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AAA study focuses on the distractions of infotainment systems

In a recent AAA survey, 70 percent of U.S. adults expressed a desire for new vehicle tech like infotainment systems. However, these systems come with features that are not only irrelevant to driving in South Carolina but also distracting. University of Utah researchers conducted a study for AAA that focused on 30 infotainment systems on new 2017 cars. The automakers represented included Honda, Toyota, Ford, Dodge, Audi and Tesla.

Tactics for dealing with aggressive drivers

Heavy traffic has a way of upsetting some drivers in South Carolina. Anyone might encounter one of these angry and aggressive motorists who is overcome by road rage. They might tailgate and honk and flash their high beams in an effort to force a slower driver aside. Road raging drivers might also cut people off in traffic or steal parking spaces. For the sake of safety, the offended parties should strive to stay calm around angry drivers.

External airbags lessen occupant injury by 40 percent

External airbags are an emerging vehicle safety feature that South Carolina residents should know about. While they are far from being implemented on vehicles, the advantages they offer may prompt more car parts manufacturers to create a strategy for developing them. ZF, which has developed its own model of external airbags, says that the feature can reduce the severity of occupants' injuries by as much as 40 percent.

Teenager killed in a car accident

South Carolina residents who have been injured as a result of a car accident may be aware of a tragedy being investigated in Greenville County. A three-vehicle collision involving a stolen car resulted in the death of one teenager and the hospitalization of three other people. The teenager died at the scene of the crash, which occurred in front of a Target shopping plaza. The coroner stated that the deceased was wearing a seat belt. An autopsy revealed that he died as a result of blunt force trauma to his head, neck and chest.

Safety while driving in the sun

Drivers in South Carolina and other areas of the country often face conditions when the sun can make it difficult to see the road. Many car accidents occur in the early morning hours and later in the evening because of the angle of the sun during these times. Fortunately, there are some tips that drivers can keep in mind while driving in these conditions so that they are safe while on the road.

Halloween and the threat of drunk or reckless drivers

Aside from ghosts and goblins, there are real dangers to Halloween. Among the biggest threats are drunk or reckless drivers. South Carolina residents who intend to party on Halloween or have children who will be trick-or-treating should consider the following safety tips from AAA.

Public remain skeptical about self-driving cars

Several car manufacturers have promised to introduce a fully autonomous car within the next five years, and many models currently on sale are equipped with autonomous and semi-autonomous accident prevention systems. However, the results of a recent poll conducted by the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies and the research firm J.D. Power and Associates suggest that drivers in South Carolina and around the country remain skeptical about the safety benefits of self-driving cars.

AAA reports on drivers' overreliance on safety tech

Residents of South Carolina who are concerned about the effects of vehicle safety technology on driving behaviors will want to know about a study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. It states that people are relying too heavily on driver assistance systems and, as a result, are putting themselves and others at risk.

Drivers overestimate their own driving skills

South Carolina is made up of all different kinds of people, and the great majority of them think they're good drivers. It's a quirk of human psychology that most people think they have above-average driving skills when, in fact, not everyone can be an above-average driver. The study that first identified this quirk took place more than 50 years ago. It has been repeated and reconfirmed many times since then.

Hydroplaning: its causes and how to avoid it

South Carolina drivers know that when the rainy season hits, they run the risk of hydroplaning on the road. This occurs when the tires encounter more water on the road then they can handle. The water pressure in front of the tires pushes that water underneath, creating a thin layer of water between the tires and the road. The wheels are essentially floating above the road. The thicker that layer becomes, the more traction that is lost by the tires.

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