October 24, 2014|Volume 49, Number 8

Special Issue: distracted driving

Eyes on the road: Searching for answers to the problem of distracted driving

A new study by IIHS and Virginia Tech helps clarify the risk of cellphone use behind the wheel and offers insight into other distracting behaviors that drivers engage in.


Status Report, published periodically, is a newsletter covering research and topics in the highway safety field. Recent issues are available online in HTML format. Older issues are available as PDFs.

Note: Issues from 2000-08 are not available online at this time. Please contact Chamelle Matthew, senior communications specialist, at cmatthew@iihs.org for copies of these issues.

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October 9, 2014 |Volume 49, Number 7

On guard: Safety gear on the back of truck trailers is improving

An IIHS research program aims to spur better rear underride guards to reduce deaths and injuries in large truck crashes. Manufacturers are taking notice and improving designs.

NHTSA signals plan to address deaths in underride crashes

Government regulators have announced plans to consider tougher standards for rear underride guards.

Adaptive headlights help drivers spot objects earlier; glare not excessive

Headlights that swivel in response to steering input help drivers see objects on dark curvy roads earlier, a new IIHS study finds.

In 30 years, adaptive headlights won't be unusual

Adaptive headlights will be commonplace in 30 years, the latest HLDI estimates show.

July 30, 2014 |Volume 49, Number 6

Range of ratings: Small car ratings run the gamut in challenging small overlap front test

The Mini Cooper Countryman is the only small car to earn a good rating among the latest group of 12 small cars subjected to the small overlap front test. Five cars, all 2014 models, earn an acceptable rating and six earn marginal or poor.

Teen crashes fall since the advent of graduated licensing

Teenage drivers are getting into fewer crashes since GDL laws emerged in the mid-1990s, a new IIHS study confirms. Separate research finds that GDL reduces teens' driving and crash likelihood.

Going up: States keep raising speed limits

Several states have raised posted limits to as high as 80 mph or extended maximum limits to more roads so far this year.

July 16, 2014 |Volume 49, Number 5

Special issue: vehicles for teens

Safety rides shotgun: the best used vehicles for teen drivers

IIHS issues its first-ever recommendations for used vehicles to help parents find the right one for their beginning driver.

Vehicle choice can exacerbate teen drivers' crash risk

Teens' high risk of crashing is amplified by certain vehicles, and teens are more likely than other drivers to have the least safe types of cars, new studies show.