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Tips For Teaching Your Teenager To Be A Safe Drive

On: Thu, Jun 3, 2010 at 4:40PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

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The incidence of fatalities in teenagers involved in motor-vehicle accidents has decrease by as much as 69% in areas where a curfew has been established and enforced. Most parents are interested in how they can help their teen to become a safer driver, but may not know exactly how to go about it.

According to a spokesperson for the Insurance Institute for the NHTSI, National Highway Traffic Safety Institute, most teens are able to steer and maneuver the car without problems; the difficult part for them is observing the scene, learning to predict danger, and developing the ability to make correct decisions quickly.

Safety experts across the country are advocating for licensing programs that permit young drivers to gradually gain driving experience in three stages; the first stage would be receiving a permit, supervised driving would be the second stage, followed by a restricted driving stage that would allow young drivers to gain a specific number of hours of experience before getting out on the road to drive alone.

Here are some tip to enable you to successfully teach your teens to drive safely;

Driver's Re-Ed

On: Tue, Jun 1, 2010 at 1:22PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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The list of standard safety features on today’s even most basic car models would have sounded like a spaceship from a science fiction story only a generation or two ago.  Adaptive cruise control?  Check.  Anti-lock braking system?  Blind spot detection?  Check.  Side curtain airbags?  Check.  Lane-departure warning?  Yes.  Rearview camera?  Go.  Accident avoidance system?  Roger.  

Car companies have done an amazing job at making automobiles much safer, but despite their best efforts they have not yet been able to solve the biggest threat to driving safety:  The driver.  There is a flawed inference almost everyone is a victim of.  Although cars are the safest they have ever been, driving is not safer, and in fact, has never been more dangerous.  Road speeds are higher, population and road congestion have increased exponentially, and people are more distracted than ever with the need for immediate responses to phone calls, emails, and text messages.  

With that thought, I’d like to suggest two ideas.  One that has been talked about, or at least thought about by almost anyone that has ever been slowly cut off by a senior citizen drifting listlessly into their lane on the interstate.  The second is quite a bit more radical.  Both of these occurred to me a moment or two after I was nearly killed the other day by a very inattentive driver on Route One in my home state of New Jersey.  As I slammed on my brakes and swerved out of the way of an Audi whose driver did not feel it was necessary to check for oncoming traffic before he blew through a stop sign, I realized a few things.  The first is that I want to live.  The second was that had my car been made several decades earlier, I probably wouldn’t have been alive to have a third thought.

Traffic Camera Accuracy Problems Worldwide

On: Mon, May 24, 2010 at 2:54PM | By: Clay Ritchings

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In the past week, thousands of vehicle owners across the US, England and Australia will receive refunds after officials admitted that the automated citations they received were either bogus or issued illegally. Since the Robocop devices have been put into use, we have all been assured of their accuracy by the municipalities that have employed them—only to see time and time again that the system is flawed. It seems like you have to get the press or TV news involved just to defend yourself, that is, unless you are the Mayor or Commissioner. It is obvious that the citations are not always being reviewed, that complaints are being ignored, and far worse, as long as the money keeps rolling in… nobody cares. Read on to see that innocent drivers are being ticketed and the only way they get any satisfaction is with the help of the media—not due process.

Automakers Agree with Minimum Standards for Electric Vehicle Noise

On: Thu, May 20, 2010 at 3:47PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

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In recent car news, The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers met with the National Federation of the Blind and the American Council for the Blind which resulted in an agreement that electric vehicles should be mandated to a minimum noise standard for safety of pedestrians with visual impairment.

New vehicle sales is projected to be just over 11 million this year, and, although a recent McKinsey report predicts that electric vehicles will capture only a small percentage of total vehicle sales in the future (as little as 3–8%), the all-electric motors are virtually silent. Safety issues concerning the risk of blind pedestrians getting hit by electric vehicles has been a topic of concern within advocate groups for the blind for many years. A recent study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2009 concluded that electric vehicles are prone to be at higher risk for accidents involving pedestrians than vehicles with regular engine noise, such as combustion engine automobiles.


Recall Fever: Lexus, Volvo, And Nissan

On: Thu, May 20, 2010 at 1:21PM | By: John Welch

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Nissan Thinking of Recalling Some Light Trucks

On: Mon, May 17, 2010 at 2:43PM | By: Clay Ritchings

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According to Autonews, Nissan North America is currently thinking of issuing a recall that will affect 48,700 trucks that were built in the U.S. This latest problem is on a lower suspension control link that may not have been welded correctly. Under certain conditions a bushing collar could crack as result of this possible welding defect.

The recall, which was still under discussion with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration late Friday afternoon, will involve some of the 2010 Nissan, Armadas, Titans, Pathfinders, Infiniti QX56, Frontiers, and Xterras models.

New Survey Shows That Honda, Ford Surpass Toyota in Customer Loyalty

On: Mon, May 17, 2010 at 11:30AM | By: Michael Jon Lazar

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The juggernaut carmaker Toyota has enjoyed high customer loyalty ratings for many years. Much like Rome and other empires of the past, Toyota's empire is finally being toppled by rival carmakers over rapidly declining customer loyalty. After several parts being recalled, spanning many different models the company makes, over this past year alone—combined with many other recalls that have been initiated on millions of their cars that are already on the road over the past decade—customers are waning, their confidence with the company is deteriorating, and some are waving goodbye to the recall-plagued carmaker in favor of other auto giants.

How to Avoid Purchasing a Vehicle with A Salvage Title

On: Tue, May 11, 2010 at 10:19AM | By: Sherry Christiansen

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When Hurricane Katrina struck Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama and Hurricane Rita hit Florida, Louisiana and Texas, it was one of the worst natural disasters in United States history. Literally thousands of vehicles were flooded. Not many people are aware of the fact that many of those cars that were severely damaged during  natural disasters (or major accidents) were then shipped to other parts of the country in the attempts to launder the titles and sell them to unsuspecting consumers.

Should Grandpa Get Behind the Wheel?

On: Mon, May 10, 2010 at 9:41AM | By: Sherry Christiansen

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In January 2010, a San Diego car accident resulting in the death of a 15-year-old skateboarder was caused by a 92-year old man who drove away because he hadn’t even realized that he had struck a person. According to a news report, the elderly driver said that he thought he had run over an animal or a bird, but when he saw a vigil at the scene of the accident the following day, he realized that he may have actually hit a human being.

GM Recalls 40k 2005-2006 Chevrolet Corvettes for steering column issue.

On: Mon, May 3, 2010 at 3:08PM | By: Drew Christy

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The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration announced that General Motors has issued a recall for 2005-2006 Chevrolet Corvettes. The recall is for all Corvette models built between March 2004 and January 2006 with tilt and telescoping steering wheels.

Movement in the steering column could cause signal interruption and illuminate the message “Service Active Handling System” warning light. This problem could also cause the brakes to pull the car to the left or right, thereby causing an accident. This recall affects a total of 40,028 Corvettes. For more information contact the NHTSA’s vehicle safety hot line at 888-327-4236 or call Chevrolet at 800-630-2438.

Gas Pedals Not Up To Caliber

On: Mon, May 3, 2010 at 11:14AM | By: Clay Ritchings

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The Dodge Caliber is being probed for sticky pedal issues. Chrysler says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating a problem with sticky accelerator pedals in the 2007 Dodge Caliber. The NHTSA said, in a document posted on its Web site, five consumers reported that the accelerator pedal became stuck and would not return to the idle position when released. But it is not aware of any accidents, injuries or property damage.

Chrysler says in a statement that the problem is limited to a small number of vehicles built during a five-week period in March and April of 2006. The automaker says the problem appears to be with a parts supplier and is mechanical, not electronic. The parts in question were made by CTS Corp; if that name sounds familiar, it should. CTS is the supplier of pedals involved in Toyota Motor Corp.'s January recall of some 2.1 million vehicles. Chrysler says it will cooperate fully with the investigation. There has been no recall of the vehicles.