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.
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.
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.
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.
Car accidents can lead to serious damage for people in Florida and across the country. There are a number of factors that can contribute to the crash rate, from weather conditions to road circumstances to dangerous or negligent driving. This is one reason why so many people and companies are enthralled by the potential of autonomous driving as a solution to the dangers of car crashes. However, despite the future possibilities, those technologies are still under development and crashes remain prolific. In 2017 alone, 6,452,000 drivers across the country experienced some time of collision.
Alcohol intoxication is a contributing factor to many car accidents in Florida and elsewhere in the US. Fatal DUI crashes are especially apt to occur during holidays, none more so than the Fourth of July. Using data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, researchers at ValuePenguin found that the DUI fatality rate for July 4th is 42.4 per day. Between 2010 and 2017, 1,192 people died in DUI crashes during this holiday.
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will be holding its Operation Safe Driver Week from July 14 to 20. This will impact both motor vehicle and commercial vehicle drivers in Florida and across the U.S. This annual event is a period of increased enforcement of traffic laws. Police will be stopping any drivers engaging in unsafe behavior and will give out either warnings or citations.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has been performing small overlap front crash tests (where the left corner collides with a vehicle or object) since 2012. Only in 2017 did it start to test the passenger side, after which it came to several conclusions that may be of interest to Florida residents.
Most Florida drivers understand how serious driving while distracted can be. Simply turning their gaze away from the road or placing their attention elsewhere, be it on a text message, a passenger in the car or a telephone call, could lead to a major accident.
Losing one hour of sleep for daylight saving time can cause many drivers in Florida to become drowsy at the wheel. This means more car crash risks as drowsiness is known to impair judgment and slow down one's reaction time. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety had a survey where three in 10 drivers admitted to driving in a severely fatigued state at least once in the prior month.