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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.

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.

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.

Device may allow officers to see what apps drivers were using

Colorado motorists may be interested to learn that several cities around the nation may allow authorities to use a device that shows them if drivers were using their phone to text, read their emails or post on Facebook while they are behind the wheel. While the technology could potentially help officers determine if the driver was distracted when an accident occurred, it means privacy could also be at risk.

How to stay safe in an era of distracted driving

Colorado residents may have gotten used to seeing drivers using their cellphone while behind the wheel. That doesn't mean that those who don't use their cellphones cannot keep themselves safe on the road. In general terms, defensive driving is the act of predicting how other drivers may act on the road. From there, they may be able to take actions that prevent or reduce the odds of an accident.

Icy roads in Colorado cause fatal crash

Icy weather conditions can be deadly for Colorado drivers. On Feb. 1, 2017, it was reported that icy roads led to a fatal car crash in Northern Colorado. Although you may be looking forward to spring, you should not overlook the hazards brought on by the extra weeks of inclement weather. These conditions can decrease visibility and traction, making it more difficult to slow down, stop and react.

4 tips to drive safely in Colorado winter weather

Wet weather conditions can be deadly for motorists. For example, five Colorado motorists died in separate weather-related crashes in the same day recently. No matter if it is raining, snowing or the roads are icy, Colorado gets its fair share of hazardous conditions. Avoiding accidents and personal injury is possible when you follow some safety tips.

Survey reveals bad driving habits of young people

The results of a survey sponsored by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety could make Colorado parents reluctant to hand the keys to younger drivers. Responses from people 19 to 24 showed that 88 percent of them admitted to engaging in at least one type risky behavior behind the wheel during the previous 30 days.

Handling a road rage situation

According to AAA Foundation, nearly 80 percent of drivers experience road rage or significant anger behind the wheel. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration considers several types of behavior to be road rage, in particular when a vehicle operator commits traffic offenses that can put people or property in danger, or when a driver or passenger uses a car or other vehicle as a weapon against other vehicles on the road. Road rage is considered a criminal offense, as opposed to aggressive driving, which is a simple traffic offense.

7 injured in 3-vehicle accident

A Colorado driver was accused of causing a multivehicle accident on Jan. 15. According to the Colorado Springs Police Department, the accident took place near the North Academy Boulevard and Constitution Avenue intersection in Colorado Springs.

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