We’re #46! (New York’s Highways, That Is)

Nothing to be proud of. Although moving up one notch from last year, New York’s state highway system ranked 46th in the nation, according to the 20th Annual Report on the Performance of State Highway Systems of Reason Foundation, an organization focused on policy research. The highways’ infrastructure is not impressive particularly when it comes to bridges, narrow lanes and … Read the rest

No Good Choices When Your Vehicle is Disabled on a Highway

I’ve been in the situation William Schettino was in when his car broke down in the HOV lane of the westbound Long Island Expressway earlier this month. For me it was on the New York State Thruway in pouring rain when the windshield wipers somehow got tangled up with one another and would not work. It was impossible to see, … Read the rest

Hempstead Turnpike Most Deadly Road on Long Island for Pedestrians

A study by Newsday of pedestrian accidents reports from 2005 through 2010 published in today’s paper finds that pedestrians are killed an average of more than five times a year on Hempstead Turnpike’s 16 miles through Nassau County, making it Long Island’s most dangerous road. Thirty-two people were killed and at least 427 injured in 457 pedestrian accidents. Three more … Read the rest

Microcars and Minicars: Crash Tests Show Occupant Safety Unduly Compromised

Occupants of smaller cars are at increased risk in all kinds of crashes, not just ones with heavier vehicles, according to The Insurance Institute For Highway Safety. Almost half of all crash deaths in minicars occur in single-vehicle crashes. Even if all cars became smaller and lighter, the result would be to afford less occupant protection fleetwide in single-vehicle crashes. … Read the rest

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Seeks to Increase Dealer Compliance with Required Tire Registration

It has been the law for years that when a purchaser/lessor of a vehicle with new tires takes possession of the vehicle that the dealer must provide a tire registration card to the purchaser/lessor and instruct the purchaser/lessor to mail the registration card to the tire manufacturer.

Nonetheless, it is estimated that only approximately 10% of tires are registered due … Read the rest