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Infotainment systems found to distract drivers

Researchers at the University of Utah have analyzed 30 infotainment systems on new 2017 vehicles, finding that all of them were distracting to drivers at one level or another. This study was made for AAA and should be of interest to anyone in Texas who's interested in the new tech but worried about its implications.

How drivers in Texas can defuse road rage

Road rage can arise on the highway, in parking lots and any other place where one driver happens to offend another. The following are a few tips that drivers should consider the next time they become angry on the road. The first tip is, of course, to stay calm. If someone cuts them off, drivers should not honk the horn, flash the high beams or make inflammatory hand gestures.

IIHS studies the safety benefits of automatic braking systems

Car buyers in Texas who are concerned about safety should consider getting a vehicle equipped with an automatic braking system, according to researchers from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The nonprofit road safety advocacy group recently analyzed police accident reports to determine how effective this technology is in real-world situations, and they discovered that it reduces rear-end impacts by up to 68 percent.

Publicity, laws and penalties address distracted driving dangers

Smartphones tempt drivers in Texas to take their attention away from the road all of the time. Known as distracted driving, the behavior has caused an increase in traffic accidents and prompted a growing number of states to pursue legislation to address the dangerous problem. Researchers who have studied the results of laws that ban holding phones while driving have concluded that a mix of public awareness campaigns and strong laws and penalties can reduce negative behaviors like texting or using social media behind the wheel.

AAA: drivers don't know the limitations of their car safety tech

Texas residents may find that driver assistance systems provide a great benefit to them. It's true that car safety features are effective and can prevent about 40 percent of car crashes and about 30 percent of crash-related fatalities, according to federal estimates. However, they can backfire on drivers if they fail to grasp the limitations inherent in technology. This is where a study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety comes in.

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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