Road safety – in particular the use of seatbelts – is to be the main theme presented by the Emirates Driving Institute when it attends Barbican Turbo the Middle East’s custom, tuning and motorsports festival organised by United Business Media from the 8-10 of October at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, Abu Dhabi.
Road safety is a particular concern in the United Arab Emirates where figures released by the Abu Dhabi Health Authority and the Ministry of Interior indicate 424 people were killed on the roads in Abu Dhabi and a total of 1,071 were killed country-wide in 2008. To combat this issue the Emirates Driving Institute aims to achieve excellence in the field of driver training and road safety and believes a reduction in road traffic accidents can only be achieved by improving the current skills level and knowledge of the driving population; something which they plan to do while at Barbican Turbo.
It appears Schaeffler’s representation on the Continental AG supervisory board will be strengthened with the addition of a fifth representative. Reuters reported on April 20 that Hans-Jörg Bullinger, president of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, will not, as originally planned, stand as a supervisory board candidate at the April 23 Annual General Meeting. Bullinger’s comment to Reuters was that “Schaeffler would like it if the company is well represented.”
Continental reports that high mileage and reliable performance are two key factors behind the decision by Northamptonshire based Yorks Coaches, part of the Bowen Travel Group, to opt for its tyres. Particularly impressive, adds Conti, has been the performance of the Continental HDR drive axle tyre. One set is still in service after three years – during which time it has covered in excess of 200,000 kilometres.
Felipe Massa held the advantage in opening practice at his home country’s Grand Prix in Interlagos, Brazil, though championship leader Lewis Hamilton was only two-tenths behind having led for much of the time the pair were on track. The race, which takes place this Sunday, will decide the winner of 2008’s championship, though Hamilton is in the box seat seven points ahead of his Ferrari-driving rival.
For some people, the car is a second home – they climb out of bed long before the sun first peeps above the horizon and drive for hours, not returning home until late in the evening. These people eat and drink while belted into the driver’s seat during the long trek to work.
Rare is the person that can avoid the daily commute, but these days the time spent travelling to and from work each day and the distance covered can border on the ridiculous. And according to a poll conducted by Goodyear Canada, a quarter of commuters say they would accept a pay cut in exchange for a shorter drive to work, and 13 per cent confess they’ve wanted to quit their job purely because of the daily drive.
Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire has announced the winners of its second Safety Scholars video contest.
Three grand-prize winners, plus one Critics’ Choice winner, were selected from 10 finalists through an online voting process that was open to the general public. BFNAT said that more than 10,000 online votes were collected.
BFNAT said that all four winning videos will be used as public service commercials, and the winners receive a $5,000 college scholarship and a trip to the 2009 Chicago Auto Show.
The winners were:
• Danny Belkin of Rockville, Md., who warned about the dangers of behind-the-wheel cell phone use.
• Ryan Massey, 18, from Laguna Niguel, Calif., used a first-person accident account as the basis for his seat-belt use video.
• Sarah Wilson of Tampa featured a group of teenagers recounting a collision they were involved in as a result of text messaging while driving.
• Critics’ Choice award was given to Angela Roscioli, 17, of Bethlehem, Pa., who contemplated the impact a collision near her home would affect the family of a young woman who was killed. (Tire Review/Akron)
Seats made from reclaimed scooter tyres found in an East London mechanics’ yard are one of the latest products from innovative design e-retailer, one eco home. The company has a variety of recycled and eco-friendly, sustainable ideas for home furnishings, including the retro design for the tyre seat.
The tyres retail at £50 and are 600mm across in length with a foam cushion in pink, blue or yellow inserted into the tyres’ vacant centres.
Midlands Company JIA Sources International Ltd, the name behind the NitroRide brand of nitrogen tyre inflation systems, was in Essen again after “phenomenal success” at Reifen 2006. JIA Sources displayed its entire range equipment, in-addition the company took the opportunity to unveil a number of new innovative products.
At the centre of on the stand was the prestigious NitroRide systems for bikes, cars and trucks – a simple on-site Nitrogen generator. In addition and with the ever increasing need for accountability, JIA Sources launched the HandyPure, a small portable N2 purity gauge. Designed to test the purity of the N2 where it counts most (inside the tyre), JIA Sources say it is a must for any conscientious garage offing/supplying nitrogen.
Truck driver Richard Filiczkowski, of Zion, Illinois, jumped into an icy South Dakota pond on April 26, 2007, and saved then 8-year-old Abby Bern’s life. Nearly one-year later, Abby was on hand as Filiczkowski was honoured as the 25th Goodyear North American Highway Hero. Filiczkowski was honoured in special ceremonies at last week’s Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville.
Filiczkowski and his wife, Janet, were driving a C.R. England rig along I-90 about 100 miles west of Sioux Falls when Janet saw a car cross four lanes of traffic and careen into a pond. She yelled for her husband, who was in the sleeper compartment. Filiczkowski quickly dressed, grabbed his shoes and ran a quarter-mile to the scene. “I dove right in because I saw Abby pounding on the car’s back window. My only instinct was to get her out of the car as soon as possible. In situations like that, seconds count,” Filiczkowski said.
During Continental AG’s March 7 board meeting the decision was taken to reorganise responsibilities within the company’s Executive Board. As a result, as of April 1 Manfred Wennemer will hand over control of the Passenger and Light Truck Tire division to company CFO Dr. Alan Hippe. At the end of September 2008 Dr. Hippe will also take charge of the ContiTech division, succeeding Gerhard Lerch, who intends to retire and relinquish his seat on the board at this time. Mr. Wennemer will remain responsible for the Interior division.
Dr. Hippe will continue in the capacity of CFO until a successor to the position is appointed. Continental reports that no changes have been made to the responsibilities held by other members of the Executive Board.
Beissbarth has received approval from the VAG group – comprising Audi, VW, Seat and Skoda – for its MS67 tyre changer.
The MS67 was launched last year and has been an instant success says Beissbarth UK’s managing director Philip Hodges: “We are delighted with this latest accolade for the MS67. Customers have been quick to spot the huge benefits of this model, designed to meet the ever-present health and safety regulations, and provide a fast and efficient service for technicians and customers.”
British driver and reigning WTCC champion Andy Priaulx celebrated his 100th touring car race with BMW during the championship rounds held at Monza on the weekend of October 6-7. And although Priaulx’s race experience at the Italian circuit did not measure up with that recently enjoyed at Brands Hatch – he was forced to retire after being the innocent party in a collision – the champion still sits at the top of the Drivers’ Championship, sharing 81 points apiece with Seat driver Yvan Muller.
“I’ve had a great career with BMW,” said Priaulx in a press release. “I’m very proud of my 100th race and I hope we will be together for another 100. This weekend’s races are to be forgotten and I’m going to Macau leading the championship with every chance of winning. BMW don’t like losing so I’m sure there will be five weeks of hard work in preparation for the final round.”
Priaulx worked his Yokohama Advan control tyres hard at Brands Hatch on September 23 to achieve his first ever WTCC victory on home soil, a win that made him a definite contender in the Drivers’ Championship and ensured BMW remains favourite for this year’s Manufacturers’ Championship.
(Akron/Tire Review) A FedEx truck driver from Perris, California, who saved two men trapped in a burning car, was named the 24th winner of Goodyear’s North America Highway Hero award. Edward Regener, who escaped one fire before jumping in to save the men, received the honour earlier this week at the Mid-America Trucking Show.
Regener, a 13-year veteran truck driver, was named the 2006 Highway Hero because of his courage and quick thinking on after a November 4, 2006 accident on I-10 near Phoenix.
The 43-year-old truck driver was headed east on I-10 when he said he saw a westbound car headed his way across the median. At the same time, a pickup truck carrying an engaged couple was attempting to pass Regener. The speeding car collided with the pickup, pushing it into Regener’s truck. The car, resting atop the guardrail, caught fire.
Fire crews have unsuccessfully fought to save a specialist tyre warehouse from destruction in the Essex town of Rochford. Eight fire pump units attended the Ashingdon Road blaze early on Thursday January 4, and were required to cut open the building with a disc cutter in order to gain access to the heavily smoke logged site.
Michelin has launched its new Cockpit baby seat and Navigator booster seat for children aged from six months to ten years. The new Cockpit seat and Navigator booster meet the standards of the proposed 2008 EuroNCAP tests where the crash test speed has been raised to 70kph, new UK regulations and the new ECE/R44 homologation requirements. Michelin is confident that its Cockpit and Navigator child seats represent the best child safety protection in the world. The RRP of the Cockpit is £199.99 and the Navigator is £139.99.