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August 2019 Archives

Safe cars and accident rates

Despite getting the highest possible safety rating from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, the Subaru Crosstrek has the highest rates of at-fault accidents in California and other parts of the United States. This information was gathered in an industry survey that asked vehicle owners whether their vehicle had been in an accident. The survey takers compiled a list of the top 10 vehicles for accidents and found that 9 out of 10 were imports.

Drowsy driving and how to avoid it

Almost one third of respondents to a AAA study admitted that at least once in the past month, they drove in such a drowsy condition that they had trouble keeping their eyes open. Drowsy driving, California residents should know, can be almost as bad as drunk driving in terms of its effects. The National Sleep Foundation says that being awake for 24 hours straight can be like having a BAC of .10.

Police accident reports gather incomplete data

Road deaths in California and around the country topped 40,000 for the third consecutive year in 2018, but a report released by the National Safety Council reveals that the government agencies and nonprofit organizations tasked with improving road safety are not being provided with complete data. After examining police accident reports from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, the NSC discovered that all the information lawmakers and advocates need to reduce traffic fatalities was not being collected anywhere in the United States.

Trump administration may make truck safety rules more flexible

Truckers and truck fleet owners in California are divided on the current push to relax federal truck safety rules. Support for more relaxed regulations began to build up in December 2017 when the federal government mandated the use of electronic logging devices on all large commercial trucks. The need to count hours and minutes and the rigid enforcement of hours-of-service guidelines are, for some, the unhappy result of this mandate.

Injured California women die underrepresented in crash-tests.

Seat belts fit men and women differently. Men and women are not just different heights and weights. Men tend to gain weight in the abdominal area and women gain weight around their waists and thighs. The most frequent complaint about automotive seat belts is that they irritate drivers' necks. The seatbelt belongs over the driver's hips and under the driver's stomach. The driver sits safely at least 10 inches away from the steering wheel. Women tend to be more vulnerable than men during head-on collisions because they suffer injuries from airbags and the steering wheel.

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