AAA is warning drivers in Colorado and across the U.S. about the danger of drowsy driving after the end of daylight saving time. Though everyone gets to sleep an extra hour, the disruption of sleep patterns can have an adverse effect that lingers for several days afterward. Studies have shown how car accident numbers increase in the days after DST ends.
Research conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety indicates that rising speed limits have led to an increase in the number of roadway fatalities nationwide. Drivers in Colorado may be interested in the details of the study, which concluded that higher travel speeds have resulted in more traffic deaths even though the number of fatalities overall has dropped since 1993. Until 1995, the speed limit nationwide was 55 mph. Since then, more than 40 states have increased limits to 70 mph or more.
In 2017, the most recent year with complete crash data, 939 deaths were caused by drivers running red lights. This was the highest that the number had been in 10 years. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety says that the number of red-light running crash deaths in Colorado and across the U.S. continues to rise. In 65% of these cases, the individual who is killed is not the at-fault driver.
Truckers in Colorado, as elsewhere, sometimes have a hard time sleeping. Some individuals, in fact, suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, a sleep disorder characterized by pauses in one's breathing that last at least 10 seconds. If left untreated, it causes truckers to suffer from high blood pressure, memory lapses and drowsiness behind the wheel.
There is no doubt that newer cars are safer than older models. A study in the journal Traffic Injury Prevention finds that cars built in or after 2009 see 55% fewer injuries than those built prior to 2009. Newer cars reduce the risk for injuries to the lower extremities, including the hips, thighs, knees and ankles. Colorado residents should be aware, though, that one's sex has an impact on car crash injury risk.
Drivers in Colorado may have looked into Advanced Driver Assistance Systems as a way of improving their safety on the road. A 2018 study from J.D. Power shows just how beneficial such technology can be. Over half of new car owners who participated in the study said that ADAS had helped them avert a collision before even 90 days had passed with their new vehicle.
Drowsy driving is behind 9.5% of car accidents, according to a 2018 AAA study. Colorado residents should know not to drive after getting inadequate sleep (the CDC recommends a minimum of seven hours) or an extended period of wakefulness. Yet many people still drive when they shouldn't.
Roughly 214 million opioid prescriptions are issued every year. The prevalence of this drug has led to many concerned road safety advocates in Colorado. Because they make one sedated and sometimes dizzy, opioids should not be taken before driving or operating heavy machinery.
Almost half of American drivers say that distracted driving is their top traffic safety worry, according to a new survey. However, many motorists throughout Colorado and across the U.S. continue to use cellphones while behind the wheel. The survey was conducted by Wakefield Research on behalf of Root Insurance, an insurance company that offers rate discounts to drivers who do not use their cellphones while driving.
Colorado is one of 41 states that have increased speed limits significantly since the federal government abolished the nationwide 55 mph top speed in 1995, and motorists there can drive at speeds of up to 75 mph on some stretches of road. However, allowing vehicles to travel this fast claims thousands of lives each year according to a recent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety study. Researchers from the nonprofit croup analyzed accident fatality data gathered between 1993 and 2014, and they concluded that higher speed limits led to an additional 36,760 deaths.