Ask a driver how to control the air conditioning in their vehicle and it’s a safe bet you'll get an answer. Ask that same driver to identify life-saving dashboard warning signals and the chance of a clear answer drops significantly.
According to a recent survey conducted by Schrader International, a manufacturer of sensing and valve solutions, only four out of every ten drivers were unable to identify key dashboard warning icons.
Now that summer is here and our road trip vacations are underway, it is more important than ever for drivers to be familiar with their vehicle and the systems put in place to warn them of potential danger. When viewing dashboard icons -- and depending on the car you drive, you can see a lot of them -- here are a few things to keep in mind.
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According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Association, drunk driving crashes have accounted for about 40% of the traffic fatalities during the July 4th holiday over the last five years, making it one of the deadliest holidays on our nation’s roadways.
Unfortunately, according to NHTSA, someone in the United States dies in an alcohol-impaired-driving crash every 51 minutes.
Want to better educate yourself on how your blood alcohol concentration is determined? B4UDrink is an interactive program developed by The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (FAAR) that educates the user about how alcohol consumption affects an individual's Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC). You can find out about your more here at their “virtual bar.”
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Every day, thousands of newborns around the nation leave hospitals and head home for the first time, making it a once-in-a-lifetime story to tell. While the law requires parents to have a suitable child safety seat, most people don’t think about the safety of the actual car driving them home.
Inspired by the real stories of New Yorkers going home with their newborns in taxis (an experience that does not legally require child safety seats), Mitsubishi launched its #FirstRide program in New York by giving three babies their inaugural ride home in one of America’s safest small SUVs, the 2014 Outlander, as part of Mitsubishi Motors’ “First Ride” program, which focuses on creating awareness and educating parents on child safety.
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School's out and summer is here. Are you planning a family road trip? I know at least two families who are planning extended road trips that will be taking them more than 1500 miles round trip in the next two weeks. That's a lot of time in the car!
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Have you ever found yourself on the road craving some coffee? Have you found yourself either nowhere near your favorite coffee shop, or simply can’t convince yourself to pay for an overpriced cup?
Or even worse, it’s late at night and you've got the nods and there's no coffee shop for a hundred miles. Almost makes you wish you had brought your personal espresso machine, don’t you? Well, there is a solution.
Many of today’s vehicles now have power outlets that would allow using a personal espresso machine in the car for a great way to enjoy a fresh cup of coffee wherever you are.
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Teenagers think they know more than adults and consider themselves invincible. Today's teens are so worldly, we're sometimes fooled into believing they are more mature than they are. But teens are still children and they still make stupid mistakes, some of which are fatal. Adults do stupid things too. And children notice.
Reading the headlines, it might seem that the biggest killer of teenagers is drugs. This isn't the case. According to a study conducted by Safe Kids Worldwide and made possible by a $2 million grant from General Motors Foundation, more teens die in motor vehicle crashes than from any other cause of death. The toll is about 2,500 per year or 8 out of every 1,000 teens.
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Ingenie, a UK-based insurance company, recently launched their #RedMist campaign to raise awareness of the issues surrounding road rage. The company surveyed a thousand 17-25 year olds in the UK to find out their experiences with road rage. What did they discover? The company learned that road rage is as serious a problem as ever, with 70% of young drivers admitting they'd been a victim of road rage in the past 12 months.
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Automakers today are continuing to examine ways to improve vehicles for consumers and adapt to their everyday needs. Manufactures must adapt to the growing needs of consumers to integrate electronic functions into our vehicles. Experts suggest Ethernet usage in cars will be expanding in coming years, with more than 100 Ethernet nodes expected by 2020 for luxury vehicles while mass-market cars will have between 50-60 Ethernet nodes. Imagine the possibilities, especially for remote sales teams who work from their vehicles or work fleets that need Ethernet for business.
Ethernet was commercially introduced in the 1980s and has often been the chosen technology for computer networking and local area networks. Businesses continue to rely on business Ethernet services as they are incredibly reliable, so it’s no wonder car technologies integrate the same usage and that demand is expanding for the future.
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Did you know that practicing good driving habits can save you money? As you and your family hit the road this summer, you can save money by the mile with these cost-saving driving tips.
According to research presented by such sources as the Department of Energy, Safe Motorist, and Earth Easy, the average driver who follows these tips could save from $675 to $1582 per year based on a national average of 25 miles per gallon and an average number of 15,000 miles driven within the United States.
Many thanks to Michelin for summarizing all the info into the easy to read infographic below!
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