Car buyers in California and around the country who are primarily concerned about accident survival often choose vehicles made by Volvo. The Swedish company was one of the first manufacturers to introduce autonomous crash avoidance systems, and it recently announced that these features will soon be triggered by cameras that are designed to observe drivers for indications of distraction or intoxication.
There has been a lack of progress in efforts to reduce speeding, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. The GHSA released a report in mid-January 2019 entitled, "Speeding Away from Zero: Rethinking a Forgotten Traffic Safety Challenge," and it recommends various ways to address speeding that can apply to the situation in California, as elsewhere.
California residents may have heard that auto manufacturers are developing external airbags. One major developer, the ZF Group, claims that external airbags can reduce the severity of accident injuries by 40 percent. The model it is developing comes in at around 13 pounds and is approximately 80 inches long, 21 inches high and 15 inches wide. Its inflation time is an impressive 15 milliseconds, comparable to that of steering wheel airbags.
California residents should be aware of the risk they run when they drive after getting less than seven hours of sleep. Experts recommend between seven and nine hours of sleep a night. However, one in three adult drivers is not meeting this goal, according to research by the U.S. Department of Transportation and various agencies.
It is a recognized fact that distracted driving habits kill many teens in California and across the nation each year. In 2015 alone, 1,972 teens died because of distracted driving, and another 99,000 were injured in motor vehicle accidents. Texting or talking are obvious distractions for teens, but other distractions include friends riding in the car, putting on music and eating while driving. Each of the distractions tends to cause drivers to look away from the road.
Early school start times are a pretty common thing at secondary schools here in the United States. According to CDC estimates, classes start before 8:30 a.m. in around five out of every six of the nation’s middle and high schools.