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Most Missouri drivers know that typing out a text message or checking social media feeds while behind the wheel can be extremely dangerous, but they may not be aware that hands-free devices and sophisticated automobile infotainment systems can be just as distracting. Anything that takes a driver's attention away from the road ahead has the potential to cause an accident, and this includes using voice commands to control communications, entertainment and information technology. According to a researcher from Liberty Mutual Insurance, features that allow multitasking behind the wheel can be especially dangerous because they encourage drivers to overestimate their abilities.
Police reports in Missouri and around the country fail to capture adequate amounts of data following auto accidents, according to a recent report by the National Safety Council. This lack of data makes it harder for traffic safety experts to understand the true causes of accidents and develop effective solutions.
Every year, distracted driving crashes result in thousands of fatalities in Missouri and across the United States. In 2017 alone, there were 3,166 such fatalities reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. To stay safe, drivers will want to reevaluate how they act behind the wheel and recognize all the things that distract them.
Fourth of July celebrations often lead to cases of drunk driving throughout Missouri. In fact, Independence Day is the worst U.S. holiday for fatal drunk driving crashes, according to data from NHTSA's Fatality Analysis Reporting System. FARS reported 1,192 DUI deaths on Independence Day between 2010 and 2017. Memorial Day, the second deadliest holiday, saw 1,105 deaths.
Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, or ADAS, are devices that help assist with driving by warning drivers against hazards and, in some cases, intervening when drivers do not react in time. Missouri residents should know that ADAS can help reduce the number of car accidents on the nation's roads. A J.D. Power study from 2018 illustrates this very well.
Teen drivers in Missouri and across the U.S. run a higher risk of getting in a car crash than adult drivers. That risk goes up especially in the summer season when teens are more frequently out on the road. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has said that the 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day are the deadliest of the year for teen drivers: Their chance of a fatal car crash increases an average of 15%.
Most of the new cars in dealer showrooms in Missouri and around the country feature an impressive array of advanced safety features, and some of them are even equipped with sophisticated autonomous crash prevention systems that monitor traffic and road conditions and can take over the driving duties in an emergency. Road safety experts say that recent advances in electronic safety equipment could save thousands of lives each year, but some scientists and academics are not so sure.
Missouri drivers know that heavy rain can cause roadways to become slippery. However, they may not realize that light rain can also markedly increase the chances of a deadly car accident.
More and more drivers in Missouri and across the U.S. are using smartphones and other mobile devices behind the wheel. If the nearly 2,000 U.S. drivers who responded to an online study from Wakefield Research provide an accurate representation of distracted driving trends, then it seems that ignorance has little to do with this behavior.
A recent report from the Rand Corporation supports the misgivings that drivers in Missouri may have about self-driving cars. The report says that automakers and the developers of self-driving technology are rushing to introduce autonomous vehicles to the public and that, as a result, they are neglecting to test the vehicles for a sufficient number of miles.