Driving regulations, such as prohibitions against texting and driving, are good measures to ensure drivers are safer on the road, but are not the only actions in place to keep roads safer. A new study shows that safety gear and equipment being installed in new model cars has proven to decrease the amount of deaths resulting from auto accidents.
According to the Wall Street Journal, federal data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in December 2017 shows that safety features being built into cars in recent years have allowed for a drop in auto fatalities. In the study, it shows that in the past decade the number of fatalities from accidents has dropped by nearly two-thirds with each new model car released. In 2016, the number of fatalities dropped by 3.1% over the previous year, while the number of those injured fell 2.1%.
Traction And Stability Systems Lead To Safer Vehicles
One of the biggest causes for the drop in fatalities is tied to electronic stability systems. These systems make vehicles less likely to flip in an accident, which keeps drivers and passengers safe. Stability control is one of the biggest advancements in car safety since the seat belt in regards to its effectiveness at keeping those in the car safe.
With all the recent auto defects that have come to light, it sparked interest in drivers and traffic safety administrations alike in what about our cars is being made to keep us safe. In 2017, auto manufacturers recalled more than 52.5 million vehicles in the United States. However, the recent study shows that even with the added fatalities caused by automobile defects, the annual number of traffic deaths has been falling since 2006.
According to researchers at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, cars in general are just being built safer. Car structures are being built more sturdy, airbags are becoming more effective, and other safety features are ensuring that drivers and passengers alike are being kept safe. There is proof that drivers becoming more cautious on the road, but overall experts believe the cars themselves are the biggest cause for the drop in fatalities.
In 2016 the fatality rate in brand new cars was 2.4 per 100,000 cars on the road. That number is about one third lower than the previous, causing for a small celebration for drivers of newer cars. Drivers always have new fears and worries on the road. With advances in safety by auto makers, it is easier for drivers to rest assured that their car is looking out for them.