Potentially Impairing Medications Can Lead to Dangerous Driving

BOISE – Most drivers would never get behind the wheel while impaired by alcohol and other drugs, but they may not realize that using prescription and over-the-counter medications can be just as dangerous. According to new research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, nearly half of all licensed drivers used one or more potentially …

AAA: Many Drivers Hit the Road after taking Potentially Impairing Prescription Meds

PORTLAND, Ore., – A new study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety finds that half of drivers surveyed say they used one or more potentially impairing medications in the past 30 days. Many who took medications to treat depression, pain, or sleep issues were not warned by their healthcare provider regarding the possible dangerous …

More than 285,000 Idahoans to Travel for 4th of July Despite Skyrocketing Gas Prices

BOISE – Boom.  According to AAA, the Fourth of July holiday will go out with a bang this year, as nearly 48 million Americans, including 285,000 Idahoans, take a trip to see family and fireworks over the long weekend.  That’s more than 14% of the population. AAA projects a nearly 4% increase in travel, or …

“100 Deadliest Days” Highlight Danger of Bad Driving

BOISE – It’s the “100 Deadliest Days,” the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day when the number of fatal crashes involving teen drivers spikes each year. According to AAA, 7,124 people died in teen-driver related crashes nationwide from 2011 to 2020.  Nearly half of the total number of deaths occurred during the summertime, and …

Drivers Want Better Tech, but aren’t Ready for Self-Driving Cars

BOISE – According to new research by AAA, 77% of drivers say they want automakers to focus on improving current driver assistance systems over producing self-driving cars.  And with good reason – during AAA testing, three vehicles with Level 2 partial automation failed to consistently avoid collisions with oncoming vehicles and bicyclists that crossed their …

AAA: Consumers Skeptical about Automated Vehicles

PORTLAND, Ore., – New research from AAA shows drivers overwhelmingly want automakers to improve the performance of existing driver assistance technologies rather than develop self-driving cars. And this view is backed by another round of AAA testing that shows these technologies don’t work consistently and can result in crashes with other vehicles and bicyclists. Here …