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Winter driving preparations and precautions

Even in California, winter weather conditions sometimes present challenges for drivers. Fortunately, there are safety features like traction control that are now standard on most vehicles on the market today. While such features can make it easier to navigate snowy, icy or wet surfaces, especially when trying to get up slick steep hills, some vehicle owners are not fully aware of what safety options are at their disposal. This is why the National Safety Council is making an effort to educate drivers.

Avoiding car accidents in the bright sunlight

The early mornings and late afternoons are a dangerous time for drivers. Those who drive directly in the sunlight may begin to suffer visual illusions, heightening their risk for a crash; in fact, bright sunshine increases the risk for a fatal car crash by 16 percent. With the following tips, drivers in California may better remain safe.

Teen drivers pose greater risk without adult passengers

New drivers may worry others on the road in California as teens rarely have a reputation for safe driving. Only some of that is due to recklessness, however. Teens are less experienced drivers who have had relatively little time on the road and may not be skilled at responding to quick-moving situations or emergencies. This is reflected in the findings of recent research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, which was released in time for National Teen Driver Safety Week.

Smartphones among mobile workers linked with car crash increase

The workforce management company Motus has released its 2018 Distracted Driving Report, and its findings will be of interest to mobile workers across California. The report has connected smartphone ownership with the number of car crashes involving mobile workers. Between 2013 and 2017, the former went up from 55 to 77 percent among mobile workers, while the latter increased from 5.7 million to 6.4 million.

Researchers endorse education programs for young drivers

Irresponsible road behavior in California and around the country could be reduced if teens who have been issued citations for distracted, impaired or reckless driving were required to take part in supplemental driver's education programs that confront them with the possible consequences of this type of behavior. This was the conclusion arrived at by researchers from Baylor University after observing 21 young drivers attending such a program in Texas.

The most common injuries in a car accident

Car accidents are a leading cause of injuries throughout California and the rest of the country. In 2012, for example, there were 5.6 million car accidents reported, with 1.6 million resulting in injuries and over 30,000 ending in fatalities. Car accidents cost an estimated $877 billion each year, and included in that cost are medical expenses. The following are just a few of the most common injuries that arise from car crashes.

Teens with new license more likely to crash

Some California parents may want to supervise teenage drivers a bit longer than they originally planned. According to a study, a teen's risk of crashing significantly increases as soon as he or she graduates from a learner's permit to a full driver's license. The study was conducted by researchers from Virginia Tech University and the National Institutes of Health.

Common risks associated with motor vehicle crashes

Motor vehicle accidents contribute to more than 2 million injuries each year according to the CDC. In order to avoid being another statistic, drivers in California are encouraged to consider the common risks associated with motor vehicle crashes. These include texting while behind the wheel and being distracted or drowsy while driving. Ongoing research into these risk factors has improved the understanding of the true impact of distractions on accidents and injuries.

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