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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.

Study finds restraints important in preventing child fatalities

In a study that examined children's deaths in motor vehicle accidents from 2010 to 2014 by state, Pennsylvania had one of the lowest percentages. The study looked at fatalities among children under the age of 15. It found that more than 60 percent of these fatal crashes happened on rural roads and that in 20 percent of the deaths, children were not restrained or were restrained improperly. In 13 percent, children were in the front seat when they should not have been.

The importance of defensive driving

Pennsylvania drivers might want to be more careful on the road in light of the news that traffic fatalities are on the rise. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2015, deaths from motor vehicle accidents increased compared to the previous year after declining since 2007. The trend appears to have continued in 2016. Furthermore, distracted driving is increasing faster as a cause of those accidents compared to other causes such as drunk or fatigued driving.

States with best and worst highway safety laws named

Pennsylvania was named as one of the worst-performing states for adopting highway safety laws in a report released on Jan. 31 by the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety. The report looked at safety laws relating to teen drivers, text messaging, child passenger safety, use of seat belts and motorcycle helmets, and impaired driving among other concerns.

Driving while tired can be dangerous in Pennsylvania

Not getting enough sleep has been associated with weight gain and depression, but research also indicates that a lack of shut-eye seriously increases a driver's risk of being involved in a car accident. It is estimated that about 20 percent of crashes in the United States are associated with a motorist not getting enough rest. Recent research, based on data obtained from the NHTSA's National Motor Vehicle Crash Causation Survey, demonstrates that not getting at least seven hours of sleep a night can increase your risk of an accident.

States with the worst drivers

Pennsylvania residents who plan to travel on major highways for the holidays might want to use extra caution if they are driving in certain states. According to information from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, the states having the worst drivers in 2015 were Texas, Louisiana, South Carolina, North Dakota and Delaware.

Thanksgiving is most deadly holiday for motorists

Throughout Pennsylvania and the U.S., there are more fatal car accidents on Thanksgiving than any other holiday. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 50,000 non-deadly auto accidents and 764 deadly crashes on Thanksgiving in 2012. In comparison to these numbers, the agency found that 58 fatal vehicle wrecks occurred on New Year's Eve, 169 on Independence Day, 341 on Memorial Day, 370 on New Year's Day and 654 during the Christmas holiday.

Government aims to eliminate traffic deaths

Even motorists with excellent safety practices and records face the risk of injury or death when driving on Pennsylvania roads. Statistics indicate that 94 percent of traffic accidents are related human error. However, technological strides in automated driving increase the potential for reducing or eliminating driver error and related incidents. The Obama administration has a goal of achieving a zero-traffic death benchmark within a 30-year period.