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Study looks at supplemental driver education programs

Wisconsin teens might benefit from road safety programs that have reality-based and interactive elements. Researchers at Baylor University in Texas recommended these types of programs after studying responses from participants who took part in the Texas Reality Education for Drivers program. This program involves lectures, discussions and visits to places such as the morgue, emergency room and intensive care unit.

Automated systems may fail to prevent crashes

Many drivers in Wisconsin are enthusiastic about the potential of autonomous and semiautonomous driving cars. While advancing technology could lead to a future of self-driving cars, current electronic systems provide assistance to drivers as they navigate the roads. These systems are meant to make driving easier and safer not only for the vehicle's operator but for everyone else sharing the road. However, these technologies are limited, and if drivers don't pay attention to the road, a catastrophe could result.

Distracted driving major cause of car crashes

Distracted driving can be one of the greatest threats that Middleton residents face on the road. Studies show that distracted driving behaviors are on the rise, even as public awareness grows about the danger of texting and using cellphones while driving. Those who text while they drive are a full six times more likely to have a car accident than those who do not, and those who talk on the phone have a double risk of a car crash. However, the sound of the telltale bings of phone notifications continue to tempt drivers to pay attention to their devices instead of the road ahead.

Electronic driver-assist systems significantly reduce crash rates

Electronic driver-assist technology makes the roads in Wisconsin and across the United States safer, according to a recent study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. In fact, lane departure and blind spot caution systems reduce the rates of single-vehicle head-on and sideswipe crashes by around 18 percent. When these types of crashes do occur, the systems reduce the rate of injuries by 24 percent and fatalities by 86 percent.

Travelers raises awareness of summertime distracted driving

Drivers in Wisconsin may want to know what the Travelers Institute, the public policy division of a leading property casualty insurance provider, has to say about accidents during the summer. It appears that distracted driving becomes especially prevalent during the summer months. To raise awareness of this issue, Travelers held an Every Second Matters event on Capitol Hill on June 15.

July 4 the worst day for fatal car crashes

Drivers in Wisconsin should be careful when the Fourth of July holiday comes up. Every year between June 30 and July 4, there are nearly 200 traffic deaths in America. This same five-day period contributed to 40 percent of all highway deaths between 2007 and 2011 according to the Esurance and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The main reason for this spike in deaths is alcohol intoxication.

New tech to keep smartphones from distracting drivers

Of the many drivers in Wisconsin and elsewhere who distract themselves with their smartphone, some wish for new technology that can save them from themselves, so to speak. It may seem ironic, but there are devices out there to solve the problem that was caused by technology in the first place. One company has developed a device that plugs into the car and links the driver's phone to its service provider via a cloud. The service provider can block all communications once the user is driving.

How autonomous vehicles affect crash coverage

The development of autonomous vehicle technologies may be of interest to many people in Wisconsin, especially with the potential they pose for improving vehicle and driving safety. Car crashes cause over 100 deaths across the country every day, and many manufacturers and enthusiasts look at the development of self-driving cars as a way to mitigate the level of human error that can be dangerous on the roads. However, autonomous technology has not yet reached the level of truly self-propelled vehicles. While such cars are in development, the most common technologies are those that are designed to assist a human driver by highlighting potential dangers and helping them avoid crashes.

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