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September 2018 Archives

Advanced car safety features are still limited

According to a study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, most drivers have too much confidence in advanced vehicle safety features. Researchers found that many in New York and throughout the country don't understand exactly what these features can do. For instance, 25 percent of study participants didn't look before changing lanes because they had blind spot monitoring features on their vehicles. Roughly 40 percent of drivers were confused as to the difference between what the forward-collision and the emergency braking systems did.

Motus connects smartphones to rise in mobile worker car crashes

Drivers in Brooklyn are probably aware that distracted driving is a serious safety issue. According to the 2018 Distracted Driving Report from Motus, a workforce management company, this issue is especially common with the mobile workforce. Mobile workers are always connected, so it's not surprising that they would be prone to using their smartphones behind the wheel.

Study looks at influence of reality-based programs on safety

Motor vehicle accidents are the top cause of accidental death among teens, but teenagers in New York might be safer drivers if they take a supplemental driving program that exposes them to the dangers of certain behaviors. Researchers at Baylor University in Texas examined how the attitudes of teen drivers toward safety changed after they participated in a six-hour program that included visits to a morgue, intensive care unit and emergency room.

Rear automatic brakes can reduce backup crash rates

A test conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has shown that rear automatic braking, a safety option on only 5 percent of new vehicles, can cut down on the number of backup crashes by 62 percent. The IIHS also found that if these brakes are combined with rearview cameras and backup warning sensors, the risk can be lowered by 78 percent. New York residents with newer vehicles may want to consider these safety features.

Pedestrian safety as the weather changes

School is in full swing and you’ve become accustomed to seeing children walking or riding their bikes in the mornings and afternoons. You make a point to be vigilant at crosswalks and to stop whenever a school bus turns on its caution lights or extends its safety arm. You are careful to be aware of your surroundings while driving, and you are courteous and follow the rules. However, the changing season introduces hazards for you and other New York residents that you haven’t seen in a year. It’s vital for the pedestrians around you that you are aware of the risks.

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