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February 19, 2018 - Industry News

Five Charged After Texas Chop Shop Raid

Five people with ties to the Aryan Brotherhood gang were arrested on multiple charges, including auto theft, following a raid of an alleged chop shop in San Jacinto County, Texas, according to reports.

Tags: National Insurance Crime Bureau, Crime, Vehicle Theft

February 16, 2018 - Industry News

Video Safety Tip: Dealing With Potholes

Wintertime brings with it a safety nuisance for drivers: Potholes. That’s because freezing and thawing of water under pavement weakens the road and causes large cracks.

Tags: Drivers, Safety, Driver Safety Tips, Potholes, Winter

February 15, 2018 - Industry News

Vehicle Fatality Data Causes Concern

Photo via PxHere.

Motor vehicle accidents claimed 227 fewer lives in 2017 compared to the earlier year, which equates to a 0.5% decline to 40,100, the National Safety Council (NSC) has found. However, it would be a 6% increase from 2015.

Tags: National Safety Council, Road Deaths, Accidents, Trends, Safety

February 15, 2018 - Industry News

Drivers Skeptical of Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Systems: IIHS

Screenshot via IIHS/HDLI.

Drivers who participated in an Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) study said they are somewhat cautious about adaptive cruise control and active lane keeping features and prefer systems they believe make smooth, gradual movements.

Tags: Lane Keeping System, Adaptive Cruise Control, IIHS, Semi-Autonomous, Drivers, Safety

February 15, 2018 - Executive Fleet News

Range Rover Evoques Recalled for Tire Pressure Monitoring

Photo of 2018 Range Rover Evoque courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover.

Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC is recalling certain 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque convertibles with 20-inch wheels because the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) may be incorrectly set.

Tags: Recalls, Luxury SUVs, Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems, Jaguar Land Rover, Safety, Land Rover Range Rover

February 15, 2018 - Industry News

Ford Recalls Escape, Lincoln MKC for Brake Jounce Hoses

Photo of the 2018 Escape courtesy of Ford.

Ford Motor Co. is recalling approximately 92 2018 Ford Escape and Lincoln MKC vehicles for incorrect front brake jounce hoses because they may encounter interference with adjacent components.

Tags: Ford Escape, Recalls, Ford, 2018-MY, Lincoln MKC, Safety, Compact SUVs

February 14, 2018 - Industry News

Driver Assist Tech Can Increase Distraction

Graphic courtesy of Esurance.

Drivers with access to semi-autonomous features such as automatic braking or a lane keeping system say that they're significantly more distracted while driving than drivers without the technology, according to a new study.

Tags: Distracted Driving, Lane Keeping System, Automatic Braking, Safety

February 13, 2018 - Industry News

Dodge Grand Caravan, Jeep Wrangler Recalled for Brake Switches

Photo of 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan courtesy of FCA.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling nearly 40,000 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan minivans and Jeep Wrangler compact SUVs because the brake switches may malfunction — keeping the brake lights illuminated or allowing the vehicle to shift out of Park when the brake pedal is not pressed.

Tags: Dodge Grand Caravan, Jeep Wrangler, 2017-MY, FCA, Safety

February 13, 2018 - Industry News

Feds Set Self-Driving Vehicle Summit to Gather Data

Photo of autonomous LEAF at the 2014 Geneva auto show courtesy of Nissan.

The U.S. Transportation Department will hold a summit on March 1 to identify priority federal and non-federal activities that can accelerate the safe roll-out of autonomous vehicles.

Tags: Vehicle Testing, U.S. DOT, NHTSA, Autonomous Vehicles, Fully Autonomous

February 12, 2018 - Press Release

Driving Dynamics Names Marketing Director

Dmitry

Driving Dynamics Inc. has promoted Irena Dmitry into the role of director of marketing and communications, the fleet driver training company announced. She will report to Art Liggio, president and CEO.

Tags: Driving Dynamics, Promotions

February 12, 2018 - Industry News

Video Safety Tip: Correct Steering Techniques

Several experts say hand-over-hand steering isn't the safest steering method for two main reasons.

Tags: Driver Safety Tips, Steering, Drivers

February 12, 2018 - Industry News

These 6 States Adopted Essential Traffic Safety Laws

Photo via Jusmar/Wikimedia.

The "2018 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws" grades states on the adoption of 16 fundamental traffic safety laws.

Tags: Safety, California, Oregon, Louisiana, Delaware, Washington, Rhode Island, Seat Belts, Drunk Driving, Texting While Driving

February 9, 2018 - Industry News

Hyundai Elantra Qualifies for Top Safety Pick+

Photo of small overlap front driver side crash test courtesy of IIHS.

The 2018 Hyundai Elantra has earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's highest award, the Top Safety Pick+, when the compact sedan is equipped with optional front crash prevention and good-rated headlights.

Tags: Hyundai, Crash Tests, Hyundai Elantra, IIHS Top Safety Pick+, Compact Cars, 2018-MY

February 9, 2018 - Industry News

Drowsy Driving a Factor in Nearly 10% of Crashes

Photo via John Gillespie/Flickr.

A new study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety explores the relationship between drowsy driving and motor vehicle crashes — finding 9.5% of drivers involved in crashes to be classified as drowsy.

Tags: Drowsy Driving, AAA, Safety

February 9, 2018 - Industry News

Uber, Waymo Settle Autonomous Vehicle Technology Lawsuit

The lawsuit centered around Uber's acquisiton of Otto, an autonomous truck company started by a former Waymo employee. Photo: Uber

Uber and Waymo have agreed to terms on a settlement in a lawsuit over alleged stolen autonomous vehicle technology that will give Waymo a stake in Uber and absolve the company of wrongdoing.

Tags: Lawsuits, Uber, Settlement, Autonomous Vehicles, Waymo

February 8, 2018 - Industry News

Montana Drunk Driving Laws Worst in the Nation: MADD

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Montana's drunk driving enforcement rates as the worst in the nation, while five other states have the most robust enforcement in the nation, according to a report from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).

Tags: Drunk Driving, Montana, MADD, Arizona, Maryland, Nevada, Mississippi, West Virginia, Safety

February 8, 2018 - Industry News

Maryland May Crack Down on Repeat DUIs

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Driving while intoxicated would become a felony after a third offense in Maryland under leglislation proposed on Jan. 22 by Gov. Larry Hogan.

Tags: Drunk Driving, Proposed Legislation, Maryland, Elected Leaders

February 7, 2018 - Industry News

5 U.S. Cities Rank Among World’s Most Traffic-Congested Areas

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For the sixth consecutive year, Los Angeles topped the list of the world’s most gridlocked cities, with drivers spending 102 hours in congestion in 2017 during peak time periods, according to the annual INRIX Global Traffic Scorecard.

Tags: Inrix, Traffic Congestion, Los Angeles

February 6, 2018 - Industry News

South Carolina Distracted Driving Bill Moving Forward

Photo via EllsworthAirForceBase/Wikimedia.

A bill that would prohibit South Carolina drivers from holding a cell phone in either hand while behind the wheel has been introduced by State Rep. Bill Taylor (R-Aiken) with heavy fines for violators. The bill would also ban reading, sending or writing texts.

Tags: AAA, Cell Phone Use, Distracted Driving, Proposed Legislation, South Carolina, Safety

February 6, 2018 - Industry News

Infrastructure Funding Will Take Courage From Trump, Congress: AAA

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AAA's top executive is calling on President Trump and Congress to put the nation’s disintegrating transportation infrastructure ahead of partisan politics, and spell out funding sources to upgrade the nation's highways.

Tags: AAA, Infrastructure Funding, Elected Leaders, U.S. Congress, Donald Trump, C-Suite

February 6, 2018 - Global News

Toyota Recalls 700K Vehicles in South Africa Over Airbag Concerns

Photo by Eric Gandarilla.

Toyota South Africa has recalled more than 700,000 vehicles over airbag safety concerns, due to risks of the airbag bursting.

Tags: Toyota, Takata, South Africa, Air Bags, Global

February 5, 2018 - Industry News

Video Safety Tip: Driving Amid Lightning

Drivers who find themselves in the midst of lightning strikes should pull over to a safe place, turn on their hazard lights, close all the windows, and avoid touching metal.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Safety Tips, Weather

February 2, 2018 - Press Release

Smack Innovations Offers Safer Way to Drive and Stay Connected

Photo courtesy of Smack Innovations.

Startup Smack Innovations has begun offering RITW SafeConnect, a distracted driving system that clamps onto a steering wheel and works through voice commands and a few buttons to access the user's phone and installed apps, keeping the driver connected without risk of distracted driving, according to the company.

Tags: Distracted Driving, Connected Car, Startups

February 2, 2018 - Global News

States with Highest Cell Phone Road Deaths Identified

Graphic courtesy of the Expert Market.

One in 10 fatal car crashes in the U.S. each year are caused by distracted driving, and using cell phones while behind the wheel kills as many as 300 people annually in some states, according to a new report from Expert Market.

Tags: Texas, Cell Phone Use, Distracted Driving

February 1, 2018 - Industry News

Cell Phone Use 6 Seconds Prior to Crashes Studied

Photo via Intel Free Press/Flickr.

A new study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety examines the relationship between using a cell phone while driving and the risk of being involved in a crash by comparing cell phone use immediately prior to crashes versus during ordinary driving.

Tags: Distracted Driving, Safety, AAA, Cell Phone Use

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