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Drowsy driving a major threat to roadway safety

Drowsy driving can be one of the most common and deadly dangers to face motorists on Texas roadways. Whether people are returning home from a long day of work or simply dealing with a poor night's sleep, fatigued driving occurs all too frequently. One report by the American Automobile Association noted that the number of crashes involving drowsiness could be eight times higher than official estimates suggest. In addition, another survey showed that 60 percent of American adults admitted to driving while sleepy and a full 37 percent of respondents said that they had fallen asleep behind the wheel at least once.

Tech firm working to improve autonomous vehicle technology

Texas residents may have read media reports concerning a pedestrian in Arizona who was struck and killed by an SUV that was being used to test autonomous vehicle technology by the ride-sharing company Uber. The accident serves as a reminder that drivers should remain vigilant at all times even if their vehicles are equipped with the latest electronic safety systems, and a startup technology company is developing software designed to ensure that they do.

Self-driving cars should not drive like humans, professor says

Texas motorists who are interested in the development of self-driving cars may have heard about a fatal accident involving a pedestrian on March 18. A professor in Arizona, where the accident occurred, says it happened because autonomous cars are being programmed to drive in the same way that humans do.

Ways to reduce distracted driving

For Texas motorists, one major concern when getting behind the wheel can be the dangers created by distracted drivers. As the popularity and ownership of smartphones has spread, so has texting while driving and other distracting app usage. Many safety experts have warned that the rise in fatal accidents is tied to the popularity of dangerous distractions on the road. However, phones aren't the only cause of distracted driving; even built-in entertainment and navigation units can turn a driver's attention away from the road.

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