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Proven safety tips for drivers out in the bright sunlight

Drivers in New York know that the sun is at its brightest in the early morning and late afternoon, but they may not know that the brightness is liable to create visual illusions. For this and other reasons, bright sunlight increases the risk for a fatal car accident by 16 percent. With the following safety tips, drivers can avoid crashes in these conditions and protect their eyes at the same time.

Additional safety courses help teens drive safer

Smartphones, smartwatches and tablets are just a few of the distractions vying for a teenager driver's attention as he or she hits the road. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death in children ages 15 to 18. In 2015, 99,000 teenage drivers were injured in collisions, and 1,972 teenage drivers were involved in collisions that resulted in a fatality.

AAA recommends 100 practice hours for teen drivers

Statistics released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety shows that teenage motorists are far more likely to be involved in fatal crashes when they are driving with teen passengers. New York residents, especially those with teen drivers in the household, might be interested in the specifics of the study.

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.

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