Be sure that your tires are properly inflated. Do not carry excess weight in the back of your car, unless you are intending on using those items. Avoid rapid acceleration and braking. If a traffic signal turns red, take your foot off the gas and coast towards it, rather than continuing at speed then braking abruptly. Drive carefully to avoid getting in a collision.
Will new automation technologies like the self-driving car help reduce accidents and congestion?
Automation technologies will help reduce crashes. Already technologies like lane keeping and automated forward collision braking are providing real benefits to road users. Self-driving cars must also necessarily be safer. Simply stated – they will never be allowed on U.S. streets if less safe than an average human driver, and they are not vulnerable to many human failures like intoxication, distraction, inattention, or even aggressive driving. With over 90% of collisions attributed primarily to human causes (as opposed to environmental or vehicle issues) and over 30,000 annual road deaths in the U.S., vehicle automation has the potential to save countless lives. Moreover, they are likely to become much safer over time. The average 16-year old driver is not much safer than a 16-year old driver twenty years ago, while the power of a computer has increased by orders of magnitude over the same time frame. Self-driving cars should follow a similar path as computers, continually improving and becoming increasingly safe.
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