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Many drivers tune out when using automated vehicle safety systems

Automakers have developed automated safety technology that can reduce motor vehicle accidents. Trouble arises, however, when drivers of these modern vehicles in Florida rely on the automated systems too much. A study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety concluded that some drivers stop paying attention to the road because they place too much faith in the automated systems.

Bill aims to standardize drunk driving prevention equipment

Drunk driving presents a serious risk on Florida roadways, and many safety officials are looking for innovative solutions. Every year, 30 people lose their lives in car accidents linked to driving under the influence. There are technologies to stop people from driving drunk. After a DUI conviction, drivers may be required to install an ignition interlock device on their cars. The installation process may be costly, because the products are highly specialized. Drivers with an interlock must blow into the device in order to start their cars. Like a portable breathalyzer, the device measures whether alcohol is present on a driver's breath before allowing the car to spring into motion.

Technology can help alleviate distracted driving

Technological advancements have improved life for people globally, but in many cases, there has been a lag time, disconnect or outright contradiction between what the technologies can effectively do and what is a higher and better end use. For instance, many Florida drivers find the increased capabilities of 'smart" cars enticing but also distracting from the task of driving. However, recent applications are focusing on making smart cars safer cars.

How to stay safe on the winter roads

Florida roads can still become icy and snowy in the winter, so drivers will want to know how they can stay safe during this season. It all starts with knowing a few basic facts. For example, the faster a person drives, the less traction there is on the road. Since icy and wet roads already cause tires to lose some of their traction, speeding is out of the question in winter.

NHTSA reports on 2018 traffic fatalities

Florida drivers may be safer on the roads than in some previous years, but pedestrians may be at a greater risk. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2018, fatalities from motor vehicle accidents dropped for the second year in a row, and estimates from the first half of 2019 show the trend is continuing.

Some types of distracted driving are more dangerous

Distracted driving poses a significant threat to safety on the Florida roadways. A growing number of serious car accidents are linked to drivers paying attention to their mobile phones, tablets or other devices while operating a vehicle. One study released for Teen Driver Safety Week draws particular attention to the prevalence of teen distracted drivers. Teens are more likely to drive while distracted than people in any other demographic, and they are also already more likely to get in car accidents due to their inexperience behind the wheel. In order for teens to become better drivers, they need experience and practice. However, part of that experience is learning to be safe behind the wheel.

Safety technologies could reduce car accident risk

Many drivers in Florida have noticed an increasing amount of automated safety features offered on cars when they go to buy a new vehicle. Some might wonder how much value they have. While fully self-driving cars are still some time into the future, automated features aim to help drivers and make the roads safer. According to one study released by GM, these advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) live up to their promise of reducing traffic accidents. The report says that some types of backing-out crashes were reduced by 81% due to certain ADAS technologies.

The consequences of drunk driving

Drunk driving crashes kill more than 10,000 people every year in Florida and across the U.S. Alcohol is known to negatively affect the central nervous system, and even a small amount of it can cause drivers to have divided attention or impaired judgment-making abilities. If they drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or greater, they are legally drunk and are breaking the law.

Subaru Crosstrek tops list of cars with most crashes in U.S.

The 2019 Subraru Crosstrek was a top safety pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and yet this same car topped the list of 10 newer vehicles that have been involved in the most at-fault car crashes. Drivers in Florida may want to see if their vehicle has made the list, which is composed of one American, two Korean and seven Japanese cars.

Incomplete data could put women at risk of injury

Female dummies used to collect crash test data are five feet tall and are 110 pounds. While this may represent the height and weight of an average woman, it doesn't necessarily represent every woman's body type. This is one reason why females are more likely to be hurt in crashes that occur on Florida highways and others throughout the nation. One study found that they are 73% more likely than a man to experience a serious injury or die in a crash.

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