Minnesota drivers who use safety features like automatic emergency braking and blind-spot monitoring should not over-rely on these features. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has come out with a report that sheds light on this trend, which raises questions about how drivers will be able to adapt to semi-autonomous vehicles in the future. At the root is ignorance of safety tech limitations.
Hydroplaning is common during the rainy season in Minnesota, so drivers will want to consider the following tips to reduce their risks. When wheels encounter more water on the road than they can handle, the pressure in the front of the tires pushes the water underneath and lifts the vehicle up on a thin layer of the water. The thicker that layer becomes, the more the tires lose traction.
Most Minnesotans are probably aware of the risks of distracted driving. However, a new study shows that distractions are still a major problem for motorists. Auto manufacturer Volvo teamed up with the Harris Poll to gather more information about exactly what is keeping motorists from being more focused on the task of driving safely.
Roundabouts can make rural roads and many intersections safer. This is because they prevent serious crashes that could result in injuries or death to drivers and pedestrians. When a Minnesota driver enters a roundabout, the only thing that he or she needs to be concerned about is whether there is another driver already inside of it. With an intersection, a driver may be tempted to time his or her entry, and that timing may not always be correct.
According to the Sleep in America poll by the National Sleep Foundation, 60 percent of adults admit to driving drowsy, and 37 percent admit to falling asleep behind the wheel. The same foundation put out a Sleep Health Index revealing that around 7 million Americans admitted to falling asleep at the wheel within a two-week period. Minnesota residents who have experienced drowsiness on the road will want to know what its effects are.
Minnesota residents will want to be careful on the roads when the Fourth of July weekend comes up. There are approximately 200 highway deaths each year from June 30 to July 4; in fact, 40 percent of all highway deaths between 2007 and 2011 take place during this five-day period, according to Esurance and the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety. The common factor in these deaths is alcohol intoxication.
Minnesota readers may be shocked to learn that approximately 9 people are killed and 1,000 people are hurt in distracted driving car accidents each day across the United States. This is happening despite state campaigns intended to educate the public on the dangers of texting and driving. As a result, some safety advocates are pushing for stronger punishments for those who engage in the behavior.
Many people are treated for crash-related injuries in Minnesota emergency rooms every year. Many of those injuries involve the liver, an organ that humans cannot survive without. According to a study, seat belts do not completely prevent liver injuries, but they can help reduce their severity.
While Minnesota residents may be less distracted using a wearable device to send or receive text messages while driving, it doesn't make the endeavor any safer. This is among the findings of a study that had 20 people send and receive text messages with either a smartphone or a Google Glass device while in a driving simulator.
Some Minnesota motorists might own a Cadillac that tracks the alertness of drivers when it is in semi-autonomous mode. Some experts say this kind of tracking software could be installed in all autonomous vehicles to make sure the backup driver is paying attention to the road, and this could prevent accidents such as the one in which a self-driving Uber hit and killed a pedestrian. The video camera in that car indicated that the driver's attention had lapsed.