Driving and Texting: The Dangers

Driving and Texting

At Lewisville VW, we’re advocates for our customers’ safety. The dangers of drinking and driving are well documented, but did you know it can actually be more dangerous to text while driving? Here’s the rundown on the frightening facts about “distracted driving.”

“Distracted Driving”

driving and texting“Distracted driving” happens when you undertake any activity while driving that takes your eyes off the road, your hands off the wheel, or your mind off of driving. Far and away the most common distracted driving activity (besides eating or drinking) is the use of a cell phone or PDA, usually to text. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 20 percent of injury-producing crashes in 2009 involved distracted driving. That year, 5,494 people died on our roads as a result of distracted drivers and an additional 448,000 were injured. Eighteen percent of fatalities in those crashes were linked directly to cell phone distractions.

Increasing Popularity

Though the stats aren’t in for 2010 or 2011, those numbers most likely have increased. According to Mobile Thinking, the sale of mobile devices went up in 2010, with “smartphones showing the strongest growth.” Half a billion people accessed the web via their phones in 2009 and that number is expected to jump over the next five years, until mobile technologies are more popular than PCs when it comes to Internet access. According to Portio Research, over 8 million text messages will be sent in 2011. As helpful as these new technologies are, they’ve exponentially increased the odds of distracted driving.

Would You Drive Drunk?

Back in 2009, the folks at Car and Driver magazine conducted a simple experiment based on two case studies. The results were telling enough to be picked up by NBC News. Using a closed course, they measured the reaction time of two test subjects – one 22 years old and the other 37 years old – using a red light mounted on the windshield to simulate brake lights. They tested each subject while driving undistracted, then again while checking email, and yet again after drinking enough vodka-and-orange-juice screwdrivers to test at the legal limit for intoxication.

The frightening results: Car and Driver writer Eddie Alterman (one of the valiant test subjects) took .54 seconds to brake the car while unimpaired. Intoxication added 4 feet before he braked. By comparison, reading (text or email) added 36 feet and actively texting added a horrifying 70 feet before Eddie responded to the brake light. Folks, it’s frighteningly simple: using any device to text while driving is not something to be trifled with. Keep yourself, your family, and your fellow drivers safe on the roads.

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2012 Volkswagen CC Review

2012 Volkswagen CC Review

2012 volkswagen cc reviewThe 2012 Volkswagen CC is one of the sportiest luxury sedans you’ll find in its price range.  There are four available trims to satisfy the desires of all kinds of car enthusiasts.  One glance at the VW CC and you’ll know that there’s something different about this car.  Marvelous attention to detail is granted to all available trims.  Enjoy refinements like the chrome grille, metallic paint, and louvers with chrome accents, all at no additional charge.  Rain-sensing windshield wipers, daytime running lights, and air conditioning with a pollen filter are further examples of the attention to detail you will appreciate in this car.

2012 volkswagen cc reviewThe frame of the Volkswagen CC is constructed from fully galvanized steel to increase your safety and the vehicle’s durability.  No matter how far you plan to travel, you will benefit from impressive gas mileage for a sedan of this size.  In town, you can get up to 21 miles to the gallon, and on the highway, expect 31 mpg.  These numbers are accurate for three out of the four trims.

As you travel to your destination, appreciate in-cabin conveniences such as voice-activated Bluetooth, three power outlets, a lockable and illuminated glove compartment, and comfortable power seats.  At night, enjoy the self-dimming rearview mirror, door entry lights, and ambient interior lighting.  The trip computer stores valuable information like a compass, fuel consumption readings, vehicle speed, and a miles-to-empty gauge.

2012 volkswagen cc review Safety is also an important facet of the 2012 VW CC.  This vehicle is equipped with three-point safety seatbelts, a front and side thorax supplemental restraint system for the driver and front passenger, and curtain airbags in both the front and the rear.

There is plenty of power under the hood as well.  For three of the four trims, a 4-cylinder 200 horsepower engine is coupled with an automatic transmission.  The VR6 4Motion improves upon this by offering a 6-cylinder 280 horsepower engine with torque of up to 265 lb/ft.

2012 volkswagen cc reviewThe starting price of the 2012 Volkswagen CC is $28,515, but there are plenty of upgrades available to make your ride perfect for your needs.  To find out more, follow Lewisville VW on Twitter.  “Like” the company on Facebook as well to receive discounts on future visits to this Dallas dealership.

Buying New Car Tires: How to

How to Buy New Car Tires

buying new car tiresTires are an integral part of the safety and performance of your vehicle, so it’s important you make an informed buying decision when it comes time to replace them. Picking the best tires for your car can seem like a daunting task, but with a bit of planning and research your car will once again be running at top efficiency in no time.

First, think about the terrains where you spend the most time driving. For example, drivers who stick to highways will have different needs than those who frequently rely on rural dirt or gravel roads. Personal taste also comes into play when selecting new tires. Perhaps you’ll want tires that provide greater handling, or a set that performs better in snow or reduces jolts from the road. These factors need to be considered when deciding which tires are best for your car.

Sometimes, changing to a different brand of tires may not be the best option. If your current tires are working well, but are just low on treads, consider sticking with that same size and brand. To find the size of your tires, look no further than the tires themselves. Look for a “P,” which stands for “passenger vehicle,” somewhere on the sidewall of the tire. Next to that will be the tire’s width in millimeters followed by the height, listed as a ratio of the height to the width. Finally, there will be an “R,” standing for “radial,” and a number that lists the diameter of the wheel.

buying new car tiresShop around to compare prices. In addition to Internet sites and tire stores, you can Buy 3 Get 1 Tire Free at Lewisville Volkswagen.

Finally, don’t try to install tires yourself unless you have the appropriate qualifications. Bring your car to a mechanic – fitting the tire over the wheel takes specialized machines.

New car tires can make a world of difference in the performance of your vehicle. From improved handling to higher gas mileage, new tires will end up saving you money by lowering insurance costs and reducing the amount of gas you use.

If you want to connect with other drivers to get some tips on tires that have worked for them, stop by our Facebook and Twitter pages to get connected.

CARS ARE GETTING SMARTER!

 CARS ARE GETTING SMARTER!

Intelligent cars just keep getting smarter, and we don’t just mean things like engine control computers or in-dash hard drives for music. There are some advances being made right now that are quickly making the future of cars look a lot more interesting. These developments include:

DRIVERLESS CARS: This used to seem like pure science fiction, but it’s quickly getting a lot closer to reality. Google and Volkswagen, among others, are both working on systems for cars that take the driver out of the loop completely, using robotics, radar and lasers to maintain a safe 0distance from other vehicles, and global positioning systems (GPS) to navigate their routes. States are coming on board as well;Nevada’s Assembly Bill 511 is the first step toward a green light for robotic cars on their highways. Considering that almost all accidents are caused by human error (i.e. cell phones!), letting the car do the driving could be just the thing to make roads safer, make the best of fuel efficiency, and free up drivers.

TALKING CARS: No, we don’t mean cute cartoon cars, or Knight Rider-style cars that feature on-board computers that make cheeky remarks aimed at their drivers. Ford and Volvo are developing in-car technology (derived from GPS and Wi-Fi) that can enable cars to signal to each other faster than drivers can see and react. The end result should be not only safer highways, but smoother traffic flow at intersections as well. Volvo’s “platooning” concept has a string of cars following the lead vehicle, matching it move for move without driver input.

Other advancements include:

  • Systems that will automatically call 911 in the event of an accident, even if the driver is incapacitated.
  • Total System Intelligence, which uses in-car technology and RFID transceivers embedded in the pavement to account for every vehicle on the road.
  • Monitors that alert drivers when they are drifting out of a lane or when they are drowsy and beginning to nod off.
  • Adaptive cruise control that slows the car as it approaches a slower vehicle, then allows the car to regain speed once the flow of traffic allows.

At Lewisville VW, we don’t carry cars with these technologies… yet. We do, however, invite you to come on down and test-drive a new VW or two, and to follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

The 2012 VW Passat is a Longtime Favorite: 2012 Model Continues to Bring the People What They Want

2012 Volkswagen Passat

2012 vw passatThis year’s VW Passat is a whole different animal when compared to previous models.  The biggest difference is that the 2012 Passat is American-made instead of German-made.  It has been completely re-engineered for success in the midsize sedan market in the United States.  Purists of the Volkswagen brand may scoff at this new concept, but there are quite a few tweaks that serve only to benefit the American market more effectively.  Here are some of the features that Volkswagen buyers are satisfied with when they choose the newest Passat over its predecessors.

2012 vw passat Stated briefly, the changes made by Volkswagen make this year’s Passat roomier, less expensive, and more masculine.  The car was stretched by four inches when compared to the 2011 version to offer more legroom in the back, the exterior was completely overhauled, and more features are added at a lower price.  Still, the 2012 VW Passat hasn’t completely abandoned its German heritage.  In fact, it still features solid soft-touch handles, supportive leather seats, and a solid dashboard—all components that defy what you would expect in a car starting at just $19,995.

2012 vw passatThe latest edition of VW Passat comes with three distinct engines from which to choose, all of which are fast and efficient.  First is a 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine with 170 horsepower.  Second, kick it up a notch with a powerful, 277 horsepower 3.6-liter V-6 engine.  Finally, there’s a four-cylinder TDI that gets an impressive 43 miles to the gallon.  This final upgraded engine is available on a trim that pumps the starting price up $6,000, but plenty of other goodies such as heated leather seats and 17-inch alloy wheels help to justify the price increase.

Test drivers agree that the 2012 Passat can cruise comfortably over broken pavement at high speeds and pull through tight turns without trouble.  The navigation system is another benefit, offering XM radio and DVD playback.  All this and much more can be yours starting at a full $7,000 less than last year’s model.

If you are ready to embrace the Americanized version of the Passat, you can learn more by following Lewisville VW on Twitter.  Also, if you “Like” the dealership on Facebook, you will be eligible for a discount on parts and services for all your future visits to Lewisville VW.