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Testers report problems with new Tesla Autopilot setting

Many self-driving safety features in newer vehicles can help prevent accidents. However, some automated systems may also have a downside. According to a Consumer Reports test, Tesla's newest Autopilot update could put drivers in danger. Illinois drivers who use the automatic lane-changing feature could end up cutting off other cars or committing passing violations.

Operation Safe Driver Week takes on deadly threat of speeding

Operation Safe Driver Week will include law enforcement agencies in Illinois and throughout North America. The annual event organized by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance plans to target both commercial and private vehicles exceeding the speed limit. Organizers selected speeding as this year's top priority due to its significant contribution to motor vehicle crashes and traffic fatalities.

Distracted driving poses a serious danger

Most motorists in Illinois are aware of that fact distracted driving kills. At the same time, large numbers of people continue to drive their cars while using their mobile phones to talk, text or even watch videos. In one online study involving thousands of American drivers, almost half of the participants saw distracted driving as the biggest threat to roadway safety. At the same time, these survey participants spent an average of 13 minutes a day behind the wheel on their own mobile phones.

The dangers of distracted driving at accident scenes

Motorists who slow down to take photographs or shoot videos of accident scenes or traffic stops in Illinois and around the country are a serious threat to the safety of first responders according to a recent survey. A worrying 71 percent of the American drivers polled by the Emergency Responder Safety Institute and National Safety Council admitted to engaging in this dangerous behavior, and an equally alarming 16 percent said that they had almost struck a police officer, paramedic, or firefighter as a result.

Exposing the dangers of driving while fatigued

Residents of Illinois and every other state across the U.S. would likely agree that sleep deprivation has a negative effect on a person's body and mood. It can be difficult for most people to concentrate when they are tired. While the negative effect that sleep deprivation has on the body is well understood, some people feel that driving while drowsy is not as dangerous as it really is.

Distracted driving fatality rates linked to state cellphone laws

Illinois residents should know that their state has the 10th highest rate of distracted driving fatalities in the nation. This is based on data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the U.S. DoT's Federal Highway Administration. In all, from 2015 to 2017 there were more than 1,400 car crash fatalities that involved at least one driver using a cellphone.

Report finds no progress made with speeding-related fatalities

Many Illinois motorists probably believe that exceeding the speed limit isn't a big deal. This may be because some drivers assume that the worst that can happen is that they might get a speeding ticket. However, speeding can also contribute to serious and sometimes fatal motor vehicle accidents.

The hazards of driving while drowsy

It's common knowledge that driving while sleepy is not very safe. Nevertheless, nearly one in three drivers in a AAA survey admitted to having driven while drowsy in the previous month. One cause of this problem may be the proliferation of sleep aid prescriptions in Illinois and other states throughout the country. According to a Consumer Reports study, roughly 20 percent of survey participants on these types of drugs said that they had gotten behind the wheel within seven hours of taking a dose.

How attractiveness differences can affect a marriage

The dating scene can be a challenging place for many people in Chicago. People who are considered exceptionally attractive may receive lots of solicitations on dating sites or in person. However, while social standards of beauty and attractiveness are pervasive, people may have widely disparate views of what they consider to be personally attractive. Still, the way that people are perceived by others can have a significant impact on how well a relationship functions over time. A number of researchers have delved into the question of whether couples with a presumed gap in attractiveness are likely to succeed in their relationships.

Automatic emergency braking reduces collisions, study shows

Drivers in Illinois weighing their new vehicle options may want to look for models with automatic emergency braking, a safety feature that has proven to be effective at reducing collisions, according to results from an Insurance Institute For Highway Safety study. The study looked at 10 popular models released by General Motors over a two-year period.

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