Important Tips for Teen’s First Car – Car Pro News

22 Jul
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Teen drivers are the most vulnerable motorists on the road. They take unnecessary risks. They’re inexperienced. They’re more likely to sit behind the wheel of used cars that don’t contain the latest safety technology.

It’s no wonder that traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers.

It doesn’t have to be that way. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has developed a checklist for parents and teens shopping for a new car. These items help protect teen drivers, who are more likely to be involved in a crash than any other road users.

In addition to compiling a list of 56 specific makes and models recommended for teens, IIHS, a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing death and injury on the nation’s roads, recommends the following features and guidelines to parents and teens who are car shopping:

Electronic Stability Control– The organization says this feature is “a must” that will help drivers maintain control on curves and slippery roads.… Read more

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San Francisco Area Makes Record Electric Vehicle Purchase

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A group of San Francisco Bay Area cities, counties and water agencies has joined forces for what is being billed as one of the largest single government purchases of all-electric vehicles in the country.
The six cities, two counties and two water agencies have united to buy 90 electric vehicles with the help of a $2.8 million grant from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, a regional transportation agency, officials with the Bay Area Climate Collaborative said.
The vehicles will save more than $500,000 in fuel costs and about 2 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions over five years, Bay Area Climate Collaborative Executive Director Rafael Reyes said.… Read more

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Parents! Your Teens are NOT Buckling Up! – Car Pro News

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Today’s teenagers seem to have an issue with wearing their seatbelts. A new report by the Governors’ Highway Safety Association has revealed that of the teen drivers killed on the roads in 2012, over half (51.2 percent, to be precise) weren’t wearing their seatbelts. We aren’t sure what’s worse, that the figure has jumped 6 percent in the past three years, or that teen passengers are 20 percent less likely to wear seatbelts than teen drivers.
“Crashes are already the leading cause of death for teens, and it is particularly disturbing to see the percentage of unbelted teen drivers and passengers in fatalities continue to rise,” said the GHSA’s executive director, Jonathan Adkins.… Read more

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