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Drowsy driving a major challenge in ridesharing industry

Ridesharing drivers in California often face a major challenge in sleep deprivation. Compelled by low fares and salary incentives, many drivers push themselves past their safety limits. This wreaks havoc on the circadian rhythms of their bodies and endangers both themselves and other motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.

Seat belts reduce severity of liver injuries in car crashes

Motor vehicle accidents in California often inflict blunt trauma injuries to people's abdomens. Damage to the liver and spleen can cause heavy bleeding. In severe cases, the victims could die. Researchers analyzed over 50,000 accident victims with liver injuries and found evidence that seat belts played a significant role in reducing the severity of injuries to this vital organ.

Drunk driving crashes often produce death and serious injuries

California law considers drivers with blood alcohol concentrations of 0.08 or higher to be legally impaired. This level of alcohol in the blood reduces one's reaction time and sometimes leads to accidents. Nationwide, drunk drivers cause about one-third of traffic fatalities every year.

WHO reports on global efforts to address traffic-related death

According to the World Health Organization, traffic accidents are globally the leading cause of death among those aged 5 to 29 as well as the eighth leading cause of death overall. California drivers may be interested to know that those in low-income countries are at triple the risk for a fatal traffic crash when compared to high-income countries. Thirteen percent of all traffic deaths occur in low-income countries.

ZF produces new safety data on external airbag tech

Residents of California may have heard about external airbags. Many car parts manufacturers are developing the technology, and though it is far from perfect, it may someday become a standard feature. ZF is one manufacturer that's clear about the benefits of external airbags: they can reduce the severity of vehicle occupants' injuries by as much as 40 percent.

How drivers can stay safe in bright sunlight

Bright sunlight can be a major factor in car crashes that take place early in the morning and late in the afternoon. In fact, driving in bright sunlight will raise the risk for a life-threatening crash by 16 percent. The sunlight could create visual illusions, hurt drivers' eyes and slow their reaction times. California drivers should consider the following tips on how to keep safe in such conditions.

Teen drivers may need more than high school driver's ed

Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for teens in California and around the country between the ages of 15 and 18. More than 100,000 young people are killed or injured on the nation's roads each year, and many road safety advocates expect this grim figure to rise still further in the years ahead as mobile technology grows ever more pervasive. Most American teens attend driver's education classes in high school, but the way their parents behave behind the wheel often contradicts what they are taught in the classroom.

Be prepared for winter driving

Winter is on the way, and that means inclement weather could strike at any time in Northern California. While snow and ice may not be an issue here in the southern part of the state, it can be treacherous traveling to other parts of the country. The fact remains that it is best to be prepared for vigilant driving and the possibility of roadside emergencies in any season.

Drunk driving is a serious Halloween safety issue

California residents who plan to take their children trick-or-treating this Halloween may wish to remain especially vigilant when crossing busy roads. Accident data gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveals that drunk driving accidents are worryingly common during the annual fall holiday with the hours between 6:00 p.m. on Oct. 31 and 6:00 a.m. on Nov. 1 being particularly deadly.