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3 vehicles given top safety rating by IIHS

Colorado residents looking to purchase a new vehicle may be interested in one of three cars that were given the highest rating for crashworthiness by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. These vehicles were the Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan, the Lincoln Continental and the Toyota Avalon. Three other vehicles that were tested, including the Tesla Model S, did not qualify to receive this safety rating.

The Tesla Model S and the other two vehicles, the Chevy Impala and the Ford Taurus, all failed the small overlap front test. This particular test, which was introduced in 2012, tests the structural integrity of the vehicle's safety cage. It analyzes this through a controlled impact to the driver-side corner, simulating a collision with, for example, a telephone pole.

Reasons to be wary of buzzed driving

Before becoming completely intoxicated, most people have a feeling known as being “buzzed.” This is when a person can slightly feel the sensation of alcohol but is still mostly in charge of his or her motor functions.

In an effort to lower the number of DUI arrests that take place every year in Colorado, it is vital to inform the public of what truly constitutes drunk driving. According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, over 26,000 drivers are arrested every year for driving under the influence. Many assume they are fine to drive if they are only buzzed, but that can be misleading.

Most common types of distracted driving

When it comes to automobile accidents, most people assume that drunk or inexperienced drivers cause the most incidents. However, many of these car accident injuries are a result of distracted driving. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that approximately 391,000 people suffered injuries in 2015 as a result of distracted driving.

No matter how skilled people think they are at driving, getting distracted even for a second can be dangerous. Here are the most common types of distractions that result in vehicle collisions in Colorado.

Study finds aggressive driving to be relatively common

Colorado drivers may be interested to learn that nearly 80 percent of participants in a July 2016 study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety admitted to experiencing road rage at least once in the prior year. According to that same study, about eight million American drivers engaged in extreme road rage activities such as intentionally hitting another vehicle or getting out of a car to confront another motorist.

Poor driving, busy traffic and general stress were cited as factors that may lead to road rage. In some cases, the perceived offenses of other drivers were relatively minor in nature. The study found that roughly 90 percent of respondents feel that aggressive drivers are a threat to their safety. Roughly 66 percent found that aggressive driving was a bigger problem today than it was three years before the study took place.

New rule takes aim at threat of unqualified truck drivers

Inexperienced truck drivers will be seeing some changes to training in Colorado and throughout the United States thanks to a new federal rule. However, it will not go into effect until February 2020.

The rule for driver training for commercial driver's license applicants was delayed for five months. The Trump administration imposed regulatory review before approving the rule, which has widespread support from the trucking industry itself. CDL applicants who receive their licenses on or after Feb. 7, 2020 must follow the new procedure.

3 tips to avoid road rage in the heat

Summer means fun road trips, vacations and enjoying the beautiful weather. Unfortunately, it also means traffic and sometimes too much heat. When the Denver roads are full of tourists and the sun is blaring down on you, it can be easy to get agitated and angry. It is all too easy to slip into road rage and get into a dangerous situation during the summer.

Do not let these beautiful months get you up in arms. Continue reading for summer safety tips and how to avoid road rage.

Common causes of today’s motorcycle accidents

Whether you’re cruising through Denver’s city streets or making your way up I-70 for a ride into the Rockies, you face unique dangers and hazards on a motorcycle that those driving in passenger vehicles may not. Because there is so little protecting you, should you take a fall, the injuries you may suffer in a motorcycle crash often outweigh those suffered in traditional car crashes in terms of severity.

Educating yourself is one of the best methods of increasing motorcycle safety, so as a rider, it is important for you to know that many motorcycle crashes result from:

Study reveals regional risk for child car accident fatalities

Colorado parents may feel a little safer getting behind the wheel after reading the results of a study regarding child deaths in fatal auto accidents. The study looked at state-by-state data from 2010 to 2014 to discover the number of deaths of children under the age of 15 per state and region. Researchers also reported the rate of deaths to account for population differences. The major causes for these differences were also explored in light of reducing the risk of fatal car wrecks involving children.

Researchers with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Harvard University teamed up to discover that the South accounted for the highest number of child fatalities in car wrecks with 1,550 deaths out of total of 2,885 for the time frame. The rate was also the highest, averaged at 1.34 deaths per 100,000 children per year. This total greatly surpassed the other three major regions.

Why seventh-inning beer sales cutoffs may not be enough

Few things in life are better than going to a Colorado Rockies game with friends or family. And, of course, if the Rockies win, that is a huge bonus. However, drunk drivers may strike and injure some fans or people driving near the stadium after the games.

The Rockies cut off beer sales in the seventh inning and limit patrons from having more than two beers at a time. This helps ensure that guests behave responsibly after the game, but the policy is not foolproof.

Motorcycle crash statistics demonstrate dangers

Many Colorado residents enjoy riding on motorcycles, but doing so brings added risks of being injured or killed in accidents. Motorcyclists face much greater risks of suffering catastrophic injuries when they are involved in collisions because they have little to protect them from the physical forces that are released in crashes.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 4,976 people were killed while riding on motorcycles in 2015. The number of fatalities during the year represented an 8 percent increase over the 4,594 motorcyclists who were killed in 2014. In addition, another 88,000 motorcyclists were injured in accidents in 2015, which was a 3 percent decrease from the 92,000 who were injured in 2014.

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