Toyota Carries Out Distracted Driving Study

November 30, 2012 by  
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Toyota has combined resources with the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute to study the influence parents have on their kids’ behavior and according to the study, teens are more likely to engage in distracted behaviors if their parents engage in distracted behaviors as well.

According to the research, groups of teens who assume their parents eat or drink while behind the wheel are 3.4 times more likely to end up doing the same.

The study also addressed other types of distractions like looking for something in the car, dealing with passenger issues, etc.

For more on this study, click here to read the full article.

Seniors To Get Cars Checked For Free By Auto Students

November 2, 2012 by  
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According to recent news articles, auto students from the Lincoln-Way North High School will be offering car checks for senior citizens in order to help older drivers to remain safe while behind the wheel.

The initiative is an annual free event that helps senior citizens by ensuring their cars are in top shape. The event is organized annually by the county police, the village police and the community of senior citizens.

The vehicles of senior citizens will be checked for headlights, tires, fluids and undercarriage. Authorities decided to provide this service to prevent accidents caused by defective and poorly inspected auto parts.

For more on this event, click here for the full article.

Car And Bike Safety Addressed By Local Authorities

November 1, 2012 by  
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According to several news agencies, local residents in Evanston are asking for improvements in the local roads to see an increase in bike safety in the region.

Articles mention that a bike lane has just been completed on Church Street, which may help the city to become a more bike-friendly town for its residents.

Riders, however, feel that the creation of this bike lane is not enough and that more should be done to improve the quality of the road. The local police department has revealed that out of 2,458 car crashes, 80 involved bicyclists during the year of 2011 alone.  Drivers and riders are urged to share the road and make sure they are following traffic regulations so accidents can be prevented.

To learn more about what local authorities are doing to make roads safer for drivers and bicyclists in the region, click here for the full article.

2012 And 2013 Harley-Davidson VRSCDX Motorcycles Recalled

October 26, 2012 by  
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Motorcycles manufactured by Harley-Davidson Motor Company are being recalled due to a defective rear bracket assembly.

According to the federal agency, the motorcycles of models 2012 and 2013 VRSCDX were furnished with rear license plate mountings that were screwed poorly during assembly, which could cause the part to become detached unexpectedly.

If the bracket comes undone and it rotates, it could come in contact with the rear brake line, increasing the risk of an accident.

To stay safe, motorcyclists with the recalled vehicles are being asked to contact the manufacturer right away.

For the full recall statement, click here.

Consumers Look For Car Safety Information In Social Media Websites

October 25, 2012 by  
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A recent article indicated that social media websites could be a great source of information regarding car safety.

According to a study carried out by the Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business, consumers prefer to look for information they can find easily online. Consumers usually rely heavily on reviews written or reported by consumers when it comes to vehicles and how reliable and safe they are. Researchers also found that traditional Internet media along newer formats such as social media tools have been making the exchange of reviews and product information more free and detailed.

Automakers have been looking more into these reviews to learn more about how they can develop vehicles that will strike a nerve with consumers who have complained about their vehicles in the past. Hopefully, these tools will continue to help consumers make better-informed decisions.

Experts have reported that a new system could help consumers to discover information regarding vehicle defects and recalls easily that could also be a great tool for consumers looking into learning more about how safe and reliable certain vehicles can be.

For more on this new system and how social media could help consumers to make better decisions, click here for the full report.

Nissan Leaf’s New Prototype Tested, Safety Features Reviewed

October 17, 2012 by  
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Several news agencies have been looking into Nissan’s new autonomous features and, according to some reports the new features will be available for consumers of the new Nissan Leaf model.

Specialists have tested Nissan Leaf’s new prototype that is equipped with an automated braking and steering system that would sense an imminent collision promptly and trigger the vehicle’s brakes to avoid the crash. The system is known as “Autonomous Emergency Steering System” and it has been created to help to keep drivers safe and avoid accidents that would not be avoided if the driver simply attempted to stop the vehicle on their own.

The new prototype was presented to the media and a series of automotive experts in Japan. Reports show that the new system was tested with a pedestrian who suddenly stepped out on the road in front of the vehicle, which the driver failed to notice. The system kept the vehicle from running the pedestrian over by triggering the prototype system and avoiding a crash.

Specialists say that the new system integrates road rules into its software, which will keep the vehicle from simply swerving into the next lane against oncoming traffic. By sensing danger and triggering the brakes of the vehicle before the driver is able to react, engineers hope to make roads safer by avoiding accidents.

Hopefully, more safety features will be designed to endure drivers’ safety and minimize crash risks.

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Keep Your Teen Safe By Purchasing A Safe Vehicle

October 4, 2012 by  
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It might be possible to reduce the numbers of deadly crashes involving teenagers on the road by around 70%, reports show.

The NZ Transport Agency is trying to get parents of teenage drivers to choose the safest car that they can for their children, which could help to decrease the number of deadly auto crashes and make roads safer for all drivers.

Cars that earn four and five star ratings are the best options for young drivers who are still not aware of the dangers they could face while driving. Reports show that many cars that actually earn these high safety ratings can be quite affordable.

For more on how to keep your teen safe, read the full article here:
Safe cars could save lives

Auto Safety Technology Has A Limit, Drivers Must Be Alert

September 21, 2012 by  
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According to the news, some individuals assert that recent advances in technology have made the current speed limits unnecessary, and that, accordingly, they should be substantially increased.

While technological advances have produced many methods that help drivers to avoid minor accidents, experts exhort the importance of common sense and responsibility for all drivers sharing the road. Until the moment all vehicles are able to correct any imprudent actions carried out by dangerous drivers, it is important to obey posted speed limits and rules of the road.

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Auto safety and technology’s limits

Inexpensive Cars Could Require Expensive Oil, Experts Say

September 21, 2012 by  
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Experts have pointed out that certain inexpensive vehicles have been requiring extra-thin 0W-20-weight synthetic oil, which is a practice that started with Japanese vehicles and is now spreading.

This expensive oil lubricant may cost the inexpensive vehicle owner about  $30 to $40 more than inexpensive synthetic oil brands, which could, in the long run, represent an economic burden to some consumers. Because of that, some companies and federal agencies are working on developing new standards for 0W-16 and 0W-12 blends that won’t hurt the consumer’s pockets.

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Fuel economy race brings expensive oil to inexpensive cars

More Stringent Front-Impact Crash Tests Performed By IIHS

September 11, 2012 by  
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Multiple news agencies have revealed that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced a new addition to its crash tests and according to the reports, this may be the type of change that the auto industry needed, which will help to keep drivers and passengers safer from now on.

The new small overlap frontal crash test will demonstrate how a front corner impact may damage the car and cause serious injuries to the driver. Performed at forty miles per hour, the test is meant to be similar to hitting a pole or tree. This type of incident is mostly blamed for approximately twenty-five hundred deaths every year, according to the IIHS.

Reports issued publicly by the IIHS demonstrate that vehicles tested up to 2009 that got ‘good’ front collision ratings may not get the same scores with this new set of tests. The federal agency claimed that studies into these small overlap front crashes show that all of the impact of the collision is absorbed by the the firewall, wheel and suspension, which could result in the wheel being pushed into the footwell of the vehicle, which could then cause some serious and even fatal injuries to the driver.

Certain upscale midsize cars have been tested by the IIHS and after the new test standards have been embraced, only two models of vehicles out of eleven received good ratings. However, none reportedly received great scores. Although many may believe that BMW makes extremely safe cars, the 2012 BMW 3-series was rated ‘marginal’ by the federal agency after participating in the small overlap frontal collision tests.

The federal agency has stated that now its inspectors are focusing on testing affordable midsize cars. Officials urge carmakers to look into these new tests and their results to start working closely with engineers to develop safer cars that will keep occupants and drivers out of harm’s way in the event of different types of collisions.

According to the news, the safest vehicle tested by the IIHS’ new standards is the 2012 Volvo S60 model and the least safe are the 2012 Lexus ES, Lexus IS, Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Hopefully, the federal agency will test affordable models soon.

If you would like to learn more about this new test and the dangers that drivers face if they are involved in a similar accident, you can read the full article here:

IIHS Announces More Stringent Front-Impact Vehicle Crash Test

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