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May 2019 Archives

Tesla's newest autopilot feature poses yet more risks

Since 2018, Tesla has added several functions to its Navigate on Autopilot feature. One feature flashes a warning to drivers who try to change lanes without putting their hands on the wheel while another innovation steers the vehicle back into its lane if it senses a potential collision. Despite these new functions, some say that Tesla's Autopilot is not completely safe on California roads.

Small cars, sport coupes among deadliest cars on the road

More than 37,000 lives were claimed as a result of fatal motor vehicle accidents in 2017, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It's because of stats like this that new car buyers in California often give preference to vehicles with accident avoidance systems and other safety features. However, there are certain vehicles naturally more likely to be involved in life-claiming accidents than others.

The perils of driving while fatigued

The majority of motorists in California are aware that driving while fatigued can be extremely dangerous. Nevertheless, the results of several studies suggest that a worryingly large number of Americans are frequently guilty of getting behind the wheel despite being drowsy or under the influence of medications like Ambien or Restoril. According to the National Sleep Foundation, drivers who have not slept for 24 hours pose as much of a threat to other road users as motorists with blood alcohol concentrations higher than the .08 percent legal limit.

July 14 kicks off CVSA's Operation Safe Driver Week

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has an upcoming event that all drivers in California, including truck and bus drivers, should know about. July 14 to 20 has been designated this year as the CVSA's Operation Safe Driver Week, a period of intense nationwide enforcement of traffic laws.

More fractures reported at jump parks than with home trampolines

In California and across the U.S., trampoline parks are becoming more popular, but there is still question as to how safe they really are. The Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons has published the results of a study comparing the rate of severe injuries at trampoline parks to trampolines at home. It turns out that while home trampolines see more injuries in general, 66% as opposed to 34%, the parks experience more dislocations and fractures.

Can technology address the drunk driving problem?

Many people in California are deeply concerned about the dangers of drunk driving. The horrific effects of drunk driving crashes have helped prompt widespread public awareness campaigns as well as increased law enforcement attention to the problem. Still, the cost remains significant. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration notes that 30 people are killed every day in collisions linked to driving under the influence. In 2017 alone, 10,874 people lost their lives across the country due to drunk drivers. This has led some automakers to look for innovative solutions to crack down on drunk driving.