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During the car-buying process, we all depend on car dealerships to let us know about the features of vehicles in the showroom. But with technology, automation, and artificial intelligence advancing at an incredible rate, how much can we depend on dealerships to keep us well-informed about the ever-expanding list of add-ons? Not as much as we’d hope, according to a recent MIT study that interviewed salespeople from 18 car dealerships in the Boston, MA, area. Consumers expect these salespeople to be well-informed about the vehicles they’re...

For drivers aged 16-19 in the United States, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Highway Loss Data Institute (IIHSHLDI) reports the fatal crash rate is three times as high as it is for drivers 20 years old and older. In 2015 alone, 2,715 teenagers died in accidents. The reasons are apparent. Teens most often lack the experience to deal with many tense and dangerous situations they experience on the road, including poor visibility, hazardous weather and careless motorists. But while many of these hazards are unavoidable,...

We’ve all seen 18-wheelers drift onto the shoulder and wondered what was going on in the cab. Was the driver looking at a map? A phone? Eating? Lighting a cigarette? Drowsy? Truck drivers get tired driving long stretches of highway for hours on end, and there's no doubt exhaustion is a real danger. Linked to exhaustion for many drivers is sleep apnea, which, along with high blood pressure and diabetes, is a prominent health problem experienced by truckers. Each of these health problems can lead...

Your whole world can change in literally the blink of an eye. It takes just a split second for a fender bender to occur, and even if the accident seems minor, your injuries might not be. For example, a car traveling at just five miles per hour can cause whiplash upon impact, leading to chronic pain and a lifetime of discomfort if not treated. Most people don't think they need to seek medical care if they've been in a low-speed crash, yet this is often...

Featuring over 7,500 miles of coastline and many well-known waterways such as the Mississippi River, the Sabine River, the Toledo Bend Reservoir, the Red River, the Atchafalaya Basin, and Lake Pontchartrain, Louisiana is bursting with opportunities to spend time on the water. Here in Sportsman’s Paradise, boats are widely used for fishing and wildlife viewing. Boats are also popular for recreational activities like spending time with loved ones, water skiing, swimming, sightseeing, sailing, sunbathing, and tubing. However, boating can be very dangerous. The latest Recreational Boating...

When you’re tired, getting behind the wheel can be a very dangerous proposition. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that sleepiness and driver fatigue account for approximately 100,000 crashes and over 70,000 injuries each year. The 2015 figures attribute 824 deaths to drowsy driving, although the actual number is believed to be much higher. It's not easy to measure when drowsiness is the reason for an accident, chiefly because it's revealed through personal admission, not through a test like the ones given to determine...

For drivers aged 16-19 in the United States, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Highway Loss Data Institute (IIHSHLDI) reports the fatal crash rate is three times as high as it is for drivers 20 years old and older. In 2015 alone, 2,715 teenagers died in accidents. The reasons are apparent. Teens most often lack the experience to deal with many tense and dangerous situations they experience on the road, including poor visibility, hazardous weather and careless motorists. But while many of these hazards are unavoidable,...

People deserve to live and work in a safe society, but the reality is that many communities are quite hazardous. There are many common threats to the public health, including pollution, gun violence, availability of illegal drugs, and more. In fact, the first full week of April has been designated National Public Health Week (NPHW) since 1995 for the sole purpose of raising awareness about these issues. One of the biggest is vehicle accidents. Whether a fender bender or a more serious accident, car crashes occur...

We all want there to be fewer accidents on the road. While the goal is simple, the way to achieve it is far more complicated. Many ideas revolve around speed. Research done at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that 33,000 deaths that occurred between 1993 and 2013 were caused by increases in speed limits. Currently, 41 states have speed limits of 70 mph or higher, including six that boast limits as high as 80 mph and one with some roads that allow a...

Summertime in Louisiana means a lot of things. It means no school, longer days, and lazy boat rides on the weekends. For the children, it is an opportunity to make the most out of their free time, shake off the winter cobwebs, and stretch their legs out after sitting behind a desk for most of the year. It’s a time for festivals and get-togethers and music and fun. And no one appreciates the Louisiana summer quite like someone who has lived there his entire life. “There’s...

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