Although the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports the number of motorcycle fatalities dropped from a high in 2016 of 5,286 down to 5,172 in 2017, the proportion of motorcyclist fatalities relative to all traffic-related fatalities has more than doubled over the past two decades.

Simply put, in a collision, motorcyclists are more vulnerable than vehicle drivers. That said, both motorcyclists and drivers have a responsibility to safely share the road. Experts offer the following advice to drivers:

Look twice

Motorcycles are narrow and drivers may not see them as they can hide behind other objects or in your blind spot. Because they are not always visible, drivers should be aware they may be hidden and look twice.

Use extra caution when changing lanes

Again, because your blind spot could hide a biker, make sure to cover all of your blind spots by looking over your shoulder whenever changing lanes.

Leave a safe following distance 

Never tailgate a motorcyclist — getting too close can be dangerous. Experts advise leaving at least 3 to 4 seconds of following distance.

Pass safely

When passing a motorcycle, make sure to give them at least three feet of space.

Understand the lack of lights

Motorcyclists sometimes use engine braking alongside the brakes — so you may not even see brake lights at first. It’s important to be aware of this. In addition, taillights on a motorcycles are very small and always on, so they may be difficult to see when the biker brakes.

Eliminate distractions

Research shows that distracted driving is one of the most common causes of all collisions. Keep the cell phone packed away, avoid all other distractions, and focus all your attention on the road.

 

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A new partnership between ChargePoint and Electrify America will allow users of each electric-vehicle charging network to use the other network with no additional charges, the operators have announced.
 
The “roaming” agreement, which may help users think about the agreement in a similar way as cellular networks, is expected to help accelerate adoption of plug-in vehicles, because it overcomes a proprietary-network hurdle.
 
“This roaming agreement further accelerates the seamless integration of individual EV fueling networks and brings us even closer to the day when the movement of all goods and people will be powered by electricity,” said Pasquale Romano, ChargePoint’s president and CEO. “Partnerships like this make transitioning to electric drive easier than continuing to use fossil fuels.”

There will be more than 30,000 individual charge points connected by the two networks, including Level 2 AC and DC fast charging (CCS or CHAdeMo). ChargePoint claims to be the largest charging network in the world with 66,000 locations. Electrify America has pledged to have 2,000 charging points at 484 locations in the U.S. by July 1.

ChargePoint has also made an agreement with WEX Inc. to provide seamless charging payments for commercial and government fleets.

 

Source: Automotive Fleet

 

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Aurora, the self-driving startup that already has relationships with a number of automakers, has just announced its newest collaboration, working with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) on self-driving commercial vehicle platforms.

Aurora’s partnership with FCA will “further expand the scope” of its Aurora Driver system “to offer a variety of solutions to strategic customers in logistics, transit, and other use cases,” the company said in a blog post.

This is far from the first partnership for Aurora, as the startup announced collaborations with both Volkswagen and Hyundai in January 2018. Aurora also has a partnership with electric car startup BYTON.

In February, Aurora secured a $530 million investment from the likes of Amazon and Sequoia. The startup now claims it has integrated Aurora Driver into six different vehicle platforms, “from sedans, SUVs, and minivans, to a large commercial vehicle and a class 8 truck.”

As for FCA, the carmaker has already sold tens of thousands of its Chrysler Pacificas to Waymo for self-driving tests. On this new deal, FCA CEO Mike Manley said,

“As part of FCA’s autonomous vehicle strategy we will continue to work with strategic partners in this space to address the needs of consumers in a rapidly changing industry. Aurora brings a unique skillset combined with advanced and purposeful technology that complements and enhances our philosophy on self-driving.”

Focusing on commercial vehicles with Aurora would add another dimension to the company’s overarching autonomous strategy.

It’s been a busy month or so for FCA, which pitched a 50-50 merger offer to France’s Renault, only to withdraw it last week. The company also gave Tesla $2 billion for emission credits in Europe.

Renault’s existing partnership with Nissan seemed to play a large role in the withdrawal of FCA’s merger. The deal is not completely dead yet, but Nissan will have its say on whether it can be resuscitated, according to a new Reuters report.

 

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Do car troubles have your business vehicles struggling to keep up? Now, you don’t have to miss a single mile.

Firestone Complete Auto Care has launched extended late hours in select cities. This exciting new offering allows business clients to get their fleet vehicles serviced during off-hours to minimize fleet downtime.

Overnight fleet servicing is currently available in the following areas:

● Lake Worth, FL servicing South Florida
● Bloomfield, CT servicing New England
● Goodlettsville, TN servicing the Greater Nashville Region
● Irving, TX servicing North Texas
● Cleveland, OH servicing the Great Lakes Region

Fleet vehicles may be dropped off at participating Firestone Complete Auto Care stores between 5 and 9 PM. They will be available for pick-up at 8 AM the following day.

Overnight Services Offered

Our ASE-certified and trained mechanics provide a full range of services for fleet vehicles. We’re experts in maintenance and repairs, not just tires. Here are just a few of the many services that can be performed during extended late hours:

● Oil and fluid changes
● Tire changes and rotations
● Brake work
● Light repairs
● Preventive maintenance
● Headlight replacement
● Windshield wiper replacement

Benefits to Overnight Service

For businesses that rely on fleet vehicles, vehicle replacement and maintenance costs are two of the most important variables impacting profitability. Regular preventative maintenance and inspections allow fleet managers to squeeze as many miles as possible out of each vehicle—and to sleep better at night.

However, pulling vehicles out of circulation to be serviced during business hours cuts into a company’s profits, creates logistical problems, and threatens customer satisfaction. Downtime puts fleet managers in a crunch, managing the expectations of both customers and employees. Firestone Complete Auto Care helps relieve this stress by working while you sleep.

Safety is a huge consideration for any fleet manager, too. This includes the safety of drivers as well as the public out on the roads with their vehicles. The larger the fleet, the greater the chance for a mishap. Having your vehicles serviced by reliable professionals is a crucial component in ensuring maximum safety for your fleet.

Rest assured, Firestone Complete Auto Care performs every service with high-quality parts meeting OEM standards or better. Every job we do is backed by our Triple Promise: Fixed right. Priced right. Right on time.

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  • A corrupted computer module in nearly 300,000 2019 Ram 1500 trucks means airbags and seatbelt pretensioners may not work in a crash.
  • The airbag warning light may or may not illuminate if the problem occurs.
  • Dealers will begin repairs in late July.

Fiat Chrysler is recalling 295,981 Ram pickups in the United States because their airbags and seatbelt pretensioners may be deactivated in a crash, according to the company and filings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The defect is in every Ram 1500 built through April 29, 2019, the date after which FCA updated software for the start of 2020 production. The problem lies in the occupant restraint controller, which is the main processing unit that decides whether or not to deploy the airbags and pretensioners in an accident. When the driver shuts off the truck, the controller may power off too soon during a “memory cleanup”—not much different than how your home computer clears its memory during shutdown—which can permanently corrupt the controller. When that happens, an airbag light can illuminate, all sorts of fault codes can generate, and at worst, the truck’s airbags and pretensioners won’t work.

 

 

 

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