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Buying Safe Used Cars for Teen Drivers

Monday, July 21, 2014

Parents, who are looking for used cars to buy for their teenage driver, have a number of criteria that they need to keep in mind. Teenage drivers have some of the heaviest accident risks, and in fact, for drivers between the ages 15 and 19, accidents are the leading cause of fatalities.

Many Burbank parents prefer to buy used cars because they want their teen to have a chance to learn driving skills, and practice on a used car, before he buys a new car. However, many older cars, which are the kind of cars that are found on most used car lots, do not come with highly sophisticated safety features. With all the focus on forward collision warning systems and adaptive headlights, parents are very often concerned that a used car may not keep their child safe. Their budget doesn't allow them to buy a new car, either.

What should parents do? There are a number of criteria that you can keep in mind while buying a used car to keep your child safe, while staying within your budget. It is not necessary that a safe car should come with a high price tag. There are several vehicles available on the used car market for under $20,000, with excellent ratings for head restraints, side crash protection, as well as head protection to protect from injuries in rollover crashes.

If you can't find a car in your budget that includes these safety features, Burbank car accident lawyers recommend buying a midsize or larger car like a minivan or SUV. Look for the maximum number of safety features that you can include on your budget. If you are buying an SUV however, shell out extra money for an electronic stability control system because these cars are most prone to rollovers. Look for cars that have lower horsepower to discourage speeding, and cars with the highest ratings in your budget.

Quarter of Recalled American Cars Are Not Fixed

Sunday, July 13, 2014

As many as 25% of all recalled automobiles in the United States are not fixed, which means that millions of cars continue to be operated even though they contain potentially dangerous defects.

In many cases, people are not even aware of recalls. Manufacturers make it a point to contact car owners, and mail them recall notices. However, many consumers in Thousand Oaks dispose of this mail, believing it to be junk mail. That means a motorist may not even be aware of any recall involving his vehicle and could be at risk of an accident.

Even when a motorist is aware of a recall, he may not necessarily believe it involves a serious problem. The growing number of recalls in the auto industry is one of the reasons for this. When people are exposed to a seemingly large volume of recall alerts, they are less likely to believe that the recall affecting their vehicle is a serious problem. They, therefore, choose to simply ignore the recall, with possibly dangerous consequences.

According to Carfax, the numbers are really serious. There are as many as 36 million cars currently traveling on American roads that have been recalled, but not yet fixed. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the average completion rate for recalls in the United States is approximately 75%. But in the case of older cars, the numbers are much lower. Owners of older automobiles may be much less likely to become aware of a recall, or to take the car in when there has been a recall.

Automobile manufacturers have begun to understand the scope of the problem here. They are working on their own to boost recall response. For instance, Chrysler Group recently began using a system that involves e-mail and phone calls to remind customers to increase recall response rates. As a result of those strategies, the company’s recall response rates shot up to 80%. Other automakers are also experimenting with similar strategies.

Drowsy Driving Linked to Failure to Buckle up, Binge Drinking

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Binge drinkers and persons who fail to buckle up while driving are much more likely to be involved in drowsy driving accidents.

A new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention outlines a number of risk factors for drowsy driving accidents. One of those factors is binge drinking. Drowsy driving is likely to be much more common among binge drinkers than those who drink moderately, or those who abstain from alcohol.

Additionally, persons who drive while drowsy are much less likely to wear their seatbelts. In fact, these people are likely to report only sometimes wearing their seatbelts, or never bothering to buckle up while driving or riding in a car. Persons with a lower risk of drowsy driving seem to be much more likely to buckle up while driving.

According to the CDC report, as many as 7,500 fatal accidents every year are likely linked to drowsy driving. Between 2009 and 2010, 4.2% of adult respondents in a study reported that they had driven while drowsy on at least one occasion during the previous month. If you have less than six hours of sleep a day, snore in your sleep or fall asleep during the daytime, you have a much higher risk of reporting drowsy driving.

Apart from the obvious lack of sleep deprivation that leads to such driving, prescription drug use is another much neglected factor in drowsy driving. If you are on medications like antihypertensives, antidepressants, cough and cold medications, antihistamines, or a number of other medications including over-the-counter drugs that induce drowsiness, you are at a much higher risk of driving while sleepy or fatigued. That increases your risk of being involved in a potentially serious accident.



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