Drivers who sleep fewer than five hours a night are four times more likely to be involved in a car crash, according to a new study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. What’s more, the crash risk for drivers who sleep less than four hours is comparable to someone with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.12, well over the legal limit, according to the study. To avoid falling asleep at the wheel, get at least seven hours of sleep when possible, drive during the hours you are normally awake, and stop for a break every two hours during a long drive, AAA researchers said. For more on this study, go to AAA.com/Drowsy.
Drivers shopping for new vehicles can now access the federal government’s 2017 Fuel Economy Guide online. Published and updated weekly by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency, the guide lists fuel economy estimates for gasoline vehicles, hybrids, diesels and more. It also provides annual fuel cost estimates and tips for improving fuel economy when you drive. To use the guide, go to www.fueleconomy.gov.
Looking ahead to 2018, Audi plans to load its best-selling Q5 luxury crossover with even more technology. The technology features include its Virtual Cockpit, a 12.3-inch LCD screen that replaces the traditional instrument cluster (where information like speed and the odometer is typically found). Other features include a full-color heads-up display that projects important driving information on the windshield in the driver’s line of sight. The 2018 model is expected to go on sale this spring.