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Ways to stay safe when driving in bright sunlight

In Georgia and across the U.S., drivers put themselves and others at risk for a crash because they fail to make provisions for bright sunlight. In such conditions, drivers are actually at 16 percent higher risk for a fatal car crash. The following seven tips help keep drivers safe and should be taken into consideration.

Surge in truck accident deaths prompts calls for new regulation

Accidents involving semi-tractor trailers around the country claimed 4,300 lives in 2016 according to government crash statistics, and this alarming surge in commercial vehicle road deaths in Georgia and other states has prompted renewed calls for autonomous crash avoidance systems to be mandated. Since the technology was developed about two decades ago, the National Transportation Safety Board has called on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to introduce such a regulation on at least 10 occasions. The agency says that it hopes to complete field testing of the latest autonomous truck safety systems within two years.

Safety technology might prevent truck crashes

The National Transportation Safety Board has repeatedly asked the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to mandate crash avoidance technology in large trucks. According to the NTSB, many large truck crashes could be avoided, or their severity mitigated, by crash avoidance technologies. The NTSB does not have the power to mandate that these systems be installed in trucks on Georgia roads. Rather, it can only conduct investigations and make recommendations to other agencies.

Report links mobile phone use to rise in traffic accidents

Practically every motorist in Georgia has either seen another driver using a smartphone or is guilty of the behavior themselves. The increase in smartphone ownership has produced a rise in traffic accidents, according to a study from the vehicle management company Motus. The company's research about distracted driving examined the mobile workforce. These workers either use company vehicles for their jobs or drive their personal vehicles while working.

Humans may be more dangerous than autonomous vehicles

At some point, it is likely that self-driving cars will be prevalent on Georgia roads. However, research has found that humans will still pose a risk even when they are available for use. According to a study, there were 38 incidents involving vehicles driving themselves in California between 2014 and 2018. A human was responsible for causing 37 of them to happen. Another 24 incidents occurred while an autonomous vehicle was operational but not moving.

Study looks at teen drivers' risk education program in Texas

Georgia residents with teenage children who are unsafe drivers may be looking into a drivers' risk education program. A Baylor University study shows that those programs with realistic, interactive elements are much more effective at making teens more aware of the dangers of certain driving behaviors. Researchers came to their conclusion after analyzing the Texas Reality Education for Drivers program.

Roundabouts can help reduce serious injury crashes

People in Georgia who drive on rural roads may encounter surprisingly dangerous circumstances at certain intersections. Because more rural roads have less traffic than urban or suburban streets, speed limits may be higher, and intersections have fewer controls. For example, some rural streets come together with only a stop sign despite having speed limits of up to 55 mph. The likelihood of a car accident can be increased when visibility is lowered at night, in poor weather or when vegetation is overgrown.

Are a lot of drivers disobeying Georgia’s new ban on handheld use?

Earlier this summer, it officially became against the law to use a handheld phone while driving here in Georgia (unless it is in hands-free mode). However, despite this and the major dangers connected to this type of distracted driving, it appears that this conduct remains very common out on the state’s roads. This is what a recent AAA survey of drivers in the state suggests.

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