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AAA says new Hands-Free Technologies pose hidden Dangers for Drivers

 

AAA Foundation for Traffic SafetyKnoxville, TN – Potentially unsafe mental distractions can persist for as long as 27 seconds after dialing, changing music or sending a text using voice commands, according to surprising new research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

The results raise new and unexpected concerns regarding the use of phones and vehicle information systems while driving.

Surprising research finds that mental distractions can persist long after completing a task

Surprising research finds that mental distractions can persist long after completing a task

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AAA says Giving up the Keys may hasten the Risk of Health Problems in Older Adults

 

AAAKnoxville, TN  Older adults who have stopped driving are almost two times more likely to suffer from depression and nearly five times as likely to enter a long-term care facility than those who remain behind the wheel, according to a new report released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety and Columbia University.

The study examined older adults who have permanently given up driving and the impact it has on their health and mental well-being.

AAA Foundation study shows greater risk of depression and entry into long-term care facilities among former older drivers

AAA Foundation study shows greater risk of depression and entry into long-term care facilities among former older drivers

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AAA says Teen Drivers put Everyone at Risk

 

AAA Foundation Study Raises Alert as 100 Deadliest Days Begins

AAA - Traffic Safety FoundationTampa, FL – Nearly two-thirds of people injured or killed in a crash involving a teen driver are people other than the teen behind the wheel, according to a new report released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. 

In 2013 alone, 371,645 people were injured and 2,927 were killed in crashes that involved a teen driver. The results come just as the “100 Deadliest Days” begin, the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day when teen crash fatalities historically climb. 

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AAA Foundation Study reveals When, Where and How much Motorists Drive

 

AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety Survey Provides In-Depth Data on Americans’ Driving Habits

AAA Foundation for Traffic SafetyTampa, FL – On average, Americans drive 29.2 miles per day, making two trips with an average total duration of 46 minutes. This and other revealing data are the result of a ground-breaking study currently underway by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety and the Urban Institute.

The Foundation’s new American Driving Survey offers the most up-to-date, comprehensive look at how much Americans drive on a daily and yearly basis. «Read the rest of this article»

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AAA says Crashes affect One in Three but Drivers continue to take Risks

 

Motorists Recognize Dangers but Do Little to Alter Behaviors says AAA Foundation

AAATampa, FL – Too many Americans report that they regularly speed, run red lights, use distracting devices or drive drowsy, despite the fact that one in three have a loved one who has been seriously injured or killed in a crash, according to the AAA Foundation’s latest Traffic Safety Culture Index.

The results further indicate that unsafe behaviors persist even though one in five drivers have themselves been involved in a serious crash, and one in ten has been seriously injured in a crash.

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AAA reports Senior Drivers Support Tougher Driving Laws for Themselves

 

Latest AAA Foundation Report on Aging Americans Finds Them Safety Conscious

AAATampa, FL – While senior drivers favor tougher driving laws, from bans on wireless devices to ignition interlocks for first-time DUI offenders, an overwhelming majority support greater scrutiny in the license-renewal process for themselves and their peers, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety’s latest report on aging Americans.

More than seven out of 10 drivers age 65 and older favor policies that require drivers age 75 and older to renew their license in person, and also support requirements that seniors pass a medical screening to remain licensed. «Read the rest of this article»

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Experience Matters More than Age with Young-adult Driver Safety

 

AAA Foundation Research Suggests States Could Reduce Crashes by Extending GDL Requirements

AAA Foundation for Traffic SafetyTampa, FL – Experience behind the wheel may matter more than age when it comes to the safety of young-adult drivers, according to two new studies by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. These results suggest that states could reduce road crashes, fatalities and injuries by extending graduated driver licensing (GDL) laws to novice drivers beyond age 17. AAA is promoting this research as part of National Teen Driver Safety Week, which takes place from Oct. 19th-25th.

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AAA says more Crashes and Convictions for Teens that Skip Driver’s Ed

 

AAA Foundation research reveals opportunities to produce smarter, safer drivers

AAATampa, FL – Although vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death for teens, fewer new drivers are participating in what used to be considered a rite of passage – driver education.

State funding and requirements for these programs have declined over recent decades, leaving uneducated teen drivers vulnerable on America’s roads.

New research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reveals that teens that skip this important step are involved in more crashes and receive more traffic convictions compared to their peers that participated in driver education. «Read the rest of this article»

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