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New survey reveals prevalence of aggressive driving; motorists urged to keep cool this holiday season

Nearly 80 percent of drivers expressed anger, aggression or road range behind the wheel at least once in the past year, according to data gathered by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Speeding tops the list, with men being the biggest culprit, though women are not far behind. With everyday stress already compounded by the pandemic, and now the holiday season potentially elevating tensions on the...

Tom Wiedemann: AAA campaign sets sights on battling epidemic of ‘intexticated’ driving

AAA has launched a far-reaching safety campaign in Kentucky and other states to advocate for you as a driver and passenger. Our campaign targets drivers who would never consider getting behind the wheel after drinking a beer or any other alcoholic beverage and, yet, will regularly use mobile devices while driving that dangerously take their eyes and minds off the road. The campaign “Don’t Drive...

New AAA research finds teen driver, passenger combination increase risk of crash deaths 51 percent

Teen drivers put everyone on the roadway at risk of a deadly crash, especially if they are bringing teen passengers along for the ride. New research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that when a teen driver has only teen passengers in their vehicle, the fatality rate for all people involved in a crash increased 51 percent. In contrast, when older passengers (35 or older) ride with a...

Drowsy Driving is as risky as driving drunk, says AAA study; here are tips on being safe as you travel

Drivers who miss between one to two hours of the recommended seven hours of sleep in a 24-hour period nearly double their risk for a crash, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that 35 percent of U.S. drivers sleep less than the recommended seven hours daily. And with drowsy driving involved in more than one in five...

AAA: Distracted driving among teenagers much more serious than previously thought

  Research conducted into crash videos of teen drivers has found significant evidence that distracted driving is likely much more serious a problem than previously known, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The video analysis finds that distraction was a factor in nearly six out of 10 moderate-to-severe teen crashes, which is four times as many as official estimates based on police...

Rite of Passage? AAA Foundation’s study shows teens delay getting driver’s license

The majority of American teens today delay getting a driver’s license, according to study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.   Less than half of teens obtain a driver’s license within 12 months of the minimum age. (Photo from AAA) Less than half (44 percent) of teens obtain a driver’s license within 12 months of the minimum age for licensing in their state and just over half (54...