Motorist News

Sunglass, sunscreen and other Cooling tips for summer driving

Keep cooling: If you haven't had the cooling system checked in a while, do it now. Have your mechanic do a visual check, and if needed, have it flushed and new coolant added. Not only will this keep your engine running, it will help the air conditioning run more effectively, too.Have your air conditioning unit serviced and the filters changed, and continue to change them regularly. Check...

Messaging into Cell Phones/ PDAs/ BlackBerrys while driving to propose legislation

Drivers who take their eyes off the road to text and e-mail, keying in messages into cell phones, PDAs and BlackBerrys while racing down the road, are indulging a dangerous habit. "These devices are addictive, and people are not realizing that their behavior is dangerous," said Moriarty, a Democrat whose 11-year-old daughter once chastised him for checking his BlackBerry while stopped...

Alcohol before driving: Losing life every 22 minutes

The dangers of drinking and driving have been taught for generations, yet the cautions still fall upon deaf ears. For one Tracy resident, this nightmare became her reality when the car she was driving was hit by a drunken driver. Lori Martin was just 16 years old at the time and she had no idea that her entire world was about to change, that everything she knew would soon be gone. Lori had to...

Consider hybrid motor vehicles for fuel economy

The invention of hybrid electric vehicles (HEV) has served the dual purpose of fuel economy and the growing demand for less polluting vehicles. The vehicles that run on gasoline incur high fuel costs for customers and the electric vehicles involve high initial investment, as they are much costlier. To deal with the situation, automobile manufacturers have invented the hybrid electric vehicle...

Advanced system to adjust blind spot mirror

The federal government doesn't track crashes specifically caused by drivers failing to see other vehicles in their blind spots. The closest it can come is a category called "failure to keep in proper lane or running off road," said National Highway Traffic Safety Administration spokesman Eric Bolton. Those reasons were a factor for 16,470 drivers involved in fatal crashes during...

Outweigh benefits of red light camera to reduce road crash is still questionable

In general, the technology works by having cameras posted at intersections with traffic lights and capturing pictures of license plates as cars pass under a red light. Then, a citation, along with a photo of the driver running the red light, can be mailed to the offender. Everything is intended to combat aggressive driving on multi-lane highways by keeping the far left lane clear of most traffic...

Collision free vehicle by advanced driving safety system

Finding the probable cause of accidents is not always easy. Each accident presents new challenges and, unfortunately, the answers to investigations are not always found in the wreckage at a crash site. Accident investigation often requires a close examination of relevant data regarding the accident vehicle, the circumstances, and the environment. It is this information that can often help us...

Seat belt and airbags are recommended during pregnancy? Know its ideal position

Seat belt, sometimes called a safety belt, is a harness designed to hold in place the occupant of a car or other vehicle against harmful movement that may result from a collision or a sudden stop. As part of an overall occupant restraint system, seat belts are intended to reduce injuries by stopping the wearer from hitting hard interior elements of the vehicle or other passengers and by...

How to choose a safe vehicle for senior, older driver

Some older drivers simply cannot be "rehabilitated" -- the phrase used by driving experts. Drivers who continue to be a danger to themselves and others on the road for various reasons, most notably due to medical problems that impair driving ability to dealing with a collision; from awareness about how changes in health might affect driving ability to antilock braking systems., and...

New vehicle Collision alert (or detection) system may help driving safe

According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ((NHTSA) research, 99% of all accidents are due to human factor and more specifically, 80% of all driving mishaps are due to driver inattention in the three seconds immediately preceding the accident. With traffic congestion, driver inattention, fatigue and distraction all on the rise, several technologies are an effective new solution...