The company widely known for its audio and stereo products has shifted its focus into the world of automobiles and commercial trucking, and the praise has come in volumes. The new technology, Bose Ride, reduces the impact of bumps in the road for anyone sitting on the specially fitted seat. Beneath the seat lies a machine that senses the direction and force of the disturbance, calculates the restorative force, and adjusts the seat to stabilize the upper body of the passenger. For everyday driving, this may seem like a bit of a luxury. However, for long distance commuters or truck drivers, this technology could be the answer to the back pain that occupational drivers struggle to overcome everyday.
Accidents can happen anywhere, but some stretches of road pose greater danger than others. A recent study by DataScience analyzed data gathered from November, 2014 to October, 2015, by the Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System.
Chances are, you already know that these intersections - arranged from the most dangerous down -- are the sites for many serious and fatal traffic accidents.
The dangerous 10
1. Imperial Hwy. and Vista Del Mar (Dockweiler Beach), Los Angeles
2. Van Nuys Blvd. and Roscoe Blvd., Panorama City
3. S. Western Ave. and W. Florence Ave., Los Angeles
4. Roscoe Blvd. and Lennox Ave., Panorama City
5. La Cienega and W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles
6. S. Western Ave. and W. Slauson Ave., Los Angeles
7. Victory Blvd. and Reseda Blvd., Reseda
8. Roscoe Blvd. and Langdon Ave., Los Angeles
9. Crenshaw Blvd. and W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles
10. Van Nuys Blvd and Oxnard St., Van Nuys
Airbags have become a ubiquitous safety feature that all modern U.S. manufactured cars carry standard. In fact, I would venture to say that many people would hesitate to ride in a car without airbags. As much as we rely on them in our worst collisions, most people understand very little about airbags, both their history and functional design. To help you understand how your airbags work and how to get the most out of your airbag, read on for some interesting facts about one of your car's greatest safety features.
When you become a parent, your life changes for ever. Not only do your responsibilities change dramatically, the way you view daily life shifts in ways you can't fathom. Everyday tasks like making dinner and driving to the store take on new light. Driving with your child, short and long distances, have different issues that you need to consider to have a safe car ride. Regardless of distance however, your child's safety seat can make all the difference in an accident.
Measure M, having passed last year with more than 70% approval, is set to reduce cycling and pedestrian accidents with better infrastructure. The increase in sales tax will invest in more bike lanes, greenways, bike-share expansions, sidewalk improvements, as well as improvements to the greater Los Angeles public transportation network. Hopefully these projects will not only reduce traffic congestion in a city that is poised to house more people, but also reduce the number of traffic related accidents and deaths. However, the question remains, does Measure M fund enough projects to reach Mayor Garcetti's Vision Zero goal of zero traffic deaths by 2025?
It seems like every day, something new is happening in the world of automated vehicles. On December 9th, 2016, the governor of Michigan signed a bill into law allowing the testing of driverless automated vehicles on public roads. These bills, signed by Governor Rick Snyder, include automated vehicles without steering wheels. These vehicles have been a major point of controversy, as many critics argue the importance of a manual override. Michigan now joins California and several other states in allowing autonomous vehicles to be tested. These bills in Michigan may have far reaching implications as they open a variety of avenues for the autonomous vehicle market to expand.
If you plan on driving outside of the temperate bubble that surrounds Southern California, you need to know the potential dangers of road conditions in the area you are driving. Around the country, plunging temperatures have caused massive car, bus and truck accidents on major highways and minor streets. The ice buildup in some communities is too much to handle, resulting in tragic motor vehicle accidents. The traffic jams alone are cause for alarm, let alone the loss of life, injuries and trauma as a result of these deadly collisions. If you plan on driving in icy conditions over the winter months, here are some tips for you.
Fortunately, living in sunny southern California allows many of us to drive in pristine conditions year-round. Unfortunately, this means the vast majority of Los Angeles drivers are woefully under-prepared to drive in snowy or icy conditions. Many drivers fail to modify their driving habits to account for the slippery and unpredictable nature of winter driving, causing avoidable accidents and endangering everyone. Whether driving on the roads of Big Bear or Mammoth Lakes on your winter vacation, you need to be prepared to combat adverse road conditions as well as unprepared drivers.
You could be the calmest person in the world, but when you are in a car crash, especially if you are injured, you will forget things. Here is a list of things to avoid saying at the crash scene and in the days that follow:
- DON'T freak out. This may be the hardest thing to avoid. You have been in a violent collision. You are likely in some degree of shock. Your thoughts and heartbeat are racing. Take a deep breath, and try to get your act together.
- DON'T blow your top. You've just been in an accident. Road rage will only make matters worse. If you act like a maniac, it will almost certainly be held against you.
- DON'T blab. It is better in this situation to say a little than a lot. What you tell others may be used against you later.
- DON'T discuss fault with the other driver. Fault will be determined in the days and weeks to come.
- DON'T apologize. You may be a good person, but it is a truly bad idea to admit to fault. And the crash may be more complicated than you realize.
California has some of the most scenic roads in the country, from the Pacific Coast Highway to the Angeles Crest Scenic Byway right in L.A. But those gorgeous roads can turn ugly fast when a car accident happens, which may seem like an obvious thing to say, but new research is revealing just how dangerous it is to get behind the wheel.