many of the studies have not tested the features' real-world effectiveness. However, a new study made by GM and the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute has done so. Drivers in New York may be interested to hear what type of crashes can be most frequently prevented.
When people in New York drive down the highway, a fire truck or police vehicle ahead with emergency lights flashing is one of the most visible obstacles they may encounter. As autonomous driving technology develops, however, scientists and drivers are learning that self-driving cars "see" quite differently than human drivers. One accident involving a Tesla running on its "Autopilot" semi-autonomous system and a fire truck has drawn attention to this potential problem of the software. Many people are looking forward to self-driving cars as a means to reduce the likelihood of car crashes, so this issue has raised serious concerns.
Though the number of drunk driving deaths has declined by a third over the past three decades, it remains high. Every year on average in New York and across the U.S., there are over 10,000 fatalities due to drunk driving crashes. The resulting cost of these deaths averages about $44 billion. Motorcyclists are not immune either; in fact, they have the highest rate of deadly drunk driving crashes.
New York residents with Subaru Crosstreks may be surprised to hear the results of a survey from Insurify. After analyzing its database of over 1.6 million insurance quotes, the auto insurance comparison site came out with a list of 10 newer vehicles that see the most at-fault crashes in the U.S. The 2019 Crosstrek was determined to be the most accident-prone with some 25.81% of models affected in crashes.
The results of a recent Liberty Mutual Insurance study suggest that virtually all New York drivers consider themselves to be highly skilled behind the wheel despite regularly behaving in ways that place other road users in great danger. Only 2% of the European and American motorists polled by the insurer did not rate their driving skills as excellent. The vast majority of them were also extremely critical of other drivers.