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JAN-FEB 2014

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ROADSIGNS 12 BUSINESS FLEET ore than one in four motorists (28%) reported being so tired they had a hard time keeping their eyes open while driving in the past month, according to research by the AAA Foundation for Traffc Safety. Motorists ages 19-24 were the most likely to report driving dangerously drowsy (33%), while drivers 75 and older and drivers ages 16-18 were the least likely to report having done so in the previous month (22% each). The study found that 95% of drivers believe it is somewhat or completely unacceptable to drive when they are so tired it is diffcult to keep their eyes open. More than eight in 10 (83%) believe that drowsy drivers pose a somewhat or very serious threat to their personal safety. An estimated 17% of fatal crashes, 13% of crashes resulting in hospitalization and 7% of all crashes requiring a tow involve PHOTO COURTESY AAA FOUNDATION FOR TRAFFIC SAFETY. ompact pickups and compact SUVs retained the most value in remarketing sales during November, according to a recent Black Book report. The two segments of vehicles beat the pre-recession depreciation rate of 1%-2% per month by losing only 0.5% for compact pickups and 0.6% for compact SUVs. The average sale price for November came in at $15,281 and $16,233 respectively. Compact pickups include the Nissan Frontier, Toyota Tacoma and Ford Ranger. Entry-level cars and entry mid-size cars logged the highest depreciation rate at 3.7% and 2.5% respectively. The average sale price was $7,631 and $10,869 for those segments. Examples include the Hyundai Accent, Nissan Versa and Honda Fit. "As gas prices steadily fell during most of November, it seems that this helped the truck segments on the low depreciation level as well as pushed a couple of more fuel effcient segments to the greater depreciation levels," said Ricky Beggs, Black Book's editorial director. Overall, vehicles depreciated an average of 1.7% in November, a slight improvement from October's 2.1% rate. Data included sales of vehicles from model years 2008-2012. C More Than One in Four Drivers Admit to Drowsy Driving M a drowsy driver, according to a 2010 study by the AAA Foundation for Traffc Safety. Some warning signs that may signify drowsiness while driving: the inability to recall the last few miles traveled, having diffculty focusing or keeping your eyes open, drifting out of your driving lane and missing traffc signs. The AAA Foundation for Traffc Safety collected the data as part of the 2013 Traffc Safety Culture Index. A total of 2,325 licensed drivers were surveyed using a web-enabled probabilitybased panel representative of the U.S. population. VOLKSWAGEN BRINGS FIRST U.S. ELECTRIC CAR TO L.A. AUTO SHOW olkswagen is adding itself to the list of automakers who offer an all-electric vehicle to U.S. buyers with the 2015 e-Golf, which it brought to the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. The electric version of the Golf — a compact car offered since 1974 — uses a lithium-ion battery and 115 horsepower motor. Top speed is limited to 87 mph. The e-Golf will have a range of 70 to 90 miles per charge, and will be the frst Volkswagen model to offer all-LED headlights. Fleet buyers registered 1,449 Golf cars in calendar-year 2012. V JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2014 PHOTO COURTESY OF VOLKSWAGEN. BLACK BOOK: PICKUP AND SUV AUCTION VALUES HIGHEST IN NOV. WWW.BUSINESSFLEET.COM

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