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NTSB issues recommendations to reduce accidents

In an effort to reduce motor vehicle accidents and fatalities, the National Transportation Safety Board has released a list of suggested improvements. The list, which is termed "Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements," offered suggestions of what could reduce incidents for all modes of transportation. Six of the 10 items on the list are related to the trucking industry.

Distracted driving remains a safety concern

Driving is such an ingrained aspect of modern life in Arizona that it has become almost an automatic function. Many people become somewhat complacent in their driving habits. Not only are the best safety practices often ignored, but time has also become so precious that motorists often try to accomplish other tasks while they are behind the wheel. This, however, can present problems for the other motorists and passengers sharing the roadways.

The dangers of daydreaming while driving

Most drivers in Arizona have probably heard tales about the dangers of driving while using a mobile device. But there's another form of distracted driving that's not getting its fair share of attention -- daydreaming. It's fairly easy for a driver to lose their train of thought as their mind drifts. Unfortunately, all it takes is a brief moment of inattentiveness for a collision to occur.

Drowsy driving a serious issue in ridesharing industry

The ridesharing industry in Arizona, as elsewhere, comes with some inherent safety risks, according to a position statement from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Many ridesharing drivers, compelled by low fares and salary incentives, drive after extended periods of wakefulness and run the risk of becoming sleep-deprived. This means more cases of drowsy driving.

Accident rates increase for dump and concrete delivery trucks

Bad driving habits are a widespread issue in the trucking industry. Many truckers in Arizona, as elsewhere, feel that it's fine to speed, drive while using their cell phone and drive in a drowsy state of mind. Others may grow negligent because they are urged on by the promise of by-the-load incentives. Unfortunately, these habits are largely behind the increase in truck accidents.

Strategies to stay safe near aggressive drivers

Road rage can happen at any time when driving on Arizona roads or any others throughout the country. Those who encounter aggressive drivers are encouraged to do whatever it takes to handle the situation in a calm manner. If a person is driving on a highway with multiple lanes, it is a good idea to change lanes as soon as it is safe to do so.

2018 road safety report from WHO finds traffic deaths on the rise

The World Health Organization has released its 2018 Global Status Report on Road Safety. One of its most startling finds is that traffic accidents now make up the eighth biggest cause of death worldwide, above both HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis. Globally, they are the leading cause of death among those aged 5 to 29. While most Arizona residents only have to contend with negligent drivers, low-income countries are also plagued with many poor road conditions.

ZF has reassuring data on the effectiveness of external airbags

Arizona residents who keep up with advances in vehicle safety technology may have heard about manufacturers working on external airbags. The ZF Group has come out with reassuring safety data as well as a strategy for implementing such technology. As with self-driving cars, it will take a while for ZF and other manufacturers to perfect the technology; after that, it will take longer for the airbags to become standard.

Another study shows that auto emergency braking really works

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has some good news for Arizona drivers who own cars with automatic emergency braking systems. The IIHS conducted a study to see how often GM vehicles with auto emergency braking were involved in accidents compared to cars that don't have this feature. The conclusion of the researchers is that auto emergency braking works well to prevent collisions.

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