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Avoiding accidents involving slow drivers

While most South Carolina drivers likely know the dangers of driving too fast, they may not be aware that it can also be dangerous to drive too slow. This is because driving too slowly for the general flow of traffic can cause confusion, prevent other drivers from being able to make safe predictions and ultimately lead to a car accident.

Area, time, distance all impact drive safety

All drives are not created equal when it comes to the statistical likelihood of a car accident. Fatal motor vehicle crashes are most likely near the home of the driver, with many South Carolina crashes happening within 25 miles of home. Part of the reason is that most driving happens within a short distance of home, but there are other factors at play as well.

Some drivers are turning off their collision avoidance systems

Not all drivers in South Carolina appreciate the warning beeps of their collision avoidance systems. A researcher at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety suspects that some drivers become annoyed by the sounds meant to alert them to lane drifting or objects in their blind spots. Her comparison of studies about the influence of vehicle warning technology identified large discrepancies in crash reduction rates.

Startup company develops wearable drowsy driver tech

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that drowsy driving causes an estimated 6,000 fatal traffic accidents each year in the U.S. Traditional remedies to combat fatigue behind the wheel include drinking coffee or energy drinks, lowering a window or pulling over to take a walk, but they rarely keep drivers alert for very long. The information age has yielded a variety of products that tackle age-old problems in new and novel ways, and a startup company called Creative Mode has developed a device that uses the latest wearable technology to monitor drivers in South Carolina and around the country and alert them when fatigue seems likely.

Tesla S not among IIHS safety picks

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has given three full-size cars its Top Safety Pick Plus designation. However, South Carolina residents may be surprised to learn that the Tesla S was not on the list. The honor was given to the Lincoln Continental, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan and the Toyota Avalon. In addition to the Tesla S, the Ford Taurus and Chevrolet Impala were also denied the top rating.

Reducing child fatality rates in motor vehicle accidents

South Carolina parents may be able to save the lives of their children if they restrain them properly when in vehicles. A study that appeared in the "Journal of Pediatrics" found that a 10 percent increase in correct use of restraints could lower the fatality rate for children in car accidents by more than 230 children nationwide each year. This represents about 40 percent of the 2,885 children who died in traffic accidents in the years that the study covered, 2010 to 2014.

Dealing with distracted driving

South Carolina motorists should be aware that distracted driving is just as dangerous as driving while drunk and that one-third of drivers engage in unsafe driving behavior. While April is Distracted Driving Month, it is important that people are mindful of the risks of distracted driving throughout the year.

Aggressive driving a factor in majority of traffic fatalities

Aggressive driving contributed to 56 percent of traffic fatalities between 2003 and 2007, according to an American Automobile Association study. The study made use of data gathered by the Fatal Accident Report System, a project of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Drivers on South Carolina roadways should be wary of behaviors that constitute aggressive driving.

First six months of 2016 deadly

Traffic accidents take the lives of South Carolina residents each year, and 2016 is showing itself to be a particularly deadly year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, almost 18,000 people died in motor vehicle accidents across the country from January to June of 2016, which was an increase of approximately 10 percent over the same six-month period in 2015.

Older drivers could be aided by new safety technology

For older drivers in South Carolina and across the U.S., roadway safety has become an important issue. Car makers are aware of this, and new safety technology is being offered to accommodate the Baby Boomers who are beginning to turn 70 years old. There is estimated to be approximately 20 million more drivers aged 70 or older on the roads by 2030.

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