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Safety UP, deaths DOWN

April 6, 2011
Driving along, I often wonder about that split second before an accident occurs …  does your life really flash before you? does the shock draw a blank? What about your vehicle; what’s it thinking? With all the recent safety features and specs, it’s a fact – cars are safer to drive these days. According to the United States Transportation Department, deaths resulting from highway accidents are lower. Thank goodness! Some positive news! Not only do vehicles provide better safety equipment; drivers are wearing their seat belts more often and staying off the road after alcohol consumption. Smart move, I’d say!  Read more about Highway deaths fall to lowest level since 1949, a report The Today Show posted recently. Vehicles on the rode today offer far more advanced technology; to keep us safe. Standard features like ‘front and rear crumple zones’ and ‘energy-absorbing steering column’ to absorb some of the impact when in an accident. Other features like ‘traction control’ and ‘electronic stability control’ which help prevent the accident from occurring. And ‘on-star automatic crash response & emergency services’ if in fact you are in an accident and need immediate assistance. It’s nice to know your car is thinking of you … and your safety!