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Month: December, 2012

How to Share the Road with Truckers.

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Everybody has a horror story to tell about an encounter they’ve had with an 18-wheeler on the Interstate, and how they were nearly killed by the inattentiveness of the truck driver. News programs like Dateline NBC and 60 Minutes feed this fear with selectively edited stories regarding truck safety. But what nobody seems to consider is that they themselves may have caused the problem because of ignorance about what is involved in driving a truck, or by engaging in righteous driving behavior that did nothing but endanger their own lives and those of the people they care most about.

Personally, we’ve seen rude truckers hog the road, and we’ve seen dimwitted drivers set themselves up for what could be a very painful, if not deadly, lesson. Furthermore, not all trucks traveling the nation’s highways are properly maintained, due to a lack of finances or pure laziness. But for most truck drivers, who are paid by the mile and are held responsible for damaged goods, their lives and livelihoods depend on driving a well-maintained truck carefully, and getting freight to its destination on time.

Tractor trailer trucks are responsible for carrying nearly 30 percent of all the cargo shipped in the United States. Technology and improved roadways have allowed the use of trucks for shipping to increase steadily since the 1920s, resulting in larger vehicles and heavier loads. Yet, traffic fatalities involving trucks have steadily declined during the past 50 years, except for a small spike upward in the early 1980s right after the trucking industry was deregulated. Fatalities due to accidents involving semi trucks total 5,000 annually on average, with the vast majority of those fatalities suffered by occupants of passenger vehicles that collided with a truck. As motorists who must share the road with semi trucks, we can do our part to help reduce this number even further if we simply take the time to follow a few simple driving rules and try to understand how difficult it is to maneuver a tractor-trailer in traffic.

We asked Michael Taylor, transportation special programs developer for the Tractor Trailer Training Program at Triton College in River Grove, Ill., what the top five pet peeves truckers had with fellow motorists were. Here is his list:

1) Riding in a trucker’s blind spots. Trucks have large blind spots to the right and rear of the vehicle. Smaller blind spots exist on the right front corner and mid-left side of the truck. The worst thing a driver can do is chug along in the trucker’s blind spot, where he cannot be seen. If you’re going to pass a truck, do it and get it over with. Don’t sit alongside with the cruise control set 1 mph faster than the truck is traveling.

2) Cut-offs. Don’t try to sneak into a small gap in traffic ahead of a truck. Don’t get in front of a truck and then brake to make a turn. Trucks take as much as three times the distance to stop as the average passenger car, and you’re only risking your own life by cutting a truck off and then slowing down in front of it.

3) Impatience while reversing. Motorists need to understand that it takes time and concentration to back a 48-foot trailer up without hitting anything. Sometimes a truck driver needs to make several attempts to reverse into tight quarters. Keep your cool and let the trucker do her job.

4) Don’t play policeman. Don’t try to make a truck driver conform to a bureaucrat’s idea of what is right and wrong on the highway. As an example, Taylor cited the way truck drivers handle hilly terrain on the highway. A fully loaded truck slows way down going up a hill. On the way down the other side of the hill, a fully loaded truck gathers speed quickly. Truckers like to use that speed to help the truck up the next hill. Do not sit in the passing lane going the speed limit. Let the truck driver pass, and let the Highway Patrol worry about citing the trucker for breaking the law.

5) No assistance in lane changes or merges. It’s not easy to get a 22-foot tractor and 48-foot trailer into traffic easily. If a trucker has his turn signal blinking, leave room for the truck to merge or change lanes. Indicate your willingness to allow the truck in by flashing your lights.

According to “Sharing the Road,” a booklet distributed by John Deere Transportation Insurance, the three most common types of accidents involving heavy trucks involve the following:

1) Crashes caused by the truck’s inability to stop in time.2) Crashes caused by a motorist trying to pass a truck on the right while the truck is making a right-hand turn. Also known as the right turn squeeze.3) Crashes caused by a motorist riding in the trucker’s blind spots. Use the following rule of thumb: If you cannot see the truck driver in his mirrors, he probably cannot see you.

By taking simple common-sense steps to protect yourself and your family when driving near large trucks, traffic fatalities will continue to drop. Over the years, the trucking industry has improved the quality of truck drivers by making it more difficult to qualify for and keep a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). Mandatory drug testing has also been instituted. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published the following data in 2008. The intoxication rate for drivers involved in fatal accidents was:

27% for motorcycle riders 23% for light truck drivers (pickups and SUVs, that is) 23% for passenger car drivers 1% for truck drivers

Still, more work must be done to combat tightly scheduled deliveries, overbearing stacks of paperwork and driver fatigue caused by federal regulations that work against the human body’s natural circadian rhythm.

After meeting with truck driving instructors at Triton College, with representatives from the Illinois Transportation Association and learning what it takes to pilot a tractor-trailer by taking the wheel myself, we joined Taylor for a ride in a brand-new empty tanker truck.

We covered suburban roads during a half-hour loop just to the southeastern side of O’Hare airport. During our 30-minute ride, two motorists turned left across traffic directly in front of the truck. One young woman in a Toyota Celica crossed no more than 50 feet in front of us as she zoomed onto a side street. An older couple in a Dodge Grand Caravan turned in front of our International tractor, and incredibly, slowed so they wouldn’t scrape the van on a steep driveway apron to a convenience store. A dude in a Camaro RS blasted by on the left, cut in front of the truck and stopped at a red light we were approaching. When the light turned green, he turned right.

These are the kinds of driving habits that we must break for truck-related accident rates to drop even lower. After a day at truck driving school, we left Chicago for Denver in a Subaru Outback. During that evening and the next day traveling I-80 and I-76, we were keenly aware of the needs of the truckers with whom we shared the road. We behaved more courteously toward truck drivers and fellow motorists than usual, and exercised more patience. We doubt very much that by driving more defensively and less aggressively we arrived in Denver any sooner than we would have had we not let that Kenworth into our lane back in Iowa or had we tried to beat that Freightliner to the construction zone near Lincoln, Neb. We do feel, however, that our trip was a safer one, that we had done our part to make highway travel better. Now it’s time to do yours.

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Acura to Present the World Premiere of History of the Eagles: Part One at 2013 Sundance Film Festival

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Acura Launches Sweepstakes for an Exclusive Experience at the Sundance Film Festival and an Auction of Eagles Autographed Memorabilia
12/21/2012 – TORRANCE, Calif.

Third time presenting auto sponsor of the Sundance Film Festival, Acura, will be presenting multi-GRAMMY® award winning rock band, the Eagles, world premiere of their documentary, History of the Eagles: Part One at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Prior to the film’s premiere, the innovative “Acura Studio” in Park City will host a special appearance by the Eagles — Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit — and an exclusive preview clip from the film.

History of the Eagles: Part One will premiere on Saturday, January 19 at 9:30 p.m. at The Eccles Theater and will be followed by a Q&A with producer Alex Gibney and director Alison Ellwood.

“For the last 5 years, and intensely this past year, we have been putting together this documentary of our history with Alex and Alison, who have contributed their extraordinary talents to help us tell our story,” said Glenn Frey of the Eagles. “We’re all very pleased with the progress so far, and are excited to see the finished product at Sundance.”

The film explores the band’s creation and rise to fame in the 1970s through their breakup in 1980. More than 25 new interviews were conducted with all current and former band members, as well as with many others who have been closely involved in their history. In addition, the documentary features previously unreleased home movies and archival footage, including a rare 1977 concert film from the Hotel California tour. Personal photos, video and memorabilia amassed by the Eagles over the course of their career will also be seen for the very first time.

“Acura is thrilled to return to the Sundance Film Festival for the third consecutive year as the presenting auto sponsor,” said Mike Accavitti, Vice President of Marketing Operations. “This year our roots grew deeper collaborating with the Eagles on an integrated campaign that includes hosting the world premiere of their documentary, a luxury sweepstakes to attend the festival hosted on Acura’s Facebook page and an Eagles’ guitar auction that will raise money for a local charity”.

On December 20, Acura launched the “Sundance Film Festival Fly-In” sweepstakes, giving one lucky winner and their guest an opportunity to enjoy the Sundance Film Festival first-hand with the Eagles and Acura. The grand-prize:

  • Trip to Sundance Film Festival (airfare)
  • Passes to the Eagles film premiere and Q&A session
  • Luxury ski-in accommodations for three nights
  • Ground transportation
  • Other surprises

Sweepstakes began on December 20, 2012 at 6:00 a.m. Pacific Time and ends on January 9, 2013 at 8:59 p.m. Pacific Time. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open only to legal U.S. residents residing in the forty-eight (48) contiguous United States or Washington D.C. and who are at least eighteen (18) years of age or the age of majority in their state of primary residence at the time of entry. The Grand Prize winner must be available to travel from January 17, 2013 – January 21, 2013. See Official Rules at http://www.acurasundance.com/rules for additional eligibility restrictions, prize descriptions/restrictions/ARVs and complete details. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes sponsored by American Honda Motor Co., Inc. For information please visit Acura’s Facebook page, “Sundance Film Festival History of the Eagles Part One” tab.

In addition, on January 19, Acura will launch an online “Eagles Guitar Auction” that will feature an acoustic guitar autographed by Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit. Proceeds from the silent auction will benefit the Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter, a non-profit organization located in Park City, Utah, with a mission to Preserve the land and the human connection to the natural landscape, to Educate the local and broader communities about the value of nature, and to Nurture both the ecosystem and the people connected with it.

On Saturday afternoon, January 19, members of the Eagles will appear at the Acura Studio (528 Main Street, Park City, UT 84060), which was launched in 2012 and has played host to several big events, to autograph a signature acoustic guitar and kick off the charity auction.

 

Source: Acura Media

Enjoy the outstanding 2013 Acura RDX at Continental Acura

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Drive into the new year in a vehicle like this! It’s the 2013 Acura RDX. Visit us and you can drive away in this beautiful SUV today. Click here to learn more about the RDX.

2013 Acura RDX Review.

The 2013 Acura RDX is all-new, and that sounds exciting, doesn’t it? The RDX received a makeover, both inside and out, and the compact SUV even got a little bigger to give families a tad more wiggle room. The engine was changed from a turbo four-cylinder to a V-6, which results in better fuel economy. Despite all these changes, I liked the RDX, but didn’t love it.

I suppose that’s my problem; when it comes to the luxury market, I’m looking for love. Why splurge on a luxury crossover if I can get a similarly sized vehicle for considerably less? It’s that emotional bond you get from a luxury vehicle, you know — the one that justifies investing a little more.

The 2013 Acura RDX does have a lot to offer families, but I’m not convinced it’s enough to spring for its higher sticker price.

Setting emotions aside, driving the RDX’s 3.5-liter V-6 does feel good. It’s powerful, but not beefy; it was enough to make things fun behind the wheel if I wanted them to be, but not too much to tempt me to be irresponsible. Maneuvering the RDX through the tight neighborhood parking lots wasn’t a problem, and its responsiveness of the brakes felt just right.

The all-new 2013 Acura RDX with front-wheel drive has a starting price of $35,215, including an $895 destination charge. My test car, equipped with all-wheel drive and the optional Technology Package, cost $40,315.

EXTERIOR

The Acura design aesthetic is easily recognizable throughout its lineup, and the all-new RDX follows suit. The 2013 RDX looks clean, chiseled and subtly sporty. Acuras always remind me of chameleons because they can look masculine or feminine; it just depends who is driving, making the crossover suitable for either Mom or Dad.

 

The RDX makes loading infants and toddlers into their child-safety seats a breeze because the safety seats sit at an ideal height to get kids in without bending or stretching. The RDX isn’t so high that younger children or adults will have to strain much to climb in, but a little assistance may be necessary. The door handles sit at a reasonable height to be grabbed by passengers of all heights.

The cargo area surprised me. It looked small at first glance, but it was able to hold my international houseguest’s over-packed luggage when I picked him up from the airport. My stroller also fit, though I think a double stroller would require a test run. If you need extra space, the cargo area is actually quite large when the 60/40-split rear seats are folded down, and it’s easy to collapse them in one motion with a single lever found in the back.

My test car also had a power liftgate. This feature, which makes the hearts of multitasking parents sing, is usually an option on most vehicles, and it’s the same with the RDX. I’m rather irked that this is considered an upgrade on a luxury vehicle.

Some of the best news about the RDX’s redesign is its standard 273-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine. It gets an EPA-estimated 20/28 mpg city/highway with front-wheel drive and 19/27 mpg with all-wheel drive. That’s better than the previous RDX’s turbo four-cylinder engine that got 19/24 mpg with front-wheel drive and 17/22 mpg with all-wheel drive. I averaged just under the EPA’s 22 mpg combined city/highway fuel-economy number during my weeklong test drive, logging mostly city miles. Filling the gas tank with the recommended premium gasoline may sting a little, but Acura says it’s not required.

 

SENSE AND STYLE

Family Friendly (Not Really, Fair, Great, Excellent): Great
Fun-Factor (None, Some, Good Times, Groove-On): Some

INTERIOR

You can tell that Acura had families in mind when designing the RDX’s interior space, and there are definite triumphs but also a few fails. The positives include ample legroom and plenty of storage compartments.

 

The 2013 RDX grew with its redesign, creating more legroom for both rows. This five-seater accommodated child-safety seats with ease, but it could only manage two of them, which isn’t unusual for compact SUVs.

Generous storage compartments make things convenient inside the RDX. In addition to the usual two cupholders in front and two cupholders in back, there are bottleholders in each door. The center console houses an ample bin, and there’s also a good-sized compartment underneath the center stack that can hold an MP3 player or smartphone while plugged in via USB. And, should you need a place to store a few books or magazines to entertain the kids, there are also two seatback pockets.

I found the center stack in the RDX to be overwhelming because it’s cluttered with buttons. My test car had the optional Technology Package ($3,700), which includes a premium stereo, navigation system and AcuraLink, a multimedia system. I found the navigation system’s graphics to be dated, and AcuraLink was frustrating to use at times. This diminished the RDX’s promised luxury experience.

IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS THAT COUNT

Storage Compartments (Puny, Fair, Ample, Galore): Ample
Cargo/Trunk Space (Puny, Fair, Ample, Galore): More than Fair/Less than Ample

SAFETY

The 2013 RDX has been named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It received the top score of Good in front, side, rear and roof-strength crash tests. It hasn’t yet been crash-tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Installing child-safety seats was a cinch in the RDX. There are two sets of lower Latch anchors in the backseat. Slits in the seat cushions provide a foolproof way to locate them, as well as make access easy. Find out how the RDX performed in Cars.com’s Car Seat Check.

The RDX has standard front-wheel drive, four-wheel-disc antilock brakes, an electronic stability system with traction control, a multiview rear camera with rear parking sensors and six airbags, including side curtains for both rows. Xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights and all-wheel drive are optional.

 

Source: Cars.com

December 17, 2012

Prepare your vehicle for this winter weather!

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Did you know that cold weather reduces tire pressure and that your tire tread depth should be at least 1/8-inch? Let us here at Continental Acura help prepare your vehicle for this winter weather! http://continentalacura.com/

December 17, 2012

Kudos Team for the great reviews!

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We just got these two 5-star reviews on DealerRater!

 “I do not drive an Acura, nor did I purchase my car from Continental, but that was a non-factor to Continental Acura. The staff was ineffable, really so. Friendly and accommodating, Alexandria Matway from services was particularly kind, both on the phone and in person. Continental provided me with prompt service and demonstrated integrity in their work. They treated me as if I was a longtime customer. I most certainly am now.”

I finally wanted to take time to sit down and give thanks to Neil Hoyle and Continental Acura. Thanksgiving week I was inquiring about cost for my 2002 MDX timing belt change, which I have always had serviced by Continental Acura. I knew this was a major maintenance visit, so I was a bit apprehensive. I did call around for price quotes. Even Continental Honda in Countryside. When I called Neil back and asked him. He told me of upcoming specials that would dramatically reduce the cost, he was very understanding of the cost of this major maintenance, especially with the upcoming Holidays. He kept me updated of the progress and let me know certain parts were not needed which further reduced cost. Though still a big bill Neil helped reduce the cost and that I really appreciate it. Alex Matway was the one who picked me up from my house, she was very cordial and informative when I told her of my MDX being serviced and how I was thinking about buying a new MDX, as we headed towards the dealership, she was pleasant. Thanks to all.”

 Keep up the great work, Team! To check out all of our great reviews, visit our DealerRater page. http://bit.ly/xGEZ1T

December 17, 2012

5-Star Review on Yelp

Thank you, Andrew, for this 5-star review! “My car failed to start while I was in Naperville this morning. I was unsure where to go, but settled on this dealership. I drive a saturn. After a very quick diagnosis, I was told that they did not have the necessary parts, but would acquire them right away by Alexandria Matway in services. She was very cordial over the phone and equally polite in person. Continental was very gracious for my business, a commendable quality. They also washed my car for free.” Check out more great reviews on our Yelp page. http://bit.ly/12kkPY6

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December 13, 2012

Acura – Season Of Reason Sales Event “Gingerbread”

December 12, 2012

. The Reason: a family Christmas experience with Kutless (Naperville)

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Supporting Acts: Kutless, Nick Hall, Dave Lubben, Moriah Peters

Tickets are $12-15. Tickets & more information can be found at www.thereasonchristmas.com