Ford Moves Aggressively For Mainstream Navigation System

Written by Jenny McLane

Ford now looks atrepparttar latest trend for auto manufacturers of putting navigation system on mainstream cars even as an option.

Amongrepparttar 135470 six Ford 2006 Ford Motor vehicles to offer navigation systems arerepparttar 135471 2006 Lincoln Zephyr and Mercury Mountaineer whilerepparttar 135472 other four nameplates are said to berepparttar 135473 Ford Explorer and Explorer Sport Trac SUVs, Five Hundred sedan and Freestyle sport wagon.

The idea of popularizing car navigation system on mass produced Ford cars is an attractive feature for most car enthusiasts. Common only inrepparttar 135474 luxury segment such asrepparttar 135475 Lincoln Navigator, on whichrepparttar 135476 option costs around $3,000 onrepparttar 135477 4x4 Ultimate editions,repparttar 135478 car navigation system will soon be more affordable as foreseen by Ford.

This is an aggressive step by Ford to be competitive and swayrepparttar 135479 family sedan market into its turf. Mainstream vehicles will soon find car navigation system on its option list as hand held global positioning phones andrepparttar 135480 concept of beaming satellite map data intorepparttar 135481 vehicles are also being considered by auto makers.

Tips in Preventing Motorcycle Injuries

Written by Kay Zetkin

Safety in riding motorcycles in order to prevent injuries is a very critical issue especially duringrepparttar peak of motorcycle season. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons are very much concerned about this issue since there are almost always a lot of motorcycle accidents happening at least one every few days. Most injuries noted fromrepparttar 135380 people brought inrepparttar 135381 Level One Trauma Units range from serious musculoskeletal injuries, open fractures and head traumas from motorcycle accidents. The increasing accidents are linked torepparttar 135382 increased number of motorcycles onrepparttar 135383 road. Records show that since 1997, motorcycles sales increased to more than 90%. Last 2001, motorcycles represented only 2.2 percent of all registered vehicles inrepparttar 135384 United States and accounted for 0.34 percent of vehicle miles traveled. However, crashes involving motorcycles accounted for 7.6 percent of total traffic fatalities on America's roadways. As recently reported byrepparttar 135385 US Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2002 there were 42,815 fatalities from motorcycle accidents. What’s alarming is this isrepparttar 135386 highest level of fatality report since 1990. While some accidents cause injuries or lifetime paralysis, some result to fatalities. Thus, these incidents should be a constant reminder for motorcyclists to protect themselves. According to Maureen Finnegan, MD, professor atrepparttar 135387 University of Texas and orthopaedic surgeon at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, most motorcycle injuries involverepparttar 135388 extremities andrepparttar 135389 spinal cord. Majority of fatalities are results of head injuries. Thus, she said thatrepparttar 135390 most important tip for motorcycle safety is to wear a helmet. Wearing helmets are estimated to be 29 percent effective in preventing fatal injuries and 67 percent effective in preventing brain injuries for motorcyclists. Another thing isrepparttar 135391 wearing of proper clothing in riding and of course, really learning how to ride a motorcycle and handle certain situations throughoutrepparttar 135392 ride.

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