The vast majority of car accidents in Oklahoma and around the country involve some sort of human error, but features that could prevent them, such as forward collision warning and automatic braking systems, are not standard equipment on most cars sold in the United States. While carmakers have vowed to make automatic emergency brakes standard on all of their vehicles by 2022, it is not because federal regulators have asked them to do so. According to road safety advocates, the government is often slow to act when potentially life-saving safety equipment becomes available.
Drivers in Oklahoma should be aware that the advanced driver assistance systems that are on the market do not mean that cars drive themselves. Unfortunately, many are not and overestimate the capabilities of ADAS. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducted a survey of more than 2,000 drivers to gauge their knowledge of ADAS.
Advanced safety features in new vehicles are helping to keep roads in Oklahoma and throughout the country safer. According to a study conducted in 2018 by J.D. Power, 35% of participants said that an automatic braking system prevented an accident from occurring within the first 90 days of ownership of a new car. Furthermore, 49% said that a blind spot alert feature prevented a crash from occurring during that same time period.
There are many ways drivers in Oklahoma can help prevent car accidents, including following several safety tips that are known to decrease the chances of crashing. Even though most car accidents are preventable, car accidents are the leading cause of death for many people in the United States. Drivers who obey traffic laws, stay alert and avoid negligent driving actively make the roadways safer for everyone.
Virginia Tech University and the National Institutes for Health have conducted a study comparing the risk for crashes and near-misses among teens who just obtained their license and teens who were nearing the end of adult supervision as drivers with permits. Oklahoma residents should know that teens licensed for three months or less raised that risk eight times compared to teens who were three months away from obtaining their license.
Roughly 2,000 adults were asked to take part in a newly released Root Insurance study performed by Wakefield Research. Among all respondents, 99% said that cellphones are a top source of distraction. Of those individuals, 33% said that they used their devices to look at memes while driving. Other common distractions related to smartphone use included participating in group chats and watching streaming videos.
Many Oklahoma motorists are intrigued by the potential presented by self-driving cars. Autonomous vehicle technology could help to eliminate traffic congestion and reduce serious accidents. A number of companies in the tech and auto industries have embraced the potential of the technology, investing millions to develop self-driving cars. While autonomous technologies are being promoted for their potential to increase safety, some worry that they may not be ready for deployment on public roadways.
Drivers in Oklahoma and across the United States are having difficulty putting their cellphones down when they get behind the wheel, according to a new survey by The Travelers Companies. The survey, entitled the 2019 Travelers Risk Index, was conducted with the assistance of Hart Research.
Drivers in Oklahoma, as elsewhere, can become distracted by their passengers or by their phones. A vehicle going 55 mph will travel the length of a football field in five seconds, and the average text takes five seconds to read, so it is clear that distracted driving is dangerous. A new study has shown that it is especially dangerous in highway work zones: A distracted driver's risk for a collision or near-collision goes up 29 times in these zones.
A car accident can occur in Oklahoma at any time. Someone who is involved in an accident should stop at the scene and render assistance by calling 911. Ideally, an individual will not touch anyone or move a vehicle unless safety is an issue. Instead, anyone involved in a crash will start documenting the scene by taking pictures or writing down notes.