New York State and the Self Driving Car

by William Mattar | November 10th, 2017

Governor Cuomo recently announced that, during a year-long pilot program, New York will allow testing of autonomous driving technology.   Under the program, if the application of a manufacturer of “autonomous vehicle technology” — which queries “date and time”; “origin and destination”; “sequence of roads . . .”; and “total routing distance in miles to […]

The Right Car Seat

by William Mattar | November 9th, 2017

The right car seat can provide extra protection in the event of a car accident. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that car accidents are the leading cause of death for children ages one to 13. Keep you and your children safe by learning about car seat safety. There are three major steps to […]

Recognizing the Effects of Alcohol

by William Mattar | November 7th, 2017

Whether it makes you sleepy, energetic, giggly, relaxed or adventurous, we all have a way to identify how alcohol affects us. To avoid a car accident or any long term health problems. The Foundation for a Drug-Free World has summarized short-term versus long-term effects of alcohol.   SHORT-TERM EFFECTS OF ALCOHOL Depending on how much […]

Fall driving dangers

by William Mattar | November 2nd, 2017

As the days shorten, our daily commutes are often made in the dark. In Buffalo, fall weather may seem pale in comparison to the winter. However, there are many dangerous hazards associated with the fall season.  Awareness of these hazards can help avoid a motor vehicle accident. With days getting shorter, the commute to and […]

Behind the Wheel of a Self-Driving Car

by William Mattar | November 1st, 2017

An article in IEEE Spectrum, assuming that occupants of self-driving vehicles will retain some element of control over the box of steel transporting them, poses an interesting question: “How Should a Self-Driving Car Tell You to Take the Wheel?” The article contextualizes the question: Someday, the word driver will connote something completely different than it […]

What to do after a car accident

by William Mattar | October 19th, 2017

With a car accident injuring someone every 12 seconds, it is possible that you may be involved in one in your lifetime. Car accidents are common. It is easier to deal with the aftermath of a motor vehicle accident if you are prepared for a worst case scenario. Here are some suggestions: Always wear your […]

When can I buy a self-driving car?

by William Mattar | October 19th, 2017

An article in USA Today cites, “Three stages before cars are fully self driving,” breaks the transition to autonomous cars down into three stages. While, according to the article, developers are “truly are on the cusp of the kind of automation that signals that the future has arrived, one in which a car actually makes […]

The Most Dangerous Driving Behaviors

by William Mattar | October 17th, 2017

It is easier to notice someone else’s bad driving behaviors than our own. The most dangerous habits are usually the ones that we do not identify as dangerous.  According to Zero Fatalities, almost every crash is attributed to: drowsy driving, distracted driving, aggressive driving, impaired driving or not buckling up.   Drowsy Driving The National […]

Buckle Your Belt Classroom Contest Winners

by Dawn Raub | October 16th, 2017

Getting back to school in the fall is always a busy time. Teachers getting classrooms ready, parents and students working to get back into the routine, and here at William Mattar it’s a busy time for us, too. Before the start of the school year, we held our Pencils 4 Schools campaign which has brought […]

Will Self-Driving Cars Make Roads Safer?

by William Mattar | October 5th, 2017

As outlined in a number of previous entries, the proponents of self-driving cars argue that their widespread use will drastically reduce the number of collisions and, as a result, injuries and deaths resulting from such collisions. A recent study by the RAND organizations casts some doubt on this assumption—or at least posits that such an […]