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Ride-sharing drivers can be sleep-deprived, says AASM

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine brought attention to a widespread issue in the ride-sharing industry back in April 2018, and its position statement on the matter should be of interest to New Jersey road users. Many ride-sharing drivers, compelled by salary incentives and low fares, are overworking themselves to the point that they become drowsy behind the wheel.

Traffic accidents increase worldwide, according to WHO report

The 2018 Global Status Report on Road Safety has revealed that traffic fatalities have increased and are now listed as the eighth leading cause of death worldwide. There were approximately 1.35 million traffic-related deaths in 2016, the most recent year that information is available. This new study has implications for drivers in New Jersey, where 624 people died in 2018 in traffic-related fatalities.

External airbags and their projected role in side collisions

Side collisions can be some of the most dangerous auto accidents on New Jersey roads. However, the ZF Group is developing a new safety feature that could reduce the severity of vehicle occupant injuries in such crashes. The feature is a predictive system linked to external airbags on both sides of a vehicle.

IIHS studies the effectiveness of automatic braking systems

Many New Jersey motorists have unfortunately been in a rear-end collision. Such crashes can cause debilitating whiplash injuries even when they occur at low speeds, but a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety suggests that forward collision sensing technology and automatic braking systems can prevent them about 40 percent of the time.

How to stay safe when driving in direct sunlight

Driving in direct sunlight can increase the risk for a fatal auto accident by 16 percent. The rays can create visual illusions, hurt drivers' eyes and even slow their reaction times. This is why drivers in New Jersey who go out in the early mornings or late afternoons need to know how they can keep themselves safe.

Teens driving teens linked to higher crash fatalities

Teen drivers in New Jersey may pose a greater risk to themselves and also to others on the road - especially if they drive when accompanied only by other teens. These were the findings of new research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, released in October 2018 for National Teen Driver Safety Week. The study found that when teen drivers were accompanied by teen passengers, the fatality rate for all people involved in a collision escalated by 51 percent.

Most drivers overestimate the abilities of car safety systems

According to a new study, most drivers in New Jersey and across the U.S. are over-dependent on their vehicle's collision avoidance systems. The study was conducted by researchers at the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

What to do in a hydroplaning incident

When the rainy season comes to New Jersey, drivers will want to be more careful on the road. When there's too much rain for a vehicle's tires to handle, the pressure in the front of the tire will push that water underneath and create a thin band of water between the tires and the road. The thicker it becomes, the more the tires float above the road and lose their traction.

Reality-based drivers' ed may improve teens' risk awareness

A Baylor University study has analyzed the effects of a supplemental drivers' education program on teens' risk awareness and driving behavior. The results should be of interest to parents in New Jersey whose teens are engaging in risky behavior behind the wheel. The program analyzed is called the Texas Reality Education for Drivers program, and 21 teen participants formed the study group.

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