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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
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Takata Airbag Recall Guide
   Published June 10, 2020
[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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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
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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.
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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