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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.

 

Are You Blind To Backup Danger?

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.

Drivaware Publishes Automakers' Scorecard on Driver Visbility and Average Blind Spot Zone Size

Automakers' average blind spot zones vary greatly. Automakers that produce larger, taller vehicles have larger blind spot zones than conventional passenger vehicles without impeded side and rearviews. All measurements do not account for the use of blind spot mirrors or blind spot detectors (like Valeo Raytheon's and Volvo's BLIS systems). Blind spot zone sizes are a combination of the side blind spot zones (as applicable in lane changes) but exclude the size of the rear blind spot zone that result when the vehicle is in reverse (backover condition).

Automaker

Average Size of Model Lane Change Blind Spot Area (avg. for all 2006 models in feet)

Automaker Average Size of Model Lane Change Blind Spot Area (avg. for all 2006 models in feet)
Acura 24.1' Jeep 31.0'
Alfa Romeo N/A Kia 18.9'
Aston Martin 29.2' Lamborghini 48.0'
Audi 32.0' Land Rover 38.2'
Bentley 29.4' Lexus 28.4'
BMW 28.6' Lincoln 22.9'
Buick 33.2' Lotus 49.8'
Cadillac 31.0' Mazda 22.0'
Chevrolet 33.9' Mercedes-Benz 29.4'
Chrysler 36.8' Mercury 28.2'
Daewoo 18.6' Mini 27.4'
DeLorean 44.1' Mitsubishi 29.6'
Dodge 36.1' Nissan 31.0'
Eagel N/A Oldsmobile N/A
Ferrari 40.6' Pontiac 32.1'
Fiat N/A Porsche 41.6'
Ford 38.1' Rolls-Royce 29.4'
Geo 16.3' Saab 26.1'
GMC 29.4' Saturn 25.5'
Honda 21.8' Scion 19.0'
Hummer 50.5' Subaru 26.7'
Hyundai 22.0' Suzuki 27.3'
Infiniti 34.1' Toyota 25.9'
Isuzu 37.5' Volkswagen 30.6'
Jaguar 28.8' Volvo 28.1'

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.

Basic Auto Safety Facts

Plus the Economic Benefits of the LaneFX Blind Spot Exposure System

  1. According to the US government's Department of Transportation, 1 out of 25 collisions on America's highways is due to improper lane change / lane merge. That's 630,000 accidents annually and almost 2% of which are fatal. The estimated annual insurance cost of these collisions $2.3B not accounting for economic loss. There are no specific statistics on whether these numbers improve by use of conventional convex blind spot mirrors or even by the driver setting the side mirrors wide.
  2. Second, consider the driver awareness benefit. By eliminating the average of 2 seconds of a complete head turn / blind spot check, LaneFX can afford you over 205ft of advance emergency stopping/maneuvering distance. This could be a life-saving or accident avoidance distance.
  3. Thirdly, let's approach this from a competitive landscape: The blind spot detection segment has just recently begun heating up at the OEM and teir-1supplier level. University of Michigan's Center for Automotive Research (CAR) study of emerging technologies, automotive executives from around the world have predestined a 10% market penetration of blind spot detection systems by MY06. So far this figure has been lagging a bit, but there is evidence of momentum building up in this area. Volvo has recently announced their blind spot detection system called BLIS and Audi has launch its Lane Assists passive system on its brand new Q7 SUV. As matter of fact, Volvo's VP of marketing in the BLIS systems' media preview indicated that that "blind spot problem solution is the number of asked for feature by Volvo owners." Volvo in this detection system chose to use pattern/image recognition technology as their chosen horse for this race. Raytheon and Valeo-Sylvania, two heavy hitters in the teir-1 supplier arena have joined forces to develop a sonar-based detection system under contract with one auto OEM. In both instances Volvo and other system are passive detection systems. Here's what's public from Volvo's own press release: "Because the system is camera based, it not work in the rain, snow, fog, or at night." When Automotive Week and Auto Blog test drove the BLIS system, they encountered a disproportionate number of false positives when driving by a row of parked cars or in the left-most lane on the highway against a concrete divider wall." K. Malhas, inventor of LaneFX expressed his opinion on this design approach as follows: "It's difficult for to understand why the one automotive manufacturer that has coined its existence on occupant safety would release a system that does not appear to have been well-though out." But it actually gets worse from there, estimated price for the system is $1,200 that's over 800% the suggested retail price of a complete LaneFX package and, according to Volvo if the its alert mechanism - a small orange light on the inside of the A-pillar - becomes "too annoying" to the driver, the driver has a switch to turn it off! Unbelievable!

Merging Into Highway Traffic Proves Difficult for Most Drivers

Drivaware reports lane changing on busy highways can be difficult for even the most experienced drivers. The secret is to plan ahead by knowing what other vehicles are doing around you.

In Drivaware's interactive demo on safe lane changes and merges, the car in the right lane is traveling faster than your car. Many impatient drivers will (wrongly) tailgate slower vehicles traveling in the fast lane. Be proactive! Avoid this situation by staying right as much as is practical. In this example, it would be best to move your vehicle over to the right lane as soon as it is safe.

Be smarter than the other guy! Use your turn signal every time you change lanes along with the new LaneFX system. Before you make your move, look in your side and rearview mirrors to make sure the lane is clear. If there is another vehicle in the lane, or if there is another vehicle in the right lane behind you (at a distance) which is overtaking you at a fast speed, stay where you are. Wait for that vehicle to pass you.

Remember you have blind spots, and that the blind spot on the right is larger than on the left. Before you change lanes, turn your head carefully to check the appropriate blind spot.

When you decide it is safe, turn the steering wheel in the direction you wish to go. Change lanes quickly, but smoothly. Do not wander as you change lanes. You always want to appear confident and in control of the situation.

Once you've successfully negotiated the lane change, make sure your turn signal is off. This is important. If other drivers see that your turn signal is always on, they may not trust you on the highway! They will never know when you want to turn and when you don't.

Basic Skills for Safer Commutes

Driving has changed a lot since most of us first got behind the wheel. This section will help you to keep a constant watch on your surroundings, the vehicles and people around you at all times.

An important factor to take into consideration when driving is to check your mirrors frequently, and also check the blind spots, by looking over your shoulders before switching lanes or making turns. As we age, most of us become less flexible, so check out the information on this site about exercises that will keep you limber and help you drive safely.

Knowing the needs of other traffic like trucks, buses, motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians is very important. For example, trucks should be provided with extra space, as they need wider turning lanes, watch out for buses, as they need to enter traffic from stopping lanes, and give pedestrians plenty of time to cross the road.

Everyone has one or two problematic areas of driving. Click the links on your right, to the areas that give you trouble. We can all improve our driving.

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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.