Why did Crashes Spike During COVID with Fewer Drivers on the Road?

PORTLAND, Ore., – As the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the country, fewer drivers were on the roads and there was a significant reduction in the number of miles driven. And yet, the U.S. had the highest number of fatal crashes for 2020 in more than a decade, as well as an increase in crashes involving …

Switch to Daylight Saving Time Puts Focus on Sleep and Safety

BOISE – With the upcoming switch to Daylight Saving Time, AAA reminds drivers to watch for kids walking and biking to school, get plenty of rest, and make sure that vehicles are in good working order. According to research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, 95% of drivers view drowsy driving as very or …

AAA: Driver Monitoring Systems Need Improvements

PORTLAND, Ore., – As vehicles become more automated, many auto manufacturers realize some technologies may give drivers the false sense that the vehicle can drive itself. To counter this, driver monitoring systems with either a camera or steering wheel detection are used to prevent the deadly consequences of a distracted driver. However, new real-world testing …

Driver Monitoring Systems Have Limited Effectiveness

BOISE – To prevent misuse and overreliance on new vehicle technology, many auto manufacturers have added driver monitoring systems that can detect inattentive behavior.  But according to AAA, these systems need significant upgrades in order to work as intended. Direct systems use driver-facing cameras to identify disengagement, while indirect systems only track data provided by …

AAA: Are you Ready for Snow and Ice?

PORTLAND, Ore. – With snow and below-freezing temperatures expected for much of Oregon, AAA Oregon/Idaho urges drivers to be prepared for winter driving conditions. The National Weather Service in Portland says the forecast looks increasingly wintry for even lower elevations of northwest Oregon as a prolonged period of below normal temperatures begins this weekend. “Make …