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New tech may be the answer to distractions on the road

As too many drivers in New Mexico know through personal experience, smartphones provide a variety of distractions. To stop this, several phone providers have made free apps available that silence all incoming communications, send autoreplies and prevent drivers from engaging in certain functions like texting. However, these do not block all communications.

The similarities between drunk and drowsy driving

It's likely that most drivers in New Mexico have gotten behind the wheel at least once while in a drowsy state of mind. According to one study, roughly 60 percent of all adults in the U.S. have been guilty of drowsy driving. While drowsy driving may not seem as dangerous as operating under the influence of alcohol, the two actually share some similarities.

Recent crashes raise concerns with Tesla Autopilot program

Though undeniably an innovator in semi-autonomous vehicle technology, Tesla is still struggling to create solid safety standards for its Autopilot program. This has resulted in numerous crashes, including a May accident that involved a Tesla Model S and a fire truck. Residents of New Mexico will want to know how Tesla has responded to these accidents.

Seatbelt use can lead to less severe liver injuries

New Mexico residents who neglect to wear a seatbelt when driving will want to know about a new study showing one of the innumerable benefits to seatbelt use. Researchers from NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn analyzed crash data from the National Trauma Data Bank, focusing on the years 2010 to 2015 and looking at patients who suffered from liver injuries. They found that those who wore seatbelts reduced their risk for severe liver injuries by 21 percent.

App data shows drivers text most during afternoon rush hours

New Mexico drivers may want to use extra caution when driving home after work. According to a new study, afternoon rush hours are the time of day when the most Americans are texting and driving. Such distractions could make drivers more prone to causing car accidents.

There's more to distracted driving than cellphones

For many New Mexico residents, the image of motorists using cellphones is what comes to mind when they hear the term "distracted driving." However, studies reveal that cellphone usage is not the main cause of distracted driving. In fact, a new report points to daydreaming as the top culprit.

Recent study shows increase in distracted driving

A survey published in 2018 related to traffic behavior and attitudes in the United States has been released, and the primary conclusion is that phone-related distracted driving has increased dramatically since 2013. The study also reflects that these same drivers see distracted driving as a major road hazard. Drivers across New Mexico face an increased risk any time they share the road with a distracted driver.

Esurance studies prevalence of distracted driving

Drivers in New Mexico are probably aware that distracted driving is a common hazard on the road, and it may not be just from other drivers. A new study from Esurance, the insurance company, shows that distracted driving is more prevalent than some think. Even those who claimed that they rarely drove distracted were found in the study to engage in distracting behavior.

Making roads safer

When compared to other developed countries, the U.S. does not rank favorably with regard to road safety. In 2016, 37,461 people died in car accidents, an increase in the number of road-related deaths in the U.S. over the preceding year by 5.6 percent. This increase has been felt in 39 states across the United States, including New Mexico, a state that also has the nation's highest rate of pedestrian deaths.

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