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Attemps Decrease Distracted Driving Not Working

Crashes linked to drivers being distracted behind the wheel caused 5,474 deaths in the year 2009, down from 5,838 a year earlier. They accounted for 16 percent of all road fatalities in 2009, unchanged from the previous year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

“These numbers show that distracted driving remains an epidemic in America, and they are just the tip of the iceberg,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in an e-mailed statement. Although the number of traffic fatalities resulting from talking or texting on mobile phones fell 6% from the previous year, the number of crashes that occur as a direct result of distracted drivers continues to climb t an astonishing rate.

Official statistics most likely underestimate the actual number of accidents caused by distracted driving. In many states, the statistics reported by police fail to document inattention as a primary cause of auto accidents. Some of the many reasons that drivers can lose focus are by talking on and texting on cellular phones and other devices, such as iPods and portable computers. Other activities that can commonly cause distractions while driving include eating, talking, and personal grooming.

As Reported by Automotive News, “Drivers in their 20s are the most likely to be involved in a fatal crash tied to distractions, for mobile phones in particular, the 30- to 39-year-old group had the highest involvement,”

In January the National Highway Safety Counsel discovered that 1.4 million crashes occur each year as a result of drivers using cellular phones and at least 200,000 are added to the statistics when drivers who are texting are considered. All Star Dodge is a Missouri and Illinois Jeep Dealer that wants to spread the message to put down the devices and focus on the task at hand.

After Market Parts to Boost Your Ram’s HP, MPG and Torque

One of the least expensive items that one can buy for their Ram trucks is a performance air filter. These parts are not only cheap, they are easy to install as well. An installed performance air filter can net drivers one to three miles per gallon fuel economy increase and ten to fifteen horsepower increase. More expensive fuel injection kits get you cold air intake tube and even more air flow to your engine with slightly higher horsepower and torque gain.

A nice aftermarket exhaust system will release all of the burnt gases more efficiently. This, in turn, will also help boost your pickup truck’s fuel economy, horsepower, and torque a bit. Most kits come complete with the required hardware, mandrel bent tubing, stainless tips, and comprehensive instructions to get you started.

Another auto part to get a hold of is a performance chip. Performance chips will reeducate the trucks computer to adjust the shift points and fuel curves. The end result is noticeable torque and horsepower improvements. Plus your new Ram have better transmission shift algorithms that will eliminate some of the wear and tear on your vital parts. Hypertech and superchips sell the best chips in the marketplace today. Most of these chips can be installed in less than ½ hour, typically without the usage of any specialized tools.

When Dodge rolled the hot new Dodge Ram body style back in 2002, people took notice. With a vast selection of various trim lines and great engine choices, the sky is the limit with customizing options.  Transform your new or used Ram into an even more desirable truck. To shop for a used or 2011 Dodge Ram, visit All Star Dodge in Bridgeton, MO.

2011 Ram Wins TAWA Award

Each year the Texas Auto Writers Associations gets together to grade new entries into the automotive market. This past year it was the 2011 Dodge Ram Laramie Longhorn edition that earned the title TAWA “Truck of Texas.”

The Ram Laramie Longhorn edition is just about as good as it is going to get, as far as truck ownership is concerned.  According to Fred Diaz, President and CEO of Ram Truck Brand and Head of National Sales, “The Ram Truck Brand is honored to be recognized by TAWA as Truck of Texas. Given all of its iconic Southwestern design cues, nothing says real Texas Truck like the Ram Laramie Longhorn. The Texas Auto Writers felt that we got it right; the Ram Laramie Longhorn captures the true spirit of Texas and the Southwest which appeals to people all across America.”

Mr. Diaz went on to comment, “Texas accounts for about 17 percent of the total U.S. pickup market – that’s why we always call it the center of the truck universe. The Truck of Texas award is very prestigious, and we are proud that the Ram Trucks swept every category they entered. We’ll wear these honors with great pride.”

Fortunately, you don’t have to reside in Texas to procure one of these magnificent luxury trucks. All Star Dodge, located in Bridgeton, Missouri can assist you in ordering one of your own. Experience the hand-crafted custom leather interior with its variety of southwestern inspired accents.  Ram Laramie Longhorn is available as a 1500, 2500 or 3500 version. Select from either the HEMI V8 engine or Cummins Turbo Diesel that is also available. Mud flaps, body side molding and chrome side steps come standard, along with a ton of other excellent features.

Jeep’s Compact SUV is the Compass

The Jeep compass debuted in 2007. This vehicle shares its unibody platform with the more rugged looking Jeep Patriot. This makes the car less truck-like than other body on frame SUVs. Conversely, it gives the Compass a smoother more car-like ride quality. In this sense, most consider the compass to be a more crossover wagon-style vehicle, as opposed to an SUV. The 2011 Jeep Compass also comes with fully independent suspension.

This model year brings a lot of changes to the Compass. The four-wheel-drive system of past versions of the Compass were not recommended for off-road usage. That has changed, Jeep has an available trail rated 4WD system that auto shoppers can take advantage of. Quite a few interior upgrades have been implemented, as have ride and handling aspects of the vehicle.

Compass shares a powertrain with the Jeep Liberty and this component remains the same as in previous years. A 172-horsepower 2.4-liter engine comes standard with all models. Presently, there are three trim levels to choose from; Sport, North, and Limited versions. In all cases, a five-speed manual transmission is included. The 2011 Compass Sports and Norths come with smaller, more fuel efficient 2.0-liter engine options.

If interested, make sure to ask the Jeep dealer representative about the available Freedom-Drive I 4×4 and the Freedom-Drive II Off-Road package. This all-time 4×4 system can easily tackle deep snow and other adverse driving conditions that you may encounter.

The 2011 Compass has undergone a fairly substantial exterior makeover too. A new hood, new front fenders, redesigned headlamps, smaller and wider grill, and new fascia have all been worked in. Quad headlights and fog lamps improve the vision capability of this new Jeep and LED tail lamps have been added on for good measure. All Star Dodge, near Illinois in Bridgeton, MO is the place to go for further assistance.

 

2011 Dodge Nitro Base Model versus Nitro Heat 4.0

The ability to purchase a 4×4 SUV for less than $24,000 is the overwhelming benefit that is offered by the new Dodge Nitro.  First, a look at the entry level Nitro, which actually has quite a few nice amenities that one may not expect from a vehicle that is so affordable.

Traction control and stability control were nice bonus features a couple of years ago. However, these days they have become fairly commonplace on a variety of different vehicles. Still, this is a nice safety feature, one that you won’t find on many similarly priced cars or SUVs. Power-heated front mirrors are a nice touch as well, as is the one year satellite radio subscription

Each and every2011 Nitro will come with fog lamps also. They look cool and come in handy when driving on unlighted roads and in adverse conditions. Nitro’s performance suspension system will help provide a nice smooth ride, while the deep tint sunscreen glass will shade occupants and upholstery. With the $23,995 Nitro Heat 4×4, you can expect to get a 3.7-liter V6 engine.

For a about $2,000 more, you would be able to get a 2011 Nitro Heat 4.0 4×4. This model comes with all of the features of the base model and then some. A more powerful 4.0-liter V6 engine is one of the extras. The added expense will also get you an eight speaker Infinity speaker system with a subwoofer. Bluetooth audio capacity is part of this package too. All new Dodge Nitros will come with 20 inch aluminum chrome-clad wheels.

Visit a Dodge dealer in your area for more comprehensive information on everything that this new SUV has to offer. Those who reside in and around St Peters can stop by or visit the website of All Star Dodge located in Bridgeton, MO.

Reasons to Check out the 2011 Jeep Wrangler

The 2011 Wrangler does not deviate from its off-road roots, providing just about as much power and ability as its predecessors. The new Wrangler comes with the same 3.8-liter V6 engine that provides 202 horsepower and 237 lb-ft of torque. The V6 engine is connected with either a six-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission.

New and upgraded 2011 Jeep Wrangler models have arrived at a Jeep dealer in your area. All Star Dodge near Jerseyville can set you up with the new Jeep of your dreams. New models come with redone interiors, off-road prowess, new technology, and additional items.

Jeep has revamped the interior design of both the Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited, giving it a look that many experts describe as more upscale. Some of the additions include new air conditioning vents, revised dash and doors, new cargo compartments, and more. The new Jeeps retain their rather affordable price tags. Prices for the most recent edition to the Wrangler lineage will remain the same as they were in 2010, around the low to mid $20,000 range.

Jeep Wrangler’s powerful off-road capabilities are a big part of the model’s seemingly ever-growing popularity. Its off-road legacy will continue in the 2011 Wrangler models. New Wranglers come standard with Hill Start Assist. There is also an optional Trailer Sway Control function.

The 2011 Jeep Wrangler models will include Bluetooth and USB audio connectivity, power-adjustable exterior mirrors, and sound-deadening for a quiet ride. Some additional new features include a redone instrument panel, new steering wheel, a locking center console, along with revised door panels. Other exciting new features include available heated leather seats and a new three spoke wheel design. New Jeep Wrangler colors include; Detonator Yellow, Deep Cherry Red, Sahara Tan, Cosmos Blue, and Bright White.

New 2011 Ram Trims and Features

The 2011 Ram 1500 offers an ever expanding range of trim levels and option packages. Replacing last year’s Ram TRX4 is the all new Ram 1500 Outdoorsman edition.  The Ram Outdoorsman comes with upgraded towing capacity, enhanced lighting, underbody protection, and all-terrain tires.

The 2011 Laramie Longhorn is another new edition to Ram’s product lineup. This Ram primarily offers interior enhancements with comfort and technology features.  New Ram’s comes with an impressive array of cargo and convenience features as well. Cargo bins that are insulated and drainable are available, but this feature happens to be only come on Rams with the Crew Cab configuration.

Standard Ram safety features include head-protecting side curtain airbags for both front and rear seating rows. Trailer sway control as well as an antiskid system has also been included.

Ram 1500 remains at the top of the pack when it comes to its capacity to provide infotainment. With available satellite TV, voice activated navigation, real-time traffic and weather, and USB iPod and Bluetooth cell phone connectivity, there are plenty of tough choices to be made to customize your new Ram. From rear backup cameras to protective spray on bedliners, there are so many different possibilities that warrant consideration.

For right around $21,500 and up, you can get one of these great new trucks. While many aspects of the Ram have been altered and upgraded, pricing remains about on par with the 2010 levels. Check one out at All Star Dodge near O’Fallon, MO. Enjoy the stand out styling that comes with this full-size pickup leader. Dodge Ram remains at the top of the list when it comes down to refinement and handling. Test one out at a Dodge dealership in your area when you get the opportunity to do so.

Jeep’s New Quadra Lift Air Suspension System

Quadra Lift is definitely one of the best options Jeep has come out with in a long time. Being able to raise or lower your vehicles height, depending on road conditions, with the turn of a switch is fantastic. Quadra Lift uses a closed air system which provides quicker response to drivers request for ride high adjustments. A closed system means the air for system operation is stored in a reservoir instead of using outside air. And of course, all of this occurs automatically.

With the help of air shocks, the system provides five modes of operation. The five modes are: Normal Ride Height, Off Road 1, Off Road 2, Aero Mode and Park mode. Normal Road Height is the starting point and is the height position typically used.

Off Road 1 is for off road use when you speed is between 25 mph and 48 mph. It raises the vehicle for added ground clearance. If your speed moves out of this range it will automatically lower to Normal Ride Height.

Off Road 2 mode is for speeds u p to 20 mph. If you vehicle speed exceeds 25 mph it will automatically lower to Off Road 1. The Aero Mode improves aerodynamics by lowering the vehicle when your speed stays above 50 mph. Park Mode lowers the vehicle for easier entry and exit. Park Mode is a driver selected mode under 15 mph. Over 25 mph the vehicle will automatically return to Normal Ride Height.

A representative at All Star Dodge in Bridgeton, MO will be glad to provide you with more information on this and other vehicle feature. This new and used Jeep dealer serves customers in Jerseyville as well. Come check out Quadra Lift and the new 2011 Jeep.

Standard Features of 2011 Grand Caravan R/T

Grand Caravan is one of the best selling minivans, for good reason.  These vehicles offer a reliable and sharp looking mode of family transportation. Treat yourself and spring for the top-of-the-line Grand Caravan R/T. The list of useful and interesting features that come with this model is impressive. To get a rundown of all that Grand Caravan R/T has to offer, visit a nearby Dodge dealer. Those residing in Missouri can contact an associate at All Star Dodge located near St Louis.

The power source that 2011 Grand Caravan R/T employs is the same 3.6-liter V6 that comes equipped with the rest of the models.  Variable valve timing is used with this Pentastar engine. An upgraded media center has been included with Grand Caravan R/T. It comes with a 6.5-inch touch screen and 6,700 song memory capacity. The media center for this new Dodge has audio jack and it displays album artwork.

The 2011 Grand Caravan R/T comes with many additional amenities as well.  Included is a 9-speaker Infinity system with subwoofer. This system also has a 506-watt amplifier. Sirius satellite radio with a 1-year subscription is part of this package too. Steering wheel-mounted audio controls allow drivers to interface with their sound systems safely and conveniently.

This model also has a rear back up camera in place to help you detect obstructions that may be blocking your path. More model highlights include; leather trimmed seats, 8-way power front seats, rear grocery bag hooks, and a tire pressure monitoring system. The 2nd row bucket seats fold flat into the floor of the van as does the third row split bench seat. Come check out this awesome new minivan and take advantage of excellent financing offers presently available.

Off Roading Tips for Beginners

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So, you have or are planning to get a new 4X4. At some point in time, you are likely going to want to push its limits to see what it is capable of. Obviously, you don’t want to damage your new vehicle, get hurt, or end up in some other precarious situation where you need to get help. Everyone must hit the trails at their own risk, but that does not mean that you should do so without taking the proper precautions. Here are some things to keep in mind that should help ensure that your off road experience is enjoyable.

 

-Locking or limited slip differential is your friend. What you get here is power to a wheel even if the other wheel that is on the same axle has no traction. This also helps when one of the wheels is elevated off of the ground.

-Don’t forget to pack a tow strap. It just makes sense to always carry one, especially where you are out on trails or in the backcountry.

-If you see someone who’s stuck, go ahead and assist them. It makes for good karma and it’s just the right thing to do.

-It is probably smart to go out with other vehicles. Then, you can help each other out when necessary.

-You should be cautious of straddling big rocks and obstructions. This is a good way to get stuck or to cause you to have to make a trip to the repair shop.

-Drive cautiously over water. It’s tough to judge how deep it is and virtually impossible to account for how deep the mud underneath is. Your truck or SUV is heavy and it will sink. In fact, it could sink down 7 or 8 feet in under certain conditions.

 

All Star Dodge in Bridgeton Missouri is glad to provide information to truck and SUV enthusiasts. Those who live in or around the St Peters area who are looking to hook up with a Jeep dealer in the area can make contact an associate at any time for further assistance.