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How much costs your drunken drive?

Apparently, the drunk driving costs a lot: around $50 billion per year (for alcohol-related crashes) and $60 billion in quality of life losses.

Ok, those are the overall numbers. But if you make a short estimation, drunk driving costs you $500 per year. Now driving after having a drink doesn’t sound so good, does it? To this, add 32% alcohol related traffic deaths and 10,839 people who have died from drunk driving in 2009.

Infographic by Criminal Justice Degree Schools

Now it’s time to become responsible and take attitude: don’t drive if you know you have drunk alcohol!

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[Study] Greater Risk for Women to be Injured in a Car Crash

According to the American Journal of Public Health, there’s a difference between genders even when it comes to car accidents. So, the study results have indicated that women are more likely to be hurt in comparison to men in similar crushes in severity.

The reason for this conclusion: the combination of stature and differences in the seating positions which make women more vulnerable to this kind of threat. So, by wearing the seat belts, the risk of chest and spinal injuries are higher for women – with 47% higher than for men.

As expected, there are already parts that do not agree with the results of the study. One of these is Clarence Ditlow of the Center for Auto Safety, who sustains that the date used for the analysis is out-of-date – no data more recent than 1998 were used, which means that the cars involved in crushes are very likely not to have incorporated most of the modern crash protection technology (including “female friendly airbags” – Ditlow said).

What do you think: are the results of this study accurate?

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[Study] Female Car Buyers Prefer Domestic Car Makers

After reading a study about “Marketing to the modern family” showing that 84 percent of women said they’re buying cars, another study has revealed the fact that female car buyers prefer domestic auto brands.

So, Porsche is the one that appears to have the largest relative market share gains among women nationwide in 2011 (23% of Porsche buyers in the first 8 months of 2011 were women – in 2010, during the same period of time, only 19% were women).

In addition to this, the study has also shown that eight of the ten car brands recording the fastest growing female market shares were domestic car makers. Here it is the list of top 5 car brands with the biggest increase in U.S. female market share during 2010-2011:

- Porsche – 23% female share in 2011.
- Buick – with the largest market share gains among female: 38% in 2011.
- Dodge – 29% in 2011.
- Chevrolet – 33% female share in 2011.
- Infiniti – 35%.

Also important: 39% of all new cars have been registered by women in the U.S.

The study was conducted by Edmunds.com.

What car makers do you prefer? Is one of the 5 mentioned in the article in your top 5 choices?

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[Study] BMW, Aston Martin, Audi – the first places in some charts

For the past few weeks, results of different type of analysis were released. Some were about the cars / brands in top consumer preferences in different areas around the world or, why not, actually in the entire world. Consequently, we’ve decided to present them in the same article. So, here we have:

BMW – world’s best-selling premium automaker through September: sales increased by 9.3 percent in September 2011. On the next two places: Audi and Mercedes-Benz. You can find out details here.

Aston Martin – the coolest automotive brand in Britain: for the fifth time in six years. The criteria included: “style, innovation, authenticity, originality and desirability”. More info about that, here.

Audi – the most social luxury brand in China: if we take into account the fact that China became the world’s second largest luxury goods market in 2010, a study about how top luxury brands in China are performing in social media was normal to be initiated. The winner: Audi. Details are here.

What do you think about the results?

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[study] Drivers rely too much on technology

The results of a study made by MetLife shown that 66% of the people participating to the survey believe that drivers rely too much on the technology while driving their cars, which makes their driving less safe than otherwise. According to their report, drivers are also more familiar with convenience tech: e.g. 90% are very or somewhat familiar with GPS devices; 77% – with Bluetooth hands-free calling. Additionally, all the devices mentioned above are not that safe to be used while driving.

The situation is different with the use of the developing safety-oriented systems: only 42% – are somewhat familiar with the electronic stability control, 31% – never heard of it.

This doesn’t mean that cars today are less secure than they use to be: 85% believe cars are safer now.

How safe do you feel now on the road?

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[study] How much city’s traffic cost you?

Waiting in traffic is horrible: it means wasted money and time, meetings cancelled, moments of tension and anger, high blood pressure. The next infographic shows the following:

- Chicago is the most congested city, although it benefits of a strong public transportation system.
- the average one-way length of the commute is 12.8 miles, taking about 33 minutes.
In 2010, 3.9 million gallons of fuel were wasted across the US.

For more numbers and details, check out the following infographic:
Traffic Jams

[Source: Carbuzz]

[Study] DUI stats about drinking and driving

We know: this is an evergreen topic, and everyone is working hard to stop these situations from happening. Still, as “seeing is believing”, here we have some numbers about this issue:

- this year, 10,839 people will die in drunk-driving crashes.
- an average drunk driver has driven drunk 87 times before the first arrest.
- every minute, one person gets injured in an alcohol-related crash.
- teen alcohol use kills about 6,000 people each year.

If these are not enough, watch this infographic:

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[study] SUVs less deadly to people in minivans and cars

The results of a new research were made public: according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, SUV’s and pickup trucks made nowadays pose less risk to drivers in cars and minivans than their versions from the past. They aren’t more likely to be a part in a fatal crash than cars and minivans of the same weight.

In numbers, this is the situation:
- in 2000-2001, the traffic fatality rate was of 44 deaths per million registered vehicles – for the accidents involving SUV cars between 3,000 and 3,499 pounds vs. cars and minivans.
- in 2008-2009, the numbers have dropped to 16 deaths per million registered vehicles. For comparison, cars and minivans in the same weight category were involved in the deaths of other car/minivan passengers at a rate of 17 per million in 2008-09.

“Whether you’re in an SUV or just sharing the road with one. (…) Recent improvements to these vehicles are making you safer.” said Joe Nolan, the Institute’s chief administrative officer and a co-author of the study.

The researchers consider this change is the result of some improvement of cars and minivans in the area of crash protection (side-by-side airbags, advanced crash structure). To this, SUV’s bring their contribution too: their manufacturers now use front ends designed for a better alignment with those crash structures mentioned above.

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[study] Do Americans like buying cars?

So, this is an infographic resulted from a small study on Kelley Blue Book visitors. To summarize, the results show these:
- 59% hate haggling the price when purchasing a car.
- 56% would take that car to a test drive, mostly alone.
- 42% would never buy a car online.
- 29% don’t need any hi-tech features on new cars.

The other results are in the graphic bellow:

So, are you one of the persons who like buying cars?

[Source: Kbb, Photo]

[study] Cities with worst traffic

“Commuter Pain 2011″ is a survey made by IMB, asking people’s opinion about what city they commute in and how’s its traffic. It doesn’t look for solution, it doesn’t want to find out what causes the problems. It’s only a finding, and the numbers show that Mexico City has the world’s worst traffic.

The results include the situation of 20 cities. The interesting part is that 8,042 people surveyed were 18-65 years old, and drove a vehicle alone as their main mode of transportation (as if there was no other option). In other words, these are people who complain about something they actually cause daily: traffic jams.

Anyway, do you think we can consider these results accurate?

[Source: Jalopnik]

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[study] Women lie more than Men on Car Insurance Applications

Car insurance applications and the same problem with men and women and their specific relationship to insurance premiums: nothing new so far. Until a study developed by a United Kingdom-based eInsurance Group (which serves almost 280,000 insurance applications a month) has discovered that women lie more than men on car insurance applications to get cheaper car insurance. This conclusion was extracted from the fact that 51% of declined premiums were ones handed in by women.

The study revealed a series of top lies too on car insurance applications, such as those related to convictions (where men lead with 64%), experience in driving and possess a no claims discount (having women as “winners” with 68% for the license length and 53% – for the latter).

“These results show that basing insurance premiums on gender alone is misguided. The insurers should do more to tackle the liars, whoever they are, and reward honest drivers.” said Alan Sanderson, CEO of eInsurance Group.

How you ever lied on a car insurance application?

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[Study] Speeding is the Most Common Cause of In-Car Arguments among Couples

Road trips with your wife or girlfriend are now statistically confirmed that cause couple problems. The most common cause seems to be you driving too fast, that your lady does not agree with (in 22.72% of cases this was given as a reason for fighting). Whether you drive so fast that you miss the exit or the entry on a street (18.01%), whether you don’t keep the right distance from the car in front of you (13%) or your parking skills (5%): these are all enough reasons to destroy your journey and in-car arguments to start.

At least this is what a study made in the UK by Tesco Cars, an online used car channel, has shown.

The surprising thing is that kids fighting in the back seat of the car do not cause problems to couples (only 3.9% of in-car arguments were indicated as being caused by kids).

So, if you want to enjoy a great car ride with your lady, you should think about not making the mistakes mentioned above. Or you should take a journey by yourself.

What is in your case the most frequent reason to get into a fight with your partner while being in the car?

[Source: Carscoop, Photo]

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The toxicity of your child’s car seat

Car seats are essential for a safe drive with your child. So, whenever you buy a car seat you buy it in order to keep your child safe, not to expose him to other problems. Apparently, those problems do exists: according to HealthyStuff.org and its nonprofit Ecology Center, over half (60%) car seats contain at least one of the chemicals tested for, from hazardous flame retardants to chemical additives.

The conclusion: the car seats have components made of toxic chemicals. Bromine, chlorine and lead are some of them, also linked to allergies, birth defects, impaired learning, liver toxicity and even cancer.

“Car seats save lives. It’s absolutely essential that parents put their children in them while driving, regardless of the rating a particular seat received at HealthyStuff.org. (…) However, our research shows that some car seats contain more harmful chemicals than others.” said Jeff Gearhart, the Ecology Center’s Research Director.

There is also a toxicity list of best and worst car seat producers, although the tests do not indicate the exact level of toxicity for the detected chemicals. Graco Turbo Booster (in Anders) is the best overall child car seat, Pro Booster (in Blue Opal) – the worst. The rest of the list can be found on the website www.HealthyStuff.org.

Besides all these, the average car seat rankings have improved by 64% in 3 years (since 2008). This is good news, although we cannot say that it makes the problem less important.

So, is the producer of the child car seat that you use on the “black” list?

[Source: HealthyStuff, Photo]

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Distracted Driving Statistics – an infographic

Today we have a new infographic for you that gathers some important information about the way that the use of cell phones cause distracted driving and lead to accidents. Among the statistics published by the Christensen Law Firm there are shocking facts like:

– 18% of all fatal accidents are caused by cell phone use
- 6 collisions occur every 10 minutes because of cell phones
- texting is the most dangerous distraction because it requires 3 of the primary degrees of attention required to drive safely: visual, manual and cognitive.

If you’d like to prevent this from happening to your family, friends or acquaintances, please share this information with your close ones.


[study] 7 in 10 British Women Prefer to Leave Car Servicing to Men

When it comes to car servicing, battle of the sexes has definitely a winner: man. It’s not that all women are not good at cars, but statistically, only 3 in 10 women take their cars for servicing on their own (compare this with seven out of ten men who does this). At least this is the situation in United Kingdom.

The research was conducted by a car servicing network, Bosch Car Service, on 1022 British adults over eighteen. It revealed the fact that the problem comes from women’s fear they have no good experience with that (35% of participating women indicated this reason, while 24% of men have chosen the same answer). However, women might have lately made efforts to improve their driving skills, but men are still better at car servicing duty. No offense, ladies!

The interesting part comes with the next results: three out of ten drivers under the age of 24, regardless of sex, are letting their parents deal with the duty of car maintenance. The same number of persons have indicated they take the car for servicing on their own, while the rest of questioned persons recognized they leave this job to mum and dad. The reasons for this latter category of drivers could be inexperience and also costs.

So, do you take your car for servicing on your own?

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