March 31, 2015|Volume 50, Number 3

Cover story

An easy win: Strong GDL laws maximize benefits

Graduated licensing is reducing fatal crashes among teen drivers, but many states could do much better if they strengthened their laws.

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March 3, 2015 |Volume 50, Number 2

Say the word: Voice systems can reduce some types of distraction

Using voice commands to make calls and perform other tasks helps drivers keep their eyes on the road, but it doesn't eliminate visual distraction completely.

Decline in crash risk spurs better outlook for older drivers

The fatality rate among drivers age 75 and older has improved because they are involved in fewer crashes per mile traveled and are surviving side impacts more often.

Intersections challenge older drivers

Older drivers look but don't always see potential conflicts when they travel through intersections, especially when turning left.

January 29, 2015 |Volume 50, Number 1

Saving lives: Improved vehicle designs bring down death rates

Drivers of late-model vehicles are a third less likely to die in crashes than they were a few years ago, but the gap between the best and worst vehicles remains wide.

Home team loss boosts collision claim rates around NFL stadiums

Collision claims go up in ZIP codes around NFL stadiums on game days, especially when the home team loses.

December 23, 2014 |Volume 49, Number 11

Safety gains ground: More vehicles earn top honors from IIHS

The winners' circle for 2015 includes 71 vehicles, as manufacturers put state-of-the-art safety on more models.

How vehicles are changing for better small overlap protection

Three main strategies have emerged for improving vehicle structure to better protect occupants in small overlap front crashes.

Laying the groundwork for safety improvements for back-seat occupants

Restraint system changes might make sitting in back even safer, especially for adults.