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Distracted driving, especially among Gen Z, a nationwide issue

Root Insurance has recently released the results of its second annual distracted driving study. In it, 47% of respondents said that distracted driving is their top concern on the road. Nearly all participants placed phone use among the top three distractions. Yet it appears that many drivers throughout Virginia and across the U.S engage in distracting behavior even though they know it is wrong. Moreover, they criticize others for the same behavior they themselves exhibit.

Volvo announces new technology for avoiding car accidents

In Virginia and across the United States, many drivers expect to drive safer vehicles when they opt for Volvo Cars. The automobile manufacturing firm plans to make their future automobiles even safer. Using unprecedented technology, Volvo Cars will begin installing in-car cameras and sensors in all its vehicles. Beginning in 2020, the company will also place a 112 mph speed limit on its automobiles.

IIHS: higher speed limits have raised number of fatal crashes

Virginia residents may remember how the 55-mph speed limit was abolished in 1995. Since then, 41 states have increased their speed limit to at least 70 mph on the highway with seven states adopting an 80-mph speed limit on some of their highways. Six states have increased the speed limit since 2013.

IIHS: pickup front passenger safety inferior to driver safety

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has been conducting crash tests on both the driver and front passenger sides of vehicles since 2017. After a round of crash tests with 11 modern two-row pickup trucks, researchers found a discrepancy in the level of protection offered by both sides. Virginia residents are at a higher risk for injury or death when sitting in the front passenger seat of many newer pickups.

Struck from behind: Avoiding a rear-end crash

It's a fear that many people have: a rear-end crash caused by a driver who isn't paying attention. Rear-end collisions can happen anywhere. You might be stopped at a stop sign in a neighborhood, waiting at a traffic light at a busy intersection or delayed by slowed traffic on the interstate. Regardless of your location, if the driver behind you is moving too quickly or doesn't stop in time, you can become the victim of a rear-end collision.

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