Car Theft Prevention, Recovery Statistics

Car TheftAre you proactive when it comes to car theft prevention? Where and when are parked cars most susceptible to a break-in? What is the likelihood your stolen goods will be recovered?

Progressive Insurance claims trainer Todd Golling suggests that a passive approach to prevention is not enough to protect your car and/or your belongings from being stolen. A former Virginia State Trooper, Golling explains that preventative measures can and should be taken to reduce your risk. Drivers should always remove valuable items from their parked cars, keep their cars locked, and carry along a blanket to hide bags from visibility during shopping trips. Cars bearing stickers that suggest the car has an alarm system (whether it does or not) can also be useful deterrents.

“Thieves are lazy,” Golling explains. “So if you do anything to make their job more difficult, they’ll move on to the next car.” Some drivers go so far as to install lockable gas caps, wheel-locking nuts, and engine immobilizers. Be careful not to leave any personal information in your vehicle that would provide a criminal with your address, and never leave spare keys to the car itself or to your home in the vehicle.

Practice extra caution when you know your car will be parked for an extended period of time; places like sports arenas, concert venues, churches, and hotel parking lots are highly susceptible to vehicle theft.

In terms of theft recovery, Progressive Insurance reported that in 2012 the U.S. average was 46% with some states doing a much better job than others. Washington’s recovery rate was an impressive 71% followed by Utah with 63% while Michigan and Pennsylvania had the worst recovery rates with 19% and 26%, respectively.

Progressive data demonstrates that summer months and weekends are the times during which the highest numbers of theft incidents occur. Being aware of where, when, and how long you are parking your car and taking the suggested preventative measures are simple ways to protect your car, your belongings, and your peace of mind.

The Dangers of Leaving Your Furry Friend in a Hot Car

Dog in hot carWith the dog days of summer right around the corner it is important to take a second to think about the safety of man’s best friend. Unfortunately, every year countless dogs perish as a result of being trapped in a hot car.

By now most all pet owners have heard “never leave your pet in a parked car on a warm day,” unfortunately; some choose to ignore this lifesaving advice. Most of these cases start off innocently enough with owners cracking the windows and thinking they will only be gone a few minutes. Then, next thing they know a few minutes has turned into 30 minutes. In this time the interior of a parked vehicle can reach temperatures in excess of 120 degrees.

For dogs, exposure to this type of high heat can become dangerous in a matter of minutes. Unlike humans, dogs cannot sweat, leaving them unable to cool down. Without the ability to cool off dogs are easily susceptible to experiencing dangerously high core body temperatures, brain damage, and eventual death.

Just recently Dr. Ernie Ward, a veterinarian from North Carolina and pet advocate, shut himself in a hot vehicle and documented his experience. From the video, you can see that after almost 30 minutes the conditions inside the vehicle had become unbearable. Dr. Ward hopes this project will serve as a reminder to pet owners everywhere to “never leave your pet in a parked car on a warm day.” James Ceranti Nissan would like to remind you to think smart this summer when taking your pets along for a ride.

More Drivers Dying Than Ever Before

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We don’t care if we come across sounding like your mother, please be careful out there on the road! It’s been reported that more US drivers are dying in accidents than ever before. Fatalities jumped by over 5% last year, totaling to over 34,000 deaths. It’s the first time in seven years the number has increased. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the increase could be due to the face that Americans are also driving more than ever before. Modern vehicles have been offering better fuel efficiency, so drivers can cover greater distances for the same money.

Motorcycle fatalities account for almost 15% of all traffic deaths, with 5,000 riders dying last year alone. If you drive a motorcycle, please make sure to drive with caution and always wear the correct protective gear, including a helmet. No one cares how bad your helmet hair looks; the alternative will look a lot worse!

“A comprehensive strategy is needed to keep motorcyclists safe,” said Barbara Harsha, executive director of the GHSA. “Most crucial in this strategy are universal helmet laws, which 31 states currently lack.”

NHTSA is looking to change some safety laws, and is looking for public input on those changes. To check out the proposed changes, follow this link.

Teen Car-Related Deaths on the Rise

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With all of the available auto technology today, it’s sad to see that car-related deaths among new drivers are continuing to rise. Here are some tips to help keep your new driver safe.

  • If you aren’t comfortable turning left in busy intersections, go down a block or two and turn around. It can take a while to learn how to gauge incoming traffic.
  • Watch out for other drivers, especially aggressive ones. It’s best to stay out of their way. Never make an assumption about what other drivers are going to do. For example, just because someone has their turn signal on, doesn’t mean they are turning. They could have simply forgotten to turn it off.
  • Don’t do anything that will cause another car’s driver to slam on the brakes such as pulling out in front of him or swerving into his lane. In return, always brake gently.
  • Turn your headlights on anytime you need to turn your windshield wipers on–in rain, fog, sleet, freezing rain, or snow. Always keep a scraper in the car in case it snows.
  • Listen to radio traffic reports and adjust your travel plans accordingly.
  • Always wear your seat belt–and make sure all passengers buckle up, too.
  • Follow the speed limits! Going too fast gives you less time to stop or react. Excess speed is one of the main causes of teenage accidents.
  • Don’t run red lights, and don’t race yellow ones.
  • NEVER drink and drive, and don’t ride with anyone who has been drinking. Call parents or friends to take you home if you need a ride.

At James Ceranti, we care deeply about your safety and the safety of others on the road. We can only promise to put you in a safe car, but driving safely is your responsibility. For more information about car safety, model specifications, and great “first time” cars for teens, visit our inventory page at www.jamescerantinissan.net/Preowned-CI.aspx.

Success for Nissan’s Easy Fill Tire Alert

Easy Fill Tire AlertTire pressure gauges too confusing to figure out? Never sure just when to put more air in your tires? Had more flats than a shoe store? Thankfully, James Ceranti Nissan has a solution—Nissan’s all-new Easy Fill Tire Alert.

The Easy Fill Tire Alert system was just named one of six finalists by AOL Auto for the 2012 Technology of the Year Award. The winner will be announced January 9, 2013 at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. We at James Ceranti Nissan are feeling confident about the chances for the Easy Fill Tire Alert.

So what makes the Easy Fill Tire Alert so incredible? The system uses tire pressure monitoring sensors that will alert you as soon as your tire pressure drops below a safe level. This is very important as so many drivers unknowingly drive at dangerous pressure levels, which makes them much more likely to get into an accident.  Once you stop to put more air into the low tire(s), the system will activate four-way flashers that indicate that a tire is being filled. When the tire has reached the appropriate level, the car will honk. If for some odd reason you persist, the car will keep honking to let you know you’ve filled it too high, and then as you release air, it will honk again to let you know you’ve reached the right level.

The technology is really ingenious. For 2013, Nissan plans to add the system to the Nissan Altima, the Quest minivan, the all-new Pathfinder three-row SUV, and the Sentra sedan. We expect it will make its way into all Nissan and Infiniti vehicles in the coming years. Find this technology now in some 2013 Nissan vehicles at James Ceranti Nissan, www.jamescerantinissan.net.

Nissan Dedicated to Eliminating Crashes for All Drivers

For the past twenty five years, Nissan has analyzed and worked at developing technology and vehicles that would withstand crashes better.  The passive approach focused on better material selection, vehicle design, and use of airbags to mitigate damage in crashes.

Now Nissan is looking towards preventative technology to help avoid collisions all together.  With the Nissan Safety Shield, Nissan has taken major steps in creating new technology to assist drivers in avoiding accidents.

Watch and enjoy Nissan’s Bob Yakushi talking about the future of Nissan’s safety technology and driving in the future.