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April Is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Distracted Driving Awareness Month, observed during the entire month of April, is a united effort to address the dangers of driving while distracted and seeks to prevent further avoidable deaths through education and by raising awareness. Accidents involving distracted drivers are completely preventable, and the desire is that through these efforts more tragedies can be avoided. The hashtag #justdrive is used throughout social media to help spread the word and advocate personal pledges to safe practices and distraction-free driving. We have previously written on distracted driving as it relates to teen drivers, but as statistics continue to show, this is a problem that extends to drivers of every age. Though distracted driving related accidents are trending down from previous years, the numbers are nevertheless sobering: Every day, at least nine Americans are killed, and another 100 are injured in distracted driving accidents. Every 15 minutes, someone is killed in a … Read More

Autonomous Vehicles Are Here To Stay

Less than a decade ago, the thought of a self-driving vehicle was still a far-off possibility in the minds of most Americans. However, in just a few short years several vehicle manufacturers, software engineers, and experts in artificial intelligence (AI) have come together to create autonomous vehicles. Companies like Tesla and Google are spearheading the autonomous vehicle boom, and now self-driving cars are appearing all over the country. Ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft have also invested heavily in autonomous vehicle technology, potentially offering customers all over the country rides from robotic drivers. Autonomous vehicles hold tremendous potential to create very positive changes on American roads, including eventually removing human error from the list of causes of traffic accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported over 37,000 traffic fatalities in 2016 alone. The vast majority of those fatal accidents were due to human error. Autonomous vehicles not only … Read More