How to Be Safe During the 100 Most Dangerous Days of Driving

The period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is often referred to as “The 100 Deadliest Days” because of the high number of traffic deaths among teenage drivers. On average, the number of fatal teen driver crashes climbs 15 percent compared to the rest of the year. Over the past five years, more than 1,600 people were killed during this deadly period in crashes involving teen drivers ages 16-17, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

What’s more, a recent study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety revealed that drivers younger than 18 are almost four times as likely as other drivers to be in a crash, and nearly three times as likely to be involved in a fatal crash. That’s because teen crashes spike during the summer months because teens are out of school and on the road, according to Dr. David Yang, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety executive director. He added that the Foundation’s research indicates that inexperience paired with more exposure on the road could create a deadly combination for young drivers.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. Here are a few tips to remember when you get behind the wheel, followed by footage of teen drivers moments before crashing, illustrating the dangers of distracted driving.

– Use safe-driving skills, especially when your teen is with you. Lead by example.
– Before hitting the road, make sure everyone is buckled up.
– Always obey the speed limit and all traffic laws.
– Never drive impaired. If you’re going to drink alcohol, have a plan. Either appoint a designated driver or hire a taxi to get you home safely.
– Stay focused on driving. Avoid distractions, such as cell phones and daydreaming, and never text while driving.

A study and video analysis by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found distraction was a factor in nearly 6 out of 10 moderate-to-severe teen crashes. Researchers analyzed the six seconds leading up to a crash in nearly 1,700 videos of teen drivers from in-vehicle event recorders. Here, footage from some of those videos.

Read more at: https://autoadvice.michigan.aaa.com/drive/how-to-be-safe-during-the-100-most-dangerous-days-of-driving/?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook&utm_campaign=MMDD

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Community Car Care Events Show Most Vehicles Need Service

Community car care events conducted across the country reveal that the majority of vehicles need service on one or more inspected areas of the vehicle.

“At the Car Care Council, we stress the importance of preventative vehicle maintenance and provide free tools, tips and information to help motorists become more car care aware so they can avoid the hassle and expense associated with unexpected car trouble,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “By implementing a proactive auto care plan, car owners can identify and fix small issues now before they become more costly repairs later.”

The community car care event inspections checked a variety of vehicle components including wipers, belts, hoses, air filters, lighting, tires and lubricant/fluids. The Car Care Council gathered and tabulated the results and found that eight out of 10 vehicles need some type of service. The top areas showing the highest failure rates include:

– Engine Oil – 22 percent of vehicles tested had low, overfull or dirty oil.

– Belts/Hoses – inspections revealed 18 percent of belts were unsatisfactory and at least 12 percent of vehicles needed a new hose.

– Air Filters – nearly one out of every five vehicles inspected needed a new air filter.

– Check Engine Light – 14 percent of vehicles had an illuminated check engine light, slightly higher than the previous year’s results.

– Batteries – battery cables, clamps and terminals were found to be in need of repair on 18 percent of vehicles inspected.

The Car Care Council has a free Car Care Guide available at http://www.carcare.org/car-care-guide, providing motorists with a useful resource that can be kept in the glove box or accessed online. The guide features service interval information, questions to ask a technician and other helpful auto care information that can help drivers better maintain and protect their vehicle.

The Car Care Council is the source of information for the “Be Car Care Aware” consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers. For the latest car care news, visit the council’s online media room at http://media.carcare.org. To order a free copy of the popular Car Care Guide, visit the council’s consumer education website at http://www.carcare.org.

Read more at: http://www.carcare.org/community-car-care-events-show-vehicles-need-service/

Back to school with Ram ProMaster

REV Group’s Collins Bus subsidiary is using the Ram ProMaster van as the basis for its first-in-class low-floor special needs school bus.

The new bus debuted at the recent School Transportation News Conference & Trade Show in Reno, Nevada. It takes advantage of the ProMaster’s ground-hugging design to eliminates the need for a lift, which is needed by other special-needs buses.

Collins is the first school bus with a truly low entry height.

Instead of a lift, the Ram-based bus has a driver-deployable ramp so the many children who use wheelchairs can enter and exit the bus without assistance. The Collins system also eliminates the downtime and maintenance costs of a wheelchair lift.

The ProMaster’s front-wheel drive setup allowed Collins engineers to design a true low-floor vehicle with a single entry with a nine-inch-high entry step when the ramp is retracted.

Collins also pointed out that the ProMaster has a smaller turning radius than competitors, making the bus more maneuverable in neighborhoods. The front wheel drive also helps traction on snow and ice.

Read more at: https://www.allpar.com/news/2017/08/back-to-school-with-ram-promaster-38233

INDIAN MOTORCYCLE INTRODUCES ROADMASTER ELITE & SPRINGFIELD DARK HORSE WITH 2018 MODEL LINEUP

Minneapolis, MN (July 26, 2017) – Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, elevated its 2018 motorcycle lineup from its entry-level Scout Sixty to its long-distance touring Roadmaster. Along with the newly introduced Indian® Scout® Bobber, headlining the 2018 model year is the ultra-premium Indian® Roadmaster® Elite and blacked-out, toughed-up Springfield Dark Horse. Also receiving a noticeable upgrade is the Chieftain Dark Horse, starting at $23,999. Riders will see a 19” ten-spoke blacked-out wheel with an open front fender and the industry-leading Ride Command infotainment system now included standard.

A limited production model, the ultra-premium Roadmaster Elite features custom-inspired two-tone candy paint that takes 30 hours to complete and is finished by hand, with real 23K gold leaf badging on the tank and lowers. Starting at $36,999, the Roadmaster Elite comes standard with a large number of premium amenities, including the industry-leading Ride Command system, a 300-watt premium audio system, passenger armrests, billet aluminum passenger and driver floorboards, a premium touring console, and stylish pinnacle mirrors.

Joining the Roadmaster Elite in 2018 is the Springfield Dark Horse – a blacked-out, toughed-up bagger, starting at $20,999. Similar to other Dark Horse models, the Springfield Dark Horse features matte black paint with gloss black details. The Springfield Dark Horse features an open fender to showcase the new 19” ten-spoke, blacked-out front wheel. Its quick-release windshield features a blacked-out bracket. The stylish windshield protects riders from the elements, or can be easily removed to give a more mean, slimmed down look.

“The Roadmaster Elite and Springfield Dark Horse are two fantastic motorcycles, with two different attitudes. The Roadmaster Elite packs all the bells and whistles perfect for riders looking for the best of the best, while the Dark Horse brings blacked-out style to the Springfield line,” said Reid Wilson, Marketing Director – Indian Motorcycle. “Beyond these two offerings, we have elevated each and every model – listening to our consumers to bring new features and colors they have asked for.”

Continuing through the 2018 Indian lineup, the Chieftain platform receives notable upgrades – adding a Chieftain Classic model, starting at $23,999, that will feature the brand’s iconic valanced front fender and genuine leather seat with fringe, available in three colors, including Indian Motorcycle Red, Thunder Black Pearl and Star Silver Smoke. The Chieftain Limited, starting at $24,499, remains at the head of the pack and adds three new color, including Thunder Black Pearl, Blue Fire and Bronze Smoke. The Chieftain, available in Steel Gray, receives a lowered price of $21,499, and also receives a 19” blacked-out ten spoke wheel and open fender as standard.

For those looking to add a more modern style, the 10-spoke 19” wheel, in both black and contrast cut, along with an open front fender, are available as an accessory for the Roadmaster, Roadmaster Classic, Chieftain, and Springfield motorcycles. The wheel and open fender will fit those models from model year 2014 onwards.

The Indian Chief Classic also receives upgrades, now available with white wall tires, wire wheels, and full chrome hand controls. Available starting at $19,499, it is available with gorgeous Burgundy Metallic paint.

Indian’s iconic Chief Vintage line receives new offerings for 2018, starting at $19,999. Thunder Black and Star Silver over Thunder Black will for the first time ever feature black genuine leather saddlebags and seats to add to its beautiful styling.

Joining Indian’s recently announced Scout Bobber in the 2018 lineup is the Scout Sixty and Scout. The Scout Sixty, starting at $8,999, receives two new colors, including Polished Bronze and Thunder Black over Titanium Metallic. Meanwhile, the Scout, starting at $11,499, receives a new look and improved performance. Now standard are a cartridge fork front suspension and Pirelli tires, along with passenger accommodations, including a genuine leather passenger pillion and pegs. Scout receives two new colors for 2018, Metallic Jade and Willow Green over Ivory Cream.

Indian’s 2018 model lineup will be available at dealers in the U.S. and Canada starting in September. You can be the first to see and demo the entire 2018 line-up by visiting the Indian Motorcycle display at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally from August 5-13. Learn more about Indian Motorcycle by visiting IndianMotorcycle.com and Facebook, Twitter and Instagram social media channels.

Read more at: http://www.indianmotorcycle.com/en-us/story/indian-motorcycle-introduces-2018-model-lineup

Certified: Ram 1500 diesel

Both the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board have approved the production and sale of the Ram 1500 diesel and Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel.

Recently, Allpar broke the story that FCA had resumed small-batch production of the V6-diesel Rams. Last night, Automotive News predicted the imminent certification of the vehicles.

FCA and the government agencies had collaborated on resolving problems with the control systems on earlier trucks and Jeeps sold with the VM 3-liter V6 engines. The calibrations at issue appear to have been done by Bosch and a company half-owned by Volkswagen, as well as VM USA.

A version of this software will be used to update 2014-16 Jeeps and Rams with the diesel engines. The key issue was software that shut down emissions during conditions that are common for drivers, but not common on the EPA testing schedules. FCA does not appear to have been aware of these behaviors, which conserved diesel exhaust fluid (DEF).

The company reported that fuel economy would be unaffected by the new controls; the engines will likely use more DEF, an inexpensive (if purchased at a pump) additive.

Ordering is currently closed for the 2017 Ram 1500 diesel; however, some may have been built for people who have cancelled their orders after their trucks were made, due to the long lag time. At least one dealer reported that their 2017 orders had been rolled over to 2018s. An FCA representative said that 2018 Ram 1500 diesel production was consistent with the usual new-model-year production timing, suggesting they might be made in the third quarter of 2017.

Read more at: https://www.allpar.com/news/2017/07/2017-ram-1500-diesel-is-legal-now-38251

MEET THE GRIPPING 2018 CHALLENGER SRT® HELLCAT WIDEBODY

The 2018 Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody is a muscle car that flexes harder — and wider. The new widebody design fender flares add width and an aggressive look to the high-performance 2018 Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody.

Dodge and SRT enthusiasts have been clamoring for a factory-production Hellcat with even more grip. We listened. To start, Dodge engineers and designers took the world’s fastest quarter-mile production car,* the new Challenger SRT Demon, and transferred its style to the new 2018 Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody for improved performance on the street and a bolder, more aggressive new look.

Here’s a taste of what the 2018 Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody has in store …

Fenders, Tires and Intimidating Design

You wanted more grip? You got it. With the new Widebody fender flares that add 3.5 inches to the overall width of the Challenger Hellcat, the Widebody model joins the Challenger SRT Demon as the widest Challengers ever. These wider fender flares cover the new 20 x 11-inch “Devil’s Rim” split-five-spoke aluminum wheels, which ride on new, wider 305/35ZR20 Pirelli P-Zero tires with a new tread pattern for added grip on the road and the track.

Complementing the 2018 Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody’s menacing stance is a power-bulge aluminum hood with center intake and dual heat extractors; Hellcat-exclusive new grille and fender badges, along with a raised SRT Hellcat badge on the rear spoiler; exclusive illuminated air-catcher headlamps that feed air directly into the air box and engine bay through the center of the parking lamps; and quad projector headlamps that give a unique detailed appearance, while the aggressive brow “chops” the upper portion of the lamp design for a sinister look.

Supercharged Hellcat Performance

Under the hood, the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody owns the road and the track. Powered by the 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI® V8 with 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque, the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody can be paired to either the Tremec six-speed manual or TorqueFlite® eight-speed automatic transmission.

On the track, the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody boasts a top speed of 195 mph, and 0-60 mph acceleration improved by .1 second (3.4 in Widebody vs. 3.5 in standard Hellcat). Even more, the ¼-mile elapsed time (ET) improved by approximately .3 sec (10.9 ET in Widebody vs. 11.2 ET in standard Hellcat), while the road course lap time on a 1.7-mile track lowered by approximately 2 seconds per lap. Lateral skid pad grip increased by .04 g (.97 g in Widebody vs. .93 g in standard Hellcat).

Upgraded Steering and Handling

The 2018 Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody is equipped with a new electric power steering (EPS) system with SRT Drive Modes that add new selectable steering tuning for the first time on a Hellcat model. The new EPS and SRT Drive modes offer drivers a tailored experience by controlling horsepower, transmission shift speeds, steering, paddle shifters (automatic transmission only), traction and suspension. On the road and the track, owners will experience improved handling, and will notice better steering feel and ease of turning efforts at parking lot speeds.

In addition to steering, the 2018 Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody features a standard Brembo® brake system that includes two-piece 15.4-inch front rotors and six-piston front calipers that help provide outstanding heat management and longevity. And for even more control, the front splitter (shared with Demon) and rear spoiler (from Hellcat) deliver responsive and balanced handling at high speed.

Get Behind the Wheel

The new 2018 Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody completes the Dodge brand’s most powerful muscle car lineup ever, and will be available late summer of 2017 in 15 exterior color options. All customers who buy the new 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody receive one full-day session at Bob Bondurant School of High-performance Driving. For more information, visit driveSRT.com.

Are you clamoring for more speed and power? Learn more about the Dodge SRT lineup at dodge.com.

Read more at: https://blog.dodge.com/vehicles/challenger-srt-hellcat-widebody/

NEW FRONT FASCIA, AGGRESSIVE ATTITUDE // THE 2018 DODGE DURANGO

The Dodge Durango has a reputation for making its presence known. Now the 2018 Dodge Durango is upping the ante, approaching the upcoming year with a bold, aggressive front fascia. New for 2018, Durango R/T models will share the same front fascia, performance hood, lower valence and LED fog lamps first seen on the new 2018 Durango SRT® that debuted at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show.

That’s not all. Now every Durango powertrain can boast the SRT attitude — from the standard 295-horsepower 3.6-liter Pentastar® V6 to the available 360-horsepower 5.7-liter HEMI® V8 and new 475-horsepower 6.4-liter SRT. With rugged good looks and adrenaline-powered performance, all 2018 Dodge Durango R/T models will roll off the line with the SRT front fascia and hood, while 2018 Durango GT models with the Blacktop or Brass Monkey Appearance Packages will offer the performance hood.

The 2018 Dodge Durango went bold in appearance as well as technology and comfort. Front Park Assist is now included with ParkSense® Park Assist System¹ and is standard on 2018 Durango R/T models. All Durango models feature a ParkView® rear back-up camera², a new sport steering wheel and new driver-oriented electronic T-shifter which provides the driver with intuitive gear selection. The 2018 Dodge Durango R/T is equipped with a standard BeatsAudio™ nine-speaker premium audio system that includes a subwoofer and a 506-watt amplifier³.

Finally, to really stand out against the sea of sameness, Durango R/T and SRT models will be available with the high-impact B5 Blue exterior color.

Take a stand against the ordinary. Learn more about the 2018 Dodge Durango — available late summer 2017 — at dodge.com/durango.

Read more at: https://blog.dodge.com/features/aggressive-attitude-2018-dodge-durango/

DODGE AND LEAH PRITCHETT UNLEASH THE DEMON AT NHRA NEW ENGLAND NATIONALS

Dodge is kicking off summer by giving speed and power a swift kick … At the NHRA New England Nationals, Leah Pritchett joins Pennzoil to salute the Dodge brand by driving a supercharged 11,000-horsepower Mopar® HEMI® V8-powered Demon.

Pritchett’s Demon will be the quickest modified, non-production car on the planet. At New England, Pritchett, who was involved in initial testing for the Dodge Demon, will drive a dragster with a special “Demon” paint scheme, and her firesuit and the crew shirts will also sport Demon branding. The Top Fueler already holds the quickest run in NHRA history with a time of 3.658 seconds recorded early this year near Phoenix.

Speaking of records, the speed isn’t for the pros only. Available soon to the public, the limited-production 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT® Demon is the first-ever production car to do a front-wheel lift, as certified by Guinness World Records, and it’s the world’s fastest quarter-mile production car with an elapsed time (ET) of 9.65 seconds at 140 miles per hour (mph), as certified by NHRA. It also registers the highest g-force (1.8 g) ever recorded at launch in a production car.

Sound like your kind of thrill ride? If you want to get behind the wheel of the most powerful muscle car ever, the 840-horsepower SRT Demon will start arriving at dealerships this fall with a starting MSRP* of $84,995. And for those who want to unleash its full power at the drag strip, a personalized, exclusive Demon crate, with performance parts, will be available for $1.

Pritchett and the Demon will hit the track at the June 2-4 NHRA New England Nationals and the following week at Englishtown, New Jersey, for the Summernationals.

If you’re interested in the 2018 Dodge Demon, you’re probably not the kind of person who likes to wait around. Learn more now at dodge.com.

Read more at: https://blog.dodge.com/performance-2/pritchett-new-england-demon/

Dick Scott Fundraising Program – $100 Donation for Every Vehicle

At Dick Scott Automotive Group we realize how important it is to find new and innovative ways to enable parents/guardians to support their children’s education and extracurricular activities. That’s why in 2009, we created a program called “Dick Scott Donation Vouchers.” Since that time, the program has been expanded to include other area groups and organizations!

How does it work? You sign up for the program and when a friend, neighbor or family member mentions they are looking for a new or pre-owned vehicle, you give them a Donation Voucher and ask them to try a Dick Scott Automotive Group location first. It’s just that simple! If they find a new or used vehicle at one of our locations, they simply present their voucher at the time of purchase. Once the sale is complete, your school, group or organization receives a check for $100. It’s just that simple. No strings!

Is there a limit on much we can earn? NO, there is no limit on how much a school, group or organization can earn.

How do I get copies of my Donation Voucher? Simply click on the name of your school, group or organization (@ http://www.DickScott.com/community).

How do I sign up? Send an email to Donations@dickscott.com that includes your name and telephone number, and the name of the school/group/organization you are signing up with their address, telephone number and an onsite contact. Once we receive your request, we will create the Donation Voucher, post it on our website and Facebook page and then email you to let you know you are all set!

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?

Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though power windows exert large amounts of force, they are still largely considered safer than manual car windows.

Power windows can be controlled by the driver. No matter how many times you tell a misbehaving child to leave their power window switch alone, they may still keep pressing the button to open their window. The driver has a master set of window controls to close any window that is open on the car. This simple device saves lives and prevents injuries that could have occurred if a child tried to climb out the window. A manual window cannot be controlled by the driver in the same way.

There is a window lock switch. If you have a small child or a dog that tends to press the power window switch accidentally, or if you want to make sure that an accident or crushing injury doesn’t occur by the power window, you can engage the power window lock. It is typically mounted on the driver’s power window controls or on the dashboard, and when it is engaged the rear windows will not open with the rear switches. The driver can still open and close the rear power windows with the master control and the front passenger can still operate their window normally.

There is an anti-pinch device. The power window motor exerts massive force when a power window is being closed. In windows that use an express-up function, the window motor is equipped with an anti-pinch feature so the window will reverse if it encounters an obstruction like a child’s limb. Though it may still pinch, it will reverse directions before a serious crushing injury occurs.

Read more at: https://www.yourmechanic.com/article/how-do-power-car-windows-increase-passenger-safety