A 2018 study from J.D. Power has shown that new vehicle safety features are saving lives. Whether automotive fatalities will ever be reduced to zero is another matter, but more than half of surveyed new car owners have said that safety features like blind spot alert, backup cameras and automatic emergency braking helped prevent a crash in the first 90 days of ownership. California drivers may be interested to hear more.
The vast majority of intersections in California are controlled by traffic lights or stop signs, but studies suggest that building roundabouts instead could prevent thousands of deaths and injuries each year. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Federal Highway Administration, reconfiguring traditional intersections with roundabouts reduces collisions resulting in injury by as much as 75% and fatalities by as much as 90%.
Emergency personnel in California and nationwide know that the Memorial Day holiday launches a period of heightened risk for drivers. Teen drivers have an especially bad record during the summer months. A lack of driving experience coupled with more time driving raises the chances of teens getting into crashes.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Distracted driving is widespread in California and the rest of the U.S., and phones are largely to blame. Root Insurance (an insurer that provides incentives to drivers who avoid phone use) has just shared the results of an online study from Wakefield Research, and what it has to say about distracted driving is eye-opening.
A survey from Root Insurance and conducted by Wakefield Research has discovered something that many drivers in California are already aware of: distracted driving is a nationwide issue, yet drivers engage in it even when they know it is wrong. In all, 47 percent of respondents called it their top concern when driving, and 99 percent recognized phones as being one of the top three distractions.