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Missouri residents are aware that there are car safety features that can help prevent accidents by, for example, warning drivers to obstacles when backing up or changing lanes. According to federal estimates, driver assistance systems can cut down on car accidents by 40 percent and accident-related deaths by 30 percent. Yet more and more drivers are overestimating the abilities of these systems.
For many people in Missouri and other parts of the country, the work day is no longer confined to an office. It's becoming increasingly commonplace for employees to remain connected with co-workers, supervisors, bosses, clients, leads and customers via smartphones while on the road. According to results detailed in the 2018 Distracted Driving Report, the increase in the so-called "mobile workforce" correlates with an increase in vehicle accident rates.
Two studies suggest that motorists in Missouri and around the country have heightened concerns about distracted drivers. Almost two-thirds of the drivers polled by the Swedish car maker Volvo and a research company said that distraction behind the wheel worried them more than intoxication, but the studies also reveal that an alarming number of the respondents were frequently guilty of this reckless behavior themselves.
Missouri drivers might be safer on roads that have roundabouts compared to those that attempt to control traffic in other ways such as with traffic lights. As part of the Vision Zero initiative, for example, North Carolina is building rural roundabouts throughout the state.
The National Institutes for Health conducted a study with Virginia Tech University, the results of which should be of interest to teens in Missouri. Researchers observed the driving behaviors of 90 teens from the time they obtained their learner's permit and began to drive with parental supervision to the time when they became licensed. The study ended one year after drivers received their license.
Due to family needs, many Missouri residents are driving larger vehicles, such as crossovers and SUVs. These vehicles can fit more people and allow passengers to haul more in one trip. While all crossovers and SUVs are thought to be safer than sedans, this is not always the case.
Some workers in Missouri may feel as if their employers are not concerned with their safety. However, one would think that the sheer cost of dealing with a worker's injury or death would lead more companies to address safety concerns.
Missouri motorists may be surprised to learn that some people still believe seat belts are unsafe and prefer to depend on air bags. However, a study shows that seat belts can reduce the severity of liver injuries during car accidents. The study was published in The Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health on March 29.
Missouri who do not have their minds on the road in front of them could be more likely to cause a fatal accident than cellphone users according to a study by Erie Insurance. The company examined 172,000 fatal accidents over a five-year period and found that of the 10 percent of those accidents that were caused by distracted drivers, daydreaming was a factor in 61 percent. Cellphone usage was in second place but far lower at 14 percent.
Some Missouri motorists may think that the increase in drivers, or the prevalence of both drivers and pedestrians playing with their smartphones, is to blame for the rise in traffic fatalities. However, the National Transportation Safety Board believes that speeding is the culprit. The number of speeding-related deaths is second only to the number of DUI-related deaths.