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August 2019 Archives

Keeping the risk for drowsy driving down

Drowsy driving is a widespread issue in Missouri. In fact, it may be more widespread than many believe; with a lack of any tests to prove drowsiness, drivers can easily lie to the police about it. However, a 2018 AAA study that analyzed videos of drivers estimates that 9.5% of all car accidents are caused by drowsy drivers.

Police reports do not capture all possible car crash factors

A study from the National Safety Council shows that Missouri police are not capturing all the possible car crash factors in their reports. In fact, no state captures all 23 of the factors that the NSC believes are essential to knowing the reason for a crash. For example, no state has a field or code for police to measure driver fatigue.

Avoiding every distraction while behind the wheel

Most Missouri drivers know that distracted driving is wrong, but they may not be aware of just how wide-reaching the problem is. For example, drivers would do well to keep away from their phones as well as hands-free devices. In fact, any action that takes one's eyes and attention from the road is a distraction.

Drivers to look out for on the way back to college

blond student.jpgNow that the summer is wrapping up for many college students in St. Louis, most of them are packing up their cars and getting ready for those long drives back to campus. Whether their university is local or out of state, most of them are bound to be behind the wheel for an hour or more before they arrive at their apartments or dorm rooms.

How external airbags can reduce car crash injury severity

ZF, the German auto supplier, has been testing the effectiveness of external airbags, so Missouri drivers who keep up with the latest in vehicle safety tech may want to take notice. In 2018, ZF released the results of its testing, finding, among other things, that external airbags can lessen the severity of an occupant's injuries by up to 40%.

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