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Lexus Can Change Your Mind About Texting and Driving In 4.6 Seconds

How long do you think it takes to glance at a text message when you’re driving? One second? Two seconds? You’re not alone. Most drivers believe that texting and driving creates only a momentary distraction. Today on April 6, or 4.6, Lexus has released a new video to shatter this common misconception. The average length of time it actually takes to send or receive a text message when you’re behind the wheel is 4.6 seconds, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

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Road Test Special: Do You Have A Winter Emergency Kit In Your Vehicle?

Imagine this… You’re driving home from a relative or a friend’s house one winter evening. When you left home it was a clear, bright sunny day – but an unexpected snowstorm has quickly moved through the area and you’re trying to get home quickly and safely. The road you’re driving on could be a major highway or a country back road, but either way, it’s deserted and you see very few vehicles.

Winter Tires Vs. All-seasons Tires, Iain Shankland,

Road Test Special: Have You Switched Over To Your Winter Tires Yet?

With temperatures already dipping to the freezing point and some areas of the country already experiencing snow – have you switched over to your winter tires yet? Remember – there’s no such thing as a good “all-season” tire – just a no-season tire. All seasons tires become suspect when temperatures dip below 7°C – that’s the point where winter tires start to come good., Iain Shankland

Invisible Police Cruisers – Toronto’s Are Getting A Makeover

Toronto police cruisers are getting a dramatic makeover, and although a final decision on the design has not been made, the entire fleet will be dark grey going forward. The new police cruisers will be in stark contrast to the bright white with blue and red stripes along the side of present cruisers that will be phased out. Some of the new-look stealth cars are already on active duty around the city.

Speeding Tickets – Are They For Our Safety Or Just A Tax?

The police, insurance companies and the media are all selling the myth that “Speed Kills.” It doesn’t. The use of actual facts and logic in this film eliminates the lies that lower speed limits are saving lives and an arbitrary number on a posted sign is the difference between life and death. Take the time to watch this video – it’s the best debunking of the “Speed Kills” myth I’ve ever seen…. Source: @Six7films Creative Commons Attribution license (reuse allowed) Copyright © 2016 by Iain Shankland. All rights reserved.

Lexus and Toyota Will Make Automated Braking Standard on Nearly Every Model and Trim Level by End of 2017

 Four Years Before NHTSA Industry AEB Target NEW YORK, N.Y., March 21, 2016 – Advanced automatic safety technology that was once available on only the most expensive new vehicles is about to be included as standard equipment on almost every Lexus and Toyota model and trim level in the United States. Announced today at the New York Auto Show, Toyota will begin to include the Lexus Safety System+™ and Toyota Safety Sense™ packages, anchored by automatic emergency braking (AEB), on almost every new vehicle by the end of 2017. The announcement marks a major commitment by Toyota to help save lives and reduce highway injuries.  Making Lexus Safety System+™ and Toyota Safety Sense™ standard equipment on almost every model by the end of 2017 will make AEB technology widely available four years ahead of the 2022 industry target announced last week by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). “At Toyota, we are committed to creating better ways to move for everyone,” said Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota …

Subaru Vehicles Equipped With EyeSight Driver Assist System Had 60% Fewer Accidents

Tokyo, January 26, 2016 – Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI) today released a survey of traffic accidents resulting in injury or death that involved Subaru vehicles sold in Japan between fiscal years 2010 and 2014. The survey reveals that vehicles equipped with the EyeSight driver-assist system had 80% fewer front-to-rear crashes

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All-New Pro Trailer Backup Assist for 2016 Ford F-150 Makes Backing Up and Parking a Trailer Easier Than Ever

DEARBORN, Mich., May 21, 2015 – Ford, North America’s truck leader, pioneers towing innovation again by introducing Pro Trailer Backup Assist™ for the 2016 Ford F-150 – a segment-first technology that makes the challenge of backing up a trailer easier than ever for both experts and infrequent towers alike. (Watch Video at bottom) Backing up a trailer can be tricky. The truck’s front wheels have to be turned the opposite direction the customer wants the trailer to go. Turn too hard and the trailer can hit the vehicle, or jackknife. Whether working alone or with a spotter, backing up a trailer can be a tension-filled ordeal.