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Crash test dummies that researchers used through the years to determine safety of vehicles in crashes have traditionally been one type of body...young, slim, male. With most of the drivers not fitting this "type", trauma experts have advised researchers to add new body types to their crash testing, including older body types and obese body types.

Recently, engineers at manufacturer Humanetics created dummies that reflect today’s drivers: a 273-pound obese dummy that is 106 pounds heavier than the traditional model and a prototype for an older dummy based on a 70 y.o. woman who is overweight, too. These changes were made after Michigan Medicine Trauma Surgeon Stewart Wang MD told researchers that the old crash test dummies looked nothing like the patients that he was treating.

The condition, size and shape of an individual is hugely important in how severe their injuries are in any given crash. A study from the UC Berkeley, published in 2013, found that obese drivers are up to 78% more likely to die in car crashes. Those who survive have unique injuries based on size. Dr. Wang took real-life analytics and provided it to the crash researchers. This information included CT scans, which crash-test researchers used in creating the 3D dummies.

While there is no one single safety device that will markedly improve driver safety, changing the dummies to reflect real people could help. Further, the future of car safety may include adaptive restraint systems that allow coordination of seat-belt tension, power of the airbag, and when and how much the airbag inflates.

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Getting into a crash from driving on ice is more likely to happen if you living in a state that does not experience as much ice as states like Montana. This is due to practice. It's important to note that you should just choose to stay home and not drive if the roads are bad. And while it's not really safe to practice driving on ice, knowing how to handle it could save your life.

AFODS recommends the following for driving in winter weather:
1) Make sure your tires are properly inflated and have good traction. You can check your tires at many places, such as Walmart, AutoZone, Firestone Tires, Bridgestone Tires, and Sears.
2) If you are very concerned about weather, you can switch your tires to winter tires as opposed to all weather tires.
3) Be aware that many towns and counties have cut back on salt and now use it primarily on bridges and curves.
4) Reduce your speed
5) Always maintain your vehicle's safety features.
6) Always carry a blanket, first aid kit and a cell phone. Older drivers should consider an Automated Collision Notification System.
7) If you hit ice on the roads, don't brake. Instead steer the direction you are sliding. Don't panic and don't overcorrect. AFODS is aware that is contrary to what my be intuitive to do.

Again, please don't drive on ice. It's better to be home than in a hospital bed.

A 75 y.o. driver was involved in a crash in Sanilac County, MI Sanilac County Sheriff's Office deputies said. The older driver was driving a pick-up at M-90 and Farr Road slid on bad roads and crossed the center line. The truck hit another truck that was pulling an empty animal trailer. The trailer was cut in half during the accident. The driver that crossed the center line was taken to the hospital following the accident Thursday.

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Knowing what to do after a car crash can save your life. After a crash on the open road, if you can move your vehicle at all then move it out of traffic. If you hit a building, do not move your vehicle whatsoever...panicking and moving it could make the situation much worse. If you are on the freeway, it is best to get your vehicle off the road. In any of these cases, AAA recommends that, in any of these cases, you do NOT get out of your vehicle. People who get out of their vehicles after a crash are far more likely to die from a vehicle hitting them, than if they were to stay in their vehicle.

The following are cases when you must risk getting out of your vehicle after a crash:
1) If you cannot get out of the flow of traffic and are in danger of being hit. In this case, only get out of your vehicle very carefully.
3) If you smell gas there could be a fuel leak which might cause a fire or explosion.

Don't be lulled into a false sense of safety on even unfrequented rural roads. The places where you feel the safest can, indeed, be the most dangerous.

74 y.o. Joseph P. Riley died on Sunday in Davenport, Florida when he exited his vehicle after a crash on I-4. Riley was not at fault for this 3-vehicle crash...his was the 3rd vehicle involved. Riley got out of his car after the airbags deployed and he was hit by a 2013 white BMW driven by Peter A. Moran, 57, of Apollo Beach, Florida who was eastbound in the inside lane.

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