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Driver Safety Tips: Navigating Roundabouts

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Jan 23, 2019 2:00:40 PM

Do you remember that uneasy feeling and awkward sense of confusion the first time you encountered a roundabout? You were driving down a perfectly straight road that suddenly collided with a massive, paved circle, painted with white lines and dotted with bright, yellow yield signs. Enclosed in the center of the circle is an island of grass and some shrubbery. For some, it was like driving for the first time. Roundabouts can be quite tricky to navigate, but once you know the rules of the road, follow the signage, and gain some experience, you'll discover that roundabouts will actually help you make it safely to your destination in less time and with a lower chance of a collision.

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Topics: Driver Safety, Driving Suggestions

Driver Safety Tips: Automatic Emergency Braking

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Jan 22, 2019 3:23:45 PM

Sticking with the theme of our last blog article about Adaptive Cruise Control, I will compare the intelligence of emerging auto technology to the proliferation of computer IQ in The Matrix. Many embrace the invention of cars that sense and even think for us to some extent, while others fear that it takes too much responsibility out of our own hands. And if the Matrix trilogy taught us anything, it is to avoid self-aware mechanisms. 

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Topics: Fleet Considerations, Driver Safety, Driving Suggestions

Driver Safety Tips: Adaptive Cruise Control

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Jan 18, 2019 1:08:04 PM

I-Robot came out in 2004 and introduced its audiences to a dark vision of our future where cars drive themselves, robots are utilized by humans for nearly everything, and Lake Michigan has dried up. Luckily, we're nowhere near the latter two circumstances, but the first was already being realized when the film came out.

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Topics: Fleet Considerations, Driver Safety, Driving Suggestions

Nissan Reveals The 2019 Leaf e+

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Jan 11, 2019 3:35:31 PM

The new year of 2019 sees an automotive industry abound with groundbreaking innovation in the field of electric vehicle technology. Leading the pack, per se, is Nissan's newest EV model, the 2019 Leaf e+. 

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Topics: Lowering Fleet Costs, Fleet Considerations, GreenTechnology, Driving Green

Another Surge in the Electric Vehicle Industry

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Jan 3, 2019 4:15:25 PM

The year is now 2019, and we live in an era of innovative technology that is generally designed to make our lives easier. The electric car, for example, can save a consumer hundreds of dollars a year on gas and maintenance. It is important to consider that EV’s are best used as short-range vehicles, but for someone with a short commute and casual trips around town, they can be ideal.

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Topics: Lowering Fleet Costs, Driver Safety, GreenTechnology, Driving Green

The Growing Demand for Electric Vehicles

Posted by Jody Johnson on Jul 27, 2016 10:29:41 AM

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Tesla Model S  (EV) 

 

Here are the top 5 selling EVs PHEVs (electric vehicles plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles) in the U.S. for the first half of 2016, from an article at fleetcarma.com: Tesla Model S, Chevy Volt, Ford Fusion Energi, Tesla Model X, and the Nissan Leaf, out of a total list of 28 EV / PHEVs, where these 5 vehicles alone equal an impressive 41,371 number of sales out of the total 28 equaling 64,296 number of sales for the first half of 2016.

                                                                                                                                                                          

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                        Chevrolet Volt  (PHEV)                                                                   Ford Fusion Energi  (PHEV)

 

The number of EV / PHEV sales in 2016 are growing by leaps and bounds, with June showing a 49% increase over June of 2015, and the first half of 2016 overall having a 19% increase over the first half of 2015. This is a huge sign that consumers are becoming more excited and ready to embrace the future of alternative fuel using vehicles.  And with Tesla just recently having come out with their new more affordable $35,000 Model 3 (with an astonishing waiting list of 400,000 reservations), the future of EVs just keeps getting brighter & brighter!

 

White_Tesla_X_Final.jpg                   Lt_Blue_Nissan_Leaf_Final.jpg                                        Tesla Model X  (EV)                                                                                     Nissan Leaf  (EV)                                                                                                                                                                                                     

If you would like to read the rest of this interesting article, "Electric Vehicle Sales in the United States: 2016 Half-Year Update" at fleetcarma.com, just click on the link 2016 Electric Vehicle Sales.     

 

 

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Topics: Driving Green

Green Driving for Cleaner Cities

Posted by Jody Johnson on Jun 20, 2016 12:52:49 PM

 

CCGD.jpgOn May 19th, our CARITAS team attended the Clean Cities Green Drives Conference near Chicago, IL. The event was hosted by the Lake Michigan Clean Cities Consortium, which is made up of the Chicago Area, South Shore (Northern Indiana), and Wisconsin Clean Cities coalition. These three non-profit organizations, along with nearly 100 others throughout the United States, affiliated with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program, focus on increasing the use of alternative fuels and advanced-vehicle technologies, reducing vehicle idling, and improving fuel economy and air quality.

The Clean Cities Green Drives Conference created a lot of excitement for us all, while learning about the newest advancements in vehicle aerodynamic design, weight reduction, stop/start technology to reduce vehicle idling, and (surprising me the most) was all the different alternative fuels now available for vehicle use.

CCGD_Tesla.jpgMany alternative fuels can improve gas mileage, reduce emissions, increase energy security, and help stimulate our economy through their development and growing consumer demand. Though, until the demand for “green” vehicles increases, the cost to purchase an alternative fuel vehicle will tend to be higher than those of more conventional vehicles. To offset this higher initial cost, and the cost of specific equipment and fuels associated with the operation of these vehicles, there are federal and state incentives that are available to qualified individuals, businesses, municipalities and the general public.

To read about some examples of alternative fuel vehicle incentives, alternative fuel vehicles and their MPG or MPG equivalent ratings, alternative fuel types and U.S. fueling station locations, (from the U.S. Department of Energy)... just click on the link Clean Cities Green Drives.

 

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Safer Driving - Top 3 Causes of Car Accidents in America

Posted by Jody Johnson on May 9, 2016 2:34:15 PM

 What would you think are the 3 leading causes of car accidents in America?  

Here are two hints... all 3 causes are human behaviors, and all are completely preventable.  

Below is a graph from the National Safety Council, which compares two images of activity in the human brain; one is an image of a person's brain while driving alone, and the second shows how the brain is affected when a person is driving while listening to someone talking on a phone. 

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A lot of people believe they can do multiple tasks at the same time just as well as if they were to focus on doing just one. 

But this graph and every recent car accident statistic shows, that this belief is not only impossible, but also very dangerous to your safety, and to the safety of others. 

So, to find the answer to the question above, click on the link here Top 3 Causes of Car Accidents in America to read a brief article by Michael Pines, an accident and injury prevention expert in San Diego, who's on a campaign to end senseless injury, one blog at a time.   

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Topics: Driver Safety

Safer Driving - Exciting New Technologies

Posted by Jody Johnson on May 4, 2016 1:58:01 PM

Now you no longer have to worry about this happening to you... 

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Have you ever had a hard time parallel parking?... I know I sure have!  Luckily, car companies have now developed new technologies that will guide you (and me), carefully and accurately, right into that perfect parallel parking spot, which in the past you would try to avoid.

Here are a couple of new features that can help eliminate some of the daily stresses of parking: 

Automatic Parallel Parking - This feature will maneuver your car into a feasible parking space, positioning you to only having to gently brake and pull forward slightly with minor adjustments.  

Back-Up Warning System - When you shift into reverse, sensors on your rear bumper will scan behind your vehicle for objects and will alert you with a vibration, sound, or image. This feature is very helpful to detect small objects that cannot be seen below your rear window. 

To watch a brief fun video on just how amazing these new technologies are, just click on the link the National Safety Council, where you can also read about these new features that are now available to you, that can make for a more enjoyable (and safer) driving experience. 

 

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Topics: Driver Safety

Dominicans receive new Fleet Incentive Program

Posted by Brad Forbush on Mar 3, 2016 8:50:53 AM

CARITAS Vehicle Services is pleased to announce that Sr. Pat Farrell, Executive Director with the Dominican Sisters Conference, has coordinated an agreement with Nissan North America that allows Dominican Communities nationwide to acquire new vehicles under Nissan's Fleet Incentive ProgramThis means a Community will receive the same pricing discounts on 2016 vehicles that are normally reserved for Nissan's largest corporate clients. Here's an example of how the program works . . .

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Topics: Fleet Discounts

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