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Roundabouts in rural areas save lives

According to data gathered by the United States Department of Transportation, roundabouts result in less fatalities and serious injuries at rural intersections. At one particular location in North Carolina where a pregnant woman died in 2011, DOT replaced stop signs with a roundabout in order to improve safety. While this type of traffic control does not decrease the amount of overall accidents, it does reduce their severity significantly.

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How to reduce the risk of getting into a car crash

Summer is fast approaching, which means that more motorists will soon be on roads in North Carolina. Unfortunately, this can increase the chances of getting in a car accident. In fact, car wrecks are the leading cause of death for Americans between the ages of 2 and 34 years old. By following certain safety tips, however, drivers can help prevent crashes and safely arrive at their destinations.

Drivers continue to text, email behind the wheel

Many people in North Carolina are fully aware of the dangers of distracted driving. Increased law enforcement activity and public awareness campaigns have highlighted the fact that thousands of serious or even deadly car accidents are caused every year by people whose minds are not on the road in front of them. Distracted driving has emerged as a major hazard since smartphones have become nearly ubiquitous. When roads are slow, traffic is heavy or red lights are long, people may be tempted to reach over to their mobile devices for interaction or entertainment.

Volvo will add monitors to detect drunk driving behaviors

Starting in the early 2020s, North Carolina motorists can expect some cutting edge safety features in Volvo vehicles. The car manufacturer claims that the technology is aimed at preventing accidents rather than protecting passengers from inevitable crashes.

Pickup passengers more prone to injury, crash tests find

Pickup truck owners in North Carolina should know that their vehicles may be safer for drivers than passengers. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has taken note of this discrepancy after a round of crash tests involving 11 modern two-row pickup trucks. This means that front passengers are in greater danger of injury and even death.

Distraction means higher risk of highway work zone crashes

Everything from using the phone to conversations with passengers can distract a North Carolina driver. They should know that this raises their car crash risks. In particular, it makes them 29 times more likely to crash in a highway work zone. This is the conclusion that researchers at the University of Missouri recently arrived at.

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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