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.
IIHS and HLDI President Adrian Lund describes how our understanding of the problem of distracted driving is evolving.
Cellphones have become synonymous with distracted driving, but driver distraction was an issue long before they came along.
Technology that can intervene when drivers aren't paying attention offers a potential solution to the problem of distracted driving.
Even with strong enforcement, bans on handheld phone use and texting aren't reducing crashes reported to insurers, a new HLDI analysis shows.
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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.
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