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How to stay safe on winter roads

Snow, ice and black ice are common dangers that New Jersey drivers may experience while on the roads during the winter months. Black ice may be especially dangerous because it isn't always apparent that it is there until a driver loses control of a vehicle. It may be possible to avoid accidents and other winter driving dangers by allowing more time to reach a destination.

Drivers may not benefit from new dashboard features

Drivers in New Jersey may think that a car is more convenient or fun to drive with voice controls or other modern features. However, research has shown that many dashboard features and other technology included in new vehicles may be more of a safety risk. A study was conducted by the University of Utah that had drivers between the ages of 21 and 36 perform a series of tasks while driving.

Prevent accidents by always using headlights

New Jersey residents might like to know about multiple studies regarding headlight usage while driving. Using headlights throughout the day, even when it's bright out, may reduce the chances of an accident. Some vehicles do come with daytime running lights, but most do not have this feature. Therefore, it's usually up to drivers to turn on their headlights.

IIHS research shows that anti-collision systems work

A recent study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) indicates that collision avoidance systems are helping to prevent accidents in New Jersey and throughout the U.S. These safety mechanisms are designed to prevent drivers from drifting into other cars or obstructions.

A new electronic gadget hopes to waken weary drivers.

While driving under the influence and distracted driving remain hazards on the country's highways, the problem of driving while tired occurs far too often. According to some estimates, falling asleep while behind the wheel causes 6,000 deaths annually in the US. Though the trucking industry has strict standards regulating the maximum time a driver can operate at a given time, there is no regulation in Ocean, NJ, for other drivers, including the normal car or SUV driver.

Evaluating vehicle safety features

The constant upgrades in safety technology manufacturers are adding to their vehicles may prompt you to consider a new car every couple of years to make sure you and your passengers have the lowest risk of an accident. Some systems have a better track record than others, though, and some could even pose a distraction rather than a help.

Is it a myth that older drivers are dangerous?

It is generally accepted that older drivers are dangerous. For example, their eyesight and reaction times are on the decline. However, the truth is that there are many safe older drivers. They have years of experience under their belts and follow posted speed limits. Moreover, they are aware of their limitations and tailor their driving habits accordingly. On the other hand, there is the statistic that senior citizens are second only to teenagers in crash deaths. Part of this is due to older drivers' physical fragilities, but it is true that, yes, some older drivers should not be on the road. So, the answer to the question posed at the top of this article is, "Yes. And no." Find out more below.

Lawsuit accuses Apple of holding back safety feature

Many New Jersey residents use Apple products every day, and the company's popular iPhone dominates a highly competitive smartphone sector with an impressive 40 percent market share. However, that success could cost Apple dearly in the courtroom. A group of California residents are suing the iPhone maker over an unreleased safety feature that they say could have prevented thousands of distracted driving accidents.

Summer means more teen car crashes

The summer is a deadly time for teen drivers in New Jersey and across the United States. According to a AAA study, statistics show that approximately 1,000 people will die in car crashes involving teen drivers between Memorial Day and the start of the new school year. That number represents a 16 percent increase in deaths compared to other times of the year.

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