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Car accidents often take place in familiar residential areas

Drivers in Connecticut and around the country are generally more vigilant when traffic is moving quickly. However, car accident studies reveal that many serious crashes occur on sparsely traveled roads and residential neighborhoods. Familiar or quiet surroundings encourage the mind to relax, and most motorists have realized at one time or another that they do not remember driving common routes. The subconscious mind is usually able to handle driving tasks fairly easily when the route being traveled is well known, but it may have difficulty coping with unexpected events such as an evasive maneuver from another vehicle or mechanical failure.

Driving in the fall

Some motorists from Connecticut may wish to learn more about how they can keep themselves a little safer in fall weather conditions. The beauties of fall can often hide some unpleasant dangers that may require a bit more concentration than some might be accustomed to. Understanding these difficulties ahead of time can be a vital part of preventing hazardous situations and staying secure on the roadway.

Hurdles still left for driverless cars to overcome

A handful of large car and technology companies are either developing their own self-driving technology or acquiring companies that are involved with it. However, this doesn't mean that driverless cars will be on Connecticut roadways anytime soon. In some ways, the driverless car craze is similar to the electric car hype in past years.

Preventing drivers from falling asleep

Connecticut motorists may not know that drowsy driving causes an estimated 6,000 fatal accidents around the country on an annual basis. Even so, many individuals who do not get enough sleep take to the roadways, putting everyone at risk. While there are some temporary fixes available, such as coffee and loud music, some designers are looking for more permanent solutions to the problem.

As economy strengthens, car crash fatalities rise

The roads in Connecticut and throughout the U.S. may be getting deadlier, according to a new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The cause is believed to be due to the fact that a stronger economy has encouraged more people to drive.

Higher speeds mean more fatalities

Beginning in 1973, the U.S. Congress required that all states adopt a maximum speed limit of 55 mph or forfeit federal highway funds. Most of the states began to increase limits when Congress relaxed the rules and later eliminated the federal 55 mph law. By 2013, the maximum speed limit in Connecticut had increased to 65 mph.

Advocates seeking more road testing for driverless cars

Congress has been asked to consider the way driverless cars are regulated in Connecticut and the whole of the United States. Advocates are urging more road testing for autonomous vehicles as well as a law that would not allow states to vary their regulations for such cars.

Tesla Model S fails IIHS crash test

Connecticut residents who are deciding whether or not to reserve or purchase a Tesla electric vehicle may be interested to learn that the Model S failed the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's small overlap front test. Three other vehicles within the same class, however, were given the Top Safety Pick Plus designation by the IIHS.