Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Chevy Unveiling its New Sonic Subcompact

Thursday, September 22, 2011

DVD Demonstrates Dangers of Distracted Driving

R U Driven To Distraction is a recently released DVD that features a host-narrator who personifies today’s driving distractions.
Riding as a “backseat driver” in two vehicles, he entices the drivers and passengers to succumb to various distractions along the way. By dramatically demonstrating how one second of inattention can change a life forever, the 12-minute program leaves no question about the potentially tragic consequences of allowing distractions to interfere with driver concentration.

“DuPont and FocusDriven want to help stem the epidemic of distracted driving,” said Tom Faughnan, business director - Training Solutions, DuPont Sustainable Solutions. “It’s an extension of what we both do. In DuPont, our corporate driving safety standard does not allow employees to use cell phones, computers, smartphones, headphones or similar devices while driving on company business, on company property or while operating a company vehicle. We also continuously promote off-the-job driving safety among employees. And to reach outside the company, our Training Solutions practice has developed and markets a series of road safety programs.”

FocusDriven is a non-profit organization formed in 2010 to raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving and serve as a resource for those who have lost loved ones in accidents resulting from what is all-too-common behavior.

To purchase the DVD for $19.95, visit http://www.focusdriven.org/

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Honda Recalling Nearly a Million Vehicles Worldwide

Honda recently recalled 962,000 cars worldwide to fix power windows and computer systems.
The move covers 936,000 Fit subcompacts, CR-V crossovers and Fit Arias in North America, Asia, Europe and Africa. The Fit is called Jazz in some global markets, and the Fit Aria is also known as City.
Honda says the recall was prompted by defects in driver's-side power window switch units, which could melt and catch fire.
Some 26,000 CR-Z compact hybrids will also be recalled globally because of programming problems with the engine control unit.
Honda says no injuries have resulted from the defects.

Korean Auto Supplier to Open Plant in Georgia

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, Meriwether County officials and South Korea's Mando Corp. announced today the company plans to open a high-tech manufacturing operation in the Meriwether County Industrial Park.
The company plans to invest $200 million and create 426 jobs through opening this new facility. Mando’s Georgia plant will supply electric power steering gears and anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control equipment to vehicle manufacturers including Chrysler, General Motors, Hyundai and Kia, among others. This site will be Mando’s third location in the United States.

Art Revival and Car Show this Weekend

If you are looking for something to do this weekend, why not check out the Sunday Southern Art Revival and Car Show at the Elevate Headquarters at Underground Atlanta, 82 Upper Alabama St. It will feature a new project: JALOPY CAR and Art SHOW with food presented by Good Food Truck. There will be an exhibition and vintage car painting.

If you own a classic car, motorcycle, whatever... Bring It! Those who bring old rides park free on Alabama Street in front of the "Preacher"

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

VW Recalling 30,000 Jettas

Volkswagen recently announced the recall of more than 30,000 Jetta sedans from the 2011 and 2012 model years because the tailpipes can stick out too far and burn people.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's website says that stainless steel exhaust pipe tips installed where the cars were imported can stick out farther than the factory-installed tailpipes.
When the tips are hot, people could be burned on the legs.
Volkswagen reportedly received complaints of burns in July and began investigating.
VW dealers will check the cars to see if the exhaust tips are too long and replace them free of charge if necessary.

Gasoline Prices Declining

Gas prices have fallen slightly throughout the metro Atlanta.
According to AAA, the average price for a gallon of regular in Atlanta is $3.46.
That's down one cent from Sunday.
Gas prices have fallen by about nine cents since last Monday.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Public Transit Fares Could Rise

Officials are considering a proposed 25 percent increase in bus fares on Gwinnett County's public transit system, according to news reports.
The Gwinnett Transit Advisory Board is scheduled to hear input from the public on the proposed fare hike during a 7 p.m. Monday meeting at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center.
The Gwinnett Daily Post reports (http://bit.ly/oeXj3Q) that fares would vary from $3.75 to $5 based on location for certain express routes if the proposal is approved.
Officials said local service would be $2.50 per ride for many passengers under the plan.
Paratransit service, which is used by disabled and elderly riders who are picked up at their homes, would rise to $4.

Sprint Aims to Make Driving Safer with Phone App

Sprint has unveiled a new app for smart phone users that disables the phone while you drive.

The app is said to disable the phone after the car goes over 10 miles per hour. It monitors progress by tracking the phone from cell towers.
If you make a call and then drive, the app will disconnect the call.

You can turn off the app or bypass it to call 911 while you're driving.
But if the app is turned off after it's been activated, a message will be sent to the person who installed it.

 Sprint charges $2.00 dollars a month for its 'Drive First' app.

Users can visit the Sprint app site, 'Drive First', to learn more about how it works.