Q: We’re in the very early stages of researching for a new car purchase next year, and are hearing GM’s OnStar will be in Volkswagens soon. What do you know about that?
A: Actually, VW has its own version, an OnStar-like in-car system called Car-Net. It’s being offered in some upper-end versions of the Jetta, Passat, Tiguan, CC, Beetle, Beetle convertible and Eos.
It includes, among other things, automatic crash notification, roadside assistance, nav system and stolen vehicle locator.
If you buy a model equipped with Car-Net you’ll get six months free, then to continue you must pay. You’ll choose from several options, ranging from $17.99 a month for a month-to-month deal to $540 for three years (and various timeframes between the two).
Q: We heard on a Halloween newscast that Halloween is the day of the year when the greatest numbers of pedestrian deaths occur. That makes sense, with all those little kids running around in the dark, excited, and unable to see much because of their masks and costumes. What are the other dates of high pedestrian deaths?
A: New Year’s Day is the day when the second-greatest numbers of pedestrian fatalities occur, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Think of Jan. 1 not as the afternoon hours of brunches and football, but as the wee dark hours before the sun rises, then it makes sense.
And many of those pedestrian deaths occur for some of the same reasons as fatalities on Halloween (though affecting an older demographic, of course): New Year’s Eve celebrants, excited, running around in the dark, acting like 6-year olds, and many are probably inebriated. And the drivers likely aren’t doing much better.
Other facts about pedestrian deaths, according to the NHTSA’s Pedestrian Crash Report:
• Pedestrians are more likely to be killed in a crash between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. or during the weekend on Saturday or Sunday.
• About two-thirds of pedestrian fatalities are in urban areas.
• And as a pedestrian’s blood alcohol concentration increases, the probability of getting killed in a crash increases.
• Pedestrians are more likely to be killed in a crash when it’s sleeting than in any other weather condition.
© CTW Features
What’s your question? Sharon Peters would like to hear about what’s on your mind when it comes to caring for, driving and repairing your vehicle. Email Sharon@ctwfeatures.com.