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Winter driving safety tips

During the dog days of winter, millions of U.S. drivers face treacherous weather-related road conditions. According to the Federal Highway Administration, 22 percent of all traffic accidents are the result of poor weather. However, there are several safety measures New York motorists can take to minimize risks and avoid car accidents during the winter months.

Popular cellphone game linked to surge in car accidents

The augmented reality game 'Pokémon Go" may have caused as many as 145,000 traffic accidents in New York and around the country, according to a study released recently by Purdue University. Researchers studied accident data compiled in Tippecanoe County, Indiana, both before and after the game's July 2016 release. They found that the number of crashes near locations known as Pokéstops rose by an alarming 26.5 percent as the game grew in popularity.

Safety precautions could prevent holiday road-trip fatalities

With winter storms predicted along the coast over the holiday weekend, motorists in New York and other states may want to know more about roadway safety during Thanksgiving. In an alert that was issued in November 2017, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration advised drivers to check their windshield wipers, as well as the air in their tires, before heading out on the country's roadways. NHTSA officials also suggested that motorists allow themselves enough time to reach their destinations without rushing.

Hurdles involved in regulating driverless car safety

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has stated that there are some obstacles that it must clear up before it can develop permanent safety standards for self-driving cars. The agency plans to make the notice public by the end of November. Thus, New York motorists will have to wait a while before self-driving cars become readily available.

Drowsy driving a major concern for night shift workers

While night shift workers are known to develop conditions like heart disease and type 2 diabetes, they may also be at risk for a car crash on the way home due to drowsiness. Night shift workers in New York and across the nation should consider the results of a study made by researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Conflicting attitudes about distracted driving

Most New York drivers would probably agree with the view that distracted driving should be illegal since it is often a factor in accidents that result in injuries and death. Interestingly, however, they might also be part of the large percentage of drivers who admit that they are sometimes distracted while driving but believe they can handle it.

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.

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