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Experts question the safety of modern car safety systems

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.

Study: memes, other social media a source of driver distraction

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.

Self-driving cars may need billions of more miles of testing

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.

Raising awareness of the dangers of drowsy driving

The vast majority of Missouri drivers know just how dangerous it can be to drive while tired. When a person is drowsy, they have trouble making good decisions and reacting quickly when they are behind the wheel. To help bring awareness to the issue, March 15 was designated World Sleep Day.

Daylight saving time can mean higher risk for crashes

Daylight saving time means losing one hour of sleep, which may pose a danger for many drivers in Missouri. Experts recommend at least seven hours of rest every night, but missing one or two hours within a 24-hour period can double one's risk for a car crash. This is according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

Documenting car accident damages and injuries

When filing a claim following a car accident in Missouri, accident victims tend to be more likely to get a fair payment or settlement if damages and injuries are well documented. It's a process that often goes smoother if an affected party remains calm so important details can be recalled. However, before any documentation of damages begins, the standard recommendation is to call 911 first to deal with emergency issues related to an accident first.

What the GHSA recommends to reduce speeding deaths

Throughout Missouri and the rest of the U.S., speeding accounts for nearly one-third of all traffic deaths. Since speeding does not have the cultural stigma that DUI or driving without a seat belt has, it is often seen as acceptable and continues to pose a threat, especially to pedestrians and bicyclists. That's why the Governors Highway Safety Association has released a report recommending ways to tackle the challenge.

Proposed legislation aims to restrict cell phone use

Since 2014, there has been a 35 percent increase in the number of accidents related to cell phone use in the state of Missouri. To help prevent these accidents, lawmakers in the state have introduced a variety of legislation to further restrict or ban the use of phones while driving. Currently, those who are younger than 21 or drive a commercial vehicle cannot text while doing so.

Tips for avoiding drowsy driving in Missouri

Almost one third of respondents to a AAA survey said that they drove drowsy to the point of having drooping eyelids at least once in the previous month. Drowsy driving is a serious danger, and even the best-intentioned drivers cannot avoid it. In its effects, sleep deprivation has been compared to alcohol. The National Sleep Foundation says driving after being awake for 24 hours is like driving with .10 percent blood alcohol content.

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