- Honda providing financial grants to 25 organizations seeking to improve teen driver safety
- Nearly one-third of U.S. traffic fatalities involve drivers under the age of 25
- Application process for 2023 funding cycle awards open through October 31, 2022
TORRANCE, Calif. /PRNewswire/ — Honda is providing more than $2 million in financial support for 25 organizations across the United States that are focused on teen driver safety. The grants support a wide variety of initiatives aimed at young drivers in the areas of education, training and resources that supplement or go beyond traditional driver’s training courses or mandated state driver’s programs.
Honda is now accepting new grant applications through October 31, 2022 for funding in 2023.
With nearly one-third of annual traffic fatalities in the U.S. involving drivers under the age of 25, Honda invited organizations to propose ideas to improve teen safety during National Teen Driver Safety Week in Oct. 2021. Ultimately, Honda selected 25 organizations that are working to advance driver education and safety awareness in their communities supported by the funding from Honda. The company is now accepting new grant applications through October 31, 2022, at https://csr.honda.com/community/honda-giving/ for funding in 2023.
The teen driver safety initiative builds on Honda’s longstanding “Safety for Everyone” approach, a commitment to advance safety for everyone sharing the road. Honda also has added information on teen safety to the safety education section of its consumer website.
“Honda is pleased to support organizations actively working in their local communities, and at the national level, to advance driver education and safety awareness,” said Yvette Hunsicker, vice president of Corporate Social Responsibility and Inclusion & Diversity at American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “Together, we hope to identify the most effective ways to reach and positively influence young drivers.”
2022 Honda Teen Traffic Safety Grant Awardees
Advancement through Opportunity & Knowledge, Inc. – Los Angeles
Delivering comprehensive driver education, safety training and driving training to 60 foster youth in three schools.
Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation – Swedesboro, N.J.
Creating public service announcements to appeal to teens’ caring and community responsibility to discourage distracted driving.
Clemson University Foundation – Clemson, S.C.
Using a driving simulator at a public high school to evaluate the effectiveness of ABS-activated emergency stopping.
Coastal Georgia Center for Driver Safety – Savannah, Ga.
Providing greater access to distracted driver education and alcohol-impaired driving prevention.
Croom Foundation – Tuscaloosa, Ala.
The foundation’s Elevating Individuals Through Excellence (ELITE) program includes curriculum focusing on teen driver safety and education from pre-permit to post license.
Daybreak, Inc. – Dayton, Ohio
Providing homeless youth with services to assist with gaining a driving permit and license.
DCCCA, Inc. – Ames, Iowa
Supporting Seatbelts Are For Everyone (SAFE) program to decrease the number of teen injuries and deaths from vehicle crashes.
Edheads – Hilliard, Ohio
Updating online Crash Scene Investigation Simulation involving high school students in measuring and data collection.
Financial Beginnings California – Portland, Ore.
Educating youth on personal and financial risks of automobile ownership/use.
Grady Memorial Hospital – Atlanta
Implementing “Shattered Dreams,” a distracted driving-based scenario program for middle and high school students.
Heart of Unlimited Boundaries, Inc. – West Liberty, Ohio
Working with a licensed occupational therapist to formalize a comprehensive assessment tool for pre-permit students with autism.
John R Elliott Foundation – Somers Point, N.J.
Providing traffic safety educational programs by raising awareness of the importance of being a safe driver.
Littleton Public Schools Driver Education – Littleton, Colo.
Educating teen drivers through scholarship program, driver simulation and parent workshops.
Maria Tiberi Foundation – Dublin, Ohio
Installing driving simulators to be used by students as a graduation requirement at the Eastland Career Center’s Simulator School, also to be made available to the public outside of school hours.
Miami-Dade County Public Schools – Miami
Creating an enhanced safety driving educational program that increases teacher certification, develops curriculum and provides real-world driving simulation opportunities.
Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center – Zanesville, Ohio
Serving as low-cost alternative to private driving lessons for nearly 2,000 high school students in southeastern Ohio.
National Safety Council – Itasca, Ill.
Producing parent education events and promoting DriveitHOME, free resources parents can use to help teens build experience behind the wheel and become safer drivers.
Nationwide Children’s Hospital Foundation – Columbus, Ohio
Conducting ongoing research on the effectiveness of an innovative in-vehicle driving feedback technology to reduce risky driving events and unsafe driving behaviors.
Put On The B.R.A.K.E.S., Inc. – Concord, N.C.
Training teens and parents through Teen Pro-Active Driving Schools.
Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD, Inc.) – Washington, D.C.
Equipping “It’s More Than Just a License” program chapters with a distracted driving toolkit and mentors to lead training to eleventh grade students.
Safe Kids Worldwide – Washington, D.C.
Partnering with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to enhance awareness of driver safety messages and promote behavior change amongst teens.
SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A. – Altadena, Calif.
Implementing a digital education program across DMV offices in California with training, presentations and outreach to reduce harm to children from impaired drivers.
ThinkFirst Foundation – Naperville, Ill.
Teaching parents and their teens about the risks to teen drivers through an evidence-based educational safety program taught by health professionals and law enforcement officers.
University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) Educational Foundation – Birmingham, Ala.
Expanding program to increase awareness of safety on roadways to positively impact around 2,000 additional students, building relationships with teen drivers and community leaders.
West Athens Westmont Community Resource Corp. – Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Providing financial support for high-risk, low-income teens and other qualified individuals who can’t afford driver education courses.
Honda Commitment to Safety
Based on its vision for a collision-free society by 2050, Honda is working to improve safety for everyone sharing the road, an approach Honda calls “Safety for Everyone.” The company operates two of the world’s most sophisticated crash-test facilities in Ohio and Japan, and is responsible for numerous pioneering efforts in the areas of crashworthiness, collision compatibility and pedestrian safety.
Advanced passive safety features include Honda’s proprietary Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure and next-generation front airbag technology, which are designed to provide a high level of collision protection for occupants. Advanced active safety and driver-assistive systems found in Honda Sensing® and AcuraWatch™ technologies, now on nearly 5 million vehicles on U.S. roads, are designed to reduce the frequency and severity of collisions while also serving as a technological and perceptual bridge to the more highly automated vehicles of the future.
About Honda Corporate Social Responsibility and the Honda USA Foundation
For more than 60 years in the U.S., Honda has been committed to making positive contributions to the communities where its associates live and work. Honda’s mission is to create products and services that help people fulfill their life’s potential, while conducting business in a sustainable manner and fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace. Advancing its corporate social responsibility, Honda and the Honda USA Foundation support this direction through giving focused on education, the environment, mobility, traffic safety and community.
Learn more at http://csr.honda.com/.
SOURCE American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
Nissan increases customer convenience with SignatureFLEX lease
Program offers lessees a streamlined option to purchase additional miles online or via mobile app
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nissan Motor Acceptance Company (NMAC) announced today it is offering a new leasing option that provides more convenient, flexible lease terms for its customers. SignatureFLEX provides drivers the opportunity to easily add miles during their lease contract if they are approaching or may exceed their mileage limit – providing flexibility for those who drive lower miles annually and helping avoid potential penalties at lease turn-in.
The program reflects changing consumer driving habits and an increased proportion of lower-mileage lease contracts for NMAC customers, offering flexibility for lessees who are driving less. Leases with 10,000-mile limits now account for the majority of new NMAC originations, compared to 12,000-miles previously.
“Our data clearly shows that Nissan customers are choosing lower mileage limits for their leases, so we’re providing a more convenient, more flexible way for them to manage their needs,” said Jim DeTrude, vice president, NMAC Sales & Marketing. “SignatureFLEX allows drivers to pay for only the mileage that they plan to use, while having peace of mind they can conveniently buy more miles if their driving habits change.”
Customers can purchase additional mileage at any time during their lease. Vehicles with compatible connected car technology will provide automatic, personalized notifications to drivers about their current and projected lease mileage. Additional miles can be purchased through the NMAC web portal or mobile app.
SignatureFLEX is available on all Nissan lease terms and mileage limits, including Nissan’s recently introduced ultra-low-mileage, 5,000-mile/36-month term. Following a limited launch with select models in late 2022, the SignatureFLEX option is now offered on all vehicles across the Nissan lineup, including the all-new, all-electric 2023 Ariya crossover. Additional program details are available on the NMAC web portal.
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Blue Compass RV Kicks Off Nationwide Rebrand Redesign With Blue Compass RV Tampa
Blue Compass RV Tampa marks the first step in a rollout of renovations for all locations across the US to now feature unified branding and logos
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. /PRNewswire/ — Blue Compass RV, one of the nation’s largest providers of sales, service, and protection products to the recreational vehicle market, celebrates their recent rebrand by beginning a series of store transitions throughout 2023, kicking off with rebrand of Blue Compass RV Tampa (previously RV One Superstores Tampa).
After rebranding the company in late 2022, Blue Compass RV will begin the outfitting and rebranding of its impressive portfolio of over 100 dealerships across the country. With the goal of having each dealership included seamlessly under the Blue Compass RV umbrella, each store location will receive both an interior and exterior upgrade to boast the new name and logo of Blue Compass RV.
“We are on the heels of our rebrand announcement and cannot wait to begin showcasing the unified Blue Compass RV brand to our consumers,” says Blue Compass RV Founder, CEO and President, Jon Ferrando. “We are excited to kick off our rollout of nationwide rebrands in 2023 with the rebranding of our flagship store in the Tampa market here in our company’s home state of Florida at the same time of the Florida RV Supershow one the largest RV shows of the year.”
Blue Compass RV Tampa, one of the top performing dealerships in the country has won numerous awards as the top selling Jayco motorized dealers year after year. The ribbon cutting event unveiling the new Blue Compass RV store branding took place on January 17 at the Blue Compass RV Tampa store.
The updated branding consists of a blue-hued logo, featuring a sun-drenched landscape of mountains accessible by a road of possibilities – best seen through a vehicle purchased at a Blue Compass RV location. Rolling out to over 100 stores throughout 2023, RV customers will be treated to an elevated store experience that directly reflects the Blue Compass RV brand.
To learn more about Blue Compass RV, please visit: https://www.bluecompassrv.com
Blue Compass RV
Blue Compass RV is a leading recreational vehicle retail company in the United States with a focus on providing an outstanding experience for recreational vehicle customers in new and used sales, service and parts, and customer financial services. RV Retailer has over 100 RV stores in 33 states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Wyoming. Regional store brands include: RV One Superstores, Motor Home Specialist, ExploreUSA, Floyd’s RV, Harper’s Camperland, Sonny’s Camp-N-Travel, Cousins RV, Camper Clinic, RV Outlet USA, Lifestyle RVs, Family RV Group, Northgate RV, Tom’s Camperland and Blue Dog RV, which sell a wide range of new and used RV brands with thousands of RVs in inventory.
Blue Compass RV has a great management team led by founder Jon Ferrando, Founder, Chief Executive Officer and President. Jon Ferrando was instrumental in building America’s largest automotive retailer from start-up to over $20 billion in revenue. Blue Compass RV’s leadership team has over 250 years of automotive and RV retail industry experience.
SOURCE Blue Compass RV
Electric vehicles helping drivers to reduce their bills
- 90% of vehicle-owning US households could reduce their bills as well as their carbon footprint by switching to electric vehicles.
- 85 million households could halve their transport bills by going electric compared to just 25 thousand households if they switched to newer, gasoline-fuelled cars.
- Adopting an electric vehicle would more than double the number of US households with low transport costs, spending less than 2% of their annual income on transport fuels.
Newswise — Drivers in Washington, California, and New York are set to see the greatest reductions in transport costs and greenhouse gas emissions due to a combination of cleaner power grids and low electricity prices in comparison to gasoline prices, among other factors.
Over 90% of vehicle-owning US households could slash their greenhouse gas emissions as well as their transport costs by switching to electric vehicles. A study maps the change in annual income spent on transport fuels for vehicle-owning US households upon adopting electric vehicles.
US households are highly dependent on private vehicles, with over 80% of journeys taken via personal cars. These journeys are not only bad for the environment and public health, but they are also expensive: around 67% of US households are currently considered to have medium-to-high travel costs, spending greater than 2% of their annual income on transportation.
“Joshua Newell, co-author of the study and Professor of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan, says: “As the need for decarbonisation becomes increasingly urgent, it is crucial that we identify where and how we can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, starting with assessing the long-term affordability of electric vehicles. Our results show that not only are electric cars better at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but in most cases, they are cheaper to run too.”
Study evaluates the cost-effectiveness of switching to electric vehicles in comparison to new gasoline-fuelled vehicles, for different regions across the United States. The results show that 71% of US drivers could halve their transport bills by going electric. In comparison, just 0.02% of drivers would see the same reduction in fuel costs by switching to newer, gasoline-fuelled cars.
Moreover, the team found that adopting an electric vehicle would more than double the number of US households with low transport costs, spending less than 2% of their annual income on transport fuels. Nationwide, this equates to over 80% of vehicle-owning households.
“Our research contributes to the topic of energy justice, ensuring participation in the energy system is equitable, affordable, and accessible for all. We are hopeful that this study will inform people on where significant, affordable reductions in greenhouse gas emissions can be made. For the majority of people, the ongoing fuel cost of electric vehicles will be even lower than adopting newer, more efficient gasoline vehicles. However, the prominent differences across the nation emphasize the need for a regional approach to electric vehicle transitions,” concludes Jesse Vega-Perkins, lead author of the study.
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