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Do New Cars Save Lives?

A new study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates that our highways are safer than they’ve been in decades. NHTSA says in a press release that “highway deaths fell to 32,367 in 2011, marking the lowest level since 1949.” That’s a 1.9 percent decrease in traffic fatalities when compared with 2010. "The latest numbers show how the tireless work of our safety agencies and partners, coupled with significant advances in technology and continued public ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Safety, Crash Tests, Stats and Studies, car accidents and fatalities

Hitting the Road for Thanksgiving? Don't Surf and Drive

If you’re driving over the holiday, put your smartphone down, as a new survey indicates that mobile web use is contributing to distracted driving more than ever. “Though texting while driving remains a concern on the nation’s highways, people are also webbing while driving with increasing frequency,” says State Farm in a press release. “These behaviors may pose equal or greater concerns in the effort to reduce distracted driving.” State Farm’s survey polled almost 4,000 drivers ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Stats and Studies, Distracted Driving, holiday travel

Ford Plunges and Toyota Soars in Consumer Reports' Reliability Survey

Toyota is selling the most reliable cars on the market – at least according to Consumer Reports' 2012 Annual Auto Reliability Survey, which saw Scion, Toyota and Lexus take the top spots as the most reliable brands. “Toyota is clearly setting the pace in reliability,” says Consumer Reports in a press release. “Of the 27 models in the brand’s lineup, 16 earned the highest rating.” Mazda, Subaru, Honda and Acura took fourth through seventh place, in that order. Consumer Reports ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Stats and Studies, Reliability

Chrysler and Ford Decline in J.D. Power Initial Quality Study

If you’re shopping for a luxury car made by Lexus, Jaguar, Porsche or Cadillac, you may have some additional peace of mind, as those brands topped the 2012 J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Study, in that order. The study also indicates that there’s good news regardless of what kind of vehicle you plan to buy, as “vehicle manufacturers post the strongest improvement in initial quality since 2009 and are producing higher-quality vehicles than ever before.” Still ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Stats and Studies, J D Power and Associates

New Teen Distracted Driving Survey's Findings Conflict with Other Studies

A new Consumer Reports survey adds to the ongoing discussion on distracted driving among teens, but a few findings conflict with recent studies from Bridgestone and AAA. For example, Consumer Reports says concern for distracted driving led many teens to “stop or reduce such behavior,” but Bridgestone found that although young drivers between the ages of 15 and 21 know what distracted driving is, many don’t believe that they are at risk and continue to practice bad driving habits ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Safety, Stats and Studies, Distracted Driving, AAA, Consumer Reports, Bridgestone

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