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Everything You Need to Know About Child Safety Seats
   Published September 25, 2020
I have talked on the air a lot about the dangers of leaving children in hot cars, but I have never broached the subject of child safety seats.

As I researched the subject, I learned that not only are there a wide variety of child seats available, but many child seats are not properly installed. It is also important to understand that as your child grows, he or she will require larger and different kinds of child seats.

3 Basic Types Of Child Seats
1.) Rear-facing seats

These seats  Read More
What To Do If Your Identity Is Stolen
   Published September 23, 2020
I told you last week about the massive security breach at Equifax, and offered some tips on what to do if you found out you had been impacted by the breach. We know that roughly half of us have our info floating around on the sinister “dark web”, the place where identities are sold in bulk. I was impacted along with 143 million other lucky Americans, and all thanks to Equifax.

First StepsHere are some important first steps for you should you discover that you have indeed had your identity  Read More
AAA On Self-Driving Cars: Don’t Buy The Hype
   Published September 16, 2020
We’re 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 it’s important to know what those limitations are.

That’s the  Read More
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
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 don’t 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
Tesla On Autopilot Crashes Into Police Car
   Published September 2, 2020
There are no true self-driving cars yet, and a Tesla driver in North Carolina allegedly found this out the hard way. He was reportedly watching a movie in his car while auto-pilot was engaged, when his vehicle plowed into a Sheriff Deputy’s car. No one was hurt.

WNCN TV reports the accident happened just after midnight on Wednesday, August 26.

The impact sent the deputy’s cruiser into the trooper’s vehicle – which pushed the trooper and deputy to the  Read More
Get Your NHTSA Recall App Now
   Published September 2, 2020
Besides the Car Pro Weekly Newsletter, which you can subscribe to here, there is a new way to find out about vehicle recalls: via the new redesigned SaferCar app from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It’s available for both iOS and Android.

Here’s what’s so cool about it. It allows users to search for and save their vehicle’s VIN number, as well as save car seats, equipment, and tires info in a virtual garage on their smartphone. The app  Read More
10 Tips on How to Avoid Flood Damaged Vehicles
   Published August 25, 2020
It is hurricane season, and so far, it has been an active one. Immediately after hurricanes or a flood event, also comes destruction, death, and countless numbers of flooded cars.  From previous floods and hurricanes, we know that these cars will resurface all over the country in the months and years ahead.  Read More
2021 Subaru Ascent Wins Top Safety Award
   Published August 19, 2020
Good news for 2021 Subaru Ascent buyers. The entire lineup now comes with adaptive LED headlights. Subaru calls them “Steering Responsive LED headlights with High Beam Assist”. Last year, the curve-adaptive LED headlights were only available on select trims and base model buyers were stuck with halogens. So we’re happy to see its expanded standard availability. It also helps the 2021 Subaru Ascent achieve the highest rating from the Insurance of Highway Safety  Read More
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 don’t 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
Tips To Keep Cool On The Road
   Published July 22, 2020
The American Automobile Association predicts that Americans will take 700 million road trips this summer. While that number is down nearly 15% from last July through September, that’s still a lot of road trips. Whether you are taking one of those road trips or staying close to home, the summer heat can be challenging for your vehicle. We’ve already provided some tips on what to do as you prep your vehicle for the hot summer weather. But the folks at  Read More
Takata Airbag Recall Guide
   Published July 15, 2020
[Editor’s note: This information is updated regularly using data from the NHTSA website.]

Updated data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that as of June 5, 2020, out of roughly 50 million air bags, 75% have been replaced. This number has not changed much in 2020.
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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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Drivers Confess To Bad Behavior, Study Finds
   Published June 24, 2020
If you’ve seen people texting while driving or engaged in other distracted driving behaviors you’re not alone. In a recent Insurance.com survey, 87 percent of drivers who responded said distracted driving is a serious worse today than two years ago. And many admit to driving distracted themselves, be it texting, dealing with navigation,and even taking selfies.
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Reminder: Kids & Pets Left In Hot Cars Are Deadly
   Published June 22, 2020
Editor’s Note: This story has been updated following its original post date.

I update this story every year in hopes that it may get into the hands of parents who leave small children or pets in the car and prevent another child or pet from suffering a horrible, slow, agonizing death.

Car Heat Stroke StatisticsAbsorb the numbers below. Each case ended with the death of a child and the planning of a funeral:
Child vehicular heatstroke deaths for 2017: 42Child vehicular heatstroke deaths  Read More
AAA Warning: 100 Deadly Days For Teenagers
   Published June 10, 2020
This year what’s known as the 100 Deadliest Days of summer for teen drivers could be even more fraught with danger due to the impacts COVID-19, according to the American Automobile Association.
The “100 Deadliest Days,” the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day, is already a dangerous time period for teens on the road. Nationwide, AAA researchers say more than 8,300 people died in crashes involving teen drivers from 2008 to 2018 during this period, adding up to more than seven people a day each summer.
Adding to concerns this year, all the impacts from COVID-10. AAA says the combination of schools closed, activities curtailed, summer jobs canceled, and COVID-19 restrictions being lifted, could prove deadly as teens take to the road this summer. So it’s a good time for parents to promote good driving behaviors and help ensure their teens practice them too.
“The last decade of crash data shows that teens continue to be over-represented in crashes and summertime marks an increase of fatal crashes for this age group,” said Dr. David Yang, Executive Director of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. “Our data analysis has found that for every mile driven, new teen drivers ages 16-17 years old are three times more likely to be involved in a deadly crash compared to adults.”
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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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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
With Less Traffic, More Drivers Are Speeding During the COVID-19 Pandemic
   Published April 23, 2020
So now it’s 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.
The problem is prompting  Read More
2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid Named IIHS Top Safety Pick
   Published March 25, 2020
The 2020 CR-V Hybrid is the recipient of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's 2020 TOP SAFETY PICK rating.

Honda says the CR-V Hybrid joins the rest of the CR-V lineup, when equipped with specific headlights, Accord and three Civic models (Coupe, Sedan and Hatchback (excludes Type R) in achieving TSP ratings.

For 2020, all CR-V models provide Honda Sensing as standard equipment on all trim levels. It includes Collision Mitigation Braking System with Pedestrian  Read More