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The dangers of fatigued driving

Fatigue slows down reaction times and hampers decision making, but studies suggest that an alarming number of drivers in Texas and around the country are unconcerned by these risks. Six out of 10 of the motorists polled by the National Sleep Foundation admitted to drowsy driving, and more than a third said that they had fallen asleep while behind the wheel at least once. This disturbs road safety advocates because a driver who has not slept for 24 hours is as impaired as a motorist with a blood alcohol content of .10 percent.

Study finds some groups more likely to use phones while driving

Drivers in Texas whose attitudes toward safety are negative may be more likely to use their mobile phones while behind the wheel. In addition, frequent phone users and women are more likely to get distracted by a mobile device while driving. These were among the results of a recent study published by the Society for Risk Analysis.

Distracted driving across the country

When drivers in Texas get behind the wheel, there is an approximately 39 percent chance that they will be using a handheld mobile phone while driving. This is on the higher end of the results produced by a nationwide study conducted by Everdrive, a mobile app. The application tracks drivers' safety practices, with their consent, and the study obtained data from 300,000 American drivers who make use of the app.

Survey reports that more drivers are texting while driving

According to a recent study, the number of drivers who self-report regular cell phone use while behind the wheel has significantly increased since 2013. Interestingly enough, the surveyed drivers also acknowledged distracted driving as a significant road hazard. Since distracted drivers are far more likely to cause an accident, the issue of cell phone use is a crucial matter to all Texas motorists.

49-year-old woman killed by self-driving vehicle

In a perfect world, self-driving cars would be flawless pieces of technology that do exactly what they are set out to do without getting into any problems. Self-driving cars would be whirring marvels of precision and efficiency. No two vehicles would ever come in contact with one another, and they would effortlessly glide on and off the freeway. It would be like a scene out of a science fiction movie.

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