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Newly licensed teens more likely to crash

Teen drivers in North Carolina and across the country may be at particular risk for car accidents in the first several months after receiving their drivers' licenses, according to on study. During the first three months of solo driving after receiving a license, teens are eight times more likely to have a crash or nearly miss an accident in comparison with the last three months before getting their licenses. During that period with a learner's permit, they must drive with an adult in the car as well.

Participants in the study were monitored from their initial approval for a learner's permit until the end of their first year as a newly licensed driver. Dashcams were installed in each car to track both the driver and the road and use software to record braking and speed. The study showed that in their first months as licensed drivers, teens were more likely to speed up too quickly and brake too suddenly, leading to car crashes or near-accidents.

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Study ranks the most and least safe states for work trucks

A recent study from Verizon Connect, a fleet management systems provider, has ranked the states based on how safe they are for work truck drivers. North Carolina residents should know that this state is neither in the top 10 nor the bottom 10: nonetheless, it has been determined that the East Coast is by far the safest region for those in the trucking industry.

The study covered data that spans from October 2015 to September 2017 and records the driver behaviors of more than 6,200 fleet customers. These include small and mid-size businesses with anywhere between 2 and 200 work trucks, including big rigs, pick-ups and light vans. Verizon Connect listed Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont and New York as the top five safest states. Vermont, in particular, saw the least amount of speeding.

Summer traffic presents unique safety hazards

As summer winds down, you might see an increase in highway traffic as North Carolina residents squeeze in one last trip. With this increase in travel, you also notice more vehicles are towing trailers, jet skis and boats. Driving behind one of these can be unsettling. If you notice any signs of reckless driving, it may be wise to switch lanes.

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