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Automotive Safety: A Success Story

Automotive Safety: A Success Story

The first auto fatality that was documented in the US was in 1899. An electric taxicab hit a man who was exiting a trolley car in New York City. In the over one hundred years that have followed, automobile manufacturers along with the government have worked together to make automobiles safer for everyone. We can all appreciate the fact that these efforts have paid off! Cars are safer today than they have ever been. Vehicle fatalities continue to fall. If the fatality rate (per capita) was the same in 2011 as it was in 1962, there would have been 150,000 more deaths. But because the industry works to make its autos as safe as possible, lives are saved every single day. Here are some of the safety breakthroughs that are now commonplace. Three-point Seat Belt This is arguably the most important safety feature in your vehicle ... read more

What Truckers Wish We Would Stop Doing

What Truckers Wish We Would Stop Doing

Did you know that more than 80% of the towns in our country have EVERYTHING trucked in? Though these communities don't produce any goods of their own—they can buy the same goods as people in large industrial centers. They have dedicated long-haul truck drivers to thank.  There are over three million men and women who work in the trucking industry. They serve a critical role in our economy—transporting products from place to place.  It can be grueling work. And it can be a very thankless job. One difficult thing about being a truck driver is dealing with unsafe driving behavior on the nation's streets and highway ... read more

What Does It Take To Be An Automotive Technician?

What Does It Take To Be An Automotive Technician?

Are you interested in a position as an automotive mechanic? Do you have what it takes? Automotive Service Excellence First off, you need to earn the ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) certification. The rigorous ASE course is a respected industry diploma and demonstrates the skill level you have achieved. The ASE program is organized by vehicle type (cars, trucks, buses) and automotive systems. The ASE Core 8 is divided into categories as follows: A1 Engine Repair A2 Automatic Transmission/Transaxle A3 Manual Drive Train and Axles A4 Suspension and Steering A5 Brakes A6 Electrical/Electronic Systems A7 Heating and Air Conditioning* A8 Engine Performance *These qualifications differ per variety of vehicle; most school buses don't have air conditioning, for example. ASE Maste ... read more

What Do You Think? Which State Has The Worst Drivers?

What Do You Think? Which State Has The Worst Drivers?

If you brave the Jamestown commute, you perhaps think all the incapable drivers in the country live right here in New York. Whether they pull out in front of you and then slow down, ride your rear bumper for miles, ignore a red light or (gulp!) text—the driving behavior taking place on our nation's roads puts us all at risk. The data wizards at the tech firm Smart Asset used the following metrics to establish the top ten:1 Total number of drivers Number of DUI arrests Deaths per thousand drivers Percentage of insured drivers Number of Google searches about "speeding tickets" and "traffic tickets" Does your state make this hall of shame? Check the listing: Number 10 is Nevada, the home of glittering Las Vegas surrounded by miles and miles of lonely interstates. If you drive to Las Vegas ... read more