Sleep deprivation among drivers only raises the risk for an accident. The National Sleep Foundation says that driving after being awake for 24 hours is like driving with a blood alcohol content of .10 (the legal limit being .08). The CDC says everyone should get a minimum of seven hours of sleep every night, but many fail to get this much.
Many drivers in Pennsylvania who wish for new technology know that it can bring opportunities for distraction with it. University of Utah researchers have conducted a study for AAA showing that infotainment systems, in particular, are dangerous. They analyzed 30 systems on new 2017 vehicles and found that seven demanded a moderate level of attention, 11 a high level and 12 a very high level.
Pennsylvania residents may not be getting the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep every night, and this will negatively affect how they act behind the wheel. Drowsy driving is to blame for an estimated 7 percent of all motor vehicle crashes in the U.S., including 16 percent of all fatal crashes. Lack of sleep leads to inattention and impaired judgment.
Pennsylvania drivers know that they have to care for their tires on a regular basis; otherwise, they put themselves and others on the road at risk. The following are the basics of tire maintenance, which drivers can fulfill on their own. It all begins with a tire inspection every month, or every two weeks if owners regularly drive long distances or over uneven roads.
Pennsylvania drivers should know how they can reduce the risk of hydroplaning during the rainy season. Hydroplaning arises when a vehicle's tires encounter more rain on the road than they can handle; the water is pushed underneath and forms a thin layer between the tires and the road, causing the vehicle to float. The thicker the layer, the more likely it is for the vehicle to slide or skid out of control.
More and more car buyers in Pennsylvania and around the country are choosing vehicles equipped with sophisticated autonomous systems that are designed to prevent accidents and make driving easier, but a study published by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety suggests that this technology may not be as capable as car manufacturers claim. IIHS researchers came to this conclusion after testing autonomous systems offered by Tesla, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo on both public roads and closed tracks.
Every year, millions of Americans take to the roads to celebrate the nation's independence. On average, individuals and families travel around 50 miles to spend time at parks, lakes, beaches and the homes of friends and family. Unfortunately, this results in an unusually high amount of automobile accidents. Thousands of people get injured during the weekend, and hundreds of injuries result in fatalities. This makes the Fourth of July weekend one of the most dangerous of the year.
Pennsylvania motorists may someday travel in autonomous vehicles that use video to ensure the driver remains alert. Some experts say this may help ensure that drivers are attentive enough to take control of the vehicle if the system makes an error or does not react in time.