Many drivers head out on the road without getting enough sleep. The longer they stay awake, the greater their drowsiness becomes and the higher their chances of causing a car wreck. Fatigued driving has been likened to driving while intoxicated. The National Sleep Foundation says that being awake for 24 hours is like having a blood alcohol content of .10, which is just over the legal limit of .08.
Citizens of Arizona who have purchased a car in the past decade are likely aware of the excitement that comes with that new car, a big part of which comes from exploring all the gadgets and gizmos installed. If anything, people want more technology in their car: A recent survey found that more than 7 out of every 10 American adults would pay for new technology in their car whereas less than a quarter of those surveyed were already content with their current tech.
Self-driving vehicle technology just took a big step forward in Arizona. On Dec. 5, Google introduced a short-distance ride-hailing service in the Phoenix area featuring its Waymo autonomous cars.
Arizona vehicles with automatic emergency braking systems are much less likely to become involved in rear-end striking collisions according to a new study. The study was conducted by researchers at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and focused on General Motors vehicles.
Drivers in Arizona, as in other states, may be relying too much on safety technology like blind-spot monitoring systems and adaptive cruise control. This trend has been the subject of a report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the results of which should be of interest to anyone with a driver assistance system.
According to a study from The Harris Poll and Volvo, most drivers believe that they perform better behind the wheel than others on the road. However, the truth is that most drivers in Arizona and throughout the country are distracted while operating a motor vehicle. The study found that this is generally true regardless of how old a driver is despite stereotypes about the driving habits of millennials and Generation Z.
If Arizona motorists are like most Americans, they've struggled to stay awake while driving at some point in their lives. In fact, a survey by the National Sleep Foundation found that 60 percent of adult drivers say they have felt drowsy behind the wheel and 37 percent say they have actually fallen asleep while driving. Meanwhile, a 2018 AAA report said that the number of motor vehicle accidents related to drowsy driving is nearly eight times higher than federal statistics suggest.
Unlike most states, Arizona does not have a statewide ban on texting while driving. However, the state did just add a new cellphone-related prohibition for a certain class of drivers: Teen drivers.