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Beyond Legislation to Curb Texting While Driving

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Beyond Legislation to Curb Texting While Driving

Distracted driving has been making headlines for years because it is a serious and growing problem, one with catastrophic consequences. Texting while driving is particularly dangerous because it is a visual, manual and cognitive distraction — all in one. It takes a driver’s eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, and attention away from the task of driving and roadway.

While texting while driving is dangerous enough among adult experienced drivers, it is even more dangerous for young drivers, particularly those with little experience behind the wheel. This is because during adolescent development, teens may have limited abilities to focus their attention and control their impulses, as well as limited mental resources to multitask, particularly when they have not learned how to automate some of the manual driving tasks. These limited abilities may be related to ongoing changes in their brain biology.

With mounting public concern, texting while driving has been specifically targeted as a public health risk, and the focus of educational and legislation interventions, particularly for young drivers. All but one state (MT) has introduced a ban on texting while driving for young drivers, which means that states have increasingly spent money and resources on enacting, enforcing and publicizing these laws. However, it remains unclear if the prohibitive legislation has had much success in reducing the problem or the subsequent fatalities.

There are a number of possible reasons why texting while driving bans have not been effective in curbing this risky behavior in young drivers:

  • lack of enforcement
  • cell phone addiction
  • lack of impulse control during adolescence
  • the mistaken perception that texting while driving is not dangerous, which may be reinforced by seeing adults continuing to use cell phones while driving.

Pattern of Risk-Taking
More and more research suggests that individual differences play a role in teen driver crashes. For example, while teen drivers are at the greatest risk overall, not all are risky drivers or get involved in crashes. Instead, there may be a pattern of risk-taking that explains young driver crashes, whereby those who frequently engage in texting while driving may also take other intentional risks that lead them to crash:

  • One AAA report found that drivers who regularly use their cell phone while driving also admit to speeding, drowsy driving, and not using a seat belt much more frequently than those who never use a cell phone while driving.
  • A recently published Annenberg Public Policy Center/CIRP@CHOP study found that teen drivers who report texting and taking calls while driving also engage in other intentionally risky driving behaviors, such as ignoring speed limits,aggressively driving too close to the car in front, and impatiently passing a car in front on the right.
  • There may even be different levels of risk involved in texting while driving. For example, some teens may decide to read or write a text when stopped at a traffic light or stop sign, while others may do so when the situation is more dangerous in moving traffic or when driving through intersections.

These patterns of risk-taking may be attributable to an underlying individual characteristic or trait and should be studied further so that we can predict those at risk and begin to develop tailored interventions. In addition, it may be more beneficial to promote safe driving behavior more broadly rather than attempting to ban one individual risk behavior, such as texting while driving. This makes sense since teen drivers who engage in one risky behavior are also likely to engage in other dangerous behaviors that can lead to crashes.

Source: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute
Author: Elizabeth Walshe, PhD

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Safety Tips for Teen Drivers

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Safety tips for teen drivers | Teen Driver Safety | Alive at 25 Texas

Safety Tips for Teen Drivers

While getting a drivers license is an exciting rite-of-passage for teens, it can make a parent frantic—with good reason. The first years that teenagers spend driving are very risky. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among 15- to 20-year-olds and research shows that more than half of teens who die in crashes are passengers, most of whom are not wearing a seatbelt.

Immaturity and lack of driving experience are the two main factors leading to the high crash rates among teens. Even the best teenage drivers do not have the judgment that comes from experience. It affects their recognition of, and response to, hazardous situations and results in dangerous practices such as speeding and tailgating. Teens also tend to engage in risky behavior—eating, talking on their cellphones, text messaging, talking to friends in the car—and they often do not wear their seatbelts.

If you’re the parent of a new driver, take the following steps to ensure the safety of your teenager.

Pick a safe car
You and your teenager should choose a car that is easy to drive and would offer protection in the event of a crash. Learn about how to choose a safe car—for example, avoid small cars and those with high performance images that might encourage speed and recklessness, or trucks and sport utility vehicles (SUVs), which are more prone to rollovers.

Enroll your teen in a drivers education course
The more driving practice the better; experience will give your teen confidence behind the wheel, and he or she will be better able to react to challenging situations on the road. Furthermore, a teenager who has learned to drive through a recognized drivers education course is viewed more favorably by insurers and may earn a discount.

Enroll your teen in a safe driver program
Check whether your insurance company offers a “safe driver” program. Teen participants in these programs sign parent-teen driving contracts that outline the young driver’s responsibilities (for instance, not having teen passengers in the car, being home by a certain hour, etc.) and the consequences of failure to meet those expectations. If your teenager completes the program, not only will he or she be a safer driver, you may also be eligible for a discount.

In addition, many insurance companies are helping to reduce the number of accidents involving teen drivers by subsidizing the cost of electronic devices, such as GPS systems and video cameras, which can monitor the way teens drive and alert parents of unsafe driving practices by email, text message or phone.

Enroll your teen in a graduated drivers license program—or create your own
Many states have successful reduced teen accident rates with graduated drivers license (GDL) programs and other laws that allow teen drivers to develop skills and gain experience behind the wheel. With these, new drivers are restricted from certain activities—such as late night driving, having passengers in the car or being on the road unsupervised—until they have had their licenses for a set period.

In states without a GDL program, parents can institute the same policies. Take an active role in your teenagers’ driving practice and expose them to driving in a wide variety of driving conditions to build experience and confidence as you introduce privileges gradually. Allow independent driving only after continued practice, including night driving and driving in inclement weather.

Discuss the dangers of drug and alcohol use
Advise teens never to drink or do drugs, and not to get in a car if the driver has used drugs or alcohol. Encourage your teen to call you if such a situation arises to ensure they have a safe way home.

Understand the dangers of distracted and impaired driving
Talk to your teen about the importance of not driving while distracted. Distractions include phoning or texting while driving, as well as listening to the radio and chatting with friends who are in the car. Teens should also be responsible passengers when in their friends’ cars. New drivers should wait 1,000 miles or six months before picking up their first teen passenger.

Be a good role model
New drivers learn by example, so if you drive recklessly, your teenage driver may imitate you. Always wear your seatbelt and never drink and drive.

And, finally, keep in mind, teenagers mature differently—not all are mature enough to handle a drivers license at the same age. Parents should consider whether teens are easily distracted, nervous or risk takers before allowing them to get a license or even a learners permit.

Additional resources
For more information on graduated drivers licenses (GDLs), visit www.iihs.org.

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Eight Danger Zones

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Eight Driving Danger Zones | Teen Driving Safety Tips | Alive at 25 Texas

Eight Driving Danger Zones

Six teens a day are killed in car crashes. But injuries and deaths are preventable. Make sure your young driver is aware of the leading causes of teen crashes. Then use a parent-teen driving agreement to put rules in place that will help your teen stay safe.

Danger Zone #1: Driver Inexperience
Crash risk is highest in the first year a teen has their license.

What Parents Can Do

  • Provide at least 30 to 50 hours of supervised driving practice over at least six months.
  • Practice on a variety of roads, at different times of day, and in varied weather and traffic conditions.
  • Stress the importance of continually scanning for potential hazards including other vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians.

Danger Zone #2: Driving with Teen Passengers
Crash risk goes up when teens drive with other teens in the car.

What Parents Can Do

  • Follow your state’s Graduated Driver Licensing system for passenger restrictions. If your state doesn’t have such a rule, limit the number of teen passengers your teen can have to zero or one.
  • Keep this rule for at least the first six months that your teen is driving.

Danger Zone #3: Nighttime Driving
For all ages, fatal crashes are more likely to occur at night; but the risk is higher for teens.

What Parents Can Do

  • Make sure your teen is off the road by 9 or 10 p.m. for at least the first six months of licensed driving.
  • Practice nighttime driving with your teen when you think they are ready.

Danger Zone #4: Not Using Seat Belts
The simplest way to prevent car crash deaths is to buckle up.

What Parents Can Do

  • Require your teen to wear a seat belt on every trip. This simple step can reduce your teen’s risk of dying or being badly injured in a crash by about half.

Danger Zone #5: Distracted Driving
Distractions increase your teen’s risk of being in a crash.

What Parents Can Do

  • Don’t allow activities that may take your teen’s attention away from driving, such as talking on a cell phone, texting, eating, or playing with the radio.

Danger Zone #6: Drowsy Driving
Young drivers are at high risk for drowsy driving, which causes thousands of crashes every year. Teens are most tired and at risk when driving in the early morning or late at night.

What Parents Can Do

  • Know your teen’s schedule so you can be sure he or she is well rested before getting behind the wheel.

Danger Zone #7: Reckless Driving
Research shows that teens lack the experience, judgment, and maturity to assess risky situations.

What Parents Can Do

  • Make sure your teen knows to follow the speed limit and adjust their speed to match road conditions.
  • Remind your teen to maintain enough space behind the vehicle ahead to avoid a crash in case of a sudden stop.

Danger Zone #8: Impaired Driving
Even one drink will impair your teen’s driving ability and increase their risk of a crash.

What Parents Can Do

  • Be a good role model: never drink and drive
  • Reinforce this message with a Parent-Teen Driving Agreement

Also, Young Drivers Safety Training offers online defensive driving courses online: https://aliveat25texas.com/texas-defensive-driving-course-online/

Source: CDC

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25 Cars With the Best Safety Features | Teen Driver Safety | Alive at 25 Texas

25 Cars With the Best Safety Features

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25 Cars With the Best Safety Features | Teen Driver Safety | Alive at 25 Texas

25 Cars With the Best Safety Features

These Features Will Keep Your Family Safer
Every year automakers add more standard and available advanced driver assistance technologies to many vehicles in their lineups. Some features are becoming more commonplace in all cars due to requirements by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Other features are increasingly available across cars from multiple classes.

Which cars offer the best active safety features? Do they come standard or do you have to upgrade to get them? In order to assist new car shoppers, we take a look at excellent safety features in a variety of vehicles with varying pricing. You may be surprised to learn that some inexpensive vehicles come standard with an entire suite of advanced driver assistance systems, while some expensive luxury cars require an upgrade or a package to take advantage of the best technologies.

2018 Toyota Camry
$23,645 | U.S. News Safety Score: 10/10 | U.S. News Overall Score: 9.3/10

The completely redesigned 2018 Toyota Camry gets a perfect five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA and it’s an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick+. It also offers more standard safety features than most rivals. The Camry includes Toyota Safety Sense P, which is a full suite of active safety systems that includes automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and forward collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking.

In addition to the standard suite, you can upgrade to outfit the Camry with a head-up display, rear cross traffic alert, rear cross traffic braking, blind spot monitoring, and full-speed adaptive cruise control.

2018 Audi A4
$36,000 | U.S. News Safety Score: 9.5/10 | U.S. News Overall Score: 8.9/10

The Audi A4 earns a five-star overall rating from the NHTSA, aces all IIHS crash tests, and is an IIHS Top Safety Pick. It comes standard with rain-sensing headlights and wipers, and Audi Pre Sense Basic, which can detect and ready the car for a potential collision by tightening the seat belts and rolling up the windows. Audi Pre Sense City – with forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and pedestrian detection – is also standard.

Available safety features include a surround-view camera, traffic sign recognition, high-beam assist, front and rear parking sensors, and adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go technology. You can also add Audi Side Assist with Pre Sense Rear. It works like Pre Sense Basic, but can detect rear collisions and includes rear cross traffic alert and blind spot monitoring.

2019 BMW 5 Series
$53,400 | U.S. News Safety Score (2018): 10/10 | U.S. News Overall Score: 9.2/10

The 2019 BMW 5 Series has not yet been crash tested. However, it’s a carryover from the 2018 model that received the highest honors from the IIHS. Like the Audi A4, it includes a feature called the Active Protection System that prepares the car for a forthcoming collision. Other standard active safety technologies include lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, daytime pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and front and rear parking sensors.

You can opt for additional advanced driver assistance equipment like a head-up display, a surround-view camera, and a night vision camera with pedestrian detection.

2019 Chrysler Pacifica
$26,995 | U.S. News Safety Score (2018): 9.7/10 | U.S. News Overall Score: 8.7/10

The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica was last crash tested in 2018, but the 2019 model remains primarily unchanged. In those 2018 crash tests, both the IIHS and the NHTSA awarded the minivan high marks. Rear cross traffic alert, rear parking sensors, and blind spot monitoring come standard in every Pacifica.

You can also choose from a healthy list of optional active safety features, including automatic high beams, a surround-view camera, lane departure warning, front parking sensors, active park assist, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.

2018 Ford Edge
$29,315| U.S. News Safety Score: 9.5/10 | U.S. News Overall Score: 8.4/10

The Ford Edge earns the highest score of Good in four IIHS crash tests, but gets an Acceptable rating in the difficult small overlap front test. It also receives a five-star overall rating from the NHTSA. Aside from a rearview camera, the only standard safety feature is Ford’s MyKey safety system, which lets owners set audio and speed limits for individual drivers.

Ford offers a number of available active safety technologies in the Edge, such as blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors, active park assist, a 180-degree camera system, rain-sensing wipers, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and inflatable rear safety belts in the outboard seats.

2018 Genesis G80
$41,750 | U.S. News Safety Score: 10/10 | U.S. News Overall Score: 8.8/10

The Genesis G80 provides a wealth of standard features, despite its competitive pricing. Standard advanced driver assistance systems include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection. The G80 also offers available adaptive LED headlights, a multi-angle camera, and front and rear parking sensors.

The NHTSA gives the Genesis five stars across the board. The G80 also receives the top rating in all crash tests administered by the IIHS and it’s designated as a Top Safety Pick+.

2018 Honda Accord
$23,570 | U.S. News Safety Score: 10/10 | U.S. News Overall Score: 9.1/10

The fully redesigned 2018 Honda Accord comes packed with standard driver assistance features as part of the Honda Sensing system. It includes traffic sign recognition, lane keep assist, road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking. The Accord also features driver drowsiness monitoring as standard. Blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a head-up display, and front and rear parking sensors are available.

The Accord gets five out of five stars in the NHTSA’s frontal crash, side crash, and rollover tests. It’s also an IIHS Top Safety Pick and scored the top rating in all six of the organization’s crash tests.

2019 Honda Ridgeline
$29,990 | U.S. News Safety Score: 9.9/10 | U.S. News Overall Score: 8.8/10

According to the NHTSA, the 2019 Honda Ridgeline earns a five-star overall crash test rating. The IIHS gives it a Good rating in every test and a Top Safety Pick designation. If you want any active safety features other than a rearview camera, you have to move up trims. Available advanced driver assistance equipment includes blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors, and the Honda LaneWatch blind spot camera.

You can equip the Ridgeline with the Honda Sensing suite, which comes with lane keep assist, road departure mitigation, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control.

2018 Hyundai Tucson
$22,550 | U.S. News Safety Score: 9.8/10 | U.S. News Overall Score: 8.4/10

The Hyundai Tucson receives a Top Safety Pick designation from the IIHS and earns the highest score in every crash test. Additionally, the NHTSA gives the SUV a five-star overall rating. The Tucson is available with blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, rear cross traffic alert, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection.

Most of the Tucson’s active safety features come in the SEL trim, which is only one step above the base and adds $1,250. However, to get automatic emergency braking, you have to choose the top-tier Tucson Limited. According to the IIHS, the Tucson also earns the highest rating of Superior for front crash prevention when outfitted with the technology.

2018 Lexus GS
$46,510 | U.S. News Safety Score: 10/10 | U.S. News Overall Score: 8.5/10

The Lexus GS gets praise for its stacked list of standard safety tech. Most active safety features offered in the GS come standard. Every GS includes automatic high beams, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection. Only a head-up display, parking sensors, and rain-sensing windshield wipers are available in addition to the standard equipment.

The GS has only undergone limited crash testing by the IIHS. It receives a Good rating in the moderate overlap front, side impact, and roof strength tests. The NHTSA has not yet evaluated the Lexus.

2018 Audi Q5
$41,500 | U.S. News Safety Score: 9.8/10 | U.S. News Overall Score: 8.9/10

The fully redesigned 2018 Audi Q5 gets a Good rating in all six IIHS crash tests and a Top Safety Pick designation. It also earns a five-star overall rating from the NHTSA. The Q5 comes standard with Audi Pre Sense Basic and Audi Pre Sense City. Pre Sense Basic readies the SUV for a potential collision by tightening the seat belts, preparing the brakes, and closing the windows and sunroof. Pre Sense City combines forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and automatic braking at speeds up to 52 mph.

Available active safety features in the Q5 include a surround-view camera, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, front and rear park assist, and Vehicle Exit Assist, which alerts passengers when there is approaching traffic to assure a safe exit.

2019 Acura MDX
$44,300 | U.S. News Safety Score: 9.8/10 | U.S. News Overall Score: 8.5/10

The 2019 Acura MDX receives a five-star overall crash test rating from the NHTSA. The IIHS named the MDX a Top Safety Pick after earning the top score of Good on every test. The MDX comes standard with road departure mitigation, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control.

Several other advanced driver assistance technologies are available, including blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a surround-view camera, a head-up warning for emergency braking, and front and rear parking sensors.

2018 Mazda6
$21,950 | U.S. News Safety Score: 9.8/10 | U.S. News Overall Score: 8.5/10

Few midsize cars have a base price as low as the Mazda6. Nonetheless, it comes standard with a handful of desirable active safety features, including rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, and Mazda’s Smart City Brake Support, which works to prevent rear-end collisions at low speeds.

Moreover, the Mazda6 offers an array of available advanced driver assistance technologies, such as a head-up display, a surround-view camera, traffic sign recognition, rain-sensing windshield wipers, adaptive headlights, rear parking sensors, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and Advanced Smart City Brake Support.

The Mazda6 receives a five-star overall crash test rating from the NHTSA and a Good rating in every IIHS evaluation.

2019 Mazda CX-9
$32,280 | U.S. News Safety Score (2018): 10/10 | U.S. News Overall Score: 8.4/10

The 2019 Mazda CX-9 receives positive reviews for its expansive list of active safety features. It includes blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and Smart City Brake Support as standard. Available driver assistance systems include automatic high beams, adaptive headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, traffic sign recognition, a surround-view camera, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality, front and rear parking sensors, Smart Brake Support (forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking), and Advanced Smart City Brake Support, which adds pedestrian detection.

The NHTSA gives the CX-9 a five-star overall crash test rating. IIHS ratings are not yet available for the 2019 CX-9, but the mechanically similar 2018 model aced every crash test.

2018 Land Rover Range Rover
$87,350 | U.S. News Safety Score: N/A | U.S. News Overall Score: 8.3/10

Like other pricey, high-end vehicles, the Land Rover Range Rover has not undergone crash testing. However, it offers an impressive list of advanced driver assistance technologies. Lane departure warning, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and front and rear parking sensors come standard.

Optional features include driver drowsiness monitoring, traffic sign recognition, a head-up display, a surround-view camera, lane keep assist, rear cross traffic alert, active park assist, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and a clear exit monitor that alerts rear-seat passengers if oncoming traffic is present so they may safely exit the vehicle.

2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
$52,950 | U.S. News Safety Score: 10/10 | U.S. News Overall Score: 8.7/10

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class includes active brake assist, driver drowsiness monitoring, a rearview camera, and crosswind assist as standard. A multitude of active safety features are available, including active park assist, lane keep assist, a head-up display, traffic sign recognition, a surround-view camera, automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control. Evasive steering assist – which can autonomously steer around pedestrians – is also optional, as well as the Mercedes’ Pre-Safe Plus system that prepares the car for an impending collision by closing the windows and tightening the seat belts.

The E-Class earns five stars in all individual NHTSA crash tests and receives top honors from the IIHS. It scores a Good rating in every test and is designated as a Top Safety Pick+.

2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
$89,900 | U.S. News Safety Score: N/A | U.S. News Overall Score: 9.0/10

Like other super luxury cars, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class doesn’t undergo crash testing. It does offer a substantial list of standard and available advanced driver assistance features, however. Blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, crosswind assist, driver drowsiness monitoring, and Mercedes’ Pre-Safe come standard.

You can opt for lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, active steering assist, evasive steering assist, route-based speed adaptation, active blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, night vision assist, a surround-view camera, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, a head-up display, Pre-Safe Rear, Pre-Safe Impulse Side, Pre-Safe Plus, and active park assist.

2019 Subaru Ascent
$31,995 | U.S. News Safety Score: 10/10 | U.S. News Overall Score: 8.5/10

The brand-new 2019 Subaru Ascent gets the top rating of Good in every IIHS crash test and is a 2018 Top Safety Pick+. It hasn’t been evaluated by the NHTSA. Standard active safety features include lane keep assist, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control. Optional advanced safety systems include a surround-view camera, automatic high beams, rear cross traffic alert, lane change assist, blind spot monitoring, and reverse automatic braking, which is a unique feature not found in many vehicles.

2018 Tesla Model 3
$46,000 | U.S. News Safety Score: TBD | U.S. News Overall Score: 9.0/10

The Tesla Model 3 receives a perfect five-star rating from the NHTSA. The IIHS has yet to crash test the car, but gives it a Superior for its front crash prevention. Our safety score is still to be determined until more crash test data is available.

The all-electric Model 3 comes equipped with forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and front and rear parking sensors. Several other active safety features are available, including lane keep assist, lane change assist, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, active park assist, and a summon feature. Many of these driver assistance systems are part of Tesla’s Autopilot semi-autonomous technology.

2019 Volvo XC90
$47,700 | U.S. News Safety Score: 9.8/10 | U.S. News Overall Score: 8.2/10

Volvo is known as a champion when it comes to vehicle safety, as well as advanced driver assistance features, and the 2019 XC90 is no exception. The NHTSA gave it a five-star overall crash test rating and the IIHS gave the similar 2018 model the highest marks across the board.

Standard active safety features include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control, a following distance indicator, speed limit recognition, driver drowsiness monitoring, forward collision warning, oncoming collision mitigation, automatic emergency braking, and pedestrian, cyclist, and large animal detection. A number of these features are part of Volvo’s Pilot Assist semiautonomous driving function.

A head-up display, active park assist, front parking sensors, and a surround-view camera are available.

2019 Ford Mustang
$26,120 | U.S. News Safety Score (2018): 9.7/10 | U.S. News Overall Score: 8.9/10

The 2019 Ford Mustang hasn’t been crash tested, but it’s primarily a carryover from the 2018 model that received five stars overall from the NHTSA and Good ratings from the IIHS in four out of five tests administered.

Aside from a rearview camera, only Ford’s MyKey safety system is standard. However, an impressive list of advanced safety systems come in upper trims, such as automatic high beams, rain-sensing windshield wipers, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking.

2019 Kia Sorento
$25,990 | U.S. News Safety Score: 9.9/10 | U.S. News Overall Score: 8.6/10

The updated 2019 Kia Sorento offers a respectable list of active safety features, including some that are new for this model year. A surround-view camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, driver drowsiness monitoring, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, and front and rear parking sensors are available.

According to the IIHS, the Sorento achieves a Good rating in every crash test. In addition, the NHTSA gives the crossover a five-star overall rating.

2018 Toyota Highlander
$31,230 | U.S. News Safety Score: 9.3/10 | U.S. News Overall Score: 8.7/10

While the Toyota Highlander earns the lowest U.S. News safety score on this list, it’s an IIHS Top Safety Pick and receives a Good rating in five IIHS crash tests. The IIHS also gives it a Superior rating for its front crash prevention technology. Additionally, the Highlander gets five stars overall from the NHTSA.

Standard advanced safety features include automatic high beams, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, and adaptive cruise control. A handful of optional features are also available, like a surround-view camera, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, and front and rear parking sensors.

2018 Chevrolet Volt
$33,220 | U.S. News Safety Score: 10/10 | U.S. News Overall Score: 8.4/10

Chevrolet’s plug-in hybrid Volt comes equipped with Teen Driver, which allows you to set speed and volume limits for individual drivers. Available advanced driver assistance features include blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, rear cross traffic alert, rear parking sensors, active park assist, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control with a following distance indicator.

The Volt gets five stars in all three NHTSA crash tests. It also earns the top rating in every test performed by the IIHS and is designated as a Top Safety Pick.

2018 Volkswagen Atlas
$30,750 | U.S. News Safety Score: 9.8/10 | U.S. News Overall Score: 8.4/10

The all-new 2018 Volkswagen Atlas receives a five-star overall rating from the NHTSA. The IIHS gives it a Good rating in all six tests administered. In addition, it’s an IIHS Top Safety Pick.

The Atlas comes standard with automatic post-collision braking. After the airbags deploy, the feature minimizes the potential for subsequent collisions by applying the brakes for as long as necessary to assure that the SUV comes to complete stop. Available advanced driver assistance systems include lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and front and rear park assist.

Source: U.S. News
Author: Steven Loveday

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What Helps a New Driver? More Driving

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What Helps a New Driver? More Driving

How can we keep our kids safe as they’re learning to drive?

Some think the main problem is teenage irresponsibility, said Robert D. Foss, the director emeritus of the Center for the Study of Young Drivers at the Highway Safety Research Center of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“That’s wrong,” he said. “There certainly are more issues with impulsivity than among adults, but that’s a matter of degree.” The real problem is lack of experience, and the only way to get to the other side is to have teenagers do more driving.

Johnathon Ehsani, an assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health Center for Injury Research and Policy, described a project in which 90 families in Virginia agreed to have their cars outfitted with video cameras and microphones, along with other data recorders, from the time the teenagers got their learner’s permits until a year after they got their licenses.

About half of the new drivers did indeed crash in that first year, mostly with minor accidents, and the data, soon to be published, let the researchers look at the question of what factors were associated with a lower crash rate during the first year of driving.

“I personally had all my eggs in the parents-instruction basket,” Dr. Ehsani said. The researchers carefully coded all the things that parents and adolescents had said to one another. “Turns out none of that matters,” Dr. Ehsani said. “What matters was the extent to which teens practiced under multiple diverse road conditions.”

Parents should encourage and supervise practice driving in more varied environments, and not fall into the habit of accumulating practice hours just “driving in routine conditions to places they already know,” Dr. Ehsani said. After all, the minute teenagers get their licenses, he said, they start driving to new places, establishing their independence and taking advantage of their new ability.

“My suggestion to parents is that they think of the learner stage as an opportunity to build a library of experience in your teen’s head that they can draw on when they’re driving alone,” Dr. Ehsani said. “Take different routes, make some additional stops, mix it up a little.”

Bruce Simons-Morton, the associate director for prevention at the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development, was the principal investigator on the project, called the Supervised Practice Naturalistic Driving Study. He said that when parents spend time in the car with their learner-permitted children, putting in the hours of practice that many states require, “they ride with their kids and see they get better and they don’t take a lot of risks and they learn to manage a vehicle fairly well, but as soon as they get licensed, parents stop riding with them, and their risk on average goes way up.”

During that practice driving, the parent is advising on any road decisions, anticipating problems, managing anything that has to be attended to inside the vehicle, but not necessarily pushing the teenager to think about how to solve all these problems without a parental co-pilot.

Dr. Ehsani said that teenagers acknowledge that they drive more slowly, with the music turned down, with their phones out of reach, when their parents are in the car with them, even after they get their licenses.

Thus, he said, “teens actually know how to drive safely,” when they’re being watched, and that is borne out by the efficacy of devices that send information home to parents about how the teenager is driving — but many families don’t choose to use those devices.

Teenagers are at higher risk for crashes for several years after they get their licenses. Boys are somewhat more likely to be risky drivers, and kids whose friends are risky drivers are more likely to drive that way themselves. There’s an adolescent style of driving with fast starts and sharp turns and late hard braking, which tends to decrease with age; some of this is lack of experience, but some may be experimenting with the car, and enjoying the fun of driving dramatically. Still, the typical teenage driver, Dr. Foss said, is driving carefully, and trying to follow the rules.

Mind you, all novice drivers of whatever age have higher crash rates, but for older people, the rates start lower and come down faster. And similarly, talking on cellphones or texting are risky behaviors for any of us as drivers, but the risk increases more sharply for adolescents. There are a variety of technological “fixes” out there that parents may want to consider, from apps to cellphone blocking technology, but no clear data yet about what helps, or what is most likely to be used. And of course, road safety depends not only on your own level of distraction, but also on the other drivers around you.

“Now cars are loaded with distracting technology,” Dr. Foss said. “Something that used to be as simple as picking a radio station now on some vehicles is infinitely more complicated and distracting that what I had on my 1954 Ford when I started driving, and we’re not going to ameliorate that by saying, now don’t be distracted, concentrate on the road.”

But those same newer cars also can come with important safety features, and since most teenagers will drive a car that already belongs to the family, it should be the safest possible car. “Parents tend to put the teen in the oldest car the family owns, which in general is the least safe car,” Dr. Foss said. Teenagers should be driving cars with every possible airbag, he said, and with electronic stability control, which prevents rollover crashes. Ideally, they should not be driving very small cars or compacts, which are not as protective.

If you do buy a car for your teenager, he said, think about safety; “That doesn’t mean go out and buy a brand new Volvo, it means if you’re going to buy a car for them, find one that’s as safe as possible for what you can afford.” The Institute for Highway Safety has a list, updated every year, of recommended safe cars for teenage drivers in different price ranges.

Source: The New York Times
Author: Perri Klass, M.D.

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Many Drivers Rely Too Much on New Car Safety Features

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Many Drivers Rely Too Much on New Car Safety Features

New cars are now coming out with high-tech safety features designed to prevent crashes. But if you don’t know how they work you could be inviting an accident, new research suggests.

These advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) — including blind-spot monitoring, forward-collision warning and lane-keeping assist — can, when used properly, make your driving safer. But many drivers are unaware of the limitations of these advances, the authors of the report said.

“When properly utilized, advanced driver assistance system technologies have the potential to prevent 40 percent of all vehicle crashes and nearly 30 percent of traffic deaths,” said Dr. David Yang, executive director of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

But the new findings, published Sept. 26 by the foundation, show that a lot of work needs to be done in educating drivers about the limitations of these devices and their proper use, he added.

For example, nearly eight out of 10 drivers with blind-spot monitoring systems didn’t know the limitations of this feature. These systems only work when a car is traveling in a driver’s blind spot, and many systems do not detect vehicles traveling at high speeds.

Not understanding driver assistance systems may lead to misuse or over-reliance and could result in a deadly crash, the researchers said.

In the United States in 2016, more than 37,400 people were killed in traffic crashes — a 5 percent increase from 2015, according to a AAA news release.

For the new study, researchers from the University of Iowa surveyed drivers who purchased a 2016 or 2017 car with ADAS technologies.

The investigators evaluated drivers’ opinions, awareness and understanding of these safety features, and found that most did not know or understand the limitations of these systems.

Most drivers (80 percent) did not know the limitations of blind-spot detectors. Many incorrectly believed that the systems could monitor the road behind the car or reliably detect bicycles, pedestrians and vehicles passing at high speed.

As for forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking systems, nearly 40 percent did not know the systems’ limits or confused the two technologies.

Drivers incorrectly assumed that forward-collision warning would apply the brakes in the case of an emergency, but the technology is only designed to deliver a warning signal, the researchers said.

In addition, one in six drivers didn’t know if their vehicle had automatic emergency braking.

About 25 percent of drivers felt comfortable that blind-spot systems would pick up pedestrians and traffic, so they didn’t do visual checks or look over their shoulder for oncoming traffic or pedestrians.

Moreover, about 25 percent of drivers with forward-collision warning or lane-departure warning systems felt comfortable doing other tasks while driving.

“New vehicle safety technology is designed to make driving safer, but it does not replace the important role each of us plays behind the wheel,” Yang said in the news release.

These findings should motivate more focus on the importance of educating new and used car buyers about how safety technologies work, the study authors said.

Only about half of the drivers who purchased a new car from a dealership recalled being offered training on the new technology. Among those who were, nearly 90 percent completed the training.

AAA advises all new car owners to read up on the car’s safety devices and actually see how they work. Drivers should also ask the dealer questions to be sure they understand what these safety features will and will not do.

Source: HealthDay News

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The Dangers of Teen Distracted Driving

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The Dangers of Teen Distracted Driving

For most adults, driving is second nature. Like breathing, we don’t really think about it. But to teens, the whole driving experience is new. This makes them more prone to distracted driving. Having the right teen car insurance is important for helping protect against the unexpected – but paying attention on the road is essential for their safety and the safety of others. Use the information below to help your teen make good driving decisions and avoid distracted driving.

Why are teens driving while distracted?
In our over-stimulated world, teenagers are prone to distraction. Even more so as they figure out the world behind the wheel. Suddenly re-focused on the road, a new driver might overreact to a given situation – swerving into other lanes or even running off the road.

Based on government research, drivers under age 20 have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes. The CDC has more facts and stats on distracted driving.

Common teen driving distractions
Friends
Teens love to roll with their whole squad. But the numbers show this can be a problem. Adults have fewer accidents with passengers in the vehicle. Teens? It’s the opposite: accidents are more likely when one teen is driving others in the same car.

Solution: Don’t allow your teen to drive other teens until they’ve been on the road for at least a year.

Phones
This one is obvious. For many teens, a smartphone is almost constantly absorbing their attention. So of course, nothing good can happen if they’re using it while driving.

Solution: Don’t let your teen use the phone when they drive. If they must, have them park and finish their calls or texts before getting back on the road. In fact, there are several apps for that.

Tunes
Roads and music just go together. But trying to change songs or channels, or even reaching for a music-playing device can also take your mind off the road.

Solution: If your teen is into car-tunes, have them mix one playlist on their device for the road ahead of time, or choose one radio station and leave it there. Also, lower the volume. It helps to hear car horns and emergency vehicles.

What more can you do to prevent teen distracted driving?
The factors above are not the only things that can distract young drivers. Anything from spectacular scenery or a curious oddity to an attractive member of the opposite sex can divert their attention from the road. The key thing here – more easily said than done – is focus.

Young drivers need to develop the mindset early on that when they’re behind the wheel, driving is their #1 priority. Anything else can wait. This is how they’ll learn good driving habits. It’s also where you come in as a parent, coach and mentor. Talk to your teens about the common driving distractions when you teach them how to drive and always show them by example when you take the wheel.

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3 Tips for Nervous Drivers

By | Alive at 25, Car & Driver Safety, Driver Education

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3 Tips for Nervous Drivers

Are you recovering from a bad accident that brings back scarring memories whenever you enter a parking lot? Do you hold your breath every time you make a lane change on a crowded highway? Does the thought of driving for more than an hour fill your head with worries and doubt?

Whether you’re a newly licensed driver hitting the road for the first time or an old-timer who can’t seem to get comfortable on the road, there are ways to alleviate some of the stress associated with driving.

Here are some tips to help ease your mind and make driving less nerve-wracking.

Avoid rush hour
Everyone despises rush hour. There’s nothing worse than cars cutting in front of you and rapidly braking as they realize that ­traffic is a reality they have to endure along with everyone else. There’s nothing more stressful than the normal flow of traffic being interrupted or when there are pedestrians everywhere.

In the morning, leave for work earlier — even if it’s just 10 or 15 minutes — before everyone is on the road rushing to work. It’s much better to be sitting at your office desk early than to be sitting in your car in traffic, nervously checking the time as you worry about being late.

At the end of the day, wait until the parking lot is almost cleared out before you head home. There’s no point waiting in a long line of cars when you can give it 20 minutes and then drive without constantly stopping. Avoiding popular travel times will make the drive more peaceful, and therefore, less stressful.

If the roads are always bad, despite the time, consider taking a less congested alternate route. While you may drive further overall, your commute time could still be faster than the time otherwise spent idle in traffic. Current technology means you can never get truly lost, so experiment with roads and see what works best.

Of course, traffic is inevitable sometimes — in which case, just breathe and go with the flow. You’ll make it to your destination eventually. However frustrating it may be, just be patient, turn on your favorite music, and wait. Slow and steady wins the race.

Be confident
Being confident doesn’t mean cutting off other drivers, speeding through a yellow light, or making a risky left turn. It means being smart, safe, and sure of your driving abilities. If you’re nervous about driving for long periods of time, slowly increase your driving distances and push your own boundaries of comfort. Staying calm and confident is key. When you pull back into your driveway after a particularly long (or longer than usual) trip, you just made a drive that might have been scary or unimaginable beforehand. That should be a confidence booster right there.

If you stay aware as well as awake (which is very important), you’ll observe the ways of the road and gradually pick up on safe driving habits without even realizing it. Even if you have a driving record you’d rather not talk about, learning from the past and not letting that scare you away from driving lets you practice and build those driving skills to ensure a cautious future on the road. With time and experience, you can build the confidence necessary to travel hundreds of miles without worry.

Realize the freedom a car brings
When you have some free time, get in your car and just drive. Find a long, open road with few cars around, listen to whatever music or podcast calms you, or even just enjoy the hum of your engine. Get to know your vehicle during this time and relish in the power of controlling where you are headed. Drive wherever and for however long you are comfortable. There shouldn’t be stress involved as this is a time to leave all your worries behind.

The road is yours. Take in the sights and drive without a destination in mind. Without traffic or time to worry about, driving can be a relaxing way to see the world around you that you normally miss. You can go wherever you want, and a car will take you there. There is a sense of independence that your car offers you, so take advantage of it and enjoy it.

Source: The News Wheel

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Parental Influence

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Parental Influence

SETTING GROUND RULES
Although teen driver fatalities have declined over the years, motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of teen deaths. In fact, the United States is in the midst of an alarming overall increase in roadway fatalities. This makes it more important than ever for parents to be insistent on the rules set for their teens’ behavior behind the wheel.

A study by Liberty Mutual and SADD found that parents are setting a poor example for teens by engaging in unsafe driving behaviors, such as texting and driving, and are not listening to their kids’ warnings. Forty-one percent of teens say their parents continue these unsafe behaviors even after their teens ask them to stop, and 28 percent of teens say their parents justify unsafe behavior.

As a parent, you are the number one influence on your teen driver’s safety. Self-reported surveys show that teens whose parents impose driving restrictions and set good examples typically engage in less risky driving and are involved in fewer crashes.

Here’s how to get started on shaping your teen into a safe and capable driver.

  1. Start the Conversation Early: Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 15- to 18-year-olds in the United States, and 2,082 teen drivers were involved in fatal crashes in 2016. Talk to your teens about safe driving early and often, before they reach driving age. But don’t stop there: Have conversations with the parents of your teen’s peers or friends and compare notes—both are key to your teens’ safety.
  2. Set the Standard: Talking is important, but action is even better. Show your kids safe driving behavior. Start by modeling good habits any time you drive them anywhere, even before they begin to drive. Make sure you, yourself, are turning off your cell phone and stowing it away, and buckling your seat belt before starting your car.
  3. Get It In Writing: When your teenagers begin driving, we recommend you set ground rules and outline the consequences for breaking them in a parent-teen contract like the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Parent-Teen Driving Contract. Consider hanging your contract by the family car keys or near the front door.
  4. Spell Out the Rules: No cell phones, no passengers, no speeding, no alcohol, no driving when tired, and always buckle up. These rules could help save your teen’s life.

Source: NHTSA

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10 Terrifying Facts About Texting And Driving

By | Alive at 25, Car & Driver Safety

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10 Terrifying Facts About Texting And Driving

There is no question that texting while driving is extremely dangerous and irresponsible. This is why most states throughout the country have made cell phone use behind the wheel illegal. Although many drivers, especially young ones, continue to participate in cell phone use behind the wheel, many are ignorant of how deadly this behavior can be.

Vehicle accidents are a large contributor to the annual death toll in the United States, causing over 146,000 deaths in 2015 alone. Ronald Bua, a Pittsburgh injury attorney and distracted driving safety advocate, says that reducing cell phone use behind the wheel can drastically reduce that number, and is something that parents, advocates and drivers should work on.

But I’m Good at it
Many drivers think that they are “good” at texting and driving. This is the equivalent to saying you’re good at driving blindfolded—you’re not. Many drivers think that texting and driving is dangerous for everyone but themselves and delude themselves of the risk they assume when they participate in it.

Most studies, like the one from King’s College and AT&T’s Teen Driver Survey among others, constantly find that drivers know texting while driving is extremely dangerous, and yet they do it anyway.

Some of the statistics behind texting and driving accidents are astonishing. The most shocking facts include:

  • People who text while driving are 6 times more likely to get into an accident than those who drive while intoxicated. In short, you’re less likely to get into an accident while driving drunk than you are while texting behind the wheel.
  • The average amount of time a driver takes to type out a text message is 5 seconds. If you’re driving 55 mph and look down to text for five seconds, you’ve already driven the length of a football field. In 2014, the Journal of Adolescent Health reported that the maximum amount of time a driver can safely look away from the road is only two seconds.
  • 11 teenagers die every day due to texting and driving. Teenagers are 400% more likely to get into an accident from texting and driving. AT&T’s Teen Driver Survey found that 97% of teenagers think it’s dangerous, while 43% of them engage in the activity anyway.
  • According to the National Safety Council, cell phone use while driving leads to 6 million accidents per year.
  • Drivers distracted by texting are 8 times more likely to be involved in a collision than non-distracted drivers.
  • A University of Utah study reported that a teen driver who is using a cell phone has the same reaction time as a 70-year-old driver who isn’t using a cell phone.
  • 64% of all vehicle accidents in the United States each year are caused from cell phone usage behind the wheel—that’s 1.6 million accidents.
  • Since 2010, over 660,000 drivers are using cell phones while driving at any given moment in the United States. The Office of Traffic Safety chalks this up to how addicted Americans have become to technology and cell phones.
  • 520 pedestrians were killed by distracted drivers in the United States in 2014.
  • 421,000 people in the United States are injured each year by a distracted driver.

What’s the Solution?
Enough people die in car accidents each year to wipe out the population in just two human life cycles—with distracted driving being a major contributor to those deaths. Many companies and state governments are racing to determine the solution to distracted driving—apps that reward you for not using your phone while behind the wheel, cars that block cell phone signals and rising fines for cell-phone-use citations.

But many experts agree that the beginning of a distracted driving solution is the drivers themselves. Our culture has become deeply obsessed with technology and our phones. Learning to curb those impulses, whether it be turning your phone off or placing it in the backseat, can train drivers to get into the habit of leaving their phones alone while operating a motor vehicle. Additionally, safety experts urge parents to set a good example by disregarding their phones while their children are in the car.

By understanding how deadly and dangerous texting and driving is, we can help prevent future generations from participating in this detrimental activity. For more information and to stay up-to-date on distracted driving news, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s distracted driving website.

Source: Driver’s Alert
Author: Laura Bennett

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