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U.S. Highway Safety Getting A Boost, Sleepy Truckers Getting The Boot

Revised regulation limiting number of hour’s truckers can drive without a break. Columbia, SC (PRWEB) June 28, 2013 – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has revised the hours-of-service (HOS) safety requirements for commercial truck drivers. Columbia personal injury attorney Bert Louthian says the new rules, which take effect July 1, 2013, will make the roadways safer by limiting the number of hours a fatigued driver can stay behind the wheel or on duty. HOS rules have been in place since 1939 and went virtually unchanged for more than 60 years. The latest version is the most stringent yet, requiring a driver to take at least a 30-minute break every 8 consecutive hours. Drivers are allowed to drive 11 hours within a period of 14 consecutive hours, but after 11 hours of driving, the driver must be off duty for 10 consecutive hours before again taking the wheel.

Toyota's Teen Safe Driving Program, Road-Test.org

New Drivers Gain Critical Defensive Driving Skills and Confidence Behind the Wheel from Toyota’s Teen Safe Driving Program

Free Events and New Online Resources Available to Help Reduce Teen Driving Fatalities as Signature Program Moves into 10th Year Toyota Driving Expectations has benefited nearly 30,000 teens and parents Partnerships with National Safety Council and Teen Vogue expand Toyota’s commitment to road safety Events will be held in Torrance, Calif., Denver and San Antonio TORRANCE, CALIF. (April 9, 2013) – Toyota continues to offer its free-of-charge safe driving skills program, Toyota Driving Expectations, and comprehensive online resources with the goal of reducing motor vehicle crashes, the leading cause of death among teens. Upcoming behind-the-wheel safety events will be held in Torrance, Calif., Denver and San Antonio for newly licensed or permitted teens and their parents to learn about defensive driving skills, crash avoidance techniques and the dangers of distracted driving during the 2.5-hour program. Moving into its 10th year, Toyota Driving Expectations supplements standard driver’s education to prepare inexperienced drivers for the challenges they’ll face on the road.In recognizing the importance of parents’ involvement to help their teens develop responsible driving habits, the program requires a …

BMW April Fools, road-test.org

Car Makers Sharpen Their Crayons For April Fools Day

With another April Fools day in the record books, it’s time to review what kind of pranks the automakers have been getting up to. It’s funny to see the extremes they’ll go to just to prove they actually have a sense of humour. Here are our favourites from this year. First up, the runner up for the best 2013 April Fool’s prank by an Automaker… BWM  P.R.A.M. With a royal baby due this summer, BMW proudly announced the launch of the limited edition BMW P.R.A.M. (Postnatal Royal Auto Mobile). Available in Princess Pink or Royal Blue. The soft-top convertible has been designed using our EfficientDynamics technology. With two or four-wheel-drive, it rides as smoothly on a polo field as it does down The Mall and comes with air conditioning and built-in extendable flagpoles as standard. For those who are ‘too posh to push’ this masterpiece of motherhood even comes fitted with N.A.P.P.I.E. (Nanny-Assisting Petrol-Powered Injection Engine).

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All-New 2014 Jeep Cherokee SUV Sets A New Standard

Jeep raises the bar with legendary benchmark capability, world-class on-road dynamics, fuel economy up to an estimated 6.3 L/100 km (45 mpg), revolutionary Jeep design with world-class craftsmanship inside and out, and an array of advanced safety and technology features. Windsor, Ontario, Mar 27, 2013  –  There is a new king of the hill in the mid-size sport-utility vehicle (SUV) segment: the All-New 2014 Jeep Cherokee. The renowned Cherokee name returns to the Jeep® vehicle line-up for the 2014 model year. The result – the all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee completely redefines the mid-size SUV segment, delivering legendary Jeep 4×4 capability, a segment-first nine-speed automatic transmission, fuel economy improvements of an estimated 45 per cent (versus the outgoing Liberty model), superior on-road ride and handling, a cutting-edge, revolutionary design, world-class craftsmanship, class-exclusive technology and more than 70 advanced safety and security features. The Jeep Cherokee is set to delight consumers both on the road and on the trail. “The all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee will be the benchmark for mid-size SUVs with a new level of on-road …

2014 BMW 3-Series To Get Diesel In The U.S. – No Word If Canada Will Also Get It

Automobile magazine is reporting that BMW will be introducing a new 328d wagon this year, and claims it will even come with xDrive all-wheel drive in addition to the 328d sedan. The new 3 Series diesel models are expected to enter production in July, which means we’ll get them as a 2014 model year. So what kind of numbers is this new 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine got to offer us?  It’s expected to deliver 180 hp and 280 lb/ft of torque. Reportedly diesel fans in the U.S. can get even more grunt with the optional brand-new 3.0 litre turbo-diesel six-cylinder engine in either the  5 Series or the redesigned X5 SUV that will deliver around 255 hp and 413 lb/ft of torque. Copyright © 2013 by Iain Shankland. All rights reserved.