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March 2016 Archives

The importance of brake maintenance

A car's brakes are one of its most vital components. Therefore, it is important to notice the signs of wear to reduce repair costs and increase the performance of the car overall. One obvious sign that the brakes need to be looked at by a Texas motorist is when they start to make a squealing noise. This noise indicates that the brake pad is hit the rotor, which means the pads should be replaced soon.

Automatic braking systems to be standard by 2022

Most cars sold in the state of Texas could have automatic braking systems by as early as 2022. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been working on an agreement with major automobile manufacturers to install the safety systems in almost all vehicles sold in America.

Pedestrian deaths surge in 2015

Texas was one of four states singled out for being particularly dangerous for pedestrians in a March 2016 report prepared for the Governors Highway Safety Association. The authors of the report, a consulting firm that focuses on transportation issues, looked into the rise in pedestrian death during the first six months of 2015, and they found that 42 percent of all deaths occurred in Texas, California, Florida and New York.

Rule may require truckers to have more extensive training

If a rule that was proposed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is approved, Texas residents looking to become truck drivers may find that they will be required to undergo more training prior to receiving their license. The rule would require potential truck drivers to have at least 30 hours of behind-the-wheel training.

Preventive technologies reduce rear-end collisions

There are numerous automotive technologies in various stages of development, many offering Texas motorists the hope of improved driving safety. A joint announcement in September 2015 made by IIHS and NHTSA indicates an intent to require all vehicle models in the future to include autobrake systems, a technology that has been shown to be effective in reducing cases of rear-end accidents.

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