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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
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Another NTSB Report On A Tesla Fatality Wreck
   Published March 25, 2020
I remember with horror the details of this fatal accident when it happened. Just the thought of someone hitting a tractor trailer at almost 70 miles per hour with enough force to sheer the top off the car and continue through to the other side, is beyond terrifying. We had results on a different Tesla crash a few weeks ago here. Here is the latest report from the National Traffic Safety Board’s findings, as stated in a press release:

Highway Accident Brief 20/01 details the  Read More
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44 Percent Of Americans Have a Driving Fear
   Published March 18, 2020
Oftentimes, while we’re on the road, we don’t 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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2020 Mazda CX-30 Earns Top Safety Award With Specific Headlights
   Published March 18, 2020
The 2020 Mazda CX-30 is earning honors from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It’s being named a 2020 TOP SAFETY PICK when equipped with specific headlights. What’s interesting is that the base model’s LED headlights helped it achieve that status, not the premium’s curve-adaptive ones.

The IIHSA says the CX-30 earns the award when equipped with its base LED projector headlights, which earn a good rating. However, it’s premium, curve-adaptive headlights earn a poor rating due to  Read More
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2019 Pedestrian Deaths Highest Since 1988
   Published March 4, 2020
Do you walk and look at your cell phone at the same time? You might want to stop doing that after reading this new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). Its preliminary data predicts that 6,590 pedestrian fatalities occurred in 2019, the highest number in more than 30 years.

GHSA 2019 Pedestrian Deaths ReportGHSA’s annual “Spotlight on Highway Safety” is a first look at state and national trends in 2019 pedestrian traffic deaths. The info is based on  Read More
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Need A Vehicle That Fits 3 Car Seats Across the 2nd Row? Here are 20
   Published March 4, 2020
It is not uncommon these days for families to have a five passenger SUV or sedan with the need for putting three child seats in the second row.

This, of course, means that not only does the seat have to be wide enough, but that there are three sets of LATCH connections or lower tethers there. also. LATCH stands for Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children.

At this time, there are only 20 vehicles that fit the criteria in alphabetical order:

Vehicles that Fit 3 Car Seats  Read More
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IIHS Announces Top 2020 Model Year Safety Picks
   Published February 19, 2020
Sixty-four cars and SUVs qualify for a 2020 safety award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety under new criteria that prioritizes the protection of pedestrians in addition to vehicle occupants. Missing from the list? Trucks and minivans. IIHS researchers say none qualified for either award so far this year, but that could change if automakers make midyear production changes and nominate the vehicle for testing.  Read More
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Understanding Vehicle Start/Stop Systems
   Published February 5, 2020
I am spending time this week with a General Motors SUV that has the Auto Start/Stop system. That in itself is not problematic, but this SUV does not have a button to turn it off, which drives me crazy. While it is fresh in my mind, I thought it might be a good time to revisit these systems.

How Stop-Start Systems Work
If you are not familiar with this system, simply put, when you come to a stop, like a red light, the engine shuts down, but essential other components continue to run, like the air conditioning system, power steering, brakes, sound system, etc. When you take your foot off the brake to press the gas pedal the engine restarts and you go on your merry way. In a vehicle with a manual transmission, the system operates from the clutch pedal instead of the brake.
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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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Is All-Wheel Drive Right For You?
   Published January 9, 2020
I had a listener to my radio show contact me and was very confused. I told a caller that I thought she should get an all-wheel drive vehicle. Shortly afterward, I told another caller I would not recommend it. So what gives? Simply put, it was the difference in location. The first caller was from Grand Rapids, Michigan and the second caller was from Austin, TX. Other than location, who is right for all-wheel drive and what is it all about?

All-Wheel DriveNot too long ago, only  Read More
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NICB: “Puffing” Your Vehicle Could Cost You
   Published January 8, 2020
Ever run out and start your car to get it warmed up during the winter, then go back inside for a few minutes? Well, you should rethink that plan according to the National Insurnace Crime Bureau. The NICB calls it “puffing” and warns that if you leave your car unlocked and unattended while warming it up, it could become a target for theft.

The NICB says more and more states and municipalities are passing laws banning “puffing,” making it illegal to leave a  Read More
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5 Ways to Be A Safer Driver in 2020
   Published January 2, 2020
Let’s 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 you’re guilty of any of these behaviors yourself, it’s time to make some resolutions to change that. Here are five New Year’s 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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Takata Airbag Recall Guide
   Published December 4, 2019
[Editor’s note: This information is updated regularly using data from the NHTSA website.]

Updated data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (in the chart below) shows that as of August 3, 2018, out of roughly 41.9 million air bags, 60% have been replaced with 40% to go. That’s a 2% difference since the June 3 reporting date. In all, the recall includes about 50 million inflators, so not all are included in this count.

[UPDATED September 2018] In September, Honda  Read More
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Don’t Transport Your Christmas Tree Home Without Reading These Tips
   Published December 4, 2019
It’s 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 aren’t 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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Don’t Let A Christmas Party Turn Into A Tragedy
   Published December 4, 2019
The holiday season is kicking into full swing and that means law enforcement around the nation are gearing up for the 2019 Holiday Season Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. It’s an effort to keep the roads safe during the holiday season, which is one of the deadliest times of the year in terms of drunk-driving deaths according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This year’s campaign runs December 13 - January 1, 2020.

Sobering StatisticsAccording to  Read More
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Four Groups Agree To Safety Tech Terms
   Published November 25, 2019
Four organizations – AAA, Consumer Reports, J.D. Power and the National Safety Council – are joining forces want to make driver assist technology terms less confusing for drivers. They’ve adopt standardized naming for advanced driver assistance technology in an effort to reduce confusion. To help educate consumers on the benefits, limitations and proper use of these technologies, the four organizations are calling on all safety organizations, automakers and journalists covering the  Read More
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Holiday Shoppers: Be Careful Parking At The Mall
   Published November 20, 2019
When it comes to hitting the shopping mall during the holiday season, it can be a real jungle out there. Parking lots are accidents waiting to happen as they fill up with cars and people, including thieves who are only too happy to steal your Christmas out of your car. So there are many things to be on the lookout for, from your personal safety and that of other pedestrians, to the safety of your vehicle and its precious unwrapped contents.

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Special Report: Vehicle History Reports
   Published November 13, 2019
If you listen to the Car Pro Show, without fail when I get a caller looking at used vehicles, the last thing I say is “make sure it has a clean history report.”

The same advice goes to you: If you are in the market for a used vehicle, you want as much information as possible to learn about a vehicle’s past life. Has it been in a wreck? Has it been in a flood? Is the odometer accurate? Is the title clean? These are all questions every buyer should want to know if considering a pre-owned vehicle.

You’ve seen the ads for that cute little car fox that is the mascot for the most popular vehicle history report in America, CarFax. So, the question is, how accurate is the report? The truth is, it is a mixed bag. Information on a vehicle history report is only as good as the information received.
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Car Pro Advice: The Dangers Of Nighttime Driving
   Published November 6, 2019
Nighttime driving can be one of the most dangerous activities you do on a regular basis. Consider this: almost 50 percent of all fatal car accidents occur at night and according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, road fatalities occur at a rate three times greater at night than during the day.

That is an ominous statistic to say the least. However, there is really no reason that night driving has to be unsafe. Here are some helpful tips to keep your  Read More
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10 Tips on How to Avoid Flood Damaged Vehicles
   Published October 2, 2019
Although last week’s Barry was only a hurricane for a short period of time, it brought a ton of rain and flooding in a lot of states. The large amounts of rain caused flash flooding, destruction, 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