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AAA survey reveals general unease about self-driving cars

While self-driving cars are far from becoming an everyday reality, automakers are worried about the public's ideas regarding them. A January 2020 survey from AAA found that an overwhelming majority of U.S. adults are uneasy about self-driving cars. New Jersey residents should know that only 12% of respondents said they would feel safe in one. Moreover, 28% said they don't know what to think about such cars.

Multi-vehicle crashes and how to determine fault

Determining fault in the wake of a car crash in New Jersey can be difficult, especially when three or more vehicles were involved. However, most multi-vehicle crashes are simply a series of rear-end collisions, in which case the reasoning will be as follows.

Loss of public support has meant less red-light cameras

New Jersey residents may or may not be aware of the controversy surrounding red-light cameras, or traffic-enforcement cameras. These are cameras placed at certain intersections to take photographs of drivers who run a red light. As a deterrent, they are effective; the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says they reduce violations by 40%.

New cars may soon be equipped with alcohol detection tech

Drivers in New Jersey should know that lawmakers have proposed a bill in both houses of Congress that could do much toward curbing drunk driving. After all, drunk driving crashes kill an average of 30 people every day in this country.

Tips for driving safely this winter

There are many ways that New Jersey drivers and others can stay safe during the winter season. For example, they should increase their following distance to ensure that they have time to recover if they lose control of their vehicles. It is also a good idea to drive at a slower speed to minimize the chances of losing control of a vehicle on snowy or icy roads.

Questions remain about new vehicle safety technologies

Based on a study released by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the performance of automatic braking systems varies widely from vehicle to vehicle. The braking system may also be significantly less reliable at night. Drivers in New Jersey have likely already encountered vehicles equipped with this safety technology on the road as they are becoming increasingly prevalent, but there are still questions about their effectiveness.

Some types of distracted driving more dangerous

Distracted driving poses a major threat to roadway safety in New Jersey, and some reports have been particularly concerned about the prevalence of distraction among inexperienced teen drivers. From October 20 through 26, communities mark Teen Driver Safety Week, highlighting activities and events that focus on improving skills and safety for young people behind the wheel. At Michigan State University, researchers released a study addressing issues of distraction among teens. The study examined 3,400 drivers between 2011 and 2013 using various instruments deployed in their cars to measure their driving skills and behavior while operating a vehicle.

Safe driving techniques can reduce accident risk

Over the years, cars have become safer in the sense of affording more protection to drivers and passengers. In New Jersey and, generally, throughout the country, highways have statistically fewer accidents. Nonetheless, there are numerous vehicle collisions each day, and although, thankfully, most are minor in nature, some cause serious injury or worse. While the typical driver thinks the 'other guy" poses the primary danger of causing an accident, every person who gets behind the wheel should consider basic safety driving techniques.

Road rage incidents skyrocketing across the U.S.

Motorists in New Jersey and other states are increasingly engaging in road rage and other aggressive driving behaviors, according to federal data. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that deadly car accidents involving aggressive driving have skyrocketed in recent years. In addition, a nonprofit news organization reported that incidents involving drivers brandishing or firing guns at other drivers climbed from 247 in 2014 to 620 in 2016.

Driver-assist technology remains reliant on human engagement

The driver-assist technology in some new vehicles depends on radar, cameras and software to interpret the data. Although driver-assist features, like automatic emergency braking, have the potential to reduce traffic accidents in New Jersey, drivers cannot rely on them entirely. The chief research officer for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety called the software a work in progress.

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