Pennsylvania residents might be interested to know that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, released its latest traffic crash data on Oct. 22. The report contained both encouraging and discouraging news.
In Pennsylvania and the rest of the U.S., drivers are finding it harder than ever to break away from distractions, especially from their phones. In a survey of more than 2,000 consumers, the Travelers Companies found that nearly eight in 10 uses the phone while behind the wheel. Over 30% were in a near-miss crash because of it.
General Motors has revealed the benefits of automated safety features in a study that it conducted with the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. While the study is about GM vehicles, the results should interest all drivers in Pennsylvania. Advanced driver assistance systems, despite their cost, can reduce the number of crashes, including lane-change crashes, back-up crashes and rear-end collisions.
Pennsylvania drivers should know to never head out when drunk. Alcohol can impair one's judgment, reaction times and memory, all of which are necessary in driving. With a blood alcohol concentration of .08, the point at which one is considered legally drunk, a driver may find self-control difficult, miss dangers on the road and suffer from hearing impairment. With even a blood alcohol concentration of .02, though, one may experience drowsiness and loss of judgment.
According to a report from City Lab, women are 73% more likely to die or be seriously injured in a car crash than men are. Pennsylvania residents should know that there are probably several factors for this. With regard to this trend, auto safety experts as far back as 2011 said that seatbelts may be partially to blame.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 6,452,000 motorists across the country were involved in car accidents in the year 2017. The biggest, busiest cities in the nation were also where the most accidents were concentrated. The America's Safe Drivers Report 2019, released by Allstate Insurance, ranks the 200 largest metropolitan areas nationwide based on how often drivers there get into crashes. Many of the cities are on the East Coast, including at least one in Pennsylvania.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Association has reported that almost 11,000 people died and more than 200,000 suffered injuries due to drunk drivers in 2017. Drunk driving is a factor in 29% of traffic fatalities. Drivers in Pennsylvania should be wary of others on the road, as drunk driving remains the No. 1 cause of car accident deaths. The organization Mothers Against Drunk Driving has called for increased efforts by those in the automotive industry to combat the problem with technology.
Tesla has recently added functions to improve its Navigate on Autopilot system. However, testers with Consumer Reports have found these updates wanting. Pennsylvania motorists should know that the Autopilot can now change lanes without the driver's input.
Root Insurance has shared the results of an online study conducted by Wakefield Research that may interest drivers in Pennsylvania. The study focused on distracted driving and involved nearly 2,000 US. drivers. One thing that became clear was that few are ignorant of the dangers of distracted driving. Even individuals who engage in it are critical of others who do.
More than 10,000 people die in drunk driving accidents every year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That's almost 30 fatalities per day throughout Pennsylvania and the rest of the U.S. Furthermore, those numbers are just for drunk driving and do not include the number of deaths due to distracted driving. Volvo plans to reduce both categories by installing in-vehicle cameras and sensors that will observe driver behavior.