And lastly, the 1 innovation that hasn't improved driver safety:

1.) Hands-Free Cell Phones

Although the idea seemed like a no-brainer, it has not paid off as expected by industry experts. A study in 2009 done by the Highway Loss Data Institute looked at insurance claims for 4 jurisdictions before and after bans on hand-held cell phone use went into effect. The study found that there was no change in claim rates after the bans went into effect. Nine states have banned the use of hand-held cell phones, however, research shows no difference in the risk between hand-held and hands-free cell phone usage. The distraction of the conversation is still occurring.

Distracted driving is still one of the biggest causes of accidents. Technologies are continually being developed that will help counteract some of the outcomes of distracted driving. However, despite the technological advancements, the main point is to always remain focused on driving.

Dirk J. Derrick
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