Traffic Safety

Using Naturalistic Driving Data to Assess Vehicle-to-Vehicle Crashes Involving Fleet Drivers

This project examined hundreds of actual crashes from a naturalistic driving database. The data allowed us to examine behaviors and potential contributing factors in the seconds leading up to the collision, and provided information not available in police reports.

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2014 Traffic Safety Culture Index

Since 2006, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has been sponsoring research to better understand traffic safety culture. The Foundation’s long-term term vision is to create a “social climate in which traffic safety is highly valued and rigorously pursued.”

In 2014, sampling was expanded to allow for reporting at the state level for 24 states, which cover 80 percent of the U.S. population.

Hidden Highways: Fog and Traffic Crashes on America’s Roads

Although fog and smoke are understood to create challenging driving conditions for motorists, surprisingly little research has been conducted on the characteristics of fog- and smoke-related crashes, and on the prevalence of such crashes in overall national highway safety statistics. This report illustrates the scope of the problem by presenting 23 years of national data on fatal crashes involving fog and smoke, and 19 years of police-reported crash data pertaining to these conditions

Pedestrian Fatalities on Interstate Highways

Descriptive report provides the latest data on pedestrian deaths that occur on the Interstate Highway System.

Evaluating Technologies Relevant to the Enhancement of Driver Safety

Click on the title above to see our Vehcile Technology Safety Ratings pages, including links to the final report, infographic matrix, and FAQ section for seven different in-car safety technologies.

Measuring Cognitive Distraction -- Part II (2 New Reports)

Utilizes the mental workload rating system and scale published in part 1 (June 2013) to explore the cognitive distraction caused by additional tasks, technologies, and -- for the first time -- proprietary systems.

Understanding Older Drivers: An Examination of Medical Conditions, Medication Use, and Travel Behavior

Our new study of two national databases provides some of the latest details on older driver travel behaviors, automobility, and medication use.

Evaluating LATCH System Ease of Use and Key Features in New Vehicles

These reports examine the Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) systems in vehicles, with the goal of reducing child passenger deaths and injuries by improving LATCH ease of use and effectiveness.

Temporal Trends in Indicators of Traffic Safety Culture among Drivers in the United States, 2009-2012

A discussion of the trends observed in the nation's traffic safety culture over the past four years, based on the findings from our most recent surveys of the American public.

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