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Distracted driving common for many teen drivers

For many New York teens, distracted driving is just a way of life. Despite widespread public awareness campaigns that aim to reduce the risk associated with texting while driving and other distracted behaviors, many teens continue to use their mobile phones or other devices behind the wheel. This can be a particular concern with teenage drivers as most are inexperienced and may face even more difficulty in emergency situations without the threat posed by distraction. However, many parents report that even if their teens do not text and drive, they regularly get in the car with others who do.

AAA: deaths from red light running crashes hit 10-year high

AAA has released a report on red light running in New York and across the U.S. A total of 939 people died in red light running crashes in 2017, the latest year for which there is car crash data. This number represents a 10-year high and a 28% increase when compared to 2012. One third of the victims were the offending drivers while the rest were occupants in the other vehicle, pedestrians or bicyclists.

2017 sees 10-year high in red-light running crash deaths

In the most recent year with car crash data, 2017, there were a total of 939 deaths arising from red-light running. This marked a 10-year high. In New York and across the nation, drivers who are impatient, reckless or distracted are claiming two lives every day. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety says the numbers are still rising. Those who die in 65% of these crashes are not the offending drivers.

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.

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