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Studies analyze effect of new tech on driver behavior

The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that over 37,000 people died on America's roads in 2017: a more than 10 percent increase from 2014. Residents of North Carolina should know that there are many experts out there who believe that distracted driving is behind much of the rise in deaths and that the primary factor in distracted driving is new technology.

In a AAA-funded study, researchers at the University of Utah had 64 participants use the infotainment systems on five different vehicles while driving. The participants than did the same with interfaces that run off a smartphone. Researchers found that the latter was less distracting but still unsafe. All the interfaces demanded at least a moderate amount of attention from drivers, which meant less attention paid to the road.

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CVSA focusing on brake issues in inspection week

North Carolina drivers who have been on the road with large trucks might agree that these larger vehicles can be intimidating. One issue that can be dangerous for everyone on the road is brake failure or related problems. With this concern in mind, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance holds an annual brake inspection week.

While CVSA inspectors will perform full Level 1 inspections, which are comprehensive inspections, the main focus is to identify any brake violations or malfunctions. Vehicles found to have these will be taken out of service. The inspectors will be looking at brake components to identify broken or missing parts, lining, pads, rotors or drums that are worn; leaks in the air or hydraulic systems; mandated brake systems warning devices and any other defective systems or components.

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