Archive for October, 2012
The newly redesigned 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport has only been out on the roads for a few months, but already it is getting accolades from around the country. And it’s no wonder. This state-of-the-art crossover vehicle is impressing drivers with its perfect blend of power and efficiency, aerodynamic “Storm Edge” design, seven airbags, and roomy comfortable interior.
One of the first to recognize the new 2013 Santa Fe is the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA), which named the Santa Fe “Compact CUV of Texas.” Over two days of testing by 50 automotive analysts judging on factors like exterior styling, pricing, fuel mileage, and off-road capability, the Santa Fe edged out competitors like the 2013 Mazda CX5 Grand Touring AWD, 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek 2.0i Limited and the 2013 Nissan Juke SL. The Hyundai CUV was touted for its amazing versatility and ability to stay composed, safe, and efficient in a variety of environments. TAWA President Michael Herzing further praised that the Santa Fe Sport exceeded the association’s expectations in the crossover category and was overwhelmingly selected over the competition.
Also recognizing the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe recently is Carspondent.com’s Active Lifestyle Vehicle (ALV) of the Year Awards. The Santa Fe brought home the “Best Value On-Road” recognition, the first time Hyundai has placed in this unique awards program in its ninth year. The ALV is the only car-of-the-year program in the United States that combines the input of automotive journalists with elite athletes to determine which cars and trucks best meet the needs of buyers with active lifestyles. In this year’s competition, over 100 participants evaluated 28 cars in 7 categories, on both on and off-road courses.
These are just two of the awards already in the 2013 Santa Fe’s trophy chest, with more certainly to come.
If you typically drive home from the office on a Friday daydreaming about the weekend’s plans, you might want to refocus your thoughts and save the fun until you arrive safely home.
According to a recent study by Nationwide Insurance, Friday was found to be the most dangerous day of the week for driving, with an average of 4,664 insurance claims per day. Over half of these accidents happen during commuting hours, making driving to work much more risky that people may realize.
What’s the cause? Experts surmise that Friday drivers are distracted by thoughts of weekend plans or in a rush home to get started on them, so their attention is not as focused on driving as on other days of the week. Studies also reported that rear-end collisions are the most frequent type of accidents to occur during commuting hours.
So what can you do to keep yourself safe while driving to and from work on Fridays and any other day of the week for that matter?
Don’t tailgate. With most commuting accidents involving rear-end collisions, keeping a safe distance between you and the car in front of you can go a long way toward preventing an accident. Safety experts recommend leaving at least 3 to 4 seconds of driving distance between you and the car in front of you. If roads are wet or slippery, that distance should be doubled. Similarly, if you notice someone tailgating you, switch lanes and let them pass.
Keep your eyes on the road. While it’s an obvious suggestion, it’s a valuable one. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that you’re 23 times more likely to crash if you text while driving. Distracted driving doesn’t just include cell phone use. Eating, putting on makeup, using your navigation system, or adjusting your stereo can all take your eyes and mind off the road and put you and others in danger. For the safest commute, keep your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.