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April 2018 Archives

Daydreaming poses highway dangers

In Arizona, a slow drive in a rural area can make for a pleasant outing. However, a seemingly innocent drive on a Sunday afternoon can cause a serious motor vehicle accident if the driver is daydreaming. Although regulations about using cell phones while driving are designed to prevent accidents, governmental agencies are not passing laws regarding distracted driving. Yet many preoccupied American drivers have caused serious car accidents. A driver who causes an accident because he or she is daydreaming is guilty of negligence.

Rollaway concerns prompt recall of nearly 350,000 Ford trucks

Arizona residents who recently purchased a 2018 Ford Expedition SUV or F-150 pickup truck equipped with a 10-speed automatic transmission will likely be receiving recall notices. Ford has announced that 347,425 pickup trucks, SUVs and medium-duty trucks are being recalled in North America because a problem has been found with a clip that attaches the gearshift cable to the main transmission unit. The automaker is worried that the malfunction could result in rollaways as drivers may not know what gear their vehicles are in.

How to reduce distracted driving

Drivers in Arizona should know that distracted driving is a major hazard. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2015, for example, nearly 3,500 people were killed and more than 390,000 people were injured in crashes involving distracted drivers. Every day during daylight hours, an average of 660,000 drivers use their cell phones while behind the wheel.

Autonomous driving can be risky due to human role

Many people in Arizona and across the United States are excited about advances in autonomous vehicle technology, hoping that self-driving cars can help to reduce the number of car accidents and injuries suffered on the roadways every year. However, there have also been a number of high-profile crashes involving self-driving cars under development. Some experts say that one reason for these crashes could be the role of human influence, particularly that autonomous vehicles are being programmed to copy or mimic human driving behavior.

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