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Safe driving tips for the rainy season in Nevada

Hydroplaning is one of the threats that drivers should always watch out for during the rainy season. When the tires encounter more water than they can handle, the water pressure in the front of the tire pushes water underneath, forming a thin layer of water between the tires and road. The tires, in effect, float above the road and thus lose traction. Hydroplaning can cause the car to skid or slide uncontrollably.

Supplemental drivers' ed program could improve teens' driving

Teen drivers and their parents in Nevada may be interested to hear about the results of one Baylor University study, which analyzed the effect of supplemental drivers' education programs on teens' risk perception and driving behavior. Researchers focused on the Texas Reality Education for Drivers program, a one-day, six-hour program held in a hospital and involving a tour of the intensive care units and even of the morgue.

Rear automatic brakes and other tech can reduce backup crashes

Rear automatic brakes are a feature option on only 5 percent of new vehicles, but they can reduce the risk of backup crashes by 62 percent. The same risk goes down by 78 percent if rear automatic brakes are combined with rearview cameras and backup warning sensors. This is the finding of a report released back in February 2018. Nevada drivers may want to consider the benefits of the technology when making a new car purchase.

School buses already appearing on Nevada roads

The upcoming Labor Day holiday will mark the start of a new school year in many parts of the country. However, students have already returned to the classroom in some Nevada counties. This means that school buses have once again become regular sights on morning and afternoon commutes. Some motorists have trouble adjusting to these additional roadway stresses. However, the frustrations of sharing the road with school buses can be greatly mitigated if drivers are patient, plan ahead and remain vigilant.

Vehicle technologies may not prevent car accidents

People in Nevada are often excited about the potential for improved driver safety presented by autonomous driving technologies. While fully self-driving vehicles are not yet a reality, a range of semiautonomous technologies is available, which often come with advanced features. Despite the potential of these systems, they are not yet at a stage that drivers can leave them to operate the vehicles without paying close attention. If drivers do not pay attention to the road in front of them, they could be involved in a devastating car accident.

Car crash deaths topped 40,000 in 2017, says NSC

As in the rest of the U.S., fatal car crashes are all too common in Nevada. According to a preliminary estimate from the National Safety Council, 2017 has seen fatal car crash numbers surpass 40,000 for the second year in a row. Compared to the 40,327 deaths reported in 2016, there were 40,100 in 2017. The number is 6 percent higher than in 2015 and the highest since 2007.

Smartphone distractions and fatal traffic crashes rise in summer

Long road trips often take travelers across Nevada during the summer vacation season. Data collected by TrueMotion, a company that analyzes smartphone use, indicates that drivers increase their smartphone usage by about 10 percent during June, July and August. The company studied 20,000 drivers and determined that they were engaged with their mobile devices for about 15 minutes out of every hour during the summer months.

GHSA analyzes role of drugs in fatal car crashes

Between 2006 and 2016, the percentage of fatally injured drivers who tested positive for drugs went up from 28 to 44 percent. This is according to a report from the Governors Highway Safety Association. Its other findings should interest drivers in Nevada, considering how the state has legalized the use of recreational marijuana.

How new tech may reduce distracted driving

Smartphones provide myriad distractions for drivers in Nevada, but advances in technology may help people to fight these temptations. For example, a group of Colorado-based technology entrepreneurs has created a special device that can connect the smartphone to the cloud after being plugged in underneath the steering wheel. This device, named Groove, lets the phone provider know that the user is driving; blocks incoming texts, social networking updates and emails; and prevents the driver from sending messages or posting on social media.

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