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 |  Mar 14 2013, 5:20 PM


According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about seven out of 10 Americans drive while talking on their mobile phones.

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 |  Jan 20 2011, 11:12 AM

A recent study shows that we’re finally getting it – we are buckling up more than ever before. In fact, the numbers are at their all-time highest.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] (anyone else wondering why they conducted a seat belt study?), 85 percent of adults say they use seat belts. Even though that’s up from 11 percent in 1982, at least one in every seven adults don’t wear their seatbelts while driving. It’s not known why people would still have issues about wearing their seatbelts car accidents are still the leading cause of death in the U.S. among people aged 5 to 34.

“A simple step that most drivers and passengers in the United States already take-buckling their seat belts-cuts in half the chance of being seriously injured or killed in a crash,” said CDC Director Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH. “Yet, about 1 in 7 adults do not wear a seat belt on every trip. If everyone in the vehicle buckled up every time, we could further reduce one of the leading causes of death.”

When it comes to individual states and their seatbelt usage numbers, Oregon comes out ahead with a high of 94 percent, while North Dakota bottoms out the list with 59 percent.

 |  Aug 20 2010, 9:20 PM

We all know that obesity has an adverse effect on our health, but did you know that is also has a detrimental effect on fuel economy and car safety? Those are the findings coming out of a new report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

General findings from this new report on obesity showed that there was a 1.1 percent increase (an additional 2.4 million people) in the self-reported prevalence of obesity between 2007 and 2009, and the number of states with an obesity rate over 30 percent has tripled to nine states (compare that to 2000, when there were no states that had an obesity rate of 30 percent). Not only does this become a concern for health, but also has repercussions when it comes to automobiles. The rise in obesity has forced these people, out of necessity, to buy larger vehicles, which increases gasoline consumption in the U.S. and fuel consumption increases with more weight in cars.

In 2006, a study done by analyzed the amount of additional fuel consumed due to heavier drivers. They found that almost 1 billion gallons of gasoline per year can be attributed to passenger weight gain in non-commercial vehicles between 1960 and 2002. That comes out to .7 percent of the total fuel used by passenger vehicles annually. They also estimated that for every pound gained in average passenger weight, over 39 million gallons of fuel is used annually.

One the safety side of things, the obesity problem also increases the risk of crashes and injury is more prevalent due to the fact that obese drivers are less likely to buckle up because seat belts may not fit properly.

[Source: Consumer Reports]