Ride-share drivers in New York should know that being drowsy behind the wheel is an inherent risk in their line of work. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine points out that these drivers may work for extended periods of wakefulness and disregard any symptoms of fatigue that they experience. Many even feel that the value of sleep is overrated.
Motorists in New York and across the U.S. know that distracted driving is dangerous, but a significant portion of them continue to engage in the behavior. Unfortunately, this has tragic consequences. In 2017, at least 3,166 people were killed in car accidents caused by distracted drivers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. However, there are some safety measures people can take to ensure they don't lose focus behind the wheel.
Seat warmers, reverse parking cameras and automatic windshield wipers are just a few of the technological advances available for drivers in New York and across the United States. While these high-tech perks can make driving more enjoyable, they don't come without risk. A new study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has found that older drivers may become distracted by this new technology, putting them at risk of traffic accidents.
The Senior List, a senior care website, has released a study showing which states see the most accidents involving senior drivers and which see the fewest. New York residents should be aware that their state experiences the 10th highest number of accidents involving drivers aged 65 and above. The worst five states were Florida, Texas, California, Georgia and North Carolina.
Women are more likely to suffer injury from a car crash, according to a study published in the journal Traffic Injury Prevention. In particular, women are 73% more likely to be injured in a front-end collision, the most common car crash, than men are. Drivers in New York should know that, while the study does not delve into reasons, there is one factor that can partially explain why this is so.
New York City drivers sometimes get a bad rap, but a new report by Allstate Insurance finds they are fairly safe compared to drivers in other cities. The report found that the worst drivers in America are actually roaming the roads of Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Boston.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo stated in a June 28 press release that law enforcement agencies in the Empire State would be stepping up their efforts to combat drunk driving over the upcoming Independence Day holiday period. The Governor likely made the decision because the Fourth of July is the most dangerous federal holiday for drunk driving accidents each year.
More than 10,000 road users lose their lives each year and a further 200,000 suffer injuries in motor vehicle accidents caused by drunk drivers according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Impaired drivers are responsible for 29% of the road deaths in New York and around the country and remain the nation's most serious road safety problem, and the figures suggest that public information campaigns about the dangers of getting behind the wheel after drinking are having only a limited effect.
With the help of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, drivers in New York may reduce their risk for a traffic accident. That includes not only crashes with other cars but also collisions with pedestrians and bicyclists. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has attested to the benefits of ADAS, and a 2018 study from J.D. Power confirms them with statistics.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has stated that the 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day are the "100 deadliest days for teen drivers," so parents in New York may want to take notice. Teens are out on the road more during the summer, and they sometimes drive impaired by drugs and alcohol on their way back from parties. And to begin with, teens are inexperienced behind the wheel. These explain AAA's position.