February 20, 2014
Fit for the road: Older drivers' crash rates continue to drop
Today's older drivers are not only less likely to be involved in crashes than prior generations, they are less likely to be killed or seriously injured if they do crash, a new Institute study shows.
Both older and younger passenger vehicle occupants are benefiting from efforts to improve protection in crashes, a recent study confirms.
Only 1 minicar out of 11 tested achieves an acceptable rating in the IIHS small overlap front crash test.
Parents are more likely to use the top tether when installing a child restraint if the attachment anchor in the vehicle is easy to find, new research from IIHS and the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute indicates.
Download print edition | Volume 49, Number 1
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December 30, 2013
Alcohol paradox: Drop in weekend drinking and driving doesn't bring drop in fatal crashes involving alcohol
The percentage of drivers on the road impaired by alcohol has plunged, yet the percentage of alcohol-impaired drivers involved in fatal crashes has stayed relatively constant. IIHS researchers explore possible reasons for the puzzle.
Walking and biking under the influence carry dangers, too
The proportion of fatally injured pedestrians and bicyclists who were impaired by alcohol has changed little in recent decades.
Softer vehicle fronts and pedestrian detection systems could reduce pedestrian deaths, injuries
Pedestrians are the focus of proposed new regulations to modify the fronts of vehicles to lessen the harm they can cause to pedestrians. A new IIHS study finds the changes may help reduce some deaths and injuries
Download print edition | Volume 48, Number 10
December 19, 2013
A higher standard: 39 vehicles meet new criteria for TOP SAFETY PICK, TOP SAFETY PICK+
IIHS has raised the bar for its safety awards, requiring a good or acceptable rating in the small overlap front test. Top Safety Pick+ winners also must offer front crash prevention.
Hundreds die in ATV crashes on public roads
All-terrain vehicles are made for off-road use, but large numbers of people take them on public roads, where they are generally prohibited.
Study of teen fatal crash rates adds to evidence of GDL benefits
A recent study provides more evidence that graduated driver licensing cuts fatal crashes among 16 and 17 year-olds and identifies components with large benefits.
Download print edition | Volume 48, Number 9
November 7, 2013
More booster seats grab top ratings
Of the 31 new booster seats evaluated this year, 19 earn the top rating of BEST BET. Counting carry-over models, there are 58 BEST BET boosters for 2013, more than any prior year.
Vehicle vandalism peaks on Halloween with nearly twice as many claims as usual
Personal vehicles are almost twice as likely to be vandalized on Oct. 31 as on an average day, HLDI finds.
Drop in teen driving tracks with teenage unemployment
A new HLDI study shows the connection between the decline in teen driving and the increase in teen unemployment.
Download print edition | Volume 48, Number 8
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