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Drivaware and Safe4Kids Tests Show Larger Vehicles Have Larger Blind Spots

If you have a sport utility vehicle, it is probably because they are big and you believe they're safer than other vehicles. But Drivaware and Safe4Kids News has uncovered some information about a safety issue that affects virtually every vehicle on the road. When you back your vehicle up, you look in the rearview mirror, and it is easy to see if an adult is in the way. But what if a small child is standing there? Statistics show that 28,000 children were taken to emergency rooms last year when they were run over by a vehicle backing up. Before you get behind the wheel, you'd better know more about your vehicle's blind spot. Robin Giglio's 22-month-old son Hayden, somehow got behind the family SUV as they were backing away from his grandparents' house. "I relive the accident every day," Giglio said. "Hayden ran behind the car and I couldn't see him at all and I hit him." Drivaware and Safe4Kids's Investigators went to a supermarket parking lot and placed orange cones the size of a small child behind some vehicles that were backing out. The people in the vehicles checked their mirrors and took their time backing up, but they couldn't see the cone because of the blind spot. If it had been a child, he or she could have been seriously injured, if not killed. With the help of John Long of AAA Mid-Atlantic, Drivaware and Safe4Kids set up a blind spot demonstration with Alexis and Annemarie volunteering to be the drivers. Cones were placed directly behind different cars, vans, pickups and SUVs. In an older-model Toyota Corolla, Alexis didn't spot the cone until it was moved 9.5 feet behind her. However, Annemarie spotted it sooner -- after 8 feet 3 inches. Why was there a difference with the exact same car? Annemarie is 8 inches taller than Alexis. The shorter you are, the harder it is to spot things when you back up. In the demonstration, Drivaware and Safe4Kids discovered that the bigger the vehicle, the bigger the blind spot. With a Jeep Grand Cherokee, the blind spot was over 20 feet 5 inches. The Ford Windstar's blind spot was about 25 feet and the Land Rover had a 36-foot blind spot. Drivaware and Safe4Kids found out it was even worse when the blind spot was directly behind the spare tire and the middle seat headrest. Alexis couldn't see the cone for over 182 feet -- that's over half the length of a football field. You can reduce your blind spot, Long said. "In the third seat of a passenger van, put it down in the resting position and it will give you somewhat greater visibility as you look over your shoulder," Long said. Many vehicles have sensors that beep when something is close. You can also reduce your blind spot by raising your power seat to let you see at a greater angle. If you don't have a power seat make sure you turn around and lift yourself up as much as possible -- that always reduced the blind spot in tests by AAA Mid-Atlantic. You should also always make sure you look behind the vehicle before getting in and hit the horn briefly to warn anybody who might be in your blind spot.

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Defensive Driving: Self-Study Program
Teach driver safety to your own employees onsite, in about 90 minutes, with the National Safety Council’s NEW Defensive Driving Course (DDC) Self-Study Program. Based on our proven effective Defensive Driving Course, it’s perfect for individual motorists or fleet drivers unable to attend regular DDC classes. Special Offer During National Safety Month!

New 5-Minute Safety Talks Available Now!
Available exclusively to members of the National Safety Council, Safety Talks provide a year's worth of topics for your monthly safety meetings! Bulletin boards, rule books, signs and posters are all great ways to present your safety messages, but there's no substitute for straight talk! That's why we've developed two collections of sixteen 5-Minute Safety Talks, each with English and Spanish text. You can purchase the sets individually, or as a combo set at a discounted price during National Safety Month.

Defensive Driving On-line Training
The National Safety Council now offers four online training options tailored to fit your budget and your employees' schedule. Based on their classroom counterparts, these online programs use state-of-the-art animation, video, narration, and interactive screens to teach your employees defensive driving techniques.


Virtual Defensive Driving Course
The new Virtual Defensive Driving Course (Virtual DDC) from NSC and Raydon combines the proven defensive driving course curriculum with actual behind-the-wheel driving time in a simulated environment. This virtual driving instruction allows drivers to gain important insight AND experience in potentially hazardous situations.


Teen Driver
This guide to teen driver safety assists families in understanding and managing the journey their teens will travel from beginner to independent driver. The guide takes years of scientific data and translates it into practical information for parents and teens to use in reducing teen crash risk.


Safety 24/7
This FREE CD-ROM contains a wealth of information on safety and health issues that impact people of all ages – children to older adults – in a variety of settings – at work, on the road, in homes, and in the community. The SHP Center receives funding from various federal agencies which allows it to develop programs and materials to offer to the public. The resources available on the Safety 24-7 CD-ROM offer solutions that are designed to help you make a difference.

 

Top 5 Auto Safety Technologies

Which of the often-expensive new technology might really save your life? Cars and trucks have become a lot safer in the past decade, but some 43,000 people still die every year on U.S. highways. To be sure you and your family do not wind up among these statistics, you want the latest and best auto safety equipment available when you buy a new car. But unless you can afford a luxury car--where most safety gear will be standard--you will have to make choices about how much to spend on optional auto safety equipment.

Some state-of-the-art auto safety devices--such as blind spot detection systems --aim to help you survive once an accident happens. Others--even better--help to control skids and other dangerous situations, aiming to avoid accidents entirely. To stay safe, you ideally need both preventive and protective equipment. New auto safety gear may be especially important if you are thinking about buying a sport utility vehicle (SUV).

J.D. Power & Associates' Consumer Ratings of Top 5 Auto Safety Technologies:

  1. Tire-pressure monitoring
  2. LaneFX style blind-spot detection / side assist / collision warning
  3. Lane-departure warning
  4. Emergency brake assist/collision mitigation
  5. Rearview backup camera

LATEST NEWS: "Drivaware Releases Preliminary Consumer Survey on Driver Blind Spot Awareness"

Study shows cell phone use decreases driver likelihood to check vehicle's blind spots

Thursday November 12, 7:20 pm ET

ANN ARBOR , Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Drivaware inc. reported on Friday its preliminary findings on the impact of cell phone use and driver's checking of blind spot zones prior to changing lanes. Based on a survey of 231 participants, survey results show that drivers talking on a cell phone were 52% less likely to (manually) check their blind spot prior to changing lanes. Study further shows that same drivers using a more advanced form of blind spot exposure (such as Drivawar's LaneFX) were only 18% less likely to check their blind spot prior to changing lanes when they are using a cell phone. The benefits of new auto safety technologies such as LaneFX is that it is positively improving drivers' on-road awareness despite the increasing number of in-cabin driver distractions. Drivaware inc. indicated that the complete study findings will be published in October of this year. -KAS 09/21/2006

Ditch Your Stick-on Convex Blind Spot Mirrors Today

Stop Distorting Your Rearview and Compromising Your Side Mirror Vieweing Space

Drivaware has come up with something useful: the LaneFX , a controller that connects your power mirrors to your turn signals, so that when you signal (you do signal before you turn, right?), your mirrors swivel outward to show your blind spot. Hey, if this keeps just one cyclist out of the hospital, I'm happy.

Generally speaking, larger vehicles have larger rear blind spots. For example, the blind spot behind a typical sedan could only hide a small animal, while the blind spot of an SUV can hide small children, resulting in as many as 50 children being killed by reversing SUVs each year. The blind spot behind tractor trailers can contain entire vehicles, which is one reason many trucks carry warnings not to follow too close, such as "if you can't see my mirrors, I can't see you." This is partly because the driver's position is higher in a tractor-trailer.

Larger vehicles also have much larger front and side blind spots. Tractor-trailers have not only large rear quarter blind spots, but also a large blind spot directly to their left and to their front-right.

There are a number of products available to consumers to deal with the blind spot problem. Convex mirrors, often called "spot mirrors" can bring blind spots into view, but their optical properties impart a great deal of distortion so as to make it difficult to judge distances. Newer technologies using aspheric mirrors allows the blind spots to be virtually eliminated while minimizing distortion.

Double Lane Change Increases SUV Rollover Risk

Drivaware reports on a new double lane-change test that is designed to stimulate an emergency maneuver to determine SUV handling. The test is important because the more controllable and secure a vehicle is when pushed to its handling limits the better chance the SUV occupants will avoid an accident. In situations where an obstacle is in the way, due to the compromising nature of SUVs in general, steering around it can cause the vehicle to go out of control and result in an SUV rollover. Double lane-change SUV rollovers are more common than passenger cars because of the higher center of gravity that makes SUVs more prone to rollover, especially if swerving abruptly.

The aspect of SUV safety has most often focused on risk of rollover. The National Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has said the rate of SUV rollover is two to three times greater than a passenger car. Height of a SUV makes the vehicle more top heavy than one that sits lower, which is why consumers interested in purchasing a SUV are advised to choose one lower to the ground if not needing a vehicle with high ground clearance.

Accident avoidance is an important aspect of vehicle safety and the ability to sharply swerve to avoid hitting an object or a person. In a SUV, the sudden cornering forces or double lane-change can cause the SUV to tip onto two wheels and cause it to rollover. Especially after the Ford/Firestone SUV rollovers in 2000 left hundreds dead and even more injured, focus on SUV safety, like double lane-change SUV rollover risk, greater.

When shopping for an SUV, check for the availability of a blind spot exposure system, such as LaneFX. In addition to rollover resistance technology and such a wide range of vehicle options, becoming informed consumers can reduce safety risks.

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When you activate your turn signal (or at the touch of a button), LaneFX moves your power side mirror outward to show you what's in your blind spot. It pauses briefly and then returns the mirror to its original position.

Optional ParkFX tilts one or both (your choice) downward when you put the vehicle in reverse to show you the parking boundaries around and behind your vehicle.

LaneFX is designed and tested to work on any vehicle equipped with power mirrors, even systems with a factory mirror memory function - Guaranteed.

With our patent-pending "Intelligent Install" technology, all the installer2 has to do is make a few wiring connections. When turned on for the very first time, LaneFX automatically self-learns the electrical configuration of your entire vehicle. Streamlined installations mean less cost of ownership to you.

We're so confident that once you try LaneFX, you wouldn't want to go another mile without it. If you are not satisfied for any reason, please return your LaneFX unit within the first 30 days and we will refund your entire purchase price, including shipping & handling3 - no questions asked! In addition, every LaneFX system comes with a 120-day limited warranty.

There is a point in every new LaneFX experience where the driver has an "Aha!" moment. That's the moment when LaneFX gains your trust and becomes an indispensable part of your commute. Read what current owners have to say about their own "LaneFX Moment."
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blind spot mirrors standard features
We all need a more secure solution to taking our eyes off the road in order to change lanes. US Government (NHTSA) reports indicate that 1 out of 25 collisions on America's highways is due to improper lane change1. LaneFX is safe, effective and best of all, you don't have to learn it or change anything about your driving style to use it. LaneFX now boasts suite of driver awareness and safety features. Take a look:

It's not a replacement mirror! LaneFX works with your vehicle's existing power mirror system - There's nothing to replace & no worries about fit or compatibility.

Separate Control of the Left and Right Mirrors using your turn signals or the standard LaneFX activation buttons.

"Mirror-In-Motion" LED Indicators keep you informed whenever LaneFX is moving one of your mirrors.

Fully-Customizable Mirror Movement to Fit Every Driving Style. You decide how far each mirror expands, how long it pauses when it gets there and how fast it should move altogether. All customizations can be made separately to the left and right mirror.

Safely Boost Power Mirror Movement Speeds Up to 200%4 of factory speed for maximum responsiveness.

Turn Signal Link with Two Selectable Turn Signal Modes4 (normal and sticky) to suit every driving style.

Mirror Return Override allows you to keep a mirror expanded for as long as you need (most useful in highway merge situations).

Mirror Return Accuracy Technology ensures that your mirror always return to their original position, even after repeated use.

ParkFX - Curb Exposure & Park Assist System4 tilts you mirrors down when you put your vehicle in reverse to show you the parking boundaries around you.

Large Menu-Based LCD Screen to enter all of your customization preferences -- no complicated dials or dip switches anywhere!

Instant Web Upgrades. You can unlock optional features instantly using the internet well after you've purchased and installed your LaneFX system.

"Intelligent Installs" Technology allows LaneFX (once wiring is connected) to self-learn the electrical configuration of your vehicle automatically. This reduces installation time and your cost of ownership.

Fully-Reversible Standard Installations5 take the worry out of installing LaneFX even in leased vehicles.

Available Multi-Vehicle Kit allows you to use one LaneFX unit in multiple vehicles.

Quality Automotive-Grade Hardware with:
Ready to install with all hardware included - nothing more to buy5
Industry standard Molex brand automotive wiring harnesses
Certified for temperature extremes, EMI, and NVH automotive standards


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LaneFX is proudly made in the USA using US-sourced components MADE IN U.S.A. Drivaware reminds you to always wear your seatbelt, exercise caution when merging or changing lanes, obey all traffic laws and always rely on your primary senses in making driving decisions. Drivaware and LaneFX are trademarks of Drivaware Inc. Patents Pending. Copyright © 2006-09. All rights reserved. Drivaware Inc. 1756 Plymouth Rd., Suite #500, Ann Arbor, MI 48105 USA.

0 LaneFX demo shown does not represent the full suite of LaneFX features and functions.
1 US National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) 2002a Fatal Accident Reporting System data.
2 Professional installation highly recommended.
3 Full refund guarantee is available only on installed LaneFX systems. If unit was never installed in a vehicle, a 20% restocking fee will be assessed.
4 Optional features available on select LaneFX Editions or as standalone upgrades.
5 Non-custom installations only.