Parking crashes usually don’t result in serious injuries, but repair costs can quickly mount, along with the hassle of going without the family vehicle while waiting for the body shop to finish work. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has launched a rear crash prevention ratings program to help consumers identify models with the technology that can prevent or mitigate low-speed backing crashes. Two systems earn the highest rating of superior, and four earn the second-highest rating of advanced.
Rear crash prevention encompasses several technologies. Parking sensors issue warning beeps and/or seat vibrations when the equipped vehicle gets too close to another vehicle or object directly behind it, or, in some cases, in front of it. Rear cross-traffic alert warns drivers of approaching vehicles that might cross their path as they back up. Rear automatic emergency braking systems detect objects behind a reversing vehicle and may automatically brake if the driver doesn’t heed alerts to stop.
IIHS engineers evaluated rear autobrake systems on six popular 2017 model vehicles — the BMW 5 series sedan, Cadillac XT5 SUV, Infiniti QX60 SUV, Jeep Cherokee SUV, Subaru Outback wagon and Toyota Prius hatchback.
Under the three-tier rating scheme, models with optional or standard rear crash prevention systems are rated superior, advanced or basic. Ratings are determined by whether the vehicles have available rear autobrake and, if so, how it performs in a series of car-to-car and car-to-pole tests with different approach angles. The availability of parking sensors and rear cross-traffic alert also is factored in.
The Outback and XT5 earn a superior rating when equipped with optional rear autobrake, parking sensors and rear cross-traffic alert. The Cherokee, 5 series, QX60 and Prius earn an advanced rating with this optional gear.
The holiday season is one filled with delicious food, festive parties and lots of memory making with friends, family and loved ones. It also means making a mad dash to find the perfect gifts for all the special people in your life. With so many people to shop for, finding the best fit for everyone can be a daunting task. Whether you’re shopping for family, coworkers, or your neighbor, finding something for everyone is easier than you think!
On Tuesday, December 5th, lifestyle expert, Evette Rios, will share tips and holiday gift ideas to please even the pickiest people on your list this season. Whether you’re unsure of what to gift, on a budget or short on time, Evette has you covered!
The hero we’ve all been waiting for…
Ethan “Ozzie” Sykes
Former Navy SEAL
Underground operator for Black Knights Inc., the covert government defense firm disguised as a custom motorcycle shop
In a black-on-black international mission that went seriously sideways, Ozzie was badly injured—now he’s stuck at BKI headquarters in Chicago, champing at the bit to get out into the field again. To his disgust, he’s tasked with distracting Chicago Tribune ace reporter Samantha Tate, who’s been trying to dig up the dirt on BKI for years. Turns out Samantha’s beauty, intelligence and sense of humor are a seriously big distraction, and Ozzie’s losing his desire to keep her at bay.
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With the opening of the Shoppe at Southern Kitchen in mid-August, the online destination dedicated to delivering a blended experience of content and commerce is ready to step into the holiday season with a fully operational store. Coupled with original recipes and compelling stories of the American South, the Shoppe at Southern Kitchen breathes new life into the online shopping experience.
“Shopping used to be fun, but online shopping has become too transactional. We want to make shopping fun,” said Sean Pruett, Chief Merchant at Southern Kitchen. “People used to know and trust the person from whom they bought their goods. My sincere hope is that when you choose to shop with Southern Kitchen, we bring a little bit of that fun and personal connection back.”
The Shoppe at Southern Kitchen features a variety of goods from well-known national brands and small niche brands, as well as artisans and makers from around the South. Shoppers will be delighted to find cookware, entertaining items, glassware, bar tools, cutlery and more, alongside the compelling stories of the brands and makers creating the goods.
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Meet orphaned animals that found happy homes! From cats and dogs to pigs and sheep, the amazing animals featured in 125 Pet Rescues have had awesome adventures. Their heartwarming true tales are sure to inspire the next generation of animal caretakers. Hear from canine adoptee Bob Barker and get a peek inside the book in this video! Buy the book at: NG Store: https://shop. nationalgeographic.com/p…Amazon: http://amzn.to/2nFNzdb animals and kids
Meet orphaned animals that found happy homes!From cats and dogs to pigs and sheep, the amazing animals featured in 125 Pet Rescues have had awesome adventures. Their heartwarming true tales are sure to inspire the next generation of animal caretakers. Hear from canine adoptee Bob Barker and get a peek inside the book in this video! Buy the book at:NG Store:https://shop.nationalgeographic.com/p…Amazon:http://amzn.to/2nFNzdb animals and kids
Summertime means vacation time – but, with unpredictable weather patterns, fluctuating gas prices and increasing costs, Americans nationwide are concerned about getting away. Our national travel expert has some great trips on how to survive summer travel – he/she will cover everything from how to get the best deals to planning a vacation suitable for the whole family.
Some of the unique and useful tips Amy can offer are:
• Travel trends: Travelling to destinations during their peak seasons can drive prices up. Visiting during off-peak times can help save money and you’ll have easier access to activities than at busier times of the year.
• Get organized: Planning a fun and successful trip means, setting a budget, researching, and booking early! Shop around to find transportation and accommodations that suit your needs and your budget.
• Get Your Ride Ready: If you’re hitting the open road, make sure any maintenance you need to have done on your vehicle is taken care of including checking your vital fluids, tires, and headlights and break lights.
• First Aid Kit: Make a little room in your luggage for a travel first aid kit. It won’t cost much, and it won’t take up much space but it can certainly come in handy.
Cold brew coffee lovers can now make their favorite cold brew beverages at home with ease thanks to the new KitchenAid® Cold Brew Coffee Maker. Making its debut today at the International Housewares Show, the new addition to the brand’s popular craft coffee collection brings the high quality taste and experience of coffee shop cold brew into the home.
“Cold brew coffee is an increasingly popular brewing technique known for producing a smooth, rich and full bodied flavor,” said Dan Rellis, Senior Manager of the KitchenAid® Coffee Category. “We’re thrilled to offer coffee enthusiasts a new way to treat themselves to their favorite cold brew coffee beverage in the comfort of their own home.”
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