Lawmakers Want Car & Ride-Sharing Services to be Subject To Regulations

June 13, 2013 by  
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Multiple news agencies have indicated that in spite of the major struggle many ride-sharing companies are having against regulators, some are still positive that lawmakers will understand the importance of allowing the service to be part of the everyday lives of Americans.

According to the news, regulators believe that ride-sharing services could be unsafe, however, companies that already offer the service surveyed users to find out that over 70 percent of those who frequently use ride-share services believe they are safer using these services than they were if they would simply take conventional taxi cabs.

Safety advocates are still skeptical as lawmakers hope to come up with an inclusive set of regulations that would keep drivers and service users safe.

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Find The Best & Most Affordable Vehicle for Your Teen

June 13, 2013 by  
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Multiple news agencies have indicated that at times, teen drivers worry their parents, especially when it comes to ensuring that teens are aware of the risks linked with using their phones or other devices while operating a vehicle.

Safety advocates believe that worrying about the teen’s behavior is nothing out of the ordinary but many things could be done in order to provide the teen with a type of vehicle that could lessen the injury risks in the event of an accident.

According to a survey carried out by the USAA, at least 81 percent of American parents are concerned mostly with reliability when looking for a new vehicle for their teens. Safety ratings come in second. Teens, the survey shows, are also worried about safety ratings. Some basic car safety features should always be present in a vehicle that you’re looking into purchasing for your teen such as side-impact air bags. However, new technologies are becoming the new cool and safety gadgets such as built-in rearview cameras and alert systems that keep the driver from changing lanes into another vehicle are also becoming priorities to novice drivers.

Parents and teens alike are urged to focus on choosing vehicles with certain features that in the long run will keep the novice driver safe and give parents the peace of mind they need in order to let their children drive their own cars.

Experts urge parents to take come factors into consideration when looking into a new vehicle. When you’re doing your research into the best types of vehicles for your teen, keep in mind that tools online can help you to find the true market price of the vehicle you’re looking into purchase in order to be prepared to negotiate with the dealer.

Parents concerned about the costs linked to purchasing a new vehicle for their teens should look into the vehicle’s cost of ownership as well. Even if the vehicle you’re about to purchase seems like a good deal, repair, fuel, insurance and overall maintenance could accumulate and drive the cost of ownership up.

Experts also urge concerned parents to use technology that can track the driver and register the vehicle’s driving data. This could help parents keep an eye on their teens and how they are handling their vehicles since the device would register data concerning acceleration, routes, brake usage, etc.

Looking into the vehicle’s crash-test ratings could also give the parent a good idea on how safe their children would be if involved in an accident while occupying the vehicle.

You can click here to read the full article and learn more about what kind of steps parents should take in order to find the best, most reliable and safest vehicle for their teens.

BMW’s Traffic Jam Assist: A Step Closer to the Autonomous Car

June 12, 2013 by  
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Multiple news agencies have indicated that BMW’s new Traffic Jam assistant technology gives drivers a glimpse into what driving would be like behind the wheel of a vehicle equipped with autonomous driving systems.

Experts took a look at the specs of the new X6 SUV, which will be available in the fall. According to the reports, this new model would make the concept of self-driving cars much easier to grasp.

The new Traffic Jam Assistant feature combines accelerating and decelerating features that allow for the vehicle to safely negotiate the traffic. If necessary, the feature brings the vehicle to a stop.

The company has stated that at this moment, the technology is not capable of getting around getting off ramps or driving safely through intersections. BMW has announced that it is now working on developing a new system that would negotiate ramps and intersections easily.

Hopefully, automakers are working to prevent accidents by testing the autonomous car prototypes and making sure that the technology is fully functional and flawless in order to avoid a risk associated with having the assist system failing when the driver needs it the most.

Experts hope that drivers keep in mind that technologies can help to save lives and make the roads safer but that ultimately, only their focus and attention on the road can make the difference. Stay focused and follow the road rules at all times.

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Is the Hands-Free Technology Harmful to Drivers?

June 12, 2013 by  
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According to several news agencies, certain voice-activated technologies designed to keep drivers from handling their phones with their hands could be just as dangerous.

Safety advocates decided to look into this issue and several researches were carried out. The reports indicate that while some believe they cause more troubles, automakers claim that the voice-command technology was developed precisely to address safety concerns.

The basic technology provides drivers with the capacity to send emails, texts and even complete calls without having to handle the phone. According to the AAA, its Foundation for Highway Safety decided to look into this matter in order to study the effect that this technology has over drivers. According to the study, the automakers should be racing to equip their vehicles with communication technologies just yet. The AAA’s FHS looked into how likely drivers would be to be involved in an accident if using the voice-activated technology and how distracted they become while doing so. Vehicles such as the BMW 7-series sedan, motorists can dictate e-mails and use the voice-command to send messages. Other models are also equipped with technology that offers options addressing the need to transcribe voice into text and Facebook updates. These technologies, safety advocates believe, should be taken with a grain of salt since drivers are still having to share their attention with the text message or phone call, despite the fact they have both hands on the wheel.

By 2019, experts evaluate that more than half of all new cars will be fully equipped with integrated technology that would make voice-command a popular tool for drivers. The Alliance for Automobile Manufacturers is concerned that by claiming that hands-free technology is just as dangerous as handheld smartphone usage, motorists will be misled to think that the connectivity technology should be dismissed. According to an official statement, studies haven’t proved that hands-free technology is just as dangerous as handheld technology.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported in April that drivers should be aware of the risks linked with the use of high tech technology while behind the wheel and recommended automakers to limit the number of features and gadgets

During the study, researchers looked into the impact that several different types of behavior have on drivers. According to the results, a driver who’s dictating voice to text is less likely to scan the crosswalk for pedestrians than drivers interacting or performing other activities. According to researchers, when a motorist is talking to a passenger or talking over the phone using a hands-free device, he or she can ask the person they are talking to for more information on what they just said if they missed something. If you’re dictating a message, you cannot go back. Your thoughts must be orderly and your mind must be focused on the act of dictating the message. This could lead to issues since the driver will be more likely to focus on the texting instead of paying attention to what is going around him or her while on the road.

If you would like to learn more about this study and what researchers found, follow this link to read more.

Volvo Develops Pedestrian Airbag System, Gets Innovation Award

June 12, 2013 by  
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According to several news agencies, Volvo Car Group has been developing pioneering technology that would set the trends for the industry and hopefully generate a new series of vehicles that offer enhanced protection to pedestrians as well as drivers and passengers.

In light of reports concerning the creation of the world’s fist pedestrian airbag system, the EuroNCAP agency decided to praise Volvo’s work by awarding the automaker with the 2013 Global NCAP Innovation Award. The agency and several other safety advocates believe that the creation of technology that would make safer conditions available to those who are the most vulnerable.

Volvo’s V40 vehicle, which is fully equipped with the world’s first pedestrian safety airbag system, offers safety by providing the car’s computer with details concerning objects the vehicle is about to come in contact with. If the sensors recognize a human leg, the technology sends signals to the system and air bags are deployed.

At this moment, pedestrian safety is a major issue for both the Unites States and Europe. In the U.S., pedestrian fatality accounts for 12 percent of all deadly traffic accidents while in Europe, it accounts for 14 percent of all traffic fatalities.

Safety regulators believe that it’s important for automakers to feel the market awards their efforts when it comes to developing better and more reliable safety technology.

As an attorney, I’m glad that automakers are focusing on developing better and safer vehicles. I encourage you to read more about this story by following this link.

Honda Is NHTSA’s New Target, Odyssey Vehicles Under Investigation

June 11, 2013 by  
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According to a series of news agencies, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported that it is opening an investigation into 2003 and 2004 Honda Odyssey models that would affect at least 320,000 units of these vehicles.

The reports show that the minivans are being investigated after the agency received at least six reports concerning inadvertent airbag deployment, which in some cases led to injuries. This could be a serious issue if it occurs in the event of a severe accident. Serious or even fatal injuries could be reported in case air bags are not deployed promptly in the event of the accident.

The federal agency has stated that at least three consumers were injured. To prevent future injuries, the agency decided to look into this problem. In case it identifies an issue with the vehicle’s equipment, a recall will be issued.

The automaker failed to respond news reporters’ queries concerning the probe announcement.

According to the agency, however, this issue could be linked to Chrysler products, which uses a supplier linked to other vehicles that were known to fail to deploy promptly. Up to this moment, Honda Odyssey owners are not being asked to act upon this investigation. After the probe is carried out, the federal agency will have word on what affected consumers should do. According to the agency, the issue could be linked to a defective component that could be exposed to an over-stress condition, which could then lead to an inadvertent air bag deployment, exposing drivers and passengers to serious injury risks.

The NHTSA has reported that additional 41 complaints linked to Odyssey warning lights being illuminated inadvertently were registered.

It’s important for consumers to always stay on top of recall news in order to learn more about a potential problem that could lead to a serious injury or accident. Too often, accidents occur before the recall is issued, which could be the case with the Honda Odyssey models that are now being investigated.

If you believe you be affected by a potential recall announcement linked to the Honda Odyssey models, follow this link to read more about this probe. As an attorney, I hope that the NHTSA investigates this matter promptly and addresses the risks associated with these vehicles as quickly as possible in order to prevent even more serious injuries linked to these vehicles in the future. California drivers with any complaints or concerns related to this probe may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to have your questions addressed by federal agents.

Experts Look into the Most Affordable New-Car Lease Deals for 2013

June 10, 2013 by  
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Leasing vehicles has turned into a popular practice. Consumers looking for reliable vehicles that are also affordable and safe, often prefer to lease their cars instead of purchasing them.

Easy terms and affordable monthly payments make leases more appealing to drivers who often prefer to drive new cars within short periods of time. With budget, safety and practicality in mind, experts decided to look into the newest leasing offers in order to find the best and most affordable lease options to consumers across the country.

Experts decided to make a list of the vehicles that can be leased for under $300 per month in order to provide consumers everywhere a good look into what each model offers and why they could be a good option for most motorists.

Average lease payments have been dropping in the last years. With the help of the Internet, any consumer can perform an extensive search into the many options available. While looking into the models for 2013, experts found at least 12 models that are available for less than $300 per month. Before making up their mind, consumers are urged to remember that experts only listed lease terms that have annual mileage limits, which is typically 12,000 miles per year. Some leases, experts say, allow even fewer annual miles.

Drivers who are tough on their vehicles are urged to avoid taking up leases since they must return the cars in excellent condition in order to avoid fees related to “excessive wear and tear”.

While the lowest advertised rates are only available to “well qualified lessees”, experts urge consumers with less than stellar credit to maybe leave the leasing idea behind altogether, since those with a poor credit will be required to pay higher financing charges.

According to experts, the BMW 3 Series is one of the models that is listed as one of the best vehicles available for under $300 per month. This particular model is available for monthly payments of $299 that last for 36 months. Consumers will be required to put $3,774 down in order to have the vehicle released. The Buick LaCrosse is available for $2,009 down and a term of 24 monthly payments of $239 each. According to experts, this model is a lot of car power for the money. Consumers looking for fuel efficiency and comfort will find what they are looking for with this one.

The Chevrolet Cruze is available for a 36-month-long term that requires $2,469 due at the signing and monthly payments of $149. Experts believe that this is a solid choice, particularly because of the competent performance this inexpensive vehicle offers. Other vehicles included in the list are the GMC Terrain, Honda Civic, Honda CR-V, Mini Cooper, Nissan 370Z, Nissan Leaf, Scion FR-S, Smart ForTwo, and Volkswagen Passat.

You can follow this link in order to read full details on each vehicle and what the lease options could offer.

Altec Recalls Vehicles Built on Ford F550 Chassis Over Fire Risk

June 10, 2013 by  
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported that Altec Industries, Inc. has issued a report in order to warn certain aerial device owners that the vehicles built on Ford F550 chassis could pose a serious fire hazard to users.

According to the firm, these vehicles come with battery cables that are linked to the unit auxiliary components that might be damaged over time of use. If that occurs, a short to ground could occur, and a fire may erupt as a result.

To prevent an accident or a fire that could result in injuries, affected vehicles owners are being notified. The battery cables should be re-routed for free in order to keep drivers safe. Affected models include the 2010 through 2012 AT200A, AT235/235P, AT237, AT248F, AT35/37-G, and AT40-G.

You may click here to read the NHTSA’s official report.

Want to Stay Safe & Save Money? Focus on Your Car’s Tires

June 7, 2013 by  
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It’s important to note that when you’re on a budget and you’re looking into ensuring your vehicle is safe, focusing extra attention to your tires might be the perfect way to start and save money on the long run.

Tire maintenance is important because it could keep your vehicle safe and ready to face most conditions while on the road. Well-maintained tires can help you to avoid being involved in an accident. Keeping your tires well-maintained could also keep your tires from suffering a blowout, which could eventually lead to a severe accident.

When the car owner begins to notice problems associated with tire alignment, tread or other complications, safety experts urge them to have whatever problem that was noticed promptly addressed before it’s too late.

According to experts, car owners should be especially concerned with problems that could stem from over, under inflating their tires or failing to have the tires rotated regularly.

Experts urge consumers to stay alert and notice when the vehicle starts showing signs that tire issues may be under way. At times, the driver may feel like the car pulls in one direction while you’re trying to go straight. This issue could lead to a severe tire wear that could eventually cause accidents.

Throughout June, which is the National Tire Safety Month, safety experts will be talking about the importance of ensuring your tires are reliable. Proper tire care means that drivers must follow certain steps to avoid accidents that could help them to save money in the long run. According to the Rubber Manufacturers Association, drivers should take five minutes of their day once a month to check on their car’s tires.

During your monthly check, make sure to check the tire pressure. Every 3,000 or 5,000 miles, make sure that the tires are also rotated. When checking for abnormalities, make sure to check and measure the tread and look for any signs of unusual wear that could eventually damage the tire even further.

Maintaining your tires properly, you will experience dependable tire traction while on the road. Safe tires are especially important when driving on a wet road, since the stopping power can decrease if the tread wears out.

Nowadays, tires are manufactured for specific vehicle types and because of that, car owners should beware of the manufacturer’s specifications when purchasing new tires for their car. Using the tires of the right size will help you to ensure your vehicle is functioning properly at all times.

If you would like to learn more about tire safety and how to keep your tires well-maintained, follow this link to read the full article.


Volkswagen Consumers Get Free Car Safety Check

June 7, 2013 by  
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According to several news agencies, Volkswagen has announced that the company will be holding a free auto safety check to the Australian public over concerns related to mechanical problems linked to the VW’s vehicles.

After concerns were raised about the safety of some of the company’s vehicles, the company decided to do everything in their power to assure the public their vehicles are safe.

The reports indicate that concerns were raised after an accident involving a VW vehicle and a truck resulted in the death of a woman from Melbourne. According to the news, VW consumers are being encouraged to have their vehicles inspected at authorized dealers for free. The company claims this could offer drivers peace of mind to continue driving their vehicles.

Consumers with any concerns related to their VW vehicles can report any issue to the Transport Department for motor vehicle safety.

Some consumers are considering filing a class action lawsuit against the company but any official information regarding such measures was not released.

Whenever your vehicle is recalled, avoid postponing a visit to an authorized dealer to have the problem addressed before an accident occurs.

To read more on this particular car safety check and what is going on with VW in Australia, follow this link.

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