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Drowsy driving a clear danger

Poorly rested drivers represent a source of danger on Pennsylvania roads. Citing figures gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a report issued by the Governors Highway Safety Association referred to tired drivers as an "extreme danger." The NHTSA has decided that sleepiness impairs driving abilities to an extent similar to drug use and drinking.

Surveys show that many drivers are vulnerable to distractions

Pokemon Go is just the latest smartphone app to capture the attention of distracted drivers in Pennsylvania and across the U.S. Since the augmented reality game was released, there have been multiple car accidents involving drivers who were playing the game while behind the wheel. In addition to Pokemon Go, drivers are also being distracted by social media sites, Google Maps, YouTube and texting.

Accident death rate drop in other nations bests that of the US

The number of traffic accident fatalities in Pennsylvania and around the country fell by 31 percent between 2000 and 2013, but this may not be a cause for much celebration according to a report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on July 6. Researchers from the CDC found that 19 developed nations such as Japan, Canada and Sweden had done a far better job than the United States of reducing motorist, pedestrian and cyclist fatality rates.

New cars have black boxes that can log driving activity

Proving who is to blame for future car accidents in Pennsylvania may soon be easier now that many new vehicles are being built with event data recorders. Commonly referred to as black boxes, event data recorders create a log of driving activity that may be analyzed after a crash. Around 25 percent of new vehicles are now manufactured with such devices. However, 90 percent of vehicles are expected to have them by 2020.

Summer is a dangerous time for teen drivers

Teenage drivers in Pennsylvania all over the country are being cautioned by the American Automobile Association about the dangers of the period between Memorial Day and the end of summer vaction. Known as the "100 Deadliest Days," this period when more teen drivers are on the road than usual is also the time when the most motor vehicle accidents happen, and based on statistics from the past few years, about 1,000 people are expected to die this year over the summer in accidents involving teen drivers.

Will autonomous cars eliminate the need for auto insurance?

Pennsylvania residents have probably heard about the self-driving cars that are being developed by companies like Google. Manufacturers of autonomous vehicles are saying that car accidents will soon be a thing of the past. According to the president of Volvo, the autonomous safety features on the Swedish company's cars should eliminate injuries to occupants of its vehicles by 2020.

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

According to the National Safety Council, 53 percent of drivers around the country believe that talking on the phone while driving is safe as long as they use hands-free technology. However, Pennsylvania motorists should be aware that studies show that talking on a hands-free device while behind the wheel is just as dangerous as using a hand-held device, with both raising the risk of a car crash by four times.