Auto News for Nov. 7 – One Way To Save on Tires

  A stunt driver has completed a lap of Germany’s challenging Nurburgring Nordschleife course in a Mini. What makes this a little different is the fact that he did it on just two wheels. Check out motortrend.com for a video.

 The finalists for Motor Trend’s Car of the Year award are the Audi A4, Jaguar’s XE, Chevrolet Bolt, and Chrysler Pacifica. (I don’t know how a van make it to the Car of the Year award, before you ask.) The finalists for SUV of the Year are the Audi Q7, Jaguar F-Pace, Honda Ridgeline, and the Ford F-250 and F-350 trucks.

 Three percent of Americans, representing more than seven million drivers, reported falling asleep behind the wheel within the past two weeks.  Equally alarming, results of the Sleep Health Index also indicate that people only felt well-rested about four days per week.

 “Three days out of the week the average American is not well-rested, which has implications for productivity, well-being, mood, health, and of course, driving. This suggests that the occurrence of drowsy driving is likely underreported,” said National Sleep Foundation’s Research Fellow, Kristen Knutson.

 These numbers highlight the importance of drowsy driving legislation, public education and awareness programs, the foundation said. To reduce the 6,400 annual deaths attributed to drowsy driving, NSF is declaring November 6-13, 2016 to be Drowsy Driving Prevention Week. This annual campaign, which coincides with the end of daylight saving time, provides public education about the risks of driving while drowsy and ways to improve safety.

 The Chrysler Pacifica has earned a five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Five stars is the highest possible safety rating given by NHTSA. Look for a road test of the all-new van in the near future on our Saturday feature page.

 Members of Canada’s largest auto workers union have ratified a contract with Ford. The pact was approved by 58 percent of Unifor, which counts 6,400 Ford members. That ends the labor union’s talks with Detroit’s big three.

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