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 …

Traveling in 2022 – What You Need to Know

BOISE – As the COVID-19 omicron variant, winter weather, staffing shortages, and other challenges continue to affect travelers, AAA offers tips to successfully weather the storm. “The best travel experiences have always required careful planning, and travel during the pandemic is no exception,” says AAA Idaho spokesman Matthew Conde.  “You may have to take a …

Dangerous Driving Habits Put Everyone at Risk

BOISE – According to new AAA research, many Americans have expressed a greater willingness to drive safely.  But for some, there’s a major disparity between what they say is important and how they behave behind the wheel. COVID-19 brought travel restrictions and the cancellation of many large-group gatherings, but the resulting drop in vehicle miles …

Don’t Drive Like a Zombie – Watch for Trick-or-treaters

BOISE – Halloween is one of the deadliest days of the year, with children twice as likely to be killed by a car on Halloween night as on any other night.  With more trick-or-treaters expected to participate this year, AAA reminds drivers and parents to exercise caution. “A lot of people skipped trick-or-treating and Halloween …

In Bad Weather, Advanced Vehicles May Not “See” the Road

BOISE – Advanced driver assistance systems, or ADAS, have the potential to significantly reduce the number of fatal and injury crashes on American roads.  But AAA warns that when rain and other inclement weather are in the forecast, these systems may not operate as intended. Car manufacturers often test safety features like automatic emergency braking …