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Self-driving cars aren't close to being safe yet

California residents may be excited to get their own self-driving cars, but these vehicles might not be released on the market anytime soon. A report from the Rand Corporation urges caution and much more testing before letting these cars drive in real-world conditions.

New pickup passengers more vulnerable in a crash than the drivers

Passengers in newer pickups are a higher risk for injury or death than the drivers, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The IIHS has been conducting crash tests on both driver and passenger sides of vehicles since 2017, and it discovered this discrepancy after a round of tests on 11 two-row pickup trucks. California residents will want to know what the pickups were and how they were ranked.

Nevada proposes "textalyzer" for confirming distracted driving

California residents should know that in neighboring Nevada, a measure has been proposed that may allow police to use a device called a "textalyzer" to determine if drivers were using their phone prior to a crash. The maker of the device, the Israel-based company Cellebrite, says the device does not access or store personal content. It will check for any user activity, such as if the driver opened a Facebook messenger call screen.

Daylight saving time means drowsy driving, more crashes

Losing one hour of sleep for daylight saving time may not sound like much, but it can really affect driving performance for the worse. Ideally, every California motorist should be sleeping at least seven hours every night. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety warns that missing one to two hours of sleep in a 24-hour period can double one's risk for a car crash.

Daylight saving time and crashes caused by drowsy drivers

Drowsy drivers in California are more likely to cause head-on collisions. According to the American Automobile Association, drivers cause more auto accidents when they miss two hours of sleep. The AAA encourages drivers to get at least seven hours of sleep per night. Statistics show that roughly 33 percent of drivers admit to driving without getting enough sleep. Especially after daylight saving time, Americans need to learn how to drive with safety in mind. Getting adequate sleep is an excellent way to secure road safety.

After an accident: assessing injuries and vehicle damage

Getting into a motor vehicle accident can cause devastating damage to vehicles and property and serious injuries to those involved in the accident. No matter how minor a motor vehicle accident may appear, it is common to become emotional and agitated after being involved in an accident. Drivers and passengers should learn what to do if an accident occurs and how to assess vehicle damage in order to be prepared.

Common causes of car accidents

When a car accident occurs in California, one of the most important steps taken after appropriate medical care is provided is to determine what likely caused it. There are several reasons why this is necessary. Law enforcement officials need to know who to charge if laws were broken. Also, insurance companies and victims or their families need to know who to hold accountable financially and legally.

Speed involved in almost one-third of all fatal U.S. crashes

Excessive speed is killing motorists in California and across the U.S., according to a new report by the Governors Highway Safety Association. Making matters worse, federal, state and local governments aren't doing enough to address the issue.

Drivers using phones in ways that increase accident risks

These days, drivers in California and other parts of the United States are doing many things on their phones other than talking. Even though drivers aren't having verbal conversations on their devices as much, they're actually fiddling with them more. This is the main takeaway from an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety study that compares survey data from 2014 and 2018.

Why being lost in thought can be dangerous while driving

Drivers in California should make it a point to not get lost in thought while on the road. This is because daydreaming can be one of the most dangerous activities for a driver. However, it can be difficult to avoid boredom while behind the wheel because it's such a monotonous task. While self-driving cars may make it easier to avoid distraction in the long run, it could make distracted driving worse in the short-term.