Regular visitors to our blog appreciate that we address a wide array of issues, including injuries due to faulty air bags. Concerns over faulty Takata air bags have been noted as far back as 2015.
It seems to have happened in the blink of an eye, but ready or not, the holiday season is beginning. In fact, in law enforcement circles the Thanksgiving weekend begins tonight with what is known as Black Wednesday.
Automotive safety technologies continue to advance, and the positive effect they are having on car accident rates across the world is a real one. Their influence can, however, be overstated. A study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety shows that many drivers in Florida and across the U.S. do not understand the key limitations of automotive safety features.
Florida motorists who rely on driver assistance systems to be safe on the road will want to be careful. A report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety finds that many drivers do not understand the limitations of these safety features. For example, 80 percent of study respondents overestimated the ability of blind-spot monitoring to detect fast-approaching vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians.
Hydroplaning is an ever-present threat when it rains in Florida. When there is too much water on the road for vehicles' tires to handle, the tires will push that water underneath them. The thin layer of water that develops between the tires and road will cause the tires to lose traction. They are, in effect, floating above the road.
Florida residents who assume that it is only the younger generation who drives distracted may be interested in the results of a study conducted by Volvo and the Harris Poll. Thousands of participants were asked about the distracting activities they engage in behind the wheel. Just over 80 percent of millennials and Gen Xers admitted to phone use; this was followed by 71 percent of Generation Z, 64 percent of baby boomers and 59 percent of the Silent Generation.
Florida residents are probably aware of the challenges they face on the road when school starts. School zones force them to slow down. They see more children darting out onto the street, and they find themselves sharing the road with school buses. Safe driving is a priority at all times, but especially during the school season.
The National Institutes for Health reports that car crashes are the leading cause of death among 14- to 19-year-olds. Another study by the NIH, which was conducted with Virginia Tech University, should be of interest to teen drivers in Florida because it has found out when the risk for crashes and near-misses reaches a particularly high point.
Florida drivers may be shocked to learn that the deadliest day for car crashes in the United States is August 2. According to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 505 people died on U.S. roadways on that date between 2012 and 2016.
One of the selling points for electronic driver-assist systems has always been that they would eventually make the roads across Florida and the rest of the United States safer. There has been anecdotal evidence about fatal accidents caused by these self-driving cars, but in general, the question remains whether these systems reduce accidents or not. According to a new study, they have indeed made the roads safer.