Auto News for Nov. 22 – Low Key Bolt Debut

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

 The Wall St. Journal reports the Chevrolet Bolt will have a slow roll out available only in California and Oregon at the end of the year. Further, the paper said the much talked about electric will have a “slow flow” debut in 2017. It had been expected the Bolt would have a much wider roll out this year. GM has said the car would have a range of 238 miles on a single charge and should come in around $30K figuring in tax credits. As of this writing, there has been no comment from GM on the WSJ report.

 Americans are buckling up. Ninety percent of all drivers and front seat passengers fasten their safety belts, according to the National Highway Traffic safety Administration. That is a one percent gain over a similar survey taken a year ago.

 As you get ready for Black Friday here is something to keep in mind. A National Safety Council poll found two-thirds – 66 percent – of drivers would make phone calls while driving through a parking lot, and 56 percent would text. Given the increased traffic in and around parking lots during the holiday shopping season, the Council is urging drivers and pedestrians to exercise additional caution.  On average, more than 50,000 crashes occur in parking lots and parking garages annually, resulting in 500 or more deaths and more than 60,000 injuries. Distracted walking is a serious safety issue, too. From 2001-2011, more than 11,000 pedestrians were seriously injured because they were distracted by their phones. “Parking lots are intense driving environments that require both drivers and pedestrians to pay close attention,” said Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council. “It is discouraging that so many drivers are willing to add distractions to that mix.”

Poll respondents also said they would do the following while driving through parking lots:

Program GPS (63 percent)

Send or receive emails (50 percent)

Use social media (52 percent)

Take photos or watch videos (49 percent)

Use a smartwatch (43 percent)

Surf the Internet (43 percent)

Video chat (42 percent)

 

 

 

 Auto News for Nov. 22

 The Wall St. Journal reports the Chevrolet Bolt will have a slow roll out available only in California and Oregon at the end of the year. Further, the paper said the much talked about electric will have a “slow flow” debut in 2017. It had been expected the Bolt would have a much wider roll out this year. GM has said the car would have a range of 238 miles on a single charge and should come in around $30K figuring in tax credits. As of this writing, there has been no comment from GM on the WSJ report.

 Americans are buckling up. Ninety percent of all drivers and front seat passengers fasten their safety belts, according to the National Highway Traffic safety Administration. That is a one percent gain over a similar survey taken a year ago.

 As you get ready for Black Friday here is something to keep in mind. A National Safety Council poll found two-thirds – 66 percent – of drivers would make phone calls while driving through a parking lot, and 56 percent would text. Given the increased traffic in and around parking lots during the holiday shopping season, the Council is urging drivers and pedestrians to exercise additional caution.  On average, more than 50,000 crashes occur in parking lots and parking garages annually, resulting in 500 or more deaths and more than 60,000 injuries. Distracted walking is a serious safety issue, too. From 2001-2011, more than 11,000 pedestrians were seriously injured because they were distracted by their phones. “Parking lots are intense driving environments that require both drivers and pedestrians to pay close attention,” said Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council. “It is discouraging that so many drivers are willing to add distractions to that mix.”

Poll respondents also said they would do the following while driving through parking lots:

Program GPS (63 percent)

Send or receive emails (50 percent)

Use social media (52 percent)

Take photos or watch videos (49 percent)

Use a smartwatch (43 percent)

Surf the Internet (43 percent)

Video chat (42 percent)

 

 

 

 

 

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