Active Driving Assistance Technology Isn’t Ready to Take the Wheel

BOISE – Active driving assistance technology combines adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assistance to help drivers maintain their lane position and a safe following distance, but AAA’s new research shows that vehicles with these systems need considerable improvement before they can take the place of an engaged human driver. During 4,000 miles of testing …

AAA: Active Driving Assistance Systems don’t Actually Provide much Assistance to Drivers

New research finds 73% of performance issues are related to lane centering PORTLAND, Ore., – Many new vehicles come equipped with active driving assistance systems that can steer the vehicle, control the speed, apply the brakes and keep the vehicle in its lane. New research from AAA finds that these systems don’t work well consistently. …

Rusty Skills Could Bring Bad Driving Behavior This Summer

New research shows that some drivers knowingly engage in dangerous driving activities BOISE – (June 11, 2020) – As a growing number of states emerge from COVID-19 isolation, the AAA Foundation’s Traffic Safety Culture Index serves as an important reminder that when drivers return to the road, they need to leave their bad habits behind. …

AAA: COVID-19 Restrictions Ease as “100 Deadliest Days” Begin for Teen Drivers

New data looks at 10 years of fatal teen crash rates between Memorial Day and Labor Day PORTLAND, Ore., – AAA finds that the 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day are when the number of crash fatalities involving teen drivers rise. In Oregon, 86 people died in crashes involving teen drivers from 2008 …

For Most Americans, Self-Driving Cars are a Non-Starter

Only one in ten motorists trust a vehicle to drive itself, according to AAA’s new survey BOISE – (March 5, 2020) – Once the stuff of science fiction movies, self-driving or autonomous vehicle (AV) technology has advanced by leaps and bounds in recent years.  While full vehicle automation remains a distant goal, AAA says that …

National Battery Day Reminds Drivers to Check Their Charge

BOISE – (February 18, 2020) – It’s National Battery Day – a timely reminder for drivers to have their batteries checked before trouble strikes.  According to a AAA survey, two-thirds of American drivers say they have never had their car battery tested before their vehicle didn’t start. The warning signs of a weak battery include …

AAA Research: Share of Drivers in Fatal Crashes who used Marijuana Doubles in Washington State

PORTLAND, Ore., – A growing number of Washington state drivers involved in fatal crashes are testing positive for recent use of marijuana, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Before marijuana was legalized in Washington State in December 2012, 8.8 percent of drivers in fatal crashes tested positive for the drug. …