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Study looks at effectiveness of teen driver ed program

New Jersey teens might learn more about the dangers of various driving behaviors if they attend a supplemental drivers' education program that includes interactive and real-world components. A study by researchers at Baylor University in Texas reported that such a study showed some effectiveness at raising awareness in teens although a follow-up study two months later was inconclusive.

Safety strategies to prevent distracted driving and avoid wrecks

The personal choices of drivers in New Jersey could produce distractions that lead to serious car accidents. In 2015, there were 3,477 deaths and close to 400,000 injuries related to distracted driving. Distractions emerge from several sources, especially mobile phones. However, motorists can make choices that limit distractions and keep their eyes on the road.

Drowsy driving: Its frequency, causes, symptoms

Drowsy driving is widespread in New Jersey and throughout the rest of the country. In a survey of almost 150,00 adults in 19 states and the District of Columbia, 4 percent reported that they fell asleep behind the wheel at least once in the past 30 days. At the highest risk among those surveyed were people who snored or who slept six or fewer hours a day. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2013 saw around 72,000 crashes and 800 deaths due to drowsy driving.

Statistics indicate the cars responsible for most crash injuries

With more cars and trucks on the road, vehicle crash fatality rates have been increasing in New Jersey and throughout the country. As a general rule, smaller cars and trucks tend to fare worse as it relates to vehicle safety scores while heavier trucks and SUVs tend to do better. The Highway Loss Data Institute compiled data from vehicles that were made in model years 2014 to 2016.

Travelers notes rise in distracted driving in summer

New Jersey residents who are planning to take a road trip this summer should be aware of one particular danger: distracted driving. Back in June, the Travelers Institute hosted its Every Second Matters™ symposium on Capitol Hill as a way to raise awareness of distracted driving, pointing to recent research to show how it increases during the summer.

Pedestrian crashes linked to distracted driving

New Jersey pedestrians may face increased dangers on the roadways, especially as distracted driving becomes even more common. Engineers have pointed out that a number of safety features have been introduced into vehicles over the years that should make pedestrians safer as well as drivers. These include lowering car bumpers and adding space under vehicle hoods to provide greater cushion around the engine. However, despite these changes to car engineering, pedestrians are increasingly dying due to severe motor vehicle crashes. Since 2009, fatalities in pedestrian accidents have risen by 46 percent.

What to make of coverage of autonomous vehicles

When a semi-autonomous vehicle gets into an accident, there tends to be a lot of scrutiny about why it happened. Some believe that the coverage is unfair compared to how accidents involving traditional vehicles are covered. However, there can be a benefit for New Jersey residents to making sure that new technology is as safe as it is touted to be. It can also be considered irresponsible to overlook any accident case regardless of what type of vehicle was involved.

Tired drivers could pose a risk for rideshare passengers

According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, those who drive for ridesharing companies may do so while experiencing a variety of health issues. For example, they could be prone to driving while tired because they are sleep deprived or develop problems maintaining a normal circadian rhythm. In addition, drivers may not be screened for health problems that make them less alert while behind the wheel.

Daydreaming can be dangerous behind the wheel

Many people in New Jersey are aware of the dangers of distracted driving, especially as legislation, public awareness campaigns and police activity have targeted cell phone use and texting while driving. Distracted driving comes in all forms, from eating while behind the wheel to tuning the radio. However, the most common and dangerous form of distracted driving involves no technology at all and may be the most difficult to combat: daydreaming while behind the wheel.