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The pitfalls of new car technology

According to a AAA survey, 70 percent of Americans desire new technology in their cars, but only 24 percent feel that the technology already works perfectly. This is partly due to poor design choices on the part of car manufacturers. Another reason is that technology has unnecessarily complicated some of the simplest tasks. Irrelevant features are also of concern, as they they can be distracting. Pennsylvania motorists should be aware that distracted driving often leads to accidents.

Why size matters in a car accident

Pennsylvania drivers may think that a smaller car is safe because it performed well in crash tests. However, smaller cars are generally less safe than larger cars when an actual collision occurs. This is because smaller cars tend to weigh less, which means that they will absorb more of the impact when they collide with larger vehicles. They also have smaller front ends compared to larger cars.

Car accident fatality risk is three times higher at night

Nighttime driving in Pennsylvania is more hazardous than venturing out during the day for a number of reasons. Road construction crews often work at night to prevent disruption to the morning and afternoon rush hours, and the number of drunk drivers surges after the sun goes down. The dangers of these additional hazards are magnified by limited visibility.

Car accidents often occur close to home

While there are risks throughout all Pennsylvania roads, drivers are most likely to get into accidents during short trips within 25 miles of their homes. This is because most driving occurs within 25 miles of one's property. People may also be lulled into a false sense of security when they drive in familiar settings such as their neighborhoods.

Why driving slowly can be dangerous

Driving too slowly can be almost as dangerous as driving too fast. Therefore, Pennsylvania motorists should try their best to keep pace with others on the road. When driving on a highway, it is best to use the left lane as a passing lane only. Otherwise, drivers may have to pass on the right, and that can cause confusion and a higher risk of an accident.

An increase in driverless vehicles may face delays

Pennsylvania readers may have heard that an influx of autonomous vehicles, or AVs, is just around the corner. After all, huge companies like Apple, Google and General Motors are spending billions of dollars on AV technologies. However, other experts claim that driverless cars may hit metaphorical roadblocks that slow their acceptance by consumers.

Safety potential of autonomous vehicles not coming soon

Pennsylvania motorists who are thinking about getting a new car might be intrigued by autonomous vehicles, but doubts remain about when they could be widely available on the market. Giant companies like General Motors, Google and Qualcomm have been investing billions in autonomous vehicle technology, but many barriers stand against the mainstream adoption of computer-driven cars.

Higher speed limits claim additional lives each year

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced in May 2016 that the speed limit on long stretches of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and other highways was being increased to 70 mph. While long-distance truck drivers and harried commuters may have welcomed the news, road safety advocates likely responded to the announcement with less enthusiasm. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the speed limit increases introduced over the last two decades are responsible for many additional deaths on the nation's roads every year.

Crash test results contradict Tesla safety claims

Pennsylvania residents may be aware that the electric car maker Tesla has claimed that their Model S luxury sedan is the safest car ever to be offered for sale in America, but the results of rigorous tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety have not borne out this claim. After the testing had been completed, the nonprofit organization added three full-sized cars to its list of vehicles that have achieved the highest possible crash ratings. However, the Tesla Model S was not among them.