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Researchers evaluate real-world teen driving programs

Young drivers in Mississippi could learn valuable lessons by participating in risk reduction programs that combine classroom learning with trips to morgues, intensive care units and emergency rooms. This was the conclusion reached by researchers from Baylor University after observing a group of 21 teen drivers as they participated in such a program in Texas. However, the researchers were not able to establish if learning about driving dangers led to more responsible behavior behind the wheel.

Report finds that car safety tech can reduce backup crashes

Backup crashes can result in extensive property damage and serious injuries. Children are especially vulnerable in such crashes. However, drivers in Mississippi should know that there is safety tech out there that has been demonstrated to cut down on the number of backup crashes. A report says that rear automatic braking is linked with a 62 percent drop in backup crashes.

How drivers can stay safe during the school year

School season brings with it certain challenges to drivers, so it's important to remember the established safety practices. The following tips can help Mississippi residents stay safe on the road. The first part concerns what to do in heavy traffic.

Semi-autonomous technologies may not prevent crashes

People in Mississippi may look forward to the development of newer electronic systems that can help cars and their drivers to have a safer experience on the road. These semi-autonomous driving systems have been widely publicized and are a major selling point for some vehicles. However, aware drivers are still critical to avoid dangerous crashes. Cars and trucks with these kinds of electronic systems intact may not always sense the presence of stopped vehicles, and if drivers rely on the system rather than their own awareness of the road, they could wind up in a serious crash.

NIH: teens more dangerous after getting their driver's licenses

Virginia Tech University and the National Institutes for Health collaborated on a study that analyzed teen driver behaviors before and after they obtained their licenses. Car crashes are the leading cause of death among 14- to 19-year-olds in Mississippi as in every other state, so both teens and parents will want to be familiar with what this study reveals.

Car crash victims should see a doctor to avoid permanent damage

Roads in Mississippi and throughout the nation tend to see more drivers throughout the summer months. Therefore, the odds of a motorist getting into an accident that could cause a traumatic brain injury are higher. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that car accidents are the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries and other types of head injuries. Anyone who has been involved in an accident is urged to see a medical professional right away.

How insurance might fare in an era of driverless cars

There has been no shortage of reports predicting the fate of the insurance industry once driverless cars become a reality. Mississippi residents may be familiar with some of the dire predictions: A 2016 Morgan Stanley report estimates that with no drivers needing car insurance, the industry will dwindle by 80 percent by the year 2040.

GHSA probes link between drug use and fatal car crashes

Though studies on the effect of drugs on driver performance are limited by certain methodological flaws, one thing is clear: drugs, though their effect may be different from driver to driver, can lead to impairment and increase crash risk. Marijuana, for example, is estimated to increase it by 25 to 35 percent. Mississippi residents should know about a study from the Governors Highway Safety Association that probes the link between drug use and fatal car crashes.

Researchers blame distracted driving trends on smartphones

Motorists in Mississippi likely notice other drivers looking at their smartphones behind the wheel. This behavior has increased in recent years and contributed to the growing problem of distracted driving. A vice president at Cambridge Mobile Telematics said that smartphone addiction compels people to engage with their devices while driving despite the dangers. A study of 65 million vehicle trips conducted by the organization concluded that 36 percent of trips over a six-month period involved distracted drivers. This represented a 5 percent increase compared to the same period a year earlier.

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