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.
Drivers engage in distracting behaviors in all types of situations, but many seem to save the most demanding activities for red lights.
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.
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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.
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