Posts Tagged ‘safety’

School Bus Safety Tips

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

School Bus Safety TipsIt might be the end of the school year (many schools have already called it quits for the year), but June just so happens to be Student Safety Month. In an effort to raise awareness for this important cause, we’ve come up with some basic (but important) bus-safety guidelines. As your children head off to camp, activities, or school this summer, make sure they heed these five rules.

  1. Parents should escort young children to the bus stop. Young children should be walked to the bus stop by a responsible adult. That adult should stay until the bus arrives, and someone should be there to escort the child home in the afternoon.
  2. Children should stand three giant steps away from the curb at all times. There should be no playing around at the bus stop, and kids should remain at least three large steps back from the curb where the bus will pull up.
  3. Wait for the bus to come to a complete stop. Before running up to the bus or getting off it, children should wait until the bus has come to a complete stop.
  4. Never walk around the backside of a bus. Children should always cross the street in front of the bus by first taking five giant steps in front of the bus; making eye contact with the driver; looking left, right, and left again; and then crossing.
  5. Never run on the bus. Children should never run on the bus, as their feet could easily become caught on a strap or other obstruction in the aisle. Additionally, they should always hold the handrails when going up and down the bus stairs.

Finally, as a driver, make sure you always go the posted speed limit in school zones, be extra attentive for wandering children, and stop whenever a bus is stopped—its lights flashing, stop sign out, or children getting on or off the bus (regardless of which direction you’re going). The law requires you stop and clear the road for children who need to cross.

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Subaru EyeSight Technology Helps Models Earn Top Safety Rating

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Subaru Eyesight TechnologyWith the advent of a lot of technology, it can sometimes seem like the very technology that is supposed to be helping you—making your life easier, better, and safer—is actually fighting you. Not EyeSight, however. That’s what Subaru calls its autonomous technology.

Subaru EyeSight technology works for you—and with you—to create a truly safer driving experience. There’s data to prove it too. Subaru reports that all of the 2015 models equipped with EyeSight technology (including Forester, Impreza, Legacy, Outback, and XV Crosstrek), “received the highest possible score in front crash prevention by the IIHS.”

EyeSight encompasses a number of different features, all designed to preempt a collision. There’s Adaptive Cruise Control, which works just like traditional cruise except your Subaru will use monitoring and braking to maintain a driver-inputted distance between you and the car in front of you.

EyeSight uses cameras to monitor any possible dangerous conditions as they arise. For instance, if you happen to stray out of your lane, your Subaru will warn you through the Lane Departure System. If a frontal impact appears imminent, EyeSight will issue warnings and implement emergency braking if needed.

EyeSight is named that because that’s just what it does. It’s a helpful extra set of eyes to ensure that you and your family get to your destination safely. We at Hassett Automotive would be happy to provide that safety for you, so take a test drive today.

Ford Sync Infotainment System Reduces Distracted Driving

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Ford Sync Infotainment System

There are many qualities consumers look for in a new car. One of the most important happens to be connectivity. As the need to stay connected increases—including while driving—so does the distracted driving rate. To help reduce the amount of distracted driving happening in Ford cars, Ford Motor Company is teaming up with the Life360 app to help you keep in touch with family and friends while driving.

“Responsible driving habits are top priorities at Ford Motor Company, and we are pleased to be working with Life360 to help reduce driver distractions,” said Julius Marchwicki, Ford Connected Services Product manager. “With the integration of Life360 Drive Mode, we are helping keep drivers’ attention on the road by letting their loved ones know that they are behind the wheel, encouraging family members and friends to hold off on sending texts.”

As part of the Ford Sync infotainment system, Ford uses an all-new Drive Mode feature on the Life360 app, which helps friends and family keep track of where you are. Drive Mode alerts members of your contact list in Life360 that you are behind the wheel, discouraging them from texting you while driving.

The Sync system is available in Ford Motor Company vehicles now, so make sure you visit Hassett Automotive and check out the all-new system for yourself.

2015 Subaru Outback Is Safest SUV Ever According to NHTSA

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

2015 Subaru OutbackSubaru has more than just one of its best sales years on record to celebrate. One of the two brand new vehicles, the 2015 Subaru Outback, has received a five-star safety rating in all categories by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration–making it officially the safest SUV ever constructed.

A new Forester was also released with excellent safety ratings, only narrowly losing to the Outback due to one category 4-star rating, which is still an impressive score. With these two new vehicles, Subaru can soundly say it’s producing the safest SUVs.

The automaker is due to have its best sales year on record, thanks to a growing economy and the resulting increased interest in new car purchases. Surely, the claim of “safest SUV ever” will only cause the brand’s numbers to soar further.

What do you think about the 2015 Subaru Outback, safest SUV ever? To check one out for yourself or for more information, visit Hassett Automotive.

2015 Subaru Legacy and Outback Earn IIHS Top Safety Pick+

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014
2015 Subaru Outback

The 2015 Subaru Outback was awarded an IIHS Top Safety Pick+

As we’ve written before, the 2015 Subaru Legacy is designed with the family in mind, so it’s no surprise that it earned a 2014 IIHS Top Safety Pick+. But it’s not the only 2015 Subaru model that was honored. The 2015 Subaru Outback also earned the 2014 IIHS Top Safety Pick+. Both of these vehicles – and Subaru’s entire line – put safety at a high priority. One feature that is available in both the 2015 Subaru Legacy and the 2015 Subaru Outback is EyeSight®, which serves as an extra set of eyes for the driver. The technology includes adaptive cruise control, lane departure and sway warning, pre-collision braking, and pre-collision throttle management. “The Institute’s findings reinforce our dedication to building safe vehicles,” said Thomas J. Doll, president and CEO, Subaru of America, Inc., in the press release. “We are proud of the 2014 TOP SAFETY PICK endorsement for every Subaru vehicle in our line-up.” Come in to Hassett Automotive and see for yourself how comfortable, modern, and safe Subaru’s vehicles are.