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Increased technology can lead to increased accident risk

Infotainment panels and other technology may make cars easier or more fun to drive. However, they may also increase the risk of a Pennsylvania driver getting into an accident. A study conducted by the University of Utah on behalf of AAA studied 30 different systems in cars made in 2017. Of the systems studied, all required at least a moderate level of attention from drivers.

Size matters when it comes to auto safety

Drivers of larger and heavier cars in Pennsylvania and across the United States are more protected in case of accidents than those who travel subcompact vehicles. According to crash test statistics compiled by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the driver of a Honda Civic runs a greater risk than the driver of a Honda Ridgeline should they meet in a head-on collision.

When and where most car accidents occur

Pennsylvania has the unfortunate distinction of being one of the most dangerous states in the Northeast to drive in. Contrary to what some may believe, many accidents happen on quiet roads. Driving on familiar roads could lead a driver to pay less attention, and that can cause car accidents.

Daytime running lights increase safety

Pennsylvania motorists may already be aware of the increased safety provided by running headlights at all times, even during clear daylight hours. Further proof continues to come in, as numerous studies indicate that daytime running lights reduce the risk of a car accident. Indeed, some studies have noted that using headlights during daylight hours could reduce the number of crashes by as much as 10 percent. Perhaps more interesting, though, are the types of accidents that might be avoided by drivers putting on their headlights.

Fall safety tips for Pennsylvania drivers

Pennsylvania residents often take to the roads in the fall to view the state's impressive foliage, attend football games or visit friends and family members, but driving conditions can be unpredictable at this time of year and traffic conditions often change quickly. Heavy rains can make fall roads treacherous when water pools on top of accumulated summer dust and oil, and drivers in states like Pennsylvania with mountainous and wooded terrain should be especially vigilant as fog can descend rapidly and impede visibility.

Crash avoidance systems in new cars cut accident rates

Until recently, drivers in Pennsylvania had only their eyes to rely on when checking blind spots during lane changes. However, crash avoidance technology now supports motorists with warnings about objects if they forget to look or fail to see another vehicle. Automatic warning systems that detect drifting out of a lane or objects in a blind spot have cut down on some accidents, according to research from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Shock device for drowsy drivers

Even though drowsy driving may not have the same reputation as drunk driving, it can be just as deadly. The Centers for Disease Control report that drowsy drivers in Pennsylvania and the rest of the country are responsible for up to 6,000 fatal motor vehicle accidents every year.

More driving not enough to explain fatality rate

Last year, many Pennsylvania motorists drove more thanks to cheaper gasoline prices and job growth. However, the National Safety Council says that the increase in vehicle miles traveled last year cannot fully explain why there were so many car accident deaths. While vehicle miles traveled increased by 3 percent in 2016 over the previous year, car accident fatalities increased by 6 percent.

IIHC rates the safety of full-size sedans including Tesla Model S

Pennsylvania residents may be aware that Tesla CEO Elon Musk has referred to his company's Model S luxury sedan as the safest car ever made, but testers from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety may not agree with him. The IIHS is a nonprofit organization that receives funding from the auto sector to conduct accident reconstructions and safety tests, and they recently rated six full-size sedans. The Toyota Avalon, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Lincoln Continental all received the institute's highest marks for crashworthiness, but the Tesla Model S did not.

Safety groups warn of driverless technology issues

Pennsylvania residents may be looking forward to driverless car technology. However, safety advocates are asking Congress to take its time and enact legislation before the vehicles are allowed on the road. The Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety alliance says that automakers should be required to certify the safety of their vehicles before being allowed to test them and that there should be fewer cars allowed on the road for test purposes.