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Road Tales: December 2018

By Vet-Advantage
December, 2018

Goodyear’s new tire store will come to you
Replacing your car’s tires may become easier if Goodyear’s new Roll stores are successful. The stores will pop up in “vibrant lifestyle centers,” allowing customers to drop their cars off after picking out their tires online, according to an article in Auto Week. Technicians will pick up the car from the store, install the tires and return the car, providing text or email updates during the process. And if customers don’t want to visit the store at all, they can schedule an appointment with a mobile installation van, which will visit the car at a scheduled location while the owner is at work. At press time, the first stores are scheduled to open in the Washington, D.C., suburbs.

Should you tip your Uber driver? If so, how much?
Uber began allowing passengers to tip their drivers in 2017, joining many other rideshare companies that already allowed tipping. Experts generally recommend passengers tip between 10 and 20 percent of the fare, based on the quality of their ride. Tips can add substantially to drivers’ relatively skinny wages. But it doesn’t appear to have caught on among passengers. In a Ridestar.com survey of 2,625 rideshare drivers, 36 percent reported they didn’t earn any tips during the period covered by the survey. Among the drivers who did receive tips, the median tipping percentage was 7.19 percent.
 

How to help teens be safe
Car accidents are the leading cause of death among U.S. teens, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Aside from lack of experience, distracted driving, speeding and not using seat belts are among other factors linked to many teen driving deaths in the U.S. But as Matt Schmitz writes for cars.com, parents can take some precautions to help their teen drivers stay safe, like talking about safety before they start driving; setting ground rules for seat belt use, phones and other risk factors; and setting a good example, “as your teen is more likely to do as you do, not as you say,” Schmitz writes.


Distracted driving deadly in U.S.
Distracted driving was linked to more than 9 percent of U.S. traffic deaths in 2016, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. And the odds of a car crash double when drivers take their eyes off the road for more than two seconds, an Auto Alliance spokesman tells The New York Times. With that risk in mind, car manufacturers, tech developers and government agencies are trying to figure out how to minimize distracted driving. Technology highlighted in this article includes “head-up displays,” which project information like speed onto the windshield in front of the driver; software to sync drivers’ phones to built-in vehicle displays; and the ability to program cars – for example, by giving them a speed limit – a function that may be useful for parents of teenage drivers.

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