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The importance of keeping up with traffic

When driving, it is customary to pass other vehicles using the left lane. However, if someone is going too slow in that lane, it may become necessary to pass on the right side of the road. This could lead to confusion and increase the risk of an accident. In fact, California law requires cars on two-lane roads to pull over if there are five or more vehicles trailing it.

Using headlights during the day

California motorists may be interested to learn more about the impact that running headlights during daylight hours can have on accident rates. Many drivers are accustomed to using their headlights only at night or during inclement weather conditions. However, studies have shown significant increases in road safety when drivers habitually run their headlights during the day as well.

Many drivers recognize danger of texting but still do it

People using their smartphones behind the wheel is a common sight in California. Although the hazards of that behavior are well known, the results of a survey conducted by Progressive Insurance revealed contradictory attitudes about texting and driving. Most view it as unsafe and think it should be legally prohibited, but significant percentages of young people and men believe that they can text and drive successfully.

Fall road conditions can be dangerous for drivers

With the fall season on its way, many California drivers think about the changing of the leaves and pumpkin spice lattes. However, what they may not realize is that fall weather can actually be quite dangerous, particularly because drivers are more likely to encounter different types of road hazards they are not used to.

IIHS study reveals the value of crash avoidance technology

California residents are likely aware that many modern cars and SUVs are fitted with sophisticated accident avoidance technology. Features like lane departure warning systems and blind spot alerts use sensors and radar arrays to monitor road conditions and warn drivers of impending dangers, and a recent study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety suggests that more than 50,000 traffic accident injuries could be prevented each year if all vehicles were so equipped.

Autonomous vehicles face many challenges

The U.S. Department of Transportation has noted that human error plays a role in about 94 percent of fatal motor vehicle accidents around the country, and the figures suggest that even the development of sophisticated electronic automobile safety systems has done little to make the nation's roads safer. However, many technology experts and road safety advocates believe that self-driving cars, which have been tested in California for some time, could one day eliminate accidents caused by human recklessness and negligence entirely.

Inventors take on drowsy driving with sleep detecting wearable

A long drive in California could cause a driver to nod off behind the wheel and get in a wreck. To alleviate the problem, a company called Creative Mode is raising money for a wearable called Steer. The inventors' Kick starter campaign has already gained 100 people willing to fund the device, which vibrates or shocks a person after detecting biometric signs of drowsiness.

The High Incidence Of California Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian accidents are a distressing and prevalent issue in California. Across the nation, pedestrian deaths represent nearly 15 percent of automobile accident fatalities, and California leads the nation in this horrifying statistic. In 2015, the number of pedestrian deaths in traffic accidents in California was at 23 percent.

Driving deaths linked with economy

A growing and healthier economy is good news for California residents. However, some statistics show that this improvement may come at a cost. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety calculated that as unemployment decreases due to an overall increase in economic health, the number of traffic fatalities increases. Drivers should be aware of the increased dangers of the road and what to do if they are injured in an accident.

IIHS tests raise questions about Tesla Model S safety claims

Electric cars like the Nissan Leaf and the Chevrolet Bolt are becoming an increasingly common sight in California and around the country, and many consumers choose these vehicles as much for their safety features as their modest operating costs. The Palo Alto-based electric carmaker Tesla has lauded its range-topping Model S as the safest vehicle ever offered for sale, but this was not the conclusion drawn by researchers at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety after subjecting the luxury sedan to a grueling series of crash tests.