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U.S. traffic deaths in 2018 top 40,000

According to the National Safety Council, 2018 is the third straight year that traffic deaths in the U.S. topped 40,000. That year additionally saw 4.5 million people in North Carolina and across the nation seriously injured in crashes: a 1 percent increase from 2017. Traffic death rates differed between states with eight states experiencing a 5.8 percent rise from 2016 to 2018.

Staying alert behind the wheel

In a AAA survey, approximately one-third of the respondents said that at least once in the previous month, they drove in such a drowsy state that they could barely keep their eyes open. North Carolina motorists should know already how dangerous it is to drive while sleep-deprived. The National Sleep Foundation says that driving after 24 hours of wakefulness is like driving with a blood alcohol content of .10, which is above the legal limit.

AAA study shows infotainment systems distract drivers

Drivers in North Carolina probably know how easy it can be to get distracted on the road. The problem is compounded when new vehicles come with infotainment systems and other features. Researchers from the University of Utah have conducted a study of 30 such infotainment systems on new 2017 cars. The study was for AAA and shows how highly demanding the features are on people's attention.

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ZF has reassuring safety data on external airbags

North Carolina residents who keep up with advances in vehicle safety technology have no doubt already heard of external airbags. Like self-driving cars, this technology is far from becoming a reality since the technology has yet to be perfected, but some new safety data may encourage car parts manufacturers to pursue a strategy with them.

Automatic braking systems seem effective

Rear-end collisions account for about one in three traffic accidents in North Carolina and around the country, but autonomous safety systems that monitor the road ahead and apply vehicle brakes automatically could prevent many of them according to a study published by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The nonprofit organization says that the technology reduces rear end-collisions by about 40 percent and prevents injuries by up to 68 percent when accidents do occur.

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.

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.

Roundabouts may make rural intersections safer in North Carolina

Two-lane rural highways in North Carolina can be dangerous, especially at intersections. This was certainly true at one high-speed spot where only a stop sign was in place to manage traffic flow. Following a fatal accident, the Department of Transportation cleared vegetation and installed signs letting drivers know about the upcoming stop. Despite such efforts, there were two more serious accidents at the same interaction. The solution that ended up producing noticeable results was the installation of a rural roundabout, which forces traffic to flow in one direction around a central island.

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.

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