Car, Motorcycle Safety Event Organized By The Authorities

January 22, 2013 by  
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Georgia police has decided to organize an event that would promote auto safety awareness to residents of Atlanta, reports show.

According to several news agencies, a safety fair and auto show featuring awards, driver safety exhibits and driving courses will be free to attendants, however, car owners who wish to participate in the car competition will be charged a $25 entry fee, which will be donated to the Georgia Special Olympics.

The event will feature a driving simulator that would be available for teen drivers who are willing to learn about the risks associated with distracted and drunk driving.

To learn more about this event, click here for the full report.

Paramedics Hold Free Car Safety Seat Event

December 10, 2012 by  
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A free car safety seat checkpoint was hosted by car seat technicians and paramedics in the region of Leon in Florida this Friday, multiple reports have indicated.

According to a recent article, parents in the region were able to have their car safety seats checked by safety technicians that are fully aware of the risks associated with poorly kept or incorrectly installed car safety seats.

Safety technicians were able to check multiple car safety seats for installation and proper fitting, reports indicate. Parents who could not participate but would like to will be able to attend to the next event that will be held on Wednesday, December 19th.

For the full article concerning the safety seat checkpoint, click here.

Airbags With Flexi Adaptive Vents Unveiled

December 4, 2012 by  
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New airbag systems designed by TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. have been launched by the company, multiple reports indicate.

The company has designed airbag technology that features flexi adaptive vents, which trigger the airbag device’s tether mechanism that allows for the system to maintain the pressure for longer periods of time, which could absorb more energy and keep the passenger safer in more serious crashes.

The technology may also help to protect passengers by keeping the door trim from collapsing before the victim in the event of a crash against the side of the vehicle.

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Europe Chooses To Adopt New Auto Safety Measures

November 2, 2012 by  
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According to international news agencies, Europe has just adopted a new set of auto safety measures.

Official releases indicated that the new safety requirements include safety belt reminders that would work as a both optical and audible warning in all new models of vehicles, safety standards for electric vehicles that would keep drivers from experiencing an electrical shock and even easier child seat anchorages that would prevent injuries and keep children much safer.

Officials also claim that passenger protection will also be observed. The new General Safety Regulation stipulation will be targeted for 2020. Authorities hope to see a drop in road fatalities as a result.

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

Drivers Still Not Aware Of Risk Associated With Unbelted Driving

October 30, 2012 by  
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Most drivers still have a hard time understanding just how important the use of seat belts can be.

Although unbelted driving is illegal in most states, drivers still choose to ignore the law and drive unbelted, which has been linked to at least 148 traffic fatalities in the state of North Dakota during 2011 alone.

According to safety advocates, seat belts have proven to be capable of lowering the fatality rates in car accidents, which in itself should be enough to remind drivers they should always have their seat belts on.

Across the nation, 84 percent of all drivers buckle up while behind the wheel. Now, traffic authorities want 100 percent of all drivers to buckle up.
For more on how to stay safe while driving, click here for the full report.

Nissan’s New Technology Could Take Over The Wheel

October 22, 2012 by  
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Multiple news agencies reported that Nissan’s new technology could take over the wheel if it senses the driver is in danger.

According to recent reports, Nissan has issued a video that demonstrates how its new system works and according to specialists, the Autonomous Emergency Steering System uses the help of sensors, cameras, lasers and other technologies to spot objects, other vehicles or pedestrians around the vehicle. This system can then take the steering of the vehicle away from the driver if the motorist fails to recognize the danger and safely react to avoid collisions.

Automated braking systems have been added to several vehicles across Japan and Europe and now, this autonomous system is being tested. According to the automaker Nissan, vehicles can be steered to safety to prevent a crash. The vehicles that, in the future, will come equipped with these systems will have warning systems that will beep every time the vehicle is about to collide with an object, pedestrian or another vehicle. If the driver fails to react in time, the system will sense what is the safe way to go and drive into an open lane to keep your car from crashing.

Although tests are still being performed, many specialists believe this is a great opportunity to increase road safety and make safer vehicles.

For more on this new system, click here for the full report.

In-Car Pet Restraining Systems Tested

October 18, 2012 by  
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Media outlets reported that pet restraints have been selling well all across the country after certain states enacted laws that require pet owners to safely restrain their pets while occupying a vehicle.

According to the news, the reliability and competence of these safety devices are now under scrutiny after a test revealed that the restraints failed to keep the dog from turning into a projectile. The Center for Pet Safety reported that the pilot study simulated a crash and that the results suggested that pet harness brands could pose risks to the pet and the driver in crash situations.

Safety advocates are asking drivers to beware of the risks associated with these pet car safety restraints before purchasing them.

For more on this study, follow the link below:

Pet car safety restraints found to be less-than-effective in recent study

Child And Car Safety Should Be Everybody’s Priority

October 8, 2012 by  
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Teaching kids about road safety and how to properly and safely use a crosswalk could save lives, is what many safety advocates have reported.

Children do not develop perception until they are 8-years-old. Any child who is 8 and under should not be allowed to cross a street or ride a bicycle to school unless accompanied by a parent, some say. The child should be led by the hand when he or she is crossing the street, which could also help to keep the number of child-related accidents down.

Older children should be reminded by their parents and teachers on a regular basis about the importance of road safety. Kids will be kids and their minds are not on cars, they are usually simply concerned with getting to their destination.

A motorist who drives absent mindedly should not drive unless alert at all times. For more safety tips, read the full article here:

Safety top of mind after two kids hit by cars on way to Broomfield schools

New Legislation Could Prevent Recalled Vehicles From Being Leased

October 2, 2012 by  
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Politicians in California are considering new legislation that would prevent rental cars with operative defects that have never been repaired from entering the market for consumers.

The new bill was considered after a Californian resident lost her two daughters in an automobile accident involving a rental car that had been recalled and never repaired. There currently is no law that effectively prohibits leasing or even reselling vehicles that are still listed under safety recalls.

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5 major rental car companies agree on recall plan

Study Shows That Car Dashboards Can Be Quite Distractive

September 27, 2012 by  
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Several safety advocates have become concerned with a factor that has often been associated with auto incidents.

According to the news, a study has demonstrated that, most of the time, drivers can be easily distracted while trying to read the typeface of the onboard navigation systems of their vehicles. Because of that, researchers decided to look into navigation systems, their interface and how their fonts interfere with driver’s attention.

MIT AgeLab combined forces with Monotype to perform this study and look into this issue. According to the researches, two different types of typefaces on dashboards have been studied. The two navigation systems require visual menus and both are equipped with touch screen technology, read maps, GPS etc. According to this study, if the font is simply too hard to read, the driver will be distracted more often.

Also according to the study, if a dashboard is too hard to read, the driver will be more likely to be involved in an accident. It’s been reported that one of the most common typefaces on car dashboards is what some researchers called ‘square grotesque’, which is more demanding when it comes to having drivers reading the words on the car’s navigation system. The second most popular font is a more ‘humanist’ typeface, which resulted in a lower visual demand, according to the study.

Since the humanist font is 10.6% more likely to offer the driver a much easier read, drivers would be much safer by having this type of typeface on their dashboards as opposed to the ‘square grotesque’ option. According to the study, the time the driver uses to read the dashboard that uses the squared typeface corresponds to about 50 feet in distance while traveling at highway speed.

Yet another interesting discovery researchers found is that, although the different types of fonts affected how men drove, the two different types of fonts did not alter mush of the focus of women drivers. According to the researchers, cars with dashboard typeface that are closer to the ‘humanist’ format are easier for men to read because the letters are much more recognizable since there’s more space inside and between each letter.

Since squared letters have a much tighter letter spacing, the letters and subsequent words tend to blur together, which may increase ambiguity and make drivers less aware of what the dashboard is saying without actually focusing on each word.

Researchers believe that by optimizing the typeface design on new car dashboards, some distractions could be reduced and drivers would, in return, drive more safely.

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

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