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IIHS says more drivers are using phones in riskier ways

Distracted driving is a widespread issue in Connecticut as elsewhere. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently looked into two observational surveys from 2014 and 2018, finding that the rate of distracted driving has not changed considerably. However, it did find that the ways in which drivers are distracting themselves have changed.

Drowsy driving an issue for ride-sharing

According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, there are approximately 328,000 annual car accidents that involve drowsy driving. That figure includes 6,400 crashes that cause fatalities and 109,000 that cause injuries to the people involved. Drowsy driving is among the most prominent risks on Connecticut roads, especially when it comes to the ride-sharing industry. Drivers who work for companies like Uber or Lyft are generally independent contractors, which means they make their own schedules. Some ride-share drivers are working too much and driving drowsy.

Car infotainment systems are too distracting, says AAA

Connecticut drivers who are interested in the latest vehicle tech should also understand the potential drawbacks, especially with dashboard gadgets and GPSs. A recent AAA study conducted by researchers at the University of Utah shows that car infotainment systems, which come with GPSs and features for calling, texting, surfing the web and so on, distract drivers and raise the risk for an accident.

Truck drivers endanger others by using stimulants

Truck drivers in Connecticut and across the U.S. are under more pressure than ever before, with driver shortages and by-the-load incentives pushing many of them to work long hours on little sleep. To help combat fatigue, some drivers are turning to illegal stimulants to stay alert on the road. However, these drugs are dangerous and could seriously impair driving performance.

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