June 18, 2015|Volume 50, Number 5
Special Issue: latch ratings
Simplifying child safety: IIHS rates vehicles for LATCH ease of use
For the first time, IIHS has rated vehicles on how easy it is to install child restraints in them. The results aren't great.
These explanations about LATCH weight limits, center seating positions and other issues can help clear up confusion.
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May 12, 2015 |Volume 50, Number 4
Successes and failures: Midsize SUVs have mixed small overlap results
Three more models earn good or acceptable ratings in the small overlap front crash test, but many midsize SUVs still struggle.
DUI checkpoints, passive sensors are underutilized
Well-publicized checkpoints are a proven tool to reduce impaired driving, but few law enforcement agencies conduct them regularly, an IIHS survey shows.
More drivers use marijuana, but link to crashes is murky
More drivers are testing positive for marijuana and other drugs, but a new study fails to find a link between marijuana use and crashes.
March 31, 2015 |Volume 50, Number 3
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.
Distracting behaviors are common at red lights, less so at roundabouts
Drivers engage in distracting behaviors in all types of situations, but many seem to save the most demanding activities for red lights.
Bicycle crash study could guide design of bicyclist detection systems
A new study looks at the types of crashes bicyclist detection systems would need to address in order to be most effective at reducing deaths and injuries.
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.
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