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Americans more likely to text and drive than Western Europeans

New York readers might be interested to learn that American drivers are more likely to use their cellphones and other devices while behind the wheel than their Western European counterparts, according to a new study by Liberty Mutual. The study also found that millennials are the worst offenders.

Dangers of night driving

At night, when it's hard to see and be seen, drivers only raise their risk for an accident. This is especially true of teen drivers in New York and across the U.S. Based on 2016 data from NHTSA's Fatality Analysis Reporting System, the National Safety Council found that 19% of fatal crashes involving a 15- to 17-year-old driver take place between 6pm and 9pm and that 18% of fatal crashes involving 15- to 19-year-olds arise between 9pm and midnight.

Subaru Crosstrek in more at-fault crashes than any other car

The Subaru Crosstrek is involved in more at-fault crashes than any other newer model vehicle in the U.S. This is according to a survey from Insurify, a vehicle insurance comparison site with a database of over 1.6 million insurance quotes. In fact, Insurify has compiled a list of the top 10 vehicles that get into accidents in New York and the rest of the nation.

Drowsy driving is an inherent risk in the ride-sharing industry

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.

Tips to avoid distracted driving

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.

Smart cars may prove too distracting for older drivers

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.

Online study ranks states with worst senior drivers

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 more prone than men to suffer car crash injuries

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.

Allstate report names cities with worst drivers

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 State Police plan Fourth of July DWI crackdown

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.

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