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Autonomous technology could lead to new safety issues

Car buyers in Missouri may be aware of the new autonomous features that are becoming more readily available in many different makes and models. While this self-driving technology may help eliminate roadway risks, it can also cause confusion. New dangers arise when people do not understand or know how to use the technology.

NIH: teen drivers less safe with a license than with a permit

Virginia Tech University and the National Institutes for Health have conducted a study where they monitored the driving behaviors of 90 teens from the time when they obtained their learner's permit to the time when they had been driving for a year with a license. The purpose was to see how teens' risk for a crash or near-miss would change during the transition from a permit to a license. Missouri residents can read the results below.

Drivers average 13 minutes of phone use behind the wheel daily

Nearly 2,000 drivers across Missouri and the rest of the U.S. responded to an online market research study that was focused on distracted driving. The results were recently shared by Root Insurance, a company that gives insurance discounts to policyholders who avoid phone use behind the wheel. Not surprisingly, the data supports Root's belief that fear tactics alone cannot stop the trend of distracted driving.

Fatal car accident risk rises significantly even in light rain

Missouri sees all kinds of weather, and most motorists know to slow down in pouring rain or freezing rain. A light drizzle, however, tends not to alarm people too much, but a new traffic accident study concluded that light rain increases the danger of a deadly wreck by 27% compared to clear weather. The lead author of the study said that people lacked appreciation for the level of risk produced by light rain that only adds up to one-tenth of an inch per hour.

Distracted driving grows around emergency vehicles

Many Missouri motorists know that distracted driving is dangerous. Legal changes to outlaw texting while driving and public awareness campaigns have drawn attention to the threat of fatal accidents linked to distraction behind the wheel. Nevertheless, surveys continue to indicate that while drivers know that distraction can be deadly, they continue to engage in the process and believe that they are in control of their own behavior.

How radar data accurately links precipitation with car crash risk

In Missouri, rain and snow can put drivers in danger. Previous studies say the risk for a fatal motor vehicle accident can go up anywhere between 10 and 76 percent in precipitation, but a new study from North Carolina State University has come up with more accurate numbers.

Distracted driving habits are not easy to break

Most Missouri drivers are probably aware of the dangers of being distracted behind the wheel. Nevertheless, it's not easy for motorists to break habits that could divert their attention while driving. In fact, a survey of more than 2,000 executives and consumers found that roughly eight out of 10 people polled admitted that they talk on their cellphones while driving. More than 30 percent of respondents reported having a near-miss vehicle accident because they were distracted.

AAA: drowsiness a hazard of daylight saving time

Drowsy driving is a major issue throughout Missouri and the rest of America. In a AAA survey, three in 10 respondents admitted to driving at least once in the past month in such a sleepy condition that they had trouble keeping their eyes open. In that same survey, however, 95 percent said they consider drowsy driving to be unacceptable.

Strict cellphone laws can mean fewer distracted driving deaths

ValuePenguin analysts believe that there is a link between distracted driving fatality rates and the strictness or laxity of cellphone laws in each state. Based on data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Highway Administration, they determined that there were, between 2015 and 2017, more than 1,400 distracted driving crash fatalities where cellphone use was involved. Missouri, which has a partial ban on texting, ranked 20th.

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