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In-car technology has come a very long way in recent years. Auto makers have installed radar devices and cameras to help drivers maintain safe distances from other cars, keep vehicles in their lane and even alert drivers of impending accidents. There is in-car technology that even goes as far as automatically breaking and stopping the car as necessary.
How about if your car could have a bird’s eye view of the road, and see other vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists? A special form of Wi-Fi is being developed that will allow cars to communicate with each other through special sensors. It would be vehicle to vehicle Wi-Fi.
This system is being piloted by the University of Michigan, eight automakers and the Department of Transportation. It is being tested on 3,000 vehicles in Michigan with sensors. Participating automakers include GM, Ford, Toyota, Honda, Nissan, VW, Hyundai/Kia and Mercedes. Data from the trial will ultimately help determine whether or not the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration should pursue this technology.
Collisions between wildlife and vehicles are often unpredictable. Collisions tend to spike during the fall, when it is breeding season for deer. In general, due to the earlier dusk and poorer visibility, more accidents are likely to occur. Drivers must obey wildlife signs and traffic signs.
It is better to think about and learn how to avoid an encounter with wildlife, than have to react to a dangerous situation when you are unprepared. Drivers and passengers should be on the lookout for wildlife on the road, in the ditch, on the shoulder. Driving at a slower speed may reduce the chances of having to swerve at all. Always reduce your speed in signed areas. The danger of swerving is that it can take you into the path of a ditch and take you off course.
However, if you are about to collide with a moose, experts say you should swerve as a collision with a moose carries a significant risk of injury or death to motorists and passengers.
Another threat on the roadway is distracted drivers. The popularity of smartphones and internet use while driving has made drivers even more distracted than ever.
State Farm conducted its annual research report on distracted driving, surveying 1000 US motorists. Texting and driving remains a concern, but there has been a noticeable increase in “webbing” while driving (internet use).
The study found that it is not just youth who are committing these distracted driving offenses, but motorists of all ages.
While the distracted driving focus has traditionally been on young people, the data indicate that motorists of all ages are using the mobile web while driving.
Another study says that young drivers are more likely to drive while tired. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety surved drivers aged 16-24 and found that 1 in 7 licensed drivers have admitted to falling asleep behind the wheel at least once in the past year.
Research shows that fatigue impairs a person’s driving ability, and causes them to behave in similar ways a person does while intoxicated. Most drivers underestimate the dangers of driving while fatigued. Driving fatigued can cause a person to miss exits and traffic signs, drifting from your lanes and daydreaming.
A Canadian Study shows that 80% of Canadian drivers admit to road rage behaviour. The poll, completed by Leger Marketing, suggests that about 80% of Canadians admit to aggressive behaviour such as using profanity, yelling or following other vehicles too closely. The most commonly reported aggressive behaviour was speeding.
Distracted drivers (including the use of mobile phones) were the most common trigger for road rage-like behaviour. Being cut off by other drivers, as well as tailgating behaviour were also causes of road rage. Other reasons for road rage included running behind schedule and having a bad day.
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