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ZF external airbags may keep occupants safer in side collision

The ZF Group has come up with some definite data about the benefits of external airbags; namely, that they can reduce the severity of occupant injuries by as much as 40 percent. Florida residents should know that while external airbags, like self-driving cars, are still a long way from becoming reality, ZF has a strategy that could soon yield real results.

Avoiding accidents when driving in direct sunlight

Many residents of West Palm Beach who head out on the road during the early mornings or late afternoons find themselves unprepared to face the bright sunlight. This is dangerous; bright sunlight can increase the chances of a life-threatening car crash by 16 percent because of the visual illusions it can create and the harm it can do to one's eyes.

Avoiding drunk and reckless drivers on Halloween

Florida residents who will be partying on Halloween or sending their children off to trick-or-treat should know of the real dangers that arise during that night, especially those posed by drunk and reckless drivers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that most people are killed in drunk-driving crashes between 6 p.m. on Oct. 31 and 6 a.m. on Nov. 1.

Drivers may not be ready for semi-autonomous cars

The odds of a person dying in a car crash are lower than their odds of dying from obesity. However, there are still 1.3 million car accident deaths annually throughout the world. Furthermore, drivers in Florida and elsewhere are still unaware that advanced safety features are limited in what they can do. Research has indicated that it might not be a good idea to allow humans to operate semi-autonomous vehicles.

Hydroplaning, a constant threat during the rainy season

Florida residents probably know that they should be careful in the rain because of the threat of hydroplaning. In fact, the first 10 minutes of rainfall pose the greatest risk because that's the time when water mixes with the oil residue on the road and immediately forms a slippery surface. After that, the water will begin to wash away most, but not all, of the residue.

Florida is one of the most dangerous states for motorcycle riders

If you are one of the 595,946 people who are registered to ride a motorcycle in Florida, this post will be very important for you to read. Florida has consistently been ranked as one of the top states in the country for motorcycle injuries and deaths. You can blame the weather and the year-round ability to ride that brings out so many motorcycles, but despite efforts to make the roads safer, motorcycle crashes and injuries continue to occur.

Drowsiness impairs drivers in a similar way to drinking alcohol

Florida offers people many recreational activities, but long drives home after a day of fun could raise the danger of falling asleep behind the wheel. From losing a night's sleep to a hard day at work, people can get sleepy while driving for a variety of reasons. Drowsiness impedes a driver's ability to operate a vehicle in a manner similar to alcohol because it slows reaction times and reduces judgment. These conditions make it difficult for drivers to respond effectively if something unexpected happens.

Researchers study technology's effect on drivers

The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that over 37,000 people died on America's roads in 2017, a 10 percent increase from three years earlier. Many drivers in West Palm Beach might think the increase is due to more smartphone use as well as the introduction of automated technology. While research has not shown this to be definite, the link seems obvious.