Itís time to start thinking about how to get your Christmas tree home. Thereís more to it than meets the eye to get it done safely and according to AAA, a lot of drivers arenít doing it correctly.
In a 2017 study, AAA researchers reported that an estimated 20 million Americans who bought a real Christmas tree in the three years prior did not properly secure it to their vehicle. Not only can you risk seriously damaging your vehicle, but it can also cause dangerous road debris if it falls off Read More
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.
A reminder now about drowsy driving involving younger people. If you have young drivers in your family, warn them of the dangers! Here are some statistics and tips for teen drivers and their parents from the National Transportation Safety Board:
The problem:According to research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, one in five fatal crashes involves a drowsy driver, and drivers aged 16 to 24 are at the greatest risk for being involved in a drowsy driving crash.Between 2010 and 2015, Read More
[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
A lot of people heard me talking about the automatic braking system on the new 2019 Subaru Ascent I reviewed last week, and that prompted a lot of questions. The big question is, like all technology in vehicles, how well does it work?
Although some folks are skeptical about new features on vehicles, the government and automakers have agreed that all vehicles by 2022 will have this safety feature, so Americans are going to have to get used to this technology. Today, roughly 10% of cars on Read More
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
Just in time for Memorial Day Weekend, when 36.6 million people are expected to hit the road, comes National Tire Safety Week. Itís an annual reminder for drivers to make sure theyíre driving on tires with the proper tread and inflation. A recent study found that four in ten teenagers are not. But itís not just teens with unsafe tire habits. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, only 19 percent of consumers regularly check and inflate their tires. Thatís a pretty Read More
We talked a lot on air last week about Kailee Mills, the 16-year old Spring, TX girl tragically killed while taking her seat belt off for a split second. We are about to enter the deadliest time of the year for teen drivers, statistically at least. Itís known as the 100 Deadliest Days of Summer.
100 Deadliest Days Of SummerThe so-called 100 days of summer fall between Memorial Day and Labor Day, when school is out. In a recent study published by the American Automobile Association, Read More
A Dallas listener called last week because his car was damaged by a hailstorm that passed through North Texas recently. He wasnít sure what to do with his car and it reminded me that spring is here and hail and storms could impact many of our listeners. When driving in the rain, you need to exercise greater caution than usual because your reaction time and sight will be decreased. Here are some tips to help you weather the storms:
RAINY DAY DRIVING TIPS Be cautious of ďhydroplaningĒDuring Read More
If you are concerned about distracted driving, youíre not alone. Itís a top concern for many drivers when it comes to dangers on the road.
In a new AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety study, 88-percent of drivers believe distracted driving is a serious threat and on the rise.
Respondents were more worried about distracted driving than other risky behaviors like aggressive driving, drivers using drugs and drunk driving: Aggressive driving: 68 percent Drivers using drugs: 55 percent Drunk Read More
I talked about this with a couple of listeners on last weekís show and many have wanted to utilize it.
An Austin-area judge came up with a wonderful teen driver contract. Here is the note he sent me. Thank you so much, Judge Madison!
Dear Jerry, I commend you for your article that was published in the Austin American Statesman on Thursday, October 11. I preside over 4 municipal courts in Central Texas. My court in Lakeway has won 3 traffic safety initiative awards for innovative programs Read More
Thereís no stopping the clock and ready or not weíre on the road to 2018. But itís still not too late to make a few New Yearís resolutions on the driving front. That said, here are five ways to resolve to be a safer driver in 2018.
1. Resolve to not drive distracted Distracted driving, which includes talking, texting or reading emails on a cellphone, is a dangerous problem on the nationís roadways that isnít going away. The NHTSA estimates 660,000 drivers use electronic devices while behind Read More
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
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
If you think you spend a lot of time behind the wheel thatís because you do.
American drivers spend an average of 17,600 minutes behind the wheel each year, according to a survey from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The research finds that more than 87.5 percent of Americans aged 16 years and older reported driving in the past year. During this time, drivers traveled nearly 10,900 miles on average and spent more than 290 hours on the road.
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.
His name was Ronnie Lerma, he served as a police officer in my hometown, Garland, TX. Ronnie was a mountain of a man with a gentle spirit. I had met Ronnie several times at the dealership I owned at the time. I have always been a proud supporter of our first responders. On September 21, 1998, Ronnie stopped a vehicle on I-635 for speeding. As he reached for his ticket book from his motorcycle, he was struck by a van and killed. Ronnie was 39 and left behind a wife and two children. The Read More
We spent a good amount of time on the Car Pro Show last weekend talking about Teen Driver Safety Week. It can be a life changer for the parents as well as the child. For most parents, your childís independence is exciting and scary at the same time.
We had a caller to the nationally syndicated show who had a son who wanted a pickup truck. While I like pickups as a first vehicle, this family was on a limited budget. I spoke to the teen on the air to try to explain why he would be better Read More
You may not realize it, but not all gasoline is created equal.
Some brands meet higher standards than those set by the U.S. government. They use higher-quality additives that keep engines cleaner. Lower-quality gas uses lower-quality additive packages that can build up deposits on fuel injectors and intake valves. As you might imagine, those buildups can lead to poor engine performance.
Additives include octane enhancers, antiknock compounds and oxygenates, as well as corrosion Read More