Audi Robotic Telepresence, or “ART,” is streamlining the service floor, so maintenance will no longer be a chore. The first technology of its kind among automakers, ART creates one-on-one virtual links between Audi Technical Assistance consultants and dealers across the country. Remotely, expert technicians at Audi of America can inspect a vehicle with the dealer technicians as if they were physically there.
The most impressive aspect of Audi’s new technology is its precision. The advanced system allows the operator to move around the vehicle while conversing with service technicians onscreen as if they were standing in the room. The attached borescope and handheld camera provide an even closer look at the vehicle being serviced, even for hard-to-reach components, resulting in an incredibly thorough inspection.
ART is entering a pilot program, with expected installation in 100 Audi dealers across the U.S. We can’t wait to see what ART could do for Audi service technicians and customers alike. Stay tuned!
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New for 2014
The 2014 Audi allroad receives a couple of minor enhancements for the current model year, including slightly boosted engine and new standard features.
Discerning Audi fans may very well recognize the Audi allroad name, which debuted more than a decade ago. Whereas the current model is based off the canny A4 sedan, the original allroad was based off the larger A6, and was a rough and tumble wagon built to tackle on- and off-road driving in style. Alas, wagon models haven’t exactly fared well on American shores, resulting in the allroad’s brief hiatus, which finally ended upon the nameplate’s reincarnation in 2013.
And what a return it was! Audi’s decision to resurrect the allroad is one that wagon fans will no doubt celebrate. Handsome, capable, and with utility to spare, the allroad, as its name implies, can virtually do it all. For drivers searching for a vehicle that provides the flexibility and off-road-going gumption of a crossover SUV, while delivering the fine handling and comfort of a modern sedan, the allroad is all-conquering.
Powertrains and Performance
All 2014 Audi allroad models are powered by a solitary turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that churns out 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Mated to the allroad’s engine is a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic with manual shift control that sends power to all four wheels via Audi’s famous quattro® AWD system.
While most wagons aren’t renowned for their pure performance, trading prodigious power for straightforward utility, the allroad happily blurs the lines between traditional wagon and sport sedan. Stepping on the pedal delivers ample acceleration, while the 2.0-liter happily doles out spools of torque for fleet-footed driving. Altogether, it’s enough to pin drivers back into their seats and – for a moment, anyways – forget all about the allroad’s rounded rear-end.
Likewise, the Allroad's extra ground clearance and underbody protection provide peace of mind when venturing off the beaten path, with mud, sown, and dirt roads tackled with precision and comfort.
Last but certainly not least, drivers will appreciate the allroad’s efficiency, with EPA-estimated fuel economy standing at 23 mpg combined (20 mpg city/27 mpg highway).*
Features and Trims
The 2014 Audi allroad starts at $40,700** and is available in three trims: Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige.
Entry-level Premium allroad models are well-appointed and come with standard 18-inch wheels, panoramic sunroof, and supple leather upholstery. Additional standard content includes automatic climate control, eight-way power front seat, and split-folding rear seats that further up the allroad’s utility.
Multimedia and technology standard features include a dash-mounted Audi Multi Media Interface (MMI); Bluetooth® smartphone capability (for hands-free phone calls and audio streaming), and a 10-speaker sound system, complete with iPod interface, CD player, and satellite radio.
Stepping up to the mid-table Premium Plus trim adds heated exterior mirrors, a power liftgate, keyless ignition/entry, and heated front seats. Premium Plus models also come with driver memory functions, three-zone automatic climate control, and auto-dimming mirrors.
Premium Plus models also get access to an optional MMI Navigation package that adds a number of onboard electronics such as a navigation system, a rearview camera, rear-parking sensors, and voice controls, to name a few. Not to be overlooked is the inclusion of Audi Connect, which provides enhanced web-based navigation and WiFI access.
Finally, the top-tier Allroad Prestige comes standard with all of the features in the Premium trim and MMI Navigation package, plus adaptive headlights, a blind-spot warning system, and a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen® premium sound system.
Who says wagons have to be boring? Clearly not Audi. In addition to confident off-road capability, courtesy of the vehicle’s raised ride height, Audi’s designers managed to supplement the vehicle’s rough and tumble capability with an upscale and elegant exterior that features a distinctive lower-body and alluring aluminum trim around the sides and front grille.
The allroad’s cabin is another area where the model’s appeal exceeds expectations. Here, drivers are treated to standard leather upholstery, refined yet minimalist layout, and intuitive controls.
Part of what makes the cabin so special is the sheer level of comfort. Front seats provide ample cushion and support while second-row occupants benefit from a spacious cabin that provides plenty of shoulder, leg, and hip room.
And in keeping with the vehicle’s utilitarian dimensions, the allroad offers up 17 cubic feet of trunk space, with that number swelling to 51 cubes when the rear seats are folded down.
Every 2014 allroad features Audi’s patented quattro all-wheel drive system, ensuring the utmost stability regardless of weather conditions. Additionally, the allroad serves up a plethora of standard safety features, including antilock brakes, traction and stability control, front seat side airbags, and side curtain airbags. Rear seat side airbags are optional on all trim levels, while a blind-spot warning system is standard on the Prestige. A rearview camera and parking sensors are optional on Premium Plus models and come standard on Prestige models.
The 2014 Audi allroad is an interesting proposition for drivers. It forgoes the large and somewhat clunky proportions of a crossover SUV, delivering a more inspired ride thanks to its smart sedan underpinnings, all while providing the same standard of utility drivers desire. Coupled all of that with a sophisticated interior that also supplies enough comfort and space for whatever journey lay ahead, and the 2014 allroad is one smart and stylish alternative to the lumbering models littering the road.*EPA estimates. Your mileage may vary.
**Prices listed are the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price for the vehicle and options chosen by you. These prices do not include transportation, taxes, title, other options, dealer installation costs, or other dealer charges. Dealers set actual prices.
$339/month with $0 first month's payment and $0 security deposit
- $339 per month for 36 months
- $1,994 cash due at signing
$379/month with $0 first month's payment and $0 security deposit
- $379 per month for 36 months
- $3,494 cash due at signing
*First lease payment paid up to $600 on A3 Sedan; up to $800 on A4, S4, allroad, or A5; up to $900 on S5; and up to $1,000 on A6 models. First lease payment paid by Audi of America. Example lease based on MSRP of $39,025 for a 2015 Audi A4 2.0T quattro Premium with automatic transmission, Cold Weather pkg. and transportation, excluding taxes, title, other options and dealer charges. Monthly payments total $14,800. Lease offer requires dealer contribution, which could affect final negotiated transaction. Purchase option at lease end for $21,464. Dealer sets actual price. Lessee responsible for insurance. At lease end, lessee responsible for $0.25/mile over 10,000 miles/year and for damage and excessive wear. Closed end lease offered to highly qualified lessees on approved credit by Audi Financial Services through participating dealers. Not all customers will qualify for best rate. Additional charges may apply at lease end. Supplies limited. See your Audi dealer for financing details, or for general product information call 1-800-FOR-AUDI. Offer ends Sept 3, 2014. ©2014 Audi of America, Inc.
Audi will balance some greenhouse gas emissions from A3 e-tron production and distribution through 3Degrees® verified carbon offsets
Audi energy will be available with the introduction of the first plug-in hybrid vehicle offered by the brand – the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron, which is scheduled to debut at select dealerships in the U.S. during the second half of 2015. Through the Audi energy program, Audi will offer three unique opportunities to help improve sustainability and reduce carbon emissions:
- At-home Audi-designed Level 2 charging developed in conjunction with Bosch Automotive Service Solutions will be available for qualified owners of the A3 e-tron.
- Audi will purchase carbon offset certificates in California and Africa to offset certain greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with A3 Sportback e-tron vehicles.
- SunPower will provide an optional home solar power system for Audi owners, especially A3 Sportback e-tron customers, including a newly developed home energy storage solution to capture additional solar energy.
“The Audi A3 Sportback e-tron will offer drivers an eco-conscious vehicle ownership experience,” said Wayne Killen, General Manager, Product Strategy and Launch.. Audi energy takes this to the next level with solutions that allow for sustainable fuel driving and a lower carbon footprint. We believe this will be one of the most comprehensive offering in the industry today.”
In addition to offering the all-new Audi A3 Sportback e-tron, which is expected to debut in the second half 2015 at participating dealerships in all 50 states, Audi will also offer the following as part of the Audi energy program:
Level 2 Audi charger. Standard.
Through Bosch Automotive Service Solutions, Audi will offer qualified owners of the all-new A3 Sportback e-tron models premium installation services to help quickly and safely convert the owner’s residence to 240V power at the charging location of their choosing as well as installation of the Audi designed Level 2 charger for at-home recharging. The Audi-designed Level 2 charger will come standard with the purchase of an all-new Audi A3 Sportback e-tron. Installation costs will be extra.
Ultra-low carbon footprint. Standard.
A distinctive component of Audi energy is possible through an innovative arrangement with 3Degrees, a certified B Corporation and leading carbon offset and Renewable Energy Credit (REC) provider based in San Francisco with several U.S. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency awards as Green Power Supplier of the Year. Investing in two types of carbon reduction programs, one in the U.S. and the other in Africa (in a United Nations REDD+ zone), Audi will offset most of the greenhouse gas emissions that result from the A3 Sportback e-tron vehicle’s final assembly, including battery production, shipping the vehicle to the Audi dealer, and 50,000 miles of driving. These emissions represent the majority of greenhouse gas emissions up through approximately the vehicle’s first 50,000 driven miles.
Residential solar and energy storage. Optional
Audi has reached an agreement with San Jose, Calif.-based SunPower to offer optional home solar power systems to Audi owners in all 50 states, including A3 e-tron customers. With the highest efficiency solar panels available in the industry today – including the 21% efficient X-Series Solar Panel which produces 75 percent more energy over 25 years than a conventional panel - SunPower rooftop solar systems can help customers enhance the energy efficiency of their A3 e-tron and home while lowering their electric utility costs.
Moreover, with lease, loan, and cash programs available, SunPower’s flexible financing options make renewable energy even more accessible to Audi customers.
Additionally, Audi customers will be the first among SunPower’s automotive partners to receive premier access to its energy storage solution which currently is in final testing and expected to be available in early 2015. The SunPower storage system is designed to provide homeowners peace-of-mind and security that comes with knowing that during a power outage, their solar system will continue producing energy, and customers will have access to stored energy for powering their homes and A3 e-tron.
Audi A3 Sportback e-tron
The Audi A3 Sportback e-tron combines sporty power with efficiency and a Level 2 charger for an eco-conscious and hassle-free electric driving experience. Expected to go on sale at participating dealerships in all 50 states in the Fall of 2015, the A3 Sportback e-tron features multiple driving modes that give drivers wide flexibility in their EV and hybrid driving experience. Additionally, instead of a purely mechanical braking system like many electrified vehicles, an innovative recuperation system harnesses brake kinetic energy back into electricity for the drive battery. In hybrid mode, its range will be comparable to conventional combustion engine vehicles. Final EPA mileage numbers will be announced closer to the sale date.
More details on the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron and Audi energy will be made available as the 2015 sales date draws nearer.
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Audi of America, Inc. and its U.S. dealers offer a full line of German-engineered luxury vehicles. AUDI AG is among the most successful luxury automotive brands globally. The Audi Group delivered 1,575,500 vehicles to customers globally in 2013, and broke all-time company sales records for the 4th straight year in the U.S. Through 2018, AUDI AG will invest about $30 billion on new products, facilities and technologies. Visit www.audiusa.com or www.audiusanews.com for more information regarding Audi vehicles and business topics.
In the U.S., Canada and Mexico, the Bosch Group manufactures and markets automotive original equipment and aftermarket solutions, industrial drives and control technology, power tools, security and communication systems, packaging technology, thermotechnology, household appliances, healthcare telemedicine and software solutions. Having established a regional presence in 1906, Bosch employs 24,600 associates in more than 100 locations, with consolidated sales of $10.4 billion in 2013. For more information, visit www.boschusa.com,www.bosch.com.mx and http://www.bosch.ca.
SunPower (NASDAQ: SPWR) designs, manufactures and delivers the highest efficiency, highest reliability solar panels and systems available today. Residential, business, government and utility customers rely on the company’s quarter century of experience and guaranteed performance to provide maximum return on investment throughout the life of the solar system. Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., SunPower has offices in North America, Europe, Australia, Africa and Asia. For more information, visit www.sunpower.com.
The mission of 3Degrees is to connect people with renewable energy on a massive scale. The company realizes this mission by partnering with utilities to offer green power options to 25 million customers and providing renewable energy certificates and carbon offsets to Fortune 500® companies, green building firms, utilities, and other organizations committed to sustainability.
Sales for the most recent month rose 11.9% to 14,616 vehicles
Audi has maintained steady momentum throughout 2014, with the best-ever July results following record sales for the first half of the year. The previous July record was set in 2013 with sales of 13,064 vehicles. To date, 2014 has produced four of the six best U.S. sales months for the premium car brand.
“Due to the sustained high demand for our Premium cars, we needed to move our 2015 model year release ahead of schedule as supply became available early July,” said Mark Del Rosso, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Audi of America. “That gives us tremendous confidence heading into the second half of the year with the new Audi A3 Cabriolet, A3 Sedan TDI and the S3 performance model reaching showrooms within weeks, and the new Q3 crossover arriving later this fall.”
By the end of July, Audi and its U.S. dealers had a lean 47 days’ supply of unsold cars and 29 days of unsold SUVs in inventory.
After its April U.S. sales debut, the 2015 Audi A3 Sedan has maintained a strong and consistent sales pace. July 2014 brought 2,164 A3 sales to solidify the model’s standing among the top three of the brand’s best sellers.
July totals for the top-of-the-range Audi models kept pace, constituting nearly one-third of all Audi sales. Audi A8 demand increased 11.3% for the month as customers responded well to the updated 2015 model line. Audi Q7 YTD sales increased by 8.9%.
July is the 12th consecutive month of record sales for Audi Certified pre-owned. It also marks the second highest monthly total of all-time with an increase of 26.6%, to a total of 4,116 CPO vehicles sold; CPO sales year-to-date increased 15.6 %.
- The all-new 2015 Audi A3 sedan models officially went on sale this spring, with 9,899 cars sold since launch.
- Sales of Audi premium category vehicles (Audi A6, Audi A7, Audi A8, and Audi Q7) increased 13% year-to-date, representing 32.2% of total Audi sales year-to-date and 32% of the Audi year-to-date sales gain.
- Sales mix for Audi S performance variants finished the month at 18.5% for the S4 sedan; 32% for the S5/ RS 5; 5.5% for the S6; 22.4% for the S7 / RS 7; 15.1% for the S8; 34.7% for the TTS and TTS Roadster, and 7.7% for the SQ5 crossover.
- Sales of Audi A8 increased 11.3% compared to July 2013
- Sales of the Audi Q5 increased 0.4% compared to July 2013 due mostly to tight supplies; YTD sales grew 7.6% compared to previous period.
- Sales of the Audi Q7 increased 8.9% compared to July 2013; YTD sales grew 24.9% compared to previous period.
- July sales mix for Audi TDI models: Audi A6 TDI at 18.8%; Audi A7 TDI at 14.7%; A8 TDI at 10.7%; Audi Q5 TDI at 14.2%, Audi Q7 TDI at 24.1%, with an overall mix of 13.3% on 1,298 total TDI sales for July.
- Audi Certified pre-owned sales increased 26.6% to 4,116 vehicles in July; YTD CPO sales rose 15.6% to 25,943 vehicles sold.
- Audi holds the longest running monthly record sales streak in the premium car market according to a competitive sales report from MotorIntelligence.com.
The agile Audi Q3 compact premium crossover combines coupe-like design with the utility of an SUV
The sporty character of the Q3 is defined by its low roof line and wraparound tailgate, along with distinctive exterior lighting including Audi xenon plus and LED daytime running headlamps as well as LED taillights standard. The optional Sport package which includes sport seats, shift paddles and Audi drive select adds to the dynamic character of the Q3. The Audi drive select system allows drivers to adjust the shift points and throttle mapping of the Q3 at the touch of a button. The available legendary quattro® all-wheel drive system helps provide additional grip for those seeking a winding road or additional traction in wet and snowy conditions.
Inside, the Audi Q3 seats five passengers, has 60/40 split folding rear seats that make 48.2 cu-ft of cargo volume when folded down. Standard dual-zone automatic climate control, available power tailgate and interior LED lighting round out the interior. The Audi advanced key provides keyless access as well as keyless start/stop functionality.
The available MMI® Navigation plus with voice control utilizes a 7.0 inch display and adds a color display to the driver information system located in the instrument cluster. The MMI Navigation Plus features the award-winning Audi connect® infotainment system (included in Prestige model), which includes in-vehicle Wi-Fi connectivity for up to eight wireless devices for passengers. Audi connect also provides Google Earth™ maps for a true aerial view of roads and the surrounding area. A 14-speaker, 465 watt Bose Surround Sound System is also part of the Prestige model offering to satisfy audiophile needs.
The Audi Q3 offers an excellent balance of performance and functionality for the urban outdoors.
Audi Q3 MSRP* excluding transportation, taxes, title:
Audi Q3 Premium Plus, FWD: $32,500
Audi Q3 Premium Plus, quattro: $34,600
Audi Q3 Prestige, FWD:$36,400
Audi Q3 Prestige, quattro$38,500
* Transportation charge is $925.00
Audi will be the first to test a highly automated car on Tampa’s Selmon Expressway, which is newly designated as a technology test bed
Audi will be demonstrating its highly automated Piloted driving technology in an Audi A7 equipped to handle driving functions on freeway conditions up to 40 mph.
Audi believes this initial version of Piloted driving – called Traffic Jam Pilot – could be available to consumers within five years. The ability to conduct research in the real-world conditions offered by Florida and the Expressway Authority is crucial to pre-production development.
In 2012, Governor Scott signed into law HB 1207, which allowed the testing of autonomous vehicles in the state, and made Florida one of only three states where automobile and technology manufacturers could invest, with certainty, in research and design projects for autonomous technology. Because Florida created an environment that allows for the testing and development of autonomous technology, companies such as Audi have decided to bring research and development efforts to the Sunshine State.
Governor Scott has cited this kind of R&D work as a catalyst for attracting leading engineers, scientists, and students to Florida as they define the future of transportation. The state also is hopeful that this research will unlock innovations that will bring safety advances to Florida drivers sooner.
To highlight the role that the State of Florida is playing in the development of automated driving and connected cars, Audi will hold a press conference with Governor Scott Monday, July 28 starting at 9:30 a.m. Immediately after the press conference, Governor Scott, Florida State Senator Jeff Brandes and select media will be offered the opportunity to experience the technology first hand in the driver’s seat of the Audi A7
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Model Year 2014 Audi Owner Loyalty Program
|Eligible MY||Eligible Model||Incentive|
|2014||A4 & S4 Sedan||$1,000*|
|2014||A5, S5 & RS5 Coupe||$1,000*|
|2014||A5, S5 & RS5 Cabriolet||$1,000*|
|2014||A6 & S6||$1,500*|
|2014||A7, S7 & RS7||$1,500*|
|2014||A8 (including TDI) & S8||$5,000*|
|2014||TT & TTS Coupe||$1,000*|
|2014||TT & TTS Roadster||$1,000*|
|2014||Q5 & SQ5||$1,000*|
Model Year 2015 Audi Owner Loyalty Programs
|Eligible MY||Eligible Model||Incentive||Enhanced Incentive for Audi Financial Services Customers|
|2015||TT & TTS Coupe||$750**||$1000***|
|2015||TT & TTS Roadster||$750**||$1,000***|
*For an individual, member of an individual's household, or business customer who currently owns or leases a MY2001 or newer Audi model (proof of ownership/registration is required). Limit one incentive per eligible VIN. Audi of America, Inc. will pay between $1,000 and $5,000, depending upon model, towards the lease or purchase of a new, unused 2014 A4/S4 Sedan, A5/S5/RS 5 Coupe, A5/S5/RS 5 Cabriolet, allroad, TT/TTS, TT/TTS Roadster, Q5 & SQ5, A6, S6, A7, S7, RS 7, Q7, A8, and S8 models. Offer excludes R8 models. No trade-in required. Offers are non-transferable. Not redeemable for cash. Incentive paid to dealer and requires dealer participation. May not be combined with Conquest, Dealer Small Fleet Incentive, or Courtesy Vehicle Lease Programs. Fleet leasing, fleet management or dealer-affiliated fleet companies are not eligible. Offer ends October 2, 2014. See Fathers & Sons Audi for incentive and financing details or call 1-800-FOR-AUDI. Audi of America Bulletin 14-N-0068 ©2014 Audi of America, Inc.
**For an individual, member of an individual's household, or business customer who currently owns or leases a MY2001 or newer Audi model (proof of ownership/registration is required). Limit one incentive per eligible VIN. Audi of America, Inc. will pay between $500 and $750, depending upon model towards the lease or purchase of a new, unused 2015 A3 Sedan, TT/TTS, and TT/TTS Roadster.
No trade-in required. Offers are non-transferable. Not redeemable for cash. Incentive paid to dealer and requires dealer participation. May not be combined with Conquest, Dealer Small Fleet Incentive, or Courtesy Vehicle Lease Programs. Fleet leasing, fleet management or dealer-affiliated fleet companies are not eligible. Offer ends January 2, 2015. See Fathers & Sons Audifor incentive and financing details or call 1-800-FOR-AUDI. Audi of America Bulletin 14-N-0036 ©2014 Audi of America, Inc.
***For an individual, member of an individual's household, or business customer who currently owns or leases a MY2001 or newer Audi model. Limit one incentive per eligible VIN. Audi of America, Inc. will pay between $750 and $1000, depending upon model, towards the lease or purchase of a new, unused 2015 A3 Sedan, TT/TT-S, and TT/TT-S Roadster when you finance your lease or purchase through Audi Financial Services. Not all customers will qualify for financing through Audi Financial Services. No trade-in required. Offers are non-transferable. Not redeemable for cash. Incentive paid to dealer and requires dealer participation. May not be combined with Conquest, Dealer Small Fleet Incentive, or Courtesy Vehicle Lease Programs. Fleet leasing, fleet management or dealer-affiliated fleet companies are not eligible. Offer ends January 2, 2015. See Fathers & Sons Audi for incentive and financing details or call 1-800-FOR-AUDI. Audi of America Bulletin 14-N-0036; ©2014 Audi of America, Inc.
You know that sinking feeling when you turn your key in the ignition, and instead of the roar of the engine, all you hear is a sad, defeated gurgle? That’s a dead car battery, and it’s enough to ruin anyone’s day. Routine maintenance and regular battery checks will significantly lower your risk for the battery blues.
How it works
As you probably already know, the car battery is the essential component that starts your vehicle’s engine. Within the battery, a chemical reaction creates an electrical charge, which subsequently starts the car’s motor. Battery power is also required for your car’s electrical components like cabin and headlights.
Your battery is in the clear if it is consistently working, and clean. Your battery and its cables should be cleaned on a monthly basis with a small, stiff brush like a toothbrush to clear out dirt and debris from the road. Never use any sort of cleanser when cleaning. Healthy batteries should also be clear of corrosion. Brush away the corrosion from battery terminals by dipping a toothbrush into flat dark soda, or a mixture of water and baking soda, before scrubbing. Apply petroleum jelly on the surface after cleaning to prevent future build-up.
If your battery is displaying any of these symptoms, it’s time for a check-up.
Low water in the battery cell could be affecting battery performance. Check the indicator on the side of the battery for the water level. If it needs filling, stop by our service department for a special tool to fill it up.
Age is a huge factor in battery health. Batteries are designed to last about five years, but this lifespan could shorten based on use and maintenance habits. If your battery is five or older, consider getting it checked out.
Cracks in the battery’s plastic casing or other wear on the battery connections could mean damage and are worth a second look.
Loose tie straps need adjusting. Make sure your battery is tightly secured, because engine vibration could knock the battery around and cause damage.
Of course, the biggest sign of an unhealthy battery is a dead one, but it’s much better to routinely maintain your battery than to be left in a lurch without power. Get peace of mind with a power-up at our service department.
You can't be sure how you will react in a car accident until you have experienced one. Even if you aren't physically hurt, the trauma during any accident can cause shock or fuzzy thinking at a time when you need to keep your wits. If you ever find yourself in an accident, insurance protection is vital, but it’s also important to remember these five tips:
1. Assess for accident injuries
If possible, assess yourself and any passengers for injuries and immediately call for medical assistance if necessary. Should anyone be seriously injured or unable to move, try not to move them unless there is threat of a fire or they are on the road where they could be hit by another car.
2. Safety first
For minor accidents, move both vehicles off the road for protection against moving traffic. If the damage to your vehicle is severe, keep it where it is until the police arrive. Turn on your emergency flashers to alert oncoming traffic.
3. Stay calm and ask questions
No matter who is at fault during an accident, this is not the time to freak out or become overly emotional. Remain calm and with a clear head assess what happened and be ready to ask questions.
- Know exactly where your insurance information is located and other identification you'll need to meet your legal requirements.
- Write down the names and contact information for all witnesses.
- If you are not at fault, and the accident wasn't serious enough to involve a police report, do not let the other driver talk you into letting them mail you a check for the damage to your car. If they claim they don't have insurance, ask questions about their car registration, name, and contact information, and give them your insurance information. Tell them you will be contacting your own agent to report the accident.
- If possible, take a photo of both cars showing the damage and license plates.
4. Admit no fault
Answer no questions about fault with anyone except a police officer or your insurance company. Give no statements to the other driver's insurance company or your words might be twisted and used against you. You also shouldn't sign any legal documents from the other insurance company, especially if you feel they are pressuring you for an early settlement that you feel isn't sufficient to cover your damage.
5. Immediately report the accident to your insurance company
This is the moment when you'll finally understand why you pay monthly premiums for insurance protection. Carry your agent's name and phone number in our car and make the call as soon as possible. The sooner you contact them, the sooner they can help you with your claim.
Keep a folder in your car with all your insurance contact information and this tip list. This way you'll have all the information you need to help you think more clearly if you’re stressed during an accident.
We've all seen organic food at our local grocery store, but organic clothing? Buying organic clothing can be a great way to help the environment, but it comes at a cost.
What the heck is organic clothing anyway?
The same principle that applies to growing organic foods, applies to the materials that are used to create organic clothing. It emphasizes using methods that are eco-friendly. Crops aren't radiated with chemicals, genetically engineered or sprayed with pesticides. The farming techniques minimize pollution and strive for a renewable and balanced eco-system.
Materials used for organic clothing include wool, silk, hemp, bamboo, soy, Tencel (wood pulp), and the most popular of all, cotton. While there's no hard evidence that wearing organic clothing has any direct impact on your health, it does have an impact on the planet and the workers who harvest the materials.
Cotton, white gold, the fabric of our lives. You're probably wearing some right now. Cotton seems like a harmless choice, a good one even. But, conventionally grown cotton requires about 1/3 of a pound of chemicals to make enough cotton for one t-shirt.
In a clean, green world, pesticides are the big baddie. According to the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF), although they occupy only 2.4 percent of the world's arable land, cotton crops account for 16 percent of the world's insecticide released. That's a lot of poison.
Some of the commonly used pesticides include cancer-causing agents such as yanazine, dicofol, propargite and trifluralin. While there's no scientific evidence that these toxins affect you if you wear the clothes, they do have an impact on the environment and the farm workers who are exposed to them on a daily basis.
According to OrganicConsumers.org, in the 1990s more than 50 percent of the cotton workers in Egypt suffered from symptoms of pesticide poisoning and in India 91 percent of male workers exposed to pesticides for more than 8 hours a day suffered from some sort of health issue.
Don't cotton to it
Organic cotton isn't all rainbows and unicorns either. Although the US grows one of the largest crops of cotton in the world, most organic cotton is grown overseas in places like China, India, Turkey and Africa. That means getting the product to the US takes a lot of energy and leaves behind a big old carbon footprint. The extra effort it takes to grow, harvest and ship organic cotton means it's more expensive, anywhere from 10-45 percent more expensive.
Coming into fashion
Even though it's more expensive, organic clothing is making its way into the mainstream. Organic clothing isn't relegated to upscale boutiques in Soho anymore. You can find organic clothing lines at Target, Gap, Nike, Neiman Marcus and many other major retailers.
With more affordable choices offered every day, it's easier than ever to buy organic. Talk to your local retailers and let them know you'd like more organic options. If you let them know the demand is there, the supply will come.
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