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Reality-based driving programs may reduce risky driving behavior

Oklahoma parents may not be aware that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, car accidents are the leading cause of accidental deaths for teens in the United States. A study that was published in the journal Transportation Research, however, found that supplemental risk reduction programs could increase young and new motorists' awareness regarding the dangers of risky driving.

How car safety tech can minimize backup crashes

Oklahoma motorists may be interested to know that some modern safety add-ons for vehicles have been shown to help reduce crashes, especially backup accidents. A report states that rear automatic brakes can lower the chance for backup crashes by 62 percent. That number becomes 78 percent if the brakes are combined with rearview cameras and backup warning sensors.

How roundabouts can prevent serious accidents

Roundabouts don't necessarily prevent accidents from occurring. However, they help to reduce the severity of an accident that occurs. This can save Oklahoma drivers and others from getting seriously hurt or killed in a crash. The reason why roundabouts make intersections safer for drivers, pedestrians and others who use a road is because they force vehicles to slow down. Furthermore, drivers don't have to pay attention to anything other than the presence of other vehicles in the roundabout prior to entering it.

Teen drivers become more dangerous after obtaining licenses

Most teen drivers in Oklahoma are excited about the idea of being behind the wheel on their own after they get their full license. However, a joint study by the National Institutes for Health (NIH) and Virginia Tech University suggests first-time drivers are more likely to be involved in a crash or accident during their first few months as a new driver. Using special equipment and software, researchers evaluated nearly a hundred teens from the period when they first received their learner's permit to a year after they got their license.

Study looks at people most likely to use phones and drive

Some motorists in Oklahoma might be more likely to use their cell phones while driving. A study recently published by the Society for Risk Analysis found that women and people who were negative about safety were more apt to use their phones while driving. A group the study identified as "highly disinhibited" was also more likely to do so.

Studies look at distracted driving dangers

Some Oklahoma drivers may be distracted by the infotainment systems included in their cars. A study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that these systems require a high attention level from drivers. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which run off smartphones, were slightly less distracting overall but still took the driver's attention away from the road.

Seat belt use found to reduce the severity of liver injuries

Road safety advocates in Oklahoma and around the country have long called for stricter seat belt laws, and the results of a study published recently in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health could add weight to their arguments. A team of researchers studied traffic accident figures from the National Trauma Data Bank gathered between 2010 and 2015, and they discovered that passenger vehicle occupants who fastened their seat belts were far less likely to suffer fatal liver injuries in a crash.

Survey suggests a sharp increase in cell phone use while driving

According to a new survey, the number of drivers who report frequent cell phone use while driving has risen sharply in the last few years. Ironically, these same drivers recognized distracted driving as a significant roadway hazard. This alarming trend could affect traffic safety in Oklahoma.

3 things that will help you with a car accident claim

Imagine you are driving through Durant on your usual commute to work. Traffic isn't too heavy and you are making good time, until suddenly, from out of nowhere another car slams into you. Now, not only will you have to miss work for several days because of your injuries, you have to deal with repairing your car and paying for the medical bills. While you probably expect the other driver's insurance company to handle all of the expenses since the accident was clearly his fault, sometimes it is not so easy.

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