Research suggests that sophisticated driver assistance technology could reduce road deaths by up to 30 percent and prevent 40 percent of all crashes, but a study released by AAA reveals that theses safety gains may come at a cost. The organization's Foundation for Traffic Safety polled 1,200 drivers who bought 2016 or 2017 model cars or SUVs equipped with features like adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking systems. They found that motorists in New Mexico and around the country were more likely to act recklessly while behind the wheel because they believe these features are more capable than they actually are.
Distracted driving presents a major threat to life and safety on New Mexico roads. When people pay attention to their phones rather than the road, the consequences can be severe, not only for themselves, but also for other people driving or walking nearby. While many people associate distracted driving with teens texting, the complicated reality is that people of all ages and levels of driving experience can be distracted and may pose a threat to others. One study by Motus looked at how the connected mobile workforce can contribute to distracted driving dangers. An increasing number of mobile workers are connected to their jobs through smartphones, and this has been accompanied by growth in motor vehicle accidents as well.
June through September is generally considered the rainy season in New Mexico and much of the United States. One of the biggest risks to drivers during a rain event is hydroplaning. This occurs when the car loses control while on a wet road because the tires are making contact with water instead of the road itself. In some cases, oil on the surface can mix with the rain to create a slippery mixture that can make gaining traction difficult.
Many New Mexico parents worry that their teens may not take the dangers of risky driving seriously enough. A new study shows that having teen drivers take a supplemental drivers' education program that includes visits to hospitals or morgues could help them better understand the consequences of their actions.
New Mexico residents should know that despite advances in safety technology, car accident rates are still at an all-time high. According to preliminary figures from the National Safety Council, the U.S. may soon be recording more than 40,000 car crash fatalities for the third year in a row. However, it appears that a plateau effect has been achieved compared to the sharp increases seen in the previous two years.
After a car accident in North Carolina involving a fatal collision at a busy rural intersection with a stop sign, vegetation was cleared away, and signs pointing out the upcoming stop sign were posted. Serious accidents continued to occur. The stop sign was then replaced with a traffic circle referred to as a roundabout that allows traffic to flow nearly continuously in the same direction around an island in the center. It's a solution that may help reduce the seriousness of injuries and the risk of fatalities in rural parts of New Mexico.
The American Sleep Foundation has reported that approximately half of the drivers in New Mexico and across the U.S. say they have consistently driven while they felt drowsy. Drowsy driving causes effects that are similar to drunk driving, including reduced reaction speeds. The Governors Highway Safety Association estimated that 5,000 people died on U.S. roadways in 2015 due to drowsy driving.
A new study sheds some light on the risks of being a new teen driver in New Mexico. The main conclusion is that teens are eight times more likely to get in a near-miss or collision in the first three months after obtaining a license as opposed to the last three months of driving with a driver's permit.
According to a new study, certain types of New Mexico motorists are more likely to engage in distracted driving behaviors than others. These types of drivers include women, people who are very attached to their phones, reckless individuals and those who are very disinhibited. The results were published recently by the Society for Risk Analysis.
Owners of newer vehicles in New Mexico that include safety technology that warns drivers of lane departures and objects in blind spots appear to be benefiting from the automatic systems. Research conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety detected an 18 percent reduction in sideswipe and head-on collisions in vehicles equipped with these alarms. Injuries fell by 24 percent as well, and deadly accidents dropped by 86 percent.