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AAA On Self-Driving Cars: Donít Buy The Hype
   Published September 16, 2020
Weíre big proponents of driver assist technology at the Car Pro. Features like Forward Collision Warning and Automatic Emergency Braking can help prevent accidents and save lives, both for passenger cars and, as we reported last week, even big rigs. (Car Pro Show host Jerry Reynolds outlines some of his must-have driver assist safety features here.) But we also know driver assistance features come with limitations and itís important to know what those limitations are.

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Chevy Poll: Americans Are Happy Road Tripping
   Published September 9, 2020
If you took a road trip for Labor Day weekend - or anytime this past summer - you are not alone. And if you have a road trip planned for the holidays, youíre not alone either.

According to a new Chevrolet and Harris Poll study, there is a resurgence in road trips this year due to COVID-19. Researchers say Americans want to get out and see the world after the challenges of quarantine and social distancing.

The poll surveyed over 1,000  Read More
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Study: Collision Warning Preventing 18-Wheeler Crashes
   Published September 9, 2020
I shared with you last week my article on sharing the road with 18-wheelers. It appears that bringing some of the technology that is making passenger vehicles safer, can also pay dividends to truckers.

A new study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety suggests that equipping large trucks with forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking (AEB) systems could eliminate more than 2 out of 5 crashes in which a large truck  Read More
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Sharing the Road With Big Rigs
   Published September 3, 2020
My father was a truck driver for as long as I can remember. It was in the days when there were virtually no creature comforts in the cabs of the trucks. I donít think he ever drove a truck with air-conditioning, and there were certainly no CD players, video monitors, or CB radios. One night during the summer, around 10 PM, he was driving between Dallas and San Antonio and fell asleep while driving. He woke up too late to navigate a turn in the highway and turned the big rig on its side,  Read More
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Active Driving Assist Does Not Assist, AAA Study Finds
   Published August 12, 2020
We think all the new driver assist features are helping us, but are they? While they are designed to, they donít always, according to new research from the American Automobile Association.

In a new study, AAA automotive researchers found that driving assist features do less to assist drivers and more to interfere. In testing, they say over the course of 4,000 miles of real-world driving, vehicles equipped with active driving assistance systems experienced some type of issue  Read More
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Auto Safety Technology People Disable The Most
   Published July 8, 2020
We are big proponents of driver assist features here at the Car Pro and Car Pro Show Host Jerry Reynolds has even given us a rundown of his favorite driver-assist features. Overall, driver assistance features are proven to reduce accidents and keep us all safer on the road. But not everyone is crazy about them and, in fact, some people disable some features they find annoying according to a new survey by Erie Insurance.
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Capless Gas Tanks Pros and Cons
   Published June 17, 2020
[Editorís Note: This article has been updated since its original posting date.]

More and more, as I review new vehicles, and they need fuel, I open the gas tank flap all set to unscrew the gas cap, but there is not one there. There is a small trap door, that you canít push in with your finger, yet when you stick the gas nozzle from the pump in, it easily inserts. Welcome to capless gas tanks. Ford really pioneered capless fuel fillers on the 2009 Explorer. Other brands currently offering  Read More
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Just For Fun: Test Your Reaction Time While Driving
   Published May 27, 2020
This test, from UK-based JustPark, simulates you in the driver's seat of a car. You're driving down a road, when you see a big red hand flash in front of you. You have to put on the brakes.

Then, the Reaction Time Test tells you how old you are, when it comes to driving.

The test is based on reaction times of 2,000 people ages 18 and over. The Reaction Time Test plotted their reaction times by age; it matches your reaction time to those averages.

Some of their results may surprise you. The Reaction Time Test found that left-handed people and men have slightly better reaction times than the average person.
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Older Men Suffer More When Driving Decreases, Study Finds
   Published May 13, 2020
Itís something weíre all going to face at some point. The need to stop driving as much, or at all, as we get older. Reasons include medical conditions that come up as we age that may make driving unsafe.

As Car Pro Show Host Jerry Reynolds has addressed before, taking the keys from a parent can be difficult, as it means a loss of their freedom and independence. Weíre now finding out it may also have more of an impact on men than women, according to a study from the AAA  Read More
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Fatal Car Crashes Down For The Third Straight Year
   Published May 13, 2020
Traffic deaths are down for the third straight year according to preliminary estimates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. NHTSA recently released preliminary estimates for the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) 2019 data on highway crashes showing a continued decline in traffic fatalities. Researchers say the nation saw a decline in traffic deaths during 2018 and 2017, and these newest estimates suggest a  Read More
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With Less Traffic, More Drivers Are Speeding During the COVID-19 Pandemic
   Published April 23, 2020
So now itís come to this. A warning not to speed during the COVID-19. With fewer cars on the road, apparently a lot of people are doing it. The Governors Highway Safety Association says state highway officials are seeing a severe spike in speeding due to COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. The GHSA also says they are also reporting alarming speed increases, with some noting a significant surge in vehicles clocked at 100 mph or more.
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Car Pro Guide to Handling Vehicle Hail Damage, Plus Severe Weather Driving Tips
   Published March 25, 2020
Spring brings storms and, with them, many places get hail. We had this happen this past Sunday evening in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. In parts of the Metroplex, baseball-sized hail ruined thousands of cars, some so bad the windshields and rear windows were knocked out.

When driving in the rain, you need to exercise greater caution than usual because your reaction time and sight will be decreased.
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44 Percent Of Americans Have a Driving Fear
   Published March 18, 2020
Oftentimes, while weíre on the road, we donít think about what other drivers are thinking or feeling while behind the wheel. Whether they drive with fear or carelessly switch lanes in an attempt to get to work faster, our thoughts when it comes to driving can have a huge impact on road safety and the decision we make while driving.

To help explain, CarRentals, an Expedia-owned company, recently published a survey on driving phobias and found that 44  Read More
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The Dangers of Driving Drowsy
   Published January 23, 2020
Think back over your history of driving a car - have you ever been exhausted but gotten behind the wheel anyway? You're not alone. In fact, a recent study performed by the American Automobile Association (AAA) revealed that 40% of drivers surveyed had fallen asleep behind the wheel of a car at least once in their lifetime. One in six deadly car accidents this year will occur because of driver drowsiness, and one in eight accidents will result in someone from the car being hospitalized. These are alarming statistics - so, why does it happen?

We live in a society that doesn't stop - there's always something to do and somewhere to be, and it doesn't matter how old you are. Being aware of your body's limitations and understanding your sleep cycle can go a long way in preventing drowsy driving and the accidents that sometimes occur as a result. Let's talk about the facts and how you can keep yourself (and others) safe on the roads.
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5 Ways to Be A Safer Driver in 2020
   Published January 2, 2020
Letís face it. The roads can be downright dangerous out there, filled with distracted, drunk, drowsy or aggressive drivers, not to mention those who feel a need for speed and try to beat red lights. If youíre guilty of any of these behaviors yourself, itís time to make some resolutions to change that. Here are five New Yearís driving resolutions to make for the year ahead that will make the road safer for yourself and other drivers including law enforcement and first responders who risk their lives every day working traffic incidents.  Read More
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Donít Transport Your Christmas Tree Home Without Reading These Tips
   Published December 4, 2019
Itís December and Christmas tree lots are now popping up on street corners across America. Before you pick out your tree and head home with it, make sure you have the proper tools necessary get it home safely. A new study reports that many drivers arenít transporting their trees correctly which could lead to vehicle damage or even worse, lead to it falling off your vehicle on the way home causing a safety hazard to other motorists.  Read More
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How To Safely Transport Your Holiday Food
   Published November 21, 2019
At some point, weíve all been tasked with the thankless Thanksgiving job of holding a casserole dish overflowing with piping-hot buttery potatoes on our laps while speeding down the highway over the hills and through the woods to Grandmotherís house.

How about getting all those leftovers home after Thanksgiving dinner? While Auntie Mayís pumpkin pie may seem perfectly pleasant perched atop a lace doily on the dining-room table, it can become a dangerous projectile if not secured properly in  Read More
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CAUTION: Children Are Out Of School For Summer Break
   Published June 5, 2019
School systems are out for summer break, which means lots of sunshine and an increase in children on the roads, especially in neighborhoods and parks.

The American Automobile Association says everyone ďshould expect more foot and bike traffic in neighborhoods and residential areas as school-aged children look to take advantage of the warm weather, longer daylight hours, and not having to prepare for school the following morning.Ē

Summer Driving TipsHere are some tips to consider year  Read More
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When Itís Time To Take Mom And Dadís Keys
   Published March 21, 2019
Odds are, at around 16 years of age, your parents handed you the keys to your very first car. It is a day most of us never forget. Even if it was just a cheap car, it was ugly, and it didnít run all that great, it still meant you had your freedom. Now many years later, you are faced with the decision to have a talk with your parents about their ability to drive. As cruel as it seems, you are in the unenviable position to take away freedom from the very people who gave you yours.

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6 Tips for Safe Driving During Deer Season
   Published October 3, 2018
As if distracted drivers and people who are drinking and driving arenít enough of a hazard this time of year, now we have to fear the deer. They just seem to come from nowhere, and as you know, they are extremely fast.

Animal-Related CrashesAlthough virtually none of the lower 48 states are immune, some states are worse than others. West Virginia tops the list of the most deer and car collisions, Montana, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Iowa round out the top five.

Although a deer can jump  Read More