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Summer Is the Most Dangerous Season for DrivingSummer is vacation season, which means that more people are on the road taking long trips. Unfortunately, the inevitable result of this increase in driving is more deaths from car accidents. In a study analyzing fatal car crashes between 1998 and 2014, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found that summer and early fall are the most dangerous times of the year for drivers.

More Driving Means More Fatalities

With more cars on the road during the summer, the likelihood of deadly accidents increases. The IIHS found that fatal accidents are more likely to occur on weekends than on weekdays, and late afternoons and evenings are the times of the day when the highest number of deaths occur. The deadliest month of the year is August, which is the month in which Americans travel the most miles.

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Hands-free options for texting and making phone calls while driving are a big trend in the auto industry right now.  However, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has recently found that these hands-free technologies still increase the driver’s mental distractions, thus slowing reaction times and disrupting brain function.  According to researchers, hands-free texting and calling can cause drivers to scan the road less and maybe even miss objects right in front of them, like stop lights or even pedestrians.

The AAA Foundation study focused solely on the impact of mental distraction on driving.  Their study included 150 drivers. These drivers were analyzed while partaking in eight various distracting activities while driving on a driving simulator.

After measuring brain waves, eye movement, and other metrics, researchers were able to find that as a driver’s mental workload increased, their reaction time slowed and their field of vision narrowed.

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