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The first safety ad aimed at tweens released by the NHTSA

“Tween” is a relatively new term. In popular culture, “tween” is currently the label affixed to young people who aren’t fully children and aren’t fully teens. The behavior of these youngsters between the ages of 8 and 14 can fluctuate frequently between more childish approaches and more mature approaches. Because members of this age group are somewhat unpredictable in this sense, it can be difficult to know how best to communicate with them.

Study indicates that technology has made driving much safer

When you sit behind the wheel of your car or truck, do you ever stop to consider the power that you are wielding? Do you ever stop to think about how easy it would be to damage property or living things with a single lapse in judgment or a slightly wrong turn of the wheel? Driving is such an important activity in American life. It is a ubiquitous one and one that is often undertaken without much thought. However, Americans die every day as a result of car accidents and it is important to consider, from time to time, just how powerful the act of driving is and can be.

How the NHTSA is responding to Takata's unresponsiveness

As our readers may or may not be aware, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is currently embroiled in a standoff with Japanese auto supplier Tanaka. The NHTSA has become the subject of significant criticism over the past several years as a result of several compromised recall delays. Notably, several legislators called for hearings after it was suspected that the NHTSA was negligent in identifying and responding to the potentially fatal defects present in numerous vehicle models manufactured by General Motors.

Is your car at risk of being hacked?

In the interest of safety, auto manufacturers are increasingly opting to outfit motor vehicles with wireless technology. In addition, a host of wireless entertainment products and navigational aids are being installed in many new vehicles as well. These safety, navigational and entertainment installations are often convenient and increase a given vehicle's value in the eyes of consumers. However, the very nature of these installations could be potentially dangerous.

AAA study shows difference between drivers' attitudes and actions

Back in 2006, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety released the first edition of its Traffic Safety Culture Index, an annual survey that provides an eye-opening and thought-provoking look at trends and attitudes among U.S. drivers.

After an accident, consider taking these urgent steps

If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident, you are likely feeling at least somewhat disoriented. Although human senses can become particularly acute in the immediate aftermath of car wrecks and other accidents, they do not stay this way for long. The need to mentally, emotionally and even visually process a motor vehicle wreck can leave accident victims feeling like they aren't sure how to react and at what speed.

Do you want someone to evaluate how safely you drive?

It seems that our possessions are closer than ever to “understanding” us. Remote activators can let us know where we lost our keys, fitness trackers measure a host of our bodies’ movements and processes and some smartphones even refuse to operate for anyone other than the individual whose thumbprint it recognizes. If smart technology could not only help us find our keys and activate our phones but also make us safer, wouldn't that be a development worth exploring?

The evolution of auto recall rates

Over the past several years, numerous media outlets have reported that much of the American public is suffering from a phenomenon referred to as recall fatigue. The concept of recall fatigue is rooted in the idea that when an overwhelming number of recalls is publicized, the public becomes overloaded with information and ultimately stops responding to recalls with any sense of urgency. It is important to understand this phenomenon in order to properly address it.

Thinking about personal alcohol breath tests: Part II

In our last post, we began a discussion about personal alcohol breath tests. We noted that it is surprisingly easy for a responsible motorist to unintentionally drive while intoxicated. We also noted that if more Americans purchased and regularly used personal alcohol breath tests that the rates of DUI arrests and drunk driving accidents would likely drop significantly. This issue is particularly pressing given the fact that approximately 12,000 individuals perish annually as a result of drunk driving accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Thinking about personal alcohol breath tests: Part I

Most Americans are acutely aware of how dangerous drunk driving can be. It is very rare that anyone is so reckless that he or she knowingly and intentionally gets behind the wheel while obviously drunk. More common is the scenario in which an ordinarily responsible adult believes himself or herself to be sober enough to drive safely and is ultimately surprised to learn that he or she is not quite sober enough to be considered “legally drunk.”

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