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Teen Driver Accident Risks Depend on Music Tastes

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Teenage drivers who are listening to their favorite and preferred music in the car are much more likely to make driving mistakes, increasing the risks of an accident. That information comes from research that was conducted by Israeli researchers, and published recently in the journal Accident Analysis and Prevention.

The research found that male teenage drivers in particular were much more likely to make driving mistakes, when they listened to their favorite music in the car. The study was based on a total of 85 young teenage drivers, who were also accompanied by a researcher. Each driver was made to take 6, 40-minute trips. In two of the trips, they listened to music from their own playlist, while in two of the trips; they listened to background music that was especially designed to make it safer for the teenage motorist to drive. They also made at least two trips without any music.

The researchers found that when the teenage drivers were listening to music of their own choice, almost 98% of them showed deficient driving on at least one of the trips. Approximately 2% of the teenage drivers required a verbal warning or a command for action to prevent the risk of an accident, and 20% required braking assistance to prevent an accident. Other errors including driving at excessive speeds, tailgating, passing vehicles, inappropriate change of lanes, and driving with just one hand on the steering wheel.

The researchers also found that when the teenage drivers were driving without any music, 92% of them made errors. However, when they were driving with music that was specially designed to increase safety, the deficient driving behaviors dropped by 20%.

GDL Contributes to Drop in California Teen Driver Accident Rates

Sunday, August 25, 2013

According to new statistics released by the Automobile Club of Southern California, teenage drivers in California are now much safer since the state’s strict Graduated Driver’s Licensing program requirements went into effect.

Since the laws went into effect in 1998, there has been a substantial reduction in accident as well as fatality rates involving teen drivers in California. According to the statistics, the accident rate involving teenagers of 16 years of age has dropped by as much as 68%, and among 17-year-old drivers, the rate has dropped by 51%.

Even more impressive is the data indicating that in 2010, approximately 8,000, 16 and 17-year-old drivers in California were either killed or injured in a car accident. Compare this to the 18,000 fatalities that were recorded in the year before the Graduated Driver’s Licensing Program laws went into effect.

It's very clear to Thousand Oaks car accident lawyers that these tough Graduated Driver’s Licensing laws have played a prominent role in helping reduce teen accident rates. All 50 states have some form of novice driver rules in place for teenage drivers, but California's laws are definitely stricter. They require more hours of supervised driving, and place more restrictions on nighttime driving and driving with teenage passengers in the car.

It is also likely that other factors like increased auto safety features have contributed to a reduction in the teen driver fatality rate in California. For instance, many parents prefer to buy more expensive cars that come with extra safety features as the first vehicle for their teen driver. Cars that come with side airbag systems, electronic stability control systems, and other gadgetry help reduce the risk of injuries in an accident.

Connected Trucks Spell Next Level in Safety

Friday, August 16, 2013

In the near future, heavy duty as well as light duty trucks may be able to communicate with other trucks as well as other vehicles in the vicinity that are equipped with similar vehicle communication technology. These vehicles may be able to transmit data that can result in an accident warning for a motorist or a truck driver. The technology has the potential to save many lives every year.

The National Transportation Safety Board recently focused on connected vehicle technologies, or vehicles that transmit data using Wi-Fi technologies. In these vehicles, the technology is contained in a device that can be mounted inside the vehicle either on the dashboard, or as part of the car’s components. The device can also be inserted as part of the smartphone.

The technology will transmit data signals with similar technology in other vehicles that are also equipped with the same devices. Once the data has been received, these devices can deliver appropriate warning signals, cautioning the driver to apply the brakes, or to slow down speeds. The warning may be delivered in the form of a glowing light, an audible alert, or a vibrating of the steering wheel. Those details will be left to automakers to implement. In the future, all vehicles will be able to communicate with each other, and this will substantially help reduce the risk of accidents except those caused by drunk drivers.

What is really important for Sherman Oaks truck accident lawyers to learn however is that now that the National Transportation Safety Board has recommended that the federal administration start working on standards for the technology, it could ultimately lead to a mandate for such technology in all vehicles.


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