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5 Risky Car Moves… and 2 Super-Safe Choices

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“Both hands on the wheel, both eyes on the road,” is likely one of the first lessons any of us learn in driver’s education class, and it’s something today’s drivers are apparently forgetting.

Consider this: A staggering 87 percent of motorists admitted to engaging in one or more risky driving behaviors within a 30-day period, according to a survey conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety in Washington, D.C. All have the potential to cause serious crashes, or at least earn drivers some hefty citations.

Here are the 5 riskiest moves – do you recognize anyone you know?

1. Driving while distracted or drowsy
Nearly 70 percent of motorists say they talk on a cell phone while driving. And that’s not all they do with their smartphone. Some 42 percent read text messages or email and 32 percent admitted to typing a message or email. Another 32 percent confess that they’ve driven while being so drowsy they could barely keep their eyes open.

2. Exceeding the speed limit
Nearly half (48 percent) of drivers surveyed admit to exceeding the posted speed limit by 15 mph on the highway. Nearly as many say they go 10 mph over the limit while driving on a residential street.

3. Running red lights
It’s pretty simple: red means stop. Yet more than 39 percent of drivers surveyed admit to bolting through an intersection when the traffic signal had just turned red, even though they said they could have safely stopped their cars.

4. Not wearing seatbelts
Going beltless is more than just a poor fashion choice. Yet 18 percent of motorists surveyed confessed to driving without fastening their seatbelts.

5. Driving under the influence
Disturbingly, 13 percent of drivers queried confessed that they’d driven while under the influence in the past month, with a blood-alcohol level that might have garnered them a DUI.

While we should all make smart choices while driving, there’s no accounting for other drivers’ bone-headed decisions. Auto engineers are working to make even inattentive drivers inherently safer by helping them avoid getting into collisions in the first place. Many of today’s new cars and trucks – in virtually all size and price classes – offer a range high-tech safety systems that can do just that.

Two top examples are the Chevrolet Malibu and Volkswagen Passat midsize sedans, both of which are redesigned for 2016 and offer a range of potentially life-saving features.

These include Blind Spot Warning, which alerts a driver to the presence of cars in adjacent lanes he or she might not otherwise be able to locate. A Cross-Traffic Alert function signals when other vehicles are approaching while backing out of a garage or parking space. Lane Departure Warning systems keep an electric eye on highway lane markers and alert the driver if the vehicle is inadvertently veering into another line of traffic.

Arguably the most important of this new generation of safety features is the Forward Collision Warning system, which is designed to help prevent or at least reduce the severity of frontal crashes. The system issues visual and audible alerts if it determines the car is closing in on a vehicle or other obstruction in its path too quickly. The Chevrolet Malibu and VW Passat further include auto-braking systems that can take over and automatically apply the brakes at full force if the driver isn’t responding quickly enough.

Why not stop in and take either of these two high-tech sedans for a test drive? Come in to Al Serra Colorado Chevrolet and Al Serra Volkswagen, Colorado Springs. “The Passat is roomy and techy and a joy on the road. The Malibu just rocks. You owe it to yourself to take a test drive to experience all these two models have to offer,” says Sam Defrance, Al Serra Colorado general sales manager.

View inventory, get a free estimated trade-in value for your vehicle and find out exactly how much you can save with Al Serra’s price on a new Chevrolet Malibu and a new VW Passat.

This article was produced for and sponsored by Al Serra Colorado Chevrolet and Al Serra Volkswagen, Colorado Springs. It is not a product of or affiliated with KOAA News 5.

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