Speeding on roads is a growing problem

                  The artist who drew this picture of a car hitting a tree is Michele Garcia Robles, a junior at Chaska High School. She leads that school’s Shreya Foundation’s Distraction-free Life Club. “I had family and friends who got into bad car crashes,” she said. “(The program)…

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Highway Hypnosis, Snap Out of It! 

After a long day of work, you tiredly get in your car, with your only thought being to get home and crawl into bed. You pull out of the parking lot and enter the streets, lost in your thoughts. After what feels like a few moments, you pull onto your driveway with no recollection of…

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Cognitive Distractions: Distractions We Don’t Think About Enough 

One second is all it takes to cost a life. A moment of distraction can result in dire consequences which can be easily avoided if the driver is cautious enough. There are three different kinds of distraction that a driver can face: visual, manual, and cognitive. Visual distractions occur when one looks away from the…

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Perfect Cars, Imperfect Driving 

Can perfectly constructed self-driving cars stop the majority of crashes? By conventional thinking, you would think the answer is yes. Why wouldn’t a car programmed to drive like a superhuman not be able to avoid an accident?     90 percent of crashes are caused by human error. That’s why the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and…

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Pros and Cons of ADAS 

Since the early 1970s, American cars have featured ADAS, or advanced driver-assistance systems. ADAS are technological features that are designed to increase the safety of driving a vehicle, and their goal is to eliminate human error on the road. While ADAS have massively increased in popularity over the past couple of decades, their incredible promise…

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Advanced Driver-Assistance Technologies: Past, Present, and Future 

People always assumed we would have flying cars in the near future that would be entirely mechanized, saving humans time and effort while providing maximum efficiency for travel. Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems are a definite step towards that direction. Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS) are defined as any technological feature that is designed to increase the safety…

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ROAD CONSTRUCTION AHEAD: Work Zone Crashes in a COVID-19 World

Construction and work zones near or on roads have been susceptible to reckless drivers for years. Last year, the COVID-19 pandemic entailed a decrease in road traffic, which sparked the idea that there would be safer working environments for construction workers. However, over the past year, numbers in work zone crashes are continuing to increase.…

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Attached to Phones But Detached from Reality 

It’s no surprise that during the pandemic, people became more attached to their phones. We were bored, stuck at home, and anxious for a way to communicate with the outside world. However, this attachment slowly became deadly as people exited their homes and entered their cars.   As the streets cleared and few drivers took to…

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Distracted Driving Legislation Across the Nation 

Laws dictate a large portion of how we live our lives, and it isn’t any different when it comes to driving. They are meant to protect us from the unknowing dangers out there and to maintain a stable and safe environment. As distracted driving laws fall under the jurisdiction of the individual states, the laws…

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The COVID-19 Apocalypse: Zoom Zombies 

It’s no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has forced everyone to change how they go about daily life. One example of this comes with the rise of Zoom meetings as an alternative to physical meetings. Over the last year, Zoom has become an incredibly popular application for meetings with work colleagues, friends, and family across…

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