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Teen distracted driving linked to high crash rate

Drivers in California are often wary of teens behind the wheel, believing them to be more reckless, inexperienced and accident-prone. Car insurance payments and many statistics back up those beliefs, even if every driver needs to go through a teenage phase in order to improve their own skills. With concerns about distracted driving on the rise, many people are particularly concerned about teen drivers' connections to their phones, social media and other interactive devices. Statistics indicate that teens are the driving demographic most likely to drive while distracted and the most likely to get involved in car crashes.

IIHS: newer pickups put passengers at high risk for injury, death

Since 2012, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has been conducting driver-side small overlap frontal crash tests. However, it was only in 2017 that it began to test frontal crash protection for the front passenger's side. After testing several newer two-row pickups, the IIHS has concluded that passengers are, in fact, at a higher risk for injury or death than drivers are. Pickup owners in California may want to know more.

Different seasons carry certain risks for auto accidents

Seasonal changes can lead to a variety of dangers while driving. This is true even in California's relatively agreeable climate. When heading out on the road, it is important to be prepared for certain potential risks. Understanding what dangers are possible in the fall is a way to avoid auto accidents with injuries and fatalities.

Parents surveyed about distracted teen driving

Motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of death for teenagers in California and around the country, and many young drivers crash when they are distracted by friends or cellphones. Strict graduated driver's license programs are designed to reduce the risks, but the primary responsibility for teaching teenagers how to behave responsibly behind the wheel still falls on their parents. Researchers from the University of Michigan recently asked about 900 parents about their road safety concerns, and more than 40% of them said that teens traveling in groups, loud music and cellphone use were among their biggest fears.

Drivers can take precautions in foggy driving conditions

Weather conditions in California can change the safety of a particular road or highway very quickly. Drivers should be especially aware in dense fog or other extreme weather conditions that reduce visibility. Motorists who must travel in fog should drive at lower speeds because they will not be able to see the road or other vehicles as well. Reducing speed gives the driver more time to react to objects and other vehicles on the road.

What can be done about drunk driving

Alcohol consumption impairs one's thinking, judgment and reactions. Drunk drivers will find it difficult to stay in their lane, perceive how fast they are going or apply the brakes in time. That's why intoxication raises the risk for a crash. Drunk driving crashes, both in California and elsewhere, often end in fatalities. Every year between 2006 and 2016, the number of such fatalities exceeded 10,000.

2018 the third straight year with over 40,000 traffic deaths

Preliminary estimates from the National Safety Council show that roadway fatalities in the U.S. have reached the 40,000 mark for the third consecutive year. Residents of California should know that in 2016, there were 40,327 deaths reported on America's roads, followed by 40,231 deaths in 2017 and 40,000 in 2018.