The Toyota Prius v is the only midsize car out of 31 evaluated to earn a good rating in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s first-ever headlight ratings.
The best available headlights on 11 cars earn an acceptable rating, while nine only reach a marginal rating. Ten of the vehicles can’t be purchased with anything other than poor-rated headlights.
A vehicle’s price tag is no guarantee of decent headlights. Many of the poor-rated headlights belong to luxury vehicles.
The ability to see the road ahead, along with any pedestrians, bicyclists or obstacles, is an obvious essential for drivers. However, government standards for headlights, based on laboratory tests, allow huge variation in the amount of illumination that headlights provide in actual on-road driving. With about half of traffic deaths occurring either in the dark or in dawn or dusk conditions, improved headlights have the potential to bring about substantial reductions in fatalities.
INRIX®, Inc., a global leader for transportation analytics, today released its 2015 Traffic Scorecard, a benchmark for governments and agencies in the U.S. and Europe to measure progress in improving urban mobility.
The report reveals the U.S. faces large challenges to solve congestion issues, fueled by continued economic and population growth, higher employment rates and declining gas prices. Cities that have experienced the most economic improvement during the past year are at highest risk for consequences related to worsened traffic conditions, including reduced productivity, higher emissions and increased stress levels. For example, Washington D.C., San Francisco, New York, Seattle and Boston all saw reduced unemployment rates bringing them below the national average of 5.3 percent for 2015.1 However, according to the INRIX Traffic Scorecard, congestion in those cities alone combined to waste 1.5 billion hours for daily car commuters last year. Nationwide, commuters spent a total of more than eight billion extra hours stuck in traffic, representing almost 50 hours per driver.
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Kia Motors America (KMA) today unveiled the 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid (HEV) at the Chicago Auto Show. The Optima HEV enjoys the same full redesign – inside and out – as the conventional gas-powered model, the all-new fourth-generation Optima sedan, bringing with it a new hybrid powertrain that targets a 10 percent improvement in fuel economy over the outgoing model. The enhanced HEV blends modern styling and a premium driving experience with an even more intense focus on efficiency and is being introduced under the Kia Motors EcoDynamics environmentally friendly sub-brand.
To view the Multimedia News Release, go to http://www.multivu.com/players/English/7731855-kia-2017-optima-hybrid-cas/
BLACK+DECKER’s new, mobile-friendly website aims to motivate the Do-It-Yourselfer to take charge of their to-do list. This new website follows BLACK+DECKER’s recent rebranding and emphasizes its honest, intuitive, involved, and thoughtful brand values. With these brand values in mind, BLACK+DECKER continues to make DIY more accessible and possible for people of all expertise levels.
BLACK+DECKER makes finding the right tools and know-how simple and streamlined. With straightforward category navigation, the new website site makes it easy to find, compare, and register new products. Also available is the Ideas and Inspiration section, a place for DIYers to find projects as well as helpful hints and tips to complete hundreds of DIY tasks at a variety of ability levels.
Not only is the website a great resource, but BLACK+DECKER products are also streamlined for a wide range of tasks and ability levels.
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Outdated beachfront properties are transformed into hot commodities in HGTV’s newest renovation competition series, Beach Flip. Premiering on Sunday, July 5, at 9 p.m. ET/PT, HGTV and DIY Network stars Nicole Curtis (Rehab Addict), Josh Temple (House Crashers) and David Bromstad (My Lottery Dream Home) act as hosts, judges and mentors to four rival teams as they compete to renovate rundown waterfront bungalows with outdated décor, loud wall colors and awkward layouts into spectacular properties in just eight weeks. The team with the highest increase in property value as determined by the region’s top appraisers wins the $50,000 grand prize and a spread in HGTV Magazine.
To view the Multimedia News Release, go to http://www.multivu.com/players/English/7514351-hgtv-beach-flip/
Your current level of success is the product of every choice you’ve ever made. I’ve provided a practical guide designed to help you make the choices that lead most directly to greater success and happiness. A series of real-life scenarios illustrate the practical application of the principles behind these choices. Find out more at http://bit.ly/1LaTw7a #LifesEssentialPrimer Self-Help/Non-Fiction
Neighbors across the country will soon have an exciting opportunity to help change their communities for the better through State Farm Neighborhood Assist®. This philanthropic program awards 40 causes a $25,000 grant. Anyone in the United States can submit a cause beginning March 9 through March 30. Ultimately, voters will decide which community improvement projects win big.
Returning for its fourth year, State Farm Neighborhood Assist asks individuals to identify causes that would help make their communities safer, stronger and better-educated. Up to 4,000 causes will be accepted. The State Farm Youth Advisory Board (YAB) will then narrow down the field, using a scoring rubric to identify the top 200 submissions. The public will have a chance to vote 10 times a day from May 14 through June 3 for their favorite causes from the list of finalists. The 40 causes that receive the most votes will win a $25,000 grant. The nominations and votes will be accepted exclusively through a free Facebook app.
To view the Multimedia News Release, go to http://www.multivu.com/players/English/7417331-state-farm-neighborhood-assist/
http://blog.topdentistsonline.com/earth-day-grown/ Earth Day is like a second go at a New Years’ Resolution, filled with good intentions, but more often times than not, shortly-lived; and focused on improving our environment instead of ourselves. But perhaps once we realize exactly how closely the environment is linked to not only our own self-improvement but society’s improvement as a whole, we will realize that sustaining it needs to be on the top of everyone’s priority list, and stay there! In this video you will learn 10 SIMPLE things you can do for the environment and your health.
A BLACK+DECKER survey finds that more than half of homeowners (52 percent) in the United States currently have unfinished home improvement projects, while the vast majority of them (78.7 percent) have two or more incomplete projects. The survey finds that time is the biggest factor in leaving a project incomplete.
To view the Multimedia News Release, go to: http://www.multivu.com/players/English/7369351-black-and-decker-survey-finds-more-than-half-of-homeowners-have-unfinished-home-improvement-projects/
An estimated 15 million babies around the world are born premature each year and more than one million of them do not survive their early birth. Although the United States has seen sustained improvement in its preterm birth rate, it has one of the highest rates of preterm birth of any industrialized country.
Next month, organizations and individuals around the globe will observe Prematurity Awareness Month and World Prematurity Day. World-famous photographer Anne Geddes, and international superstars Thalia and Hilary Duff, will join other celebrity parents to spread the word that premature birth is a very serious health problem for babies worldwide.
To view the Multimedia News Release, go http://www.multivu.com/players/English/65164-march-of-dimes-march-for-babies-2014/
DIY Network ventures west to Coeur D’Alene, Idaho for the ninth season of Blog Cabin, the first-ever interactive home-building series based on a very simple idea: “You Design It, We Build It, You Could Win It!” Beginning Tuesday, January 6, visitors to DIYNetwork.com/blogcabin can vote for their favorite construction features that will help host Chris Grundy, and a team of DIY Network experts, with the design of the 2015 mountain retreat. On Monday, July 27, fans can enter the sweepstakes for a chance to win the fully renovated and furnished home, as well tune in to the season nine premiere at 9 p.m. ET.
“We’re taking Blog Cabin out west for the very first time,” said Grundy. “It’s a little taste of small town living with walk-up ice cream shops, down home restaurants, and year-round events for the whole family.”
To view the Multimedia News Release, go http://www.multivu.com/players/English/66177-diy-blog-cabin-2014/
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