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Keeping winter travel safe

Illinois residents who are concerned about winter driving should consider several tips that could make travel safer. Preparing a vehicle for winter and checking the weather ahead of time are both important safety measures.

NSC finds flaws in each state's police auto accident reports

A recent report from the National Safety Council has shown that every state fails to provide fields and codes for the reporting of all critical car crash factors. This leaves everyone in Illinois and across the U.S. with incomplete police reports and a compromised ability to determine and address the various causes of auto accidents.

Study shows car crashes are likelier with each hour of lost sleep

The U.S. Department of Transportation and other agencies state that one in three adult drivers fail to get seven hours of sleep a night. Drivers in Illinois should know that the recommended amount is between seven and nine and that lack of sleep can raise the risk of car accidents. Drowsy driving is to blame for an estimated 7 percent of all vehicle crashes in the U.S., which amounts to about 330,000 crashes every year.

Vehicle crash deaths down, except with large trucks

There aren't as many people losing their lives in Illinois and the rest of the United States from vehicle-related accidents as last year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This information comes from NHTSA data that compares vehicle crash statistics from 2017 against figures for the previous year. In fact, crash-related deaths were down for all vehicle types, except for large trucks in urban areas, SUVs and tractor-trailers.

Safe driving in heavy traffic and around school buses

Safety-minded drivers in Illinois can take certain steps to reduce the risks of accidents with pedestrians, bicyclists and other drivers. Since school is back in session, it's important to be especially vigilant around children pedestrians and buses. Drivers will want to keep their eyes moving from side to side as kids may dart out onto the street, often without using a crosswalk.

Driver assist features don't always work properly

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently tested electronic driver assist systems from five different brands of vehicles. It outlined its findings in a report called "Reality Check." After collecting data on both public roads and on a track setting, it was determined that these systems could put drivers and passengers at risk. For instance, the systems could actually steer an Illinois driver into a crash or fail to see a parked car.

Distracted driving may be increasing accident rates

Distracted driving is being blamed for an uptick in fatal car accidents throughout Illinois and the rest of the country over the past four years. Researchers from the University of Utah, with help from AAA, conducted a study of drivers to find out how much attention in-car technology demanded while driving. Even though some devices allowed drivers to pay more attention to the road than others, most of them had some element of distraction. Researchers found that both mobile and automated technology had a negative impact.

Drivemode reports looks at driver texting habits

According to data from Drivemode, motorists in Illinois and throughout the country are most likely to text between the hours of 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. During that hour, drivers sent an average of 6.87 messages. Of 6.5 million message analyzed, 22 percent were sent between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. The data was collected from 177,000 users of Drivemode's app over the course of a year.

Study casts doubt on the effectiveness of distracted driving laws

The use of cellphones and other electronic devices by drivers is prohibited in Illinois, but a study released recently by a startup technology firm from California suggests that distracted driving laws actually do very little to make the nation's roads safer. After analyzing anonymized data gathered from its customers, San Francisco-based Zendrive found that cellphone use by motorists rose in 2017 in virtually every state. The figures also indicate that distracted drivers may be a far more severe road safety hazard than government agencies like the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration believe.

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