When you think of all the safety equipment on cars these days, people quickly think of airbags, emergency braking, anti-lock brakes, lane departure warning, etc. The truth is, in my opinion, your tires are the most important safety feature on your vehicle. It is often the most ignored as well. Today, I bring you some tips on how to keep your tires in good condition. After all, tires are all that separates you from the road.
Keep An Eye On Tire Pressures This is one of the most critical Read More
When we talk about identity theft and vehicles, your thoughts may first go having personal info stolen out of your car if it’s left on the street overnight, or even in your driveway. But there’s another way thieves can get their hand on your info, and that’s in the junkyard. No one likes to think about their car ending up there, but I think this past year has taught us you can never know what the future brings.
For some reason, we had numerous callers the past couple of weeks who were confused about all-wheel drive (AWD) and the benefits of it. I am a big fan of AWD personally and actually have said that I would never personally own a car without it. It seems like a good time to take a look at all-wheel drive systems. Read More
[Editor’s note: Last updated on January 6, 2021, using data provided on the NHTSA website.]
We’re now into 2021, six years after the federal government called for a nationwide Takata airbag recall in 2014. It’s the largest automotive recall in U.S. history and one that’s expanded more than once to now include some 63 million inflators in the U.S. As of December 2020, nearly 40 million airbags from 12 Priority groups identified by NHTSA have been repaired. You can check out the progress in the graph below.
The recalled Takata airbags can explode if deployed due to chemical degradation and are blamed for 17 deaths and more than 200 injuries here in the U.S. A separate group of defective Takata airbags was also recalled in late 2019 and is separate from the much larger recall. Read More
Winter is here - and has been for some for awhile already. It’s cold out - and no one wants to get into a freezing cold car on a bitter morning. We get it. You may be tempted to unlock your car, turn on the engine to warm up a bit with the keys inside, then head back inside. It’s a practice calling “puffing” - a term that comes from seeing a visual “puff” of exhaust coming out of the tailpipe during cold temps. But it’s not a good idea, because a car thief could end up riding off in your warm and cozy vehicle.
The National Insurance Crime Bureau warns against the practice and says more and more states and municipalities are passing laws banning “puffing,” making it illegal to leave a vehicle running and unlocked, even in your driveway. These days, the NICB says remote starters are usually considered a safe alternative. They allow you to start the engine while keeping the vehicle safely locked up without the presence of a key or fob. Read More
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
Covid-19 has limited holiday gatherings, but there will still be office parties, holiday cocktails with friends and perhaps even spiked eggnog at family festivities. As New Year’s approaches, we bring you our annual reminder to drink responsibly, because it’s never okay to drink and drive. Read More
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.
Data gathered by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety confirms the perception that men tend to speed, tailgate, merge dangerously, and make rude gestures or honk at other drivers more than women. The survey finds that women also admit to some dangerous driving habits, such as running red lights. Overall, younger male and female drivers tend to be more aggressive than older drivers. With everyday stress already compounded by the pandemic and now the holiday season, which can Read More
You are likely to see more Christmas trees perched atop car roofs this year. That’s because Christmas tree sales are expected to be up, as families look for some holiday cheer in what’s been a particularly challenging year. A recent NBC news report cites a recent survey by the Christmas Tree Promotion Board that found 25% of people who had an artificial tree or no tree last year plan to go all out by buying a real one this year.
If you’re one of those planning to mask up and head out to your local tree lot or tree farm, make sure you have the tools to get it home safely. (Or plan to have it delivered to you.) Unsafe transport methods, like putting it unsecured in the trunk or improperly tied down to the roof of the car, can be a recipe for disaster. If it falls out, it becomes hazardous road debris. Read More
Hyundai and Kia must pay $210 million in penalties in a settlement reached with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration related to recalls of vehicles equipped with Theta II engines. The NHTSA found that the automakers, owned by parent company Hyundai, failed to conduct timely recalls of over 1.6 million vehicles equipped with these engines. The agency says they also didn’t accurately report certain Read More
Keep your car locked and secure on New Year’s Day -- that’s the holiday with the most reported vehicle thefts according to the latest National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) Holiday Theft Report.
The report shows dramatic variations in theft activity throughout the winter months. According to the data, thieves aren’t too busy on Christmas Day, as it shows the fewest number of vehicles stolen on that day. Thanksgiving ranks low on the holiday theft list as well. However, New Year’s Eve Read More
When it comes to the easiest car to hack into, Tesla is the most “hackable” according to the nonprofit, nonpartisan Consumer Watchdog group. It recently released a video showing how a box it built with the help of technologists could hack into the wireless connection of a Tesla and take over the screen with a "This Tesla's Been Hacked" message.
The group said the demonstration showed how vulnerable the wireless connection in the cars is– by amplifying the signal it could work on many vehicles simultaneously, a large-scale hack. Once in control of the screen, a hacker could suggest malware be downloaded, potentially giving them access to the car's operation and control over the vehicle, or otherwise sabotage the car. Read More
Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, November 1, at 2am as we turn our clocks back an hour, and that means you’ll be driving in the dark more than you have in over six months. 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 and 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 visibility high and make the trip to your destination a safe one. Read More
October marks two important safety campaigns for drivers. Not only is it National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, but we’re also currently observing Teen Driver Safety Week that runs from Oct 18-24, something Car Pro Show host Jerry Reynolds talked about on the show last Saturday. The importance of both of these campaigns cannot be understated - something that is underscored by a recent accident in North Texas that took the life of a young four-year old girl, an accident her Read More
A 17th death in the U.S. is being attributed to faulty Takata airbags. Earlier this month, American Honda and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) confirmed that a defective Takata driver’s airbag inflator ruptured in the crash of a 2002 Honda Civic on Aug. 20, 2020, in Mesa, AZ. The vehicle’s driver sustained injuries from the ruptured inflator and subsequently died. In its statement, Honda said, “our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the family of the driver.“
Honda says it’s now confirmed 15 deaths and more than 200 injuries in the U.S. related to Takata airbag driver’s front inflator ruptures in the field. In all, the faulty airbags are blamed for 17 deaths in the US. Recalls remain ongoing. On the NHTSA recall website, it lists the total recall completion rate at 77% (38,160, 343) as of August 25, 2020, with 23% (11, 127,046) more to go. Read More
The 13th annual National Teen Driver Safety Week kicks off on October 18. It’s a week-long event dedicated to teen driver safety in the hopes of preventing teen injuries and deaths on the road. Car crashes are the number one cause of death for teens 15-18 years old in the U.S., so this is an awareness campaign that is an important one to share. Just consider these government statistics: Read More
October is National Distracted Driving Month -- after being moved from April this year due to COVID-19. To help with education efforts, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced it is supporting National Distracted Driving Awareness Week with a $5 million public awareness advertising campaign. During NHTSA’s U Drive. U Text. U Pay. high-visibility campaign, law enforcement officers nationwide will be looking for Read More
Covid-19 has changed much about our lives. For instance, people are shying away from Uber and Lyft. Airline flights are way down. People are driving more on road trips because they know the environment inside their own car is safe. In fact, a recent Chevrolet and Harris Poll study found that there is a resurgence in road trips this year due to the pandemic and of those planning to road trip through the end of the year, 41 percent plan to road trip over Thanksgiving or winter Read More
October kicks off the first-ever National Pedestrian Safety Month. It’s part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s continuing efforts to improve safety for vulnerable road users.
“With this designation of October as Pedestrian Safety Month, the Department is affirming its commitment to working closely with our state and local partners to make our roads safer for pedestrians,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Read More