August 23, 2017 |Volume 52, Number 6

Stay within the linesLane departure warning, blind spot detection help drivers avoid trouble

Lane departure warning and blind spot detection are helping to prevent the type of crashes they were designed to address, new IIHS research shows.

Automated parking system pulls drivers' attention away from road

Researchers from IIHS and MIT's AgeLab found that an automated parking system changed the focus of drivers' attention, causing them to look less at the road and more at the dashboard.

GM's rear autobrake reduces crashes

A rear automatic braking system from General Motors is reducing crashes reported to insurers.

Alerts boost teen drivers' turn-signal use

Warning systems help teen drivers improve their turn-signal use and stay in their lanes, but they don't seem to discourage tailgating.

August 3, 2017 |Volume 52, Number 5

UnbeltedAdults admit they often skip belts in rear seat

Adults know children must be properly restrained, but when it comes to their own safety, many mistakenly believe safety belts are optional in the rear seat.

Lap/shoulder belt better than lap belt alone in rear middle seat

Using a lap/shoulder belt in the center rear seat cuts the risk of fatal injury more than a lap belt alone, a NHTSA analysis show

Studies link legalized use of recreational marijuana with increase in crashes

Two studies on legalization of marijuana appeared to have conflicting findings, but both support the conclusion that crashes have gone up where marijuana is legal.

Noise mandate for hybrids, electrics faces NHTSA delay

A regulation requiring normally quiet hybrid and electric vehicles to make noise in order to warn pedestrians has been put on hold.

June 22, 2017 |Volume 52, Number 4

High claimsLegalizing recreational marijuana is linked to increased crashes

Collision claim rates have increased 3 percent in Colorado, Oregon and Washington, after recreational marijuana use was legalized in those states.

Out of all drugs, alcohol is still the biggest threat on the roads

Nearly 7,000 deaths could have been prevented in 2015 if all drivers were below the legal limit.

Lane maintenance systems still a turnoff for many drivers

Among vehicles with crash avoidance features, lane maintenance systems are turned off nearly half the time, a new study shows.

Tesla Model S has higher insurance losses than other large luxury cars

The luxury sedan has higher claim rates and costs more to fix than gas-powered luxury cars. 

May 25, 2017 |Volume 52, Number 3

On the road againHigher driver death rate is a downside of economic recovery

The risk of dying in a crash in a late-model vehicle has gone up slightly because of the stronger economy. A new study predicts traffic deaths will fall only slightly over the coming years, given current economic forecasts.

Summer road trips mean more traffic deaths

Summer and early fall are the most dangerous times of the year on the nation's roads. Fatalities also are higher on weekends and certain holidays.

April 12, 2017 |Volume 52, Number 2

Smart picks for teen driversIIHS updates criteria for recommended used vehicles

The Institute's latest list of recommended used vehicles relies on updated criteria to help parents find safe and affordable options for the new drivers in their families.

Progress is slow on alcohol impairment among pedestrians, bicyclists

The percentage of fatally injured pedestrians and bicyclists impaired by alcohol has fallen over the decades, but not as dramatically as the percentage of impaired drivers.

Lund talks truck safety at Senate subcommittee hearing

IIHS President Adrian Lund told a Senate panel that capping truck speeds and adopting crash avoidance technologies could reduce large truck crashes.

February 1, 2017 |Volume 52, Number 1

Near missTwo all-electric cars fall short of earning an IIHS safety award

The Tesla Model S and the BMW i3 fall short of meeting IIHS awards criteria, but two plug-in hybrids earn the 2017 Top Safety Pick+ award.

Regulators finalize noise requirement for hybrids, electric vehicles

Manufacturers have until late 2019 to equip normally quiet hybrid and electric vehicles with noise-making devices to help protect pedestrians.

Older driver road tests appear to cut crashes in Illinois but not New Hampshire

An Illinois requirement that older drivers pass a road test at each renewal has reduced insurance claim rates, but a now-repealed road-test requirement in New Hampshire didn't.

Requiring treatment for interlock violators reduces re-arrest rates

Alcohol-impaired driving offenders are less likely to reoffend after their interlocks are removed if they have been referred for treatment, a recent study found.