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How alcohol affects driving ability
Posted on: 11/15/2017

Over the upcoming few weeks we are celebrating three of the National holidays and we encourage all to read this longer article and realize the danger of drinking and driving.   

Every day, almost 29 people in the United States die in alcohol-impaired vehicle crashes—that's one person every 50 minutes in 2016. Drunk-driving fatalities have fallen by a third in the last three decades; however, drunk-driving crashes claim more than 10,000 lives per year. In 2010, the most recent year for which cost data is available, these deaths and damages contributed to a cost of $44B per year.

Know the Facts Interactions between alcohol and other substances in the body such as certain medications or illegal drugs increase impairment and make driving more risky. Also see Drugged Driving

Alcohol is a substance that reduces the function of the brain, impairing thinking, reasoning and muscle coordination. All these abilities are essential to operating a vehicle safely.

As alcohol levels rise in a person’s system, the negative effects on the central nervous system increase, too. Alcohol is absorbed directly through the walls of the stomach and small intestine. Then it passes into the bloodstream where it accumulates until it is metabolized by the liver. Alcohol level is measured by the weight of the alcohol in a certain volume of blood. This is called Blood Alcohol Concentration, or BAC. At a BAC of .08 grams of alcohol per deciliter of blood (g/dL), crash risk increases exponentially. Because of this risk, it’s illegal in all 50 States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher. However, even a small amount of alcohol can affect driving ability. In 2015, there were 1,809 people killed in alcohol-related crashes where drivers' BACs were less than .08 g/dL.

BAC is measured with a breathalyzer, a device that measures the amount of alcohol in a driver’s breath, or by a blood test.

Happy Holidays!  Be safe.



The top 10 best-selling autos in October
Posted on: 11/06/2017

The top 10 best-selling autos in October 2017 and year-to-date as reported by Automotive News. 

 

Oct.

 

 

10 mos.

Ford F series

75,974

 

Ford F series

734,610

Chevrolet Silverado

53,157

 

Chevrolet Silverado

471,747

Ram pickup

44,201

 

Ram pickup

419,102

Toyota RAV4

34,086

 

Toyota RAV4

346,316

Honda Civic

30,319

 

Nissan Rogue

327,213

Nissan Rogue

30,286

 

Honda Civic

314,699

Honda CR-V

27,773

 

Toyota Camry

308,759

Honda Accord

26,740

 

Honda CR-V

308,706

Toyota Camry

26,252

 

Toyota Corolla

289,940

Chevrolet Equinox

25,272

 

Honda Accord

277,542

 



Top 10 Best-Selling Cars in October
Posted on: 11/06/2017

The top 10 best-selling cars in October 2017 and year-to-date as reported by Automotive News.

 

Oct.

 

 

10 mos.

Honda Civic

30,319

 

Honda Civic

314,699

Honda Accord

26,740

 

Toyota Camry

308,759

Toyota Camry

26,252

 

Toyota Corolla

289,940

Toyota Corolla

24,667

 

Honda Accord

277,542

Nissan Sentra

18,341

 

Nissan Altima

217,724

Nissan Altima

17,863

 

Nissan Sentra

184,052

Ford Fusion

17,536

 

Ford Fusion

177,278

Hyundai Elantra

14,733

 

Chevrolet Cruze

160,363

Chevrolet Malibu

14,647

 

Hyundai Elantra

157,800

Chevrolet Cruze

11,129

 

Chevrolet Malibu

155,809

 



Top 10 Best Selling Light Trucks
Posted on: 11/06/2017

The top 10 best-selling light trucks in October 2017 and year-to-date as reported by Automotive News.

 

Oct.

 

 

10 mos.

Ford F series

75,974

 

Ford F series

734,610

Chevrolet Silverado

53,157

 

Chevrolet Silverado

471,747

Ram pickup

44,201

 

Ram pickup

419,102

Toyota RAV4

34,086

 

Toyota RAV4

346,316

Nissan Rogue

30,286

 

Nissan Rogue

327,213

Honda CR-V

27,773

 

Honda CR-V

308,706

Chevrolet Equinox

25,272

 

Ford Escape

256,942

Ford Escape

23,064

 

Chevrolet Equinox

238,007

Ford Explorer

19,421

 

Ford Explorer

218,455

GMC Sierra

18,895

 

Jeep Grand Cherokee

198,460

 



Reliability Survey
Posted on: 10/21/2017

 Consumer Reports' 2017 Annual Reliability Survey

 

Rank

Rank change from last year

Brand

Avg. reliability score

MORE RELIABLE

1

+1

Toyota

80

2

-1

Lexus

77

3

+2

Kia

71

4

-

Audi

68

5

+4

BMW

62

 

 

 

 

RELIABLE

6

+5

Subaru

60

7

+1

Infiniti

60

8

-5

Buick

59

9

+1

Honda

57

10

-3

Hyundai

59

11

+2

Nissan

53

12

-6

Mazda

52

13

+3

Porsche

50

14

+3

Mercedes-Benz

47

15

+3

Ford

45

16

+6

Volkswagen

44

17

+10

Chrysler

41

 

 

 

 

LESS RELIABLE

18

-3

Chevrolet

39

19

-7

Acura

38

20

+3

Jeep

38

21

+4

Tesla

37

22

-2

Lincoln

33

23

-4

Volvo

33

24

+2

Dodge

32

25

+4

Ram

30

26

-2

GMC

28

27

-6

Cadillac

26

 

 

 



Strong Auto Sales to Continue
Posted on: 10/16/2017

September was the best month for auto sales this year with a 6.1 increase from last year.  It’s certainly attributed to several reasons and the hurricanes must be considered as well as an economy that is very strong.

It isn’t often that GM, Ford, Toyota, Nissan, Honda and Volkswagen can all report increases in the same month.  Fiat Chrysler reported that five of its vehicles including the Jeep Renegade, Chrysler Pacifica, Ram ProMaster and Ram ProMaster City all had sales record but overall sales were down about 10%.

Strong auto sales are expected to continue in October and buyers will find that incentives are high.  Model selection will also be better than usual as dealers have huge inventories to select from.  




 
 
 
 
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