Drivers in New York should know that there is no failsafe way to avoid getting in a motor vehicle accident. However, there is data that shows such accidents are more likely to occur at certain times and places.
New York drivers may be interested to learn that, although the majority believe that distracted driving should be illegal, about one-third are still confident in their abilities to multitask while behind the wheel. According to a study by Progressive Insurance, there was a major difference in confidence levels between drivers of different ages and drivers of different genders.
Readers from the New York area may have some understandable concerns about driving in the fall. While fall can indeed be a beautiful time of year, there are also a number of potential hazards associated with the season that are worth knowing more about. Recognizing some of these challenges in advance is an important part of ensuring one's safety on the roads.
Collision avoidance systems reduce the risk of injury accidents, but too few vehicles have them installed. These were among the findings of several different studies that examined 2015 data. Some of the drivers in New York and throughout the country who do have lane departure warning systems and blind spots alerts might also be turning off the alerts if they come in the form of a beep, which annoys some drivers, instead of a seat vibration.
Millennials in New York might be less safe on the road than drivers in other age groups. Almost 90 percent of millennial drivers admitted to driving dangerously, according to a survey by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. For example, almost twice as many millennials confessed to texting or sending emails while behind the wheel compared to other age groups.
Smart cars that apply the brakes to avoid imminent collisions, steer away from trouble and detect oncoming traffic could soon allow older drivers to travel safer. Many New York motorists know that some vehicles are already being equipped with safety technology, but these are mainly features of expensive models. With additional revolutionary tech expected in just a few years, some of these safety features are anticipated to become standard in all vehicles soon, which may make them more accessible to everyone.
A high-speed crash on a major New York highway claimed the lives of three people and left as many as 11 others injured during the early morning hours of Aug. 31. The multi-vehicle accident took place on the eastbound lanes of the Long Island Expressway in Queens at approximately 4:20 a.m. Police diverted eastbound traffic for more than four hours as paramedics, firefighters and accident investigators went about their work, and delays soon stretched from Maurice Avenue to the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.
Statistics recorded in New York state and across America have shown that, though car death rates are decreasing, America still has more car crashes deaths per capita than 19 other wealthy countries. Of the 20 countries surveyed, all had a car accident fatality rate that was decreasing more quickly than America's.
In the future, people in New York who own self-driving cars may have different auto insurance plans than the ones that exist today. The technology companies that are developing these cars say that they will be much safer than cars driven by humans, but the insurance industry is unlikely to go away. Instead, it may change just as self-driving cars may change other industries.
By 2022, New York car buyers should be able to purchase one with an automatic braking system installed. This is the result of an agreement entered into by manufacturers of nearly all light vehicles sold in the United States and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to have such technology be standard equipment. One former administrator of the NHTSA says that the agreement is unsatisfactory and there should be legally binding rules in place instead, but the current administrator says that those rules would take eight years or longer to implement.