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AAA points out over-reliance on car safety tech

In North Carolina and across the U.S., more and more people are relying on driver assistance systems to stay safe on the road. Yet many overestimate the abilities of such technology, forgetting that it's meant to assist, not replace, the driver. This is the conclusion of a recent study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

Researchers found, for example, that 80 percent of drivers with blind-spot monitoring systems are not aware of its limited ability to detect fast-approaching cars, cyclists and pedestrians. A quarter of respondents were so confident in their technology that they never look for oncoming motorists when changing lanes.

Overturned Semi Truck in Buncombe County

Teens may benefit from realistic drivers' ed programs

Teen drivers in North Carolina and other states are often considered to be the ones who are more likely to take risks while behind the wheel. According to results from a university study, a realistic supplemental drivers' education program that includes emergency room, ICU and morgue visits may boost awareness of risky driving behaviors among younger drivers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the leading cause of accidental teen deaths are motor vehicle collisions.

The supplemental risk reduction program referenced in the study included nearly two dozen teens referred by the courts or their parents because of instances of risky driving. During the six-hour program, participants received firsthand accounts of health care professionals' experiences with victims of car accidents, watched videos, toured various areas of a hospital and formed safe driving plans with their parents that included written contracts.

Florence Impacts Roadways in Western North Carolina

Driving through the floods in hurricane season

The Carolinas got hit hard by Hurricane Florence and are beginning to recover from the excessive flooding in their towns. Unfortunately, if 2017 was any indicator, North Carolina’s residents know that this might not be the only hurricane that they experience this year. Even if the state gets lucky for the rest of 2018, there is no guarantee safer weather in 2019.

Regardless of what happens, our state is highly vulnerable to flooding around this time of year. Whether you are trying to get out of your city or go back to your house, you need to know the proper precautions to take before you get on the road. Just one mistake could result in death by drowning, electrocution or the blunt force of a falling object.

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