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Tesla's Autopilot report has little data to back up its claims

Drivers in New York may be familiar with the various criticisms of Tesla's Autopilot program. One significant claim is that Autopilot, which uses adaptive cruise control and steering assistance, makes drivers too complacent. While Tesla's vehicles have always done well in crash testing, they have also been involved in several crashes, at least two of them fatal.

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.

Roundabouts could reduce the risk of severe crashes

Some rural roads in New York are particularly prone to dangerous crashes and other incidents. When roads with high speed limits come together at intersections marked by only a stop sign, severe collisions are often inevitable. This is especially true when visibility in the area is limited. In an attempt to reduce the number of such crashes, traffic engineers are looking to roundabouts.

Basic safety tips drivers should follow

Drivers traveling on New York roads should be completely focused on their surroundings. Eliminating distractions can be an effective way for motorists to get themselves and their passengers to a destination safely. Safe driving means obeying posted speed limits and avoiding speeds that are too fast for road conditions. It also means not using a phone, eating or performing other tasks while a car is in motion.

NIH study shows teen drivers crash more once licensed

The National Institutes for Health has collaborated with university researchers on a new study about teen driving behaviors. Researchers observed 90 teen and 131 parent participants, using dashcams to observe drivers and the road while letting special software record speed and braking data. Their study period ranged from the time that drivers received their learner's permits to the year after they obtained their licenses. Teen drivers in New York may be surprised by the results.

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