You know you parked in lot A16. You are sure of it. Absolutely certain. So why then are you standing, keys in hand, gaping at the empty parking spot where your beloved Toyota Camry used to be? Sadly, the answer is that you are one of roughly 699,594 victims of motor vehicle theft in the U.S. each year.
When staring at the air in the space where your car used to be, it’s natural to ask “Why me?” And though you are speaking rhetorically (and probably very loudly), there actually is an answer to your query. Why you? More than likely, you purchased one of the top five most steal-able vehicles in the U.S. and did not take the right precautions. So, to better your odds of keeping your car, here are the five most frequently stolen vehicles in the country and the best methods for ensuring that your baby stays parked exactly where you left it.
Starting off the list at number five is the Toyota Camry. Since the car first hit the road in 1982, more than 10 million Camrys have been nicked from right under their drivers’ noses. Declared by the manufacturer as the best-selling American mid-sized car for over a decade, it is no wonder the sensible and reliable Camry is a favorite among thieves.
Tip: Security camera systems like the Lorex Technologies Outdoor Security Camera are one of the best theft deterrents you can own. They work as a preventive measure, discouraging thefts from occurring at the your property.
Crashing into fourth place on the list is the full-sized Chevrolet Pickup. In 2014, more than 23,000 Chevy pickups were forced into new ownership. However, to the relief of many a pickup owner, this number was about 4,000 less than the year before.
Tip: Etch your vehicle’s Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) into the window glass and other impressionable locations on the car. This can discourage would-be thieves with chop shop dreams.
Stopping in at number three is the Ford full-sized pickup. This model was snatched 28,680 times last year, which is nearly 2,000 more than the year before. If Chevy and Ford were competing for the title of “truck most desired by criminals,” Ford came out the winner in 2014.
Tip: To avoid being left high and dry, get a lo jack. Vehicle recovery systems track your vehicle through electronic transmission technology that allows you to pinpoint the location of your stolen vehicle.
The runner up on the top five list of most frequently and illegally liberated cars is the classic Honda Civic. The total for snatched Civics in 2014 was 43,936. Although, notably, the Civic’s proclivity for vanishing has declined in the past two years.
Tip: Park in a garage. It’s kind of a no-brainer, but it’s a tip that’s easy to forget when you’re in a rush. If a garage is available, it is safer than an open-space parking lot or a residential street.
And the winner of the most likely to be heisted award goes to … the Honda Accord. Racing miles ahead of the competition with over 51,000 reported thefts last year, the Honda Accord is revered by crooks for many reasons. Most likely, though, the model’s interchangeable parts and long manufacturing stretch (it’s been on the market since 1976) are the traits that keep the rustlers coming back for more.
Tip: Don’t buy an Accord … but if you already own one, do not to leave any valuables out in plain sight. There’s no need to further tempt fate.
There you have it — the most notorious and likely-to-be-nicked models of the past year. If your car made the top five, make sure you are utilizing as many deterrents as you can to get a leg up on robbers. This way you won’t end up hoofing it home.
Road safety is extremely important during the winter months. If you live and drive in a country that has freezing weather, you have to be extra vigilant as icy conditions can really harm you and your vehicle. Irish solicitors Hussey Fraser created this infographic which looks at all the facts and stats of road safety in Ireland and around the world. It even shows which countries drivers wear seatbelts the most!
Lets take a look at road safety and see how your country compares to the rest of the world…
One of our resqme distributors in Cyprus has taken great strides to make safety a priority in his country. resqme Cyprus partnered with Reaction Cyprus, a local NGO for public and road safety, to promote auto safety across this beautiful island country in the Eastern Mediterranean .
Joining with other local organizations, resqme Cyprus visited victims of road accidents and low income families over the holiday season, spreading cheer and passing out Christmas presents with the help of DHL.
And now, to kick off the new year, resqme Cyprus will be releasing some short videos educating Cyprus drivers about driving in fog, snow, heavy rain, and on high mountain roads. Thanks to their team, Cyprus drivers are becoming safer every day – Keep up the great work!
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Everyone knows that you should never drive while intoxicated. If you are at all concerned for your ability to operate a vehicle with precision and clarity, you should not get behind the wheel.
In an effort to make smarter decisions while consuming alcohol, more and more people are buying portable breathalyzer devices. There are even apps and devices that work with your smartphone. Many of these external devices connect to smartphones, like the iPhone 6, through their Bluetooth function and a compatible app. If you’re looking to be safer and smarter while driving, consider the following tools:
Breathometer offers two devices that help you estimate your blood alcohol concentration. The first device model attaches to the headphone port on your smartphone and requires the Breathometer app. You don’t need a mouthpiece to work this device and it gives you important information, such as when you should be sober again. The second model, called the Breeze, is completely wireless. You can even attach your car keys to it as a friendly reminder to yourself or friends. Best of all, it doesn’t require any warm up time and gives you your results in seconds.
Like the Breathometer devices, Alcohoot uses a device that attaches to your smartphone and an app. It comes with eight mouthpieces, which should be replaced after each use. It uses an FDA-registered fuel cell sensor, which helps it give you more accurate results and is the same technology that the police and military use. It also includes a feature that helps you hail a cab if you are too intoxicated to drive and one that helps you locate open restaurants nearby.
3. BACtrack Vio
The BACtrack Vio device is one of the most portable devices. It is about the size of a pack of gum and is designed to be attached to a keychain. It gives you an estimation of when your blood alcohol content will return to 0.00 percent. It can be used with most iPhone and Android models.
Although smartphones are a great way to monitor your general blood alcohol content, it is unwise to rely on them in place of general good judgment. Remember: It’s always best to avoid any amount of drinking when driving.
A recent review of various devices indicated that while they all can tell you that you have had too much to drink in order to drive, each device may give you a different estimation of your blood alcohol content. These devices are a good jumping off point, but it is still vitally important to use sound judgment and know that any consumer-purchased device may not be entirely accurate.
There are many other ways you can use your smartphone to prevent drinking and driving, as well. You can use a ridesharing service, such as Uber or Lyft, or you can call a cab or a friend to come pick you up. No matter where you are or what time it is, the safest choice is to not get behind the wheel.
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Check out alertme™: about the size of a Bluetooth, this lightweight earpiece is the latest and safest lifesaver electronic device that helps prevent accidents caused by falling asleep behind the wheel.
Driving Tests Around the World – Infographic
No one looks forward to their driving test; it’s something that strikes fear and nervousness in many. Nerves can even have a negative impact and cause the driver not to perform to the best of their abilities.
A driving test is sometimes pre-empted with a theory test to ensure that the driver understands and is familiar with the laws of the road. This is vital not only for the safety of the driver but also for other road users. At the end of the day, a vehicle is a moving weapon and needs to have someone controlling it carefully and with concentration.
This infographic from FA Wheels in the UK highlights some statistics about driving tests around the world and specifically sets out what it takes to get a license in some countries. Check it out…some of the facts may surprise you!