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New study shows drivers in their 70s are actually safer than some

We have generally believed that older drivers are somewhat lacking in safe driving skills. The perception is that they drive so slow and carefully that they actually put others at risk. Or, physical or cognitive problems keep them from adequately monitoring the road and the traffic around them.

People are using more e-bikes and e-scooters. Are they safe?

As the pandemic persuades people to avoid using public transit, many are opting for micro-mobility options like shared pedal-assisted e-bikes and e-scooters. These personal transportation devices can help you achieve social distance, but there are challenges.

AAA: Many partially-automated driving systems may malfunction

Researchers with the safety group AAA have been testing active driver assistance systems that partially automate vehicles. The idea behind these systems is to reduce the number and severity of crashes by reducing the effect of human error. Unfortunately, AAA found that they are so unreliable that auto makers should consider limiting their use.

What makes trucking accidents so serious?

One reason a crash with a large truck may be more serious than another type of crash is that the sheer size and weight of the truck is so much larger than that of a passenger vehicle. Moreover, truck accidents are more common than you might expect, based on their representation on the road.

Could in-vehicle alcohol detection systems reduce drunk driving?

The world is quickly changing, with more and more safety technology available every year. One item that may find its way into cars relatively soon is the in-vehicle alcohol detection system.

What safety devices protect you best on the road?

Every year, we see changes and improvements in auto safety. New technology promises to reduce the risk of car crashes by helping us stay in our lanes, spot upcoming trouble, and taking evasive action or stopping the car entirely. Fully-automated driving technology is on the horizon, which might reduce the number and severity of crashes by a great deal.

Are you at extra risk in a crash if you drive a convertible?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) looked into the question. It makes sense that you would be at some additional risk when riding in a convertible vs. a hard-top vehicle. The roof structure appears quite flimsy, doesn't it?

Study: Modern SUVs still more likely than cars to kill pedestrians

Even as advances in safety features have brought the overall rate of traffic fatalities down, the number of pedestrians being killed on U.S. roads has risen over the last decade. Part of that could be the fact that SUVs have grown in popularity.

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