Motorists in Colorado and throughout the country tend to do the majority of their driving within 25 miles of home. Therefore, it may not be surprising to hear that this is where the majority of accidents take place. While drivers may believe that they can rely on muscle memory when driving in familiar areas, it is always good to stay alert and responsive while behind the wheel.
In a recent study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, researchers found that collision avoidance systems are effective at preventing many types of car accidents in Colorado and throughout the U.S. The IIHS is a non-profit group, and its focus is on the reduction of injuries and deaths due to motor vehicle accidents.
While Colorado residents might anticipate the day when driverless cars will be widely available, it may not come as quickly as they might expect. There are several issues that must first be addressed before self-driving cars can be offered in mass production. Other factors may also make people less willing to purchase these vehicles when they are available.
Drivers in Colorado and across the U.S. have a slightly increased chance of dying in a car crash involving late-model vehicles, according to a report by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. A main reason for the increase is the improving economy.
Colorado residents looking to purchase a new vehicle may be interested in one of three cars that were given the highest rating for crashworthiness by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. These vehicles were the Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan, the Lincoln Continental and the Toyota Avalon. Three other vehicles that were tested, including the Tesla Model S, did not qualify to receive this safety rating.
Colorado drivers may be interested to learn that nearly 80 percent of participants in a July 2016 study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety admitted to experiencing road rage at least once in the prior year. According to that same study, about eight million American drivers engaged in extreme road rage activities such as intentionally hitting another vehicle or getting out of a car to confront another motorist.
Colorado parents may feel a little safer getting behind the wheel after reading the results of a study regarding child deaths in fatal auto accidents. The study looked at state-by-state data from 2010 to 2014 to discover the number of deaths of children under the age of 15 per state and region. Researchers also reported the rate of deaths to account for population differences. The major causes for these differences were also explored in light of reducing the risk of fatal car wrecks involving children.
Colorado motorists may be interested to learn that several cities around the nation may allow authorities to use a device that shows them if drivers were using their phone to text, read their emails or post on Facebook while they are behind the wheel. While the technology could potentially help officers determine if the driver was distracted when an accident occurred, it means privacy could also be at risk.
Colorado residents may have gotten used to seeing drivers using their cellphone while behind the wheel. That doesn't mean that those who don't use their cellphones cannot keep themselves safe on the road. In general terms, defensive driving is the act of predicting how other drivers may act on the road. From there, they may be able to take actions that prevent or reduce the odds of an accident.
Icy weather conditions can be deadly for Colorado drivers. On Feb. 1, 2017, it was reported that icy roads led to a fatal car crash in Northern Colorado. Although you may be looking forward to spring, you should not overlook the hazards brought on by the extra weeks of inclement weather. These conditions can decrease visibility and traction, making it more difficult to slow down, stop and react.