Severe winter weather can be both frightening and dangerous when driving. Here are AAA's tips to prepare your vehicle and keep you cautious while driving in adverse weather.
Tuesday, October 26, 2021
Small SUVs struggle in new, tougher side test
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is introducing a new, tougher side crash test to address higher-speed crashes that continue to cause fatalities. In the first tests of 2020-21 vehicles, only one out of 20 small SUVs, the 2021 Mazda CX-5, earns a good rating.
Saturday, October 23, 2021
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Every year about 37,000 people die in vehicle crashes on America’s roads. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) wants that number to be zero. You know what? I want that number to be zero as well.
In this video we’ll discuss four driver assistance technologies that can help make cars safer! We’ll cover rear automatic braking, blind spot intervention, lane keeping assistance, and automatic high beams. Important to note, the goal here isn’t to take the driver completely out of the equation, but to provide assistance in ways that continue to reduce the number of fatal crashes and injuries.
Sunday, October 17, 2021
Thursday, October 14, 2021
Good IIHS headlight ratings linked to lower crash rates
The headlight ratings program developed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is reducing dangerous nighttime crashes in the real world, a recent study shows.
Nighttime crash rates per mile are nearly 20 percent lower for vehicles with headlights that earn a good rating in the IIHS evaluation, compared with those with poor-rated headlights, the study found. For vehicles with acceptable or marginal headlights, crash rates are 15 percent and 10 percent lower than for those with poor ratings.
Monday, October 11, 2021
Friday, October 8, 2021
"Hands On" Owner / Operator Paul Troutner talks about Corby's history and sense of community. See more at http://corbysvacaville.com
Tuesday, October 5, 2021
It's very important to put the correct fuel in your car, whether that's 87 regular gas, or 91 premium gas. Using the wrong fuel, at an octane rating too low for your vehicle, can result in severe engine damage caused by knock. Lower octane rating fuels are more susceptible to knock. In some high elevation states, 85 octane fuel is sold, which should not be used by modern cars.
Why would we sell a fuel in the United States that could destroy your engine? Well it worked just fine with old, carbureted cars. But modern cars with electronic fuel injection and electronic ignition timing don't like it. Why not? Watch the video to see why this fuel is still sold today, how elevation impacts octane rating, and why modern cars can't use it. It can even void your warranty! Wild.
Saturday, October 2, 2021
If you are a fan of car racing games, you are probably aware that car design and aerodynamics play an important role in a car’s speed. That is because car design makes up the aerodynamics of a car and speed is not the only factor affected by aerodynamics.
Also, aerodynamics is not only important for a fast car but also for a standard passenger car; in fact, you might be surprised to learn that some of these passenger cars have a better design in terms of aerodynamics than a sports car. Before going into more detail about the topic, let’s start with answering the basic questions: “What is aerodynamics, and what affects the aerodynamics of a car?”
You probably do not notice while you are walking down the street or driving at low speeds in your car, but the surrounding air displays resistance to you or your car. Actually, any solid object moving through the air is met with this resistance, and the study of the interactions between the air and these solid bodies is called aerodynamics. A car with good aerodynamics cuts through the wall of air in a more efficient way. Two separate forces make up the aerodynamics, and there are special techniques and materials used to test the aerodynamics of a car.
If you would like to learn more about these techniques and how automotive aerodynamics is measured, this video is here to answer your questions. Apart from learning technical information about vehicle aerodynamics, you will also learn interesting details such as why designers chose certain shapes like “raindrop” as well.