Coronavirus pandemic-related closures leave some drivers out of practice, encourage recklessness in others
New analysis from AAA suggests that the coronavirus pandemic may have something to do with worsening driving skills, particularly among young people.
Good driving is all about developing good habits, and that takes practice. For a young driver still developing those habits, two or three months without regular practice can stall their progress. That means that when they get behind the wheel again for the first time in months, it’s likely that their skills will be a bit rusty and they’ll be more prone to accidents. This is especially important for parents to remember as many pandemic-related restrictions are lifting just as the “100 Deadliest Days” for teen drivers are beginning.
Historically, the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is the worst time of year for fatal auto accidents involving teen drivers. […]Read More
IIHS report on driver-assistance technology shows its flaws
New report from IIHS shows driver assist technology is still flawed and is no substitute for a fully attentive human driver. If you’re not paying attention, driver assist systems can even land you in a crash.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, known for their extensive crash testing and safety ratings, investigated just how reliable driver assistance technology is. Their findings varied by brand. But, the overall conclusion was that autonomous vehicle technology has a long way to go before human drivers can feel comfortable giving up the steering wheel.
The 2017 BMW 5-series, 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class, 2018 Tesla Model 3 and 2016 Model S, and 2018 Volvo S90 were evaluated.
What is driver assistance technology?
Driver assistance technology refers to the features in a car designed to help prevent collisions. […]Read More
Pedestrian Killed by Self-Driving Uber
On March 18, a pedestrian was struck and killed by an autonomous car operated by Uber as she was crossing the street. The Uber, a Volvo XC90, hit and killed the 49 year old woman despite the car’s being equipped with a variety of sensors, including Light Dectection and Ranging (lidar) which is designed to create 3D, 360 degree images of the car’s surroundings and radar that can see objects in the light or dark. In addition, there was a human safety driver at the wheel, although a video of the accident shows that the driver was not paying attention. Furthermore, the driver was not holding his hands above the steering wheel, as most backup drivers are taught. However, he had no signs of impairment. Nor did weather appear to play a role. The vehicle was moving at 40 mph in a 45 mph zone at the time of the Uber accident. […]Read More
Badly maintained roads pose car crash risk
Last week, a 70-year-old man was killed driving through the Lehigh Tunnel on the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. According to news reports, he was killed when an electrical conduit (a pipe-like tube holding power cables) fell from the ceiling of the tunnel and crashed through the windshield of his truck.
According to reports in The Morning Call the southbound Lehigh Tunnel is the newest of five tunnels on the turnpike’s system and it is the only one with a conduit located directly above traffic. Federal regulations require that tunnels be inspected every two years. The most recent inspection of the Lehigh Tunnel was in September 2016.
Poor tunnel maintenance can be fatal for drivers
In 2016 alone, American roads carried people and goods over three trillion miles. […]Read More