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Be careful when driving close to home

Many New York motorists feel comfortable driving on familiar roads close to home. Many of them, however, are not as alert because these are roads that they travel every day, and thus this can be a dangerous act. In fact, many car accidents take place within 25 miles of their homes.

Using headlights during the day reduces car accidents

New York drivers know that it is crucial to drive with the headlights on at night or during inclement weather. However, multiple studies have shown that headlights can also be beneficial when used during the day. In fact, studies have shown that headlight use during the daylight hours reduces the number of car collisions.

Collision avoidance systems can greatly reduce accidents

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently conducted a study and found that collision avoidance systems have had a tremendous impact on reducing car accidents and injuries in New York and around the country. Researchers studied more than 5,000 accidents that would fit the criteria of what lane change and blind spot warning software are designed to prevent.

Safety perceptions and liability hamper self-driving cars

The future of the automobile seems firmly center on self-driving car technology. Well-known companies have invested in the aggregate billions of dollars in the research and development of autonomous vehicles. Developers have provided enthusiastic estimates for self-driving cars, leading many New York consumers to believe the roads may be filled with them in the coming decades. Despite the hype, a variety of problems may delay their development.

Device developed to keep drowsy drivers awake

New York motorists might have the opportunity to buy a device called Steer that will wake them up if they fall asleep behind the wheel. Steer is worn on the wrist and measures biometrics to determine when a person is becoming drowsy. When a person's sweat secretion and heart rate changes, this indicates that the person is falling asleep.

Increased speed limits lead to higher traffic fatalities

New York residents who rely on their vehicles to travel may enjoy the higher speed limits as they can get to their destinations much more quickly. However, a study from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety found that increased speed limits resulted in an additional 33,000 fatalities between 1993 and 2013.

Tesla may be less safe than other large cars

Car enthusiasts in New York may be surprised to know that the Tesla Model S may not be as safe as several other large and large luxury cars that are available on the market. In July 2017, it was reported that the Toyota Avalon, the Lincoln Continental and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan were the recipients of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's top Top Safety Pick Plus designations. During tests for crashworthiness, the Model S fell short, casting doubt over the automaker's claims that the Tesla is the safest car in history.

Independence Day is a dangerous day for drivers

The Fourth of July is a dangerous day on the roads in New York and across the United States. It's the holiday with the most auto insurance claims of all the major summer holidays, compared to Memorial Day and Labor Day. Even more, July 4 itself has been, on average, the most fatal day for drivers over the past 10 years.

Steps to take following an automobile accident

Most drivers in New York and around the country will be involved in an accident of some sort at one time or another. The vast majority of motor vehicle collisions involve human error, but this may not always be reflected in police reports if no road users were seriously injured and investigations were perfunctory. This can make things difficult for accident victims who wish to pursue civil remedies, so gathering as much pertinent information as possible in the immediate aftermath of a crash can be extremely important.

Child fatality study highlights the importance of seat belts

Research suggests that the lives of more than 200 children under the age of 15 could be saved each year if every state were to pass seat belt laws as strict as those of New York. The Empire State requires children under the age of 16 to be properly restrained at all times and allows children under the age of 8 to ride only when secured in an approved carrier or by an appropriate restraint. Researchers from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Harvard University say that child accident fatalities could be reduced by as much as 40 percent if one in ten more children fastened their safety belts.

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