In today’s world, many of us have our cell phones with us at all times. We can’t imagine leaving the house without it and it can be really hard to ignore all of the bells and whistles that work to get our attention throughout the day. But, there is one place where it is imperative to completely ignore your phone—in your car.
April is Distracted Driving Awareness month and we want to talk about how there is more to distracted driving than just texting. While texting is perhaps one of the most dangerous things you can do behind the wheel, talking on your phone, even with a hands-free device, can be just as risky.
While you might think using Bluetooth to connect your phone so you don’t have to use your hands is a safer way to talk or text, it isn’t. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), drivers talking on their phones, with or without using their hands, are four times as likely to be involved in an accident. And, the NSC estimates that 21% of all accidents in the United States involve a driver who was talking on his or her cell phone.
Both driving and holding a conversation are thinking tasks. Because of this, your brain cannot simultaneously focus on both at the same time and actually rapidly switches between the two activities. This can cause drivers to miss up to 50% of their driving environments.
Now, this does not mean you can’t hold a conversation while you drive. It simply means if you want to talk to someone they have to be in the car with you. An adult passenger in the car can give drivers an extra set of eyes and can adjust their talking when driving gets difficult and can even help point out potential road hazards. A person on the other end of a cell phone can’t do any of these things.
If you want to drive distraction free, you can sign this online pledge to take back your drive and promise to not text, have conversations, or do anything else on your phone while driving. Let us know if you are taking the pledge to bring awareness about distracted driving at 171 Nissan!
Expanding its all-new truck lineup even more, Nissan showed off the 2017 Nissan TITAN at the New York Auto Show. This half-ton pickup is expected to be Nissan’s best-selling truck and is a little bit smaller than the recently introduced TITAN XD.
“The 2017 TITAN half-ton has the same aggressive style of the TITAN XD, but is about a foot shorter in wheelbase,” said Fred Diaz, division vice president and general manager, North America Trucks and Light Commercial Vehicles, Nissan North America, Inc., in a statement. “They share the same cabs, but while it offers similar ruggedness and durability, the TITAN half-ton’s chassis is completely different than XD.”
Powering this all-new truck is a 5.6-liter Endurance V8 gasoline engine rated at 390 horsepower. This will be paired with a 7-speed automatic transmission.
Initially, the 2017 Nissan TITAN will come only in a Crew Cab design, but both a Single and King Cab variations will be added later. The Crew Cab will arrive in dealerships this summer.
With the addition of the TITAN XD and the all-new 2017 TITAN, Nissan’s full-size pickup lineup will have a wide range of options for buyers to choose from, including two chassis sizes, two fuel options, a range of cab and bed sizes, and so much more.
Here at 171 Nissan, we love the 2016 Nissan TITAN XD and can’t wait to see the all-new 2017 Nissan TITAN when it arrives later this summer.[Top]