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Two years of improvement in traffic fatality figures

Drivers in New Hampshire may be pleased to learn that 2018 marks the second year where traffic fatalities have dropped. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that the 2.4% drop in fatalities is due in part to advancements in modern automobile safety features.

Road rage accidents on the rise

Many people in New Hampshire are concerned about the dangerous effects of road rage. Aggressive, angry drivers can pose a serious threat to others on the road, even if another person's careless or reckless behavior originally provoked their outrage. Some cases have drawn attention to road rage, including a woman who accidentally shot her husband when attempting to shoot another vehicle and a family that suffered injuries after a driver shot their van, igniting fireworks inside. There has been a consistent increase in road rage incidents over the years.

GM study analyzes real-world effectiveness of ADAS

General Motors has released the results of a study that it conducted with the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute on the effectiveness of ADAS: advanced driver assistance systems. After looking at the crash data for 3.8 million GM vehicles, analysts found just how well ADAS can prevent crashes. Drivers in New Hampshire will want to know more.

Distracted driving continues to pose a danger

Most New Hampshire drivers know that using the phone or texting while behind the wheel is dangerous. Many severe car accidents and even fatalities have been linked to distracted driving, and widespread public awareness campaigns have drawn attention to the issue. In many states and municipalities, law enforcement agencies have stepped up ticketing and penalties for drivers found texting. However, large numbers of Americans continue to use their smartphones while driving, even when they know it is dangerous behavior. According to Liberty Mutual Insurance's Multi-National Distracted Driving Study, people across all age groups commonly use their smartphones behind the wheel even while regarding themselves as safe drivers.

Subaru Crosstrek tops Insurify list of most crash-prone cars

Of all the newer vehicles driving around New Hampshire and across the U.S., the Subaru Crosstrek is the most accident-prone. Insurify, the auto insurance comparison site, has come out with a list of 10 vehicles that are involved in the most accidents, and a report states that accidents have affected 25.81% of all Crosstrek models on the road. At 25.7%, the Honda HR-V was a close second.

Knowing what distractions to avoid on the road

Drivers, especially teen drivers, in New Hampshire may benefit from the following tips on avoiding distractions behind the wheel. Taking one's eyes from the road for even two seconds can double the risk of a car crash. To know how to prevent distractions, it's important to understand the common causes.

Women more likely to suffer serious injuries in car crashes

Drivers in New Hampshire may be surprised to hear that women are more likely than men are to incur serious injuries in an auto accident: 73% more likely, in fact, according to a report from City Lab. The trend was detected as far back as 2011 and continues unabated.

Nation's most dangerous cities for drivers found on both coasts

Motorists in New Hampshire and across the U.S. can't always steer clear of drivers who make the roads less safe. However, it's important for drivers to understand that some cities and roadways are more dangerous than others. According to a report issued by a leading auto insurance company, some of the nation's worst drivers are found on the east and west coasts. The report ranks 200 metropolitan areas based on the frequency of collisions.

IIHS: cars with ADAS not self-driving, but many think otherwise

Advanced driver assistance systems like adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking can help prevent accidents in New Hampshire and across the U.S. The only problem is that many do not understand their limitations. ADAS are meant to assist drivers, not replace them; they do not make a car self-driving. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has conducted a survey to find out just how widespread the confusion is.

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