According to the Globe and Mail, car thieves are slowly disappearing from New York City.
Back in `90s, one car was stolen for every 50 people in the city. Now, car theft has dropped by as much as 96%. The US is seeing an overall drop in crime across the country, but what is really the root cause of this drastic drop in car crimes?
Well, it seems that new technology is making it harder and harder for car thieves to steal peoples' vehicles, let alone turn a profit. It's also much more likely to land them in jail, and with harsher penalties than before.
Most likely, unless you've been living under a rock, you've heard about the massive recalls major car manufacturers are suffering at the moment.
Plastered all over the news are stories covering the billions of dollars lost, giant companies brought to their knees all because of what? Small car parts.
These seemingly innocuous parts are so cheap to make and very low-tech. So why all the problems?
New designs and models are coming out of car manufacturing plants at record speed.This surge in new cars means increasingly complex technologies, and government regulators are looking more closely than ever at this industry. The result is more frequent recalls, and more newspaper interest.
Because of the speed cars are put together nowadays, if you discover a problem in one car, you've got millions more to correct before a serious problem occurs.
That's why most automakers are now erring on the side of caution.
Extreme heat not only wreaks havoc on bare skin and small pets (please, please do not leave small children or pets in cars this summer, even for 5 minutes!!), but also on your car!
First things first, you've gotta check your tires. Under-inflated tires cost you money on gas, but ultimately they'll blow when the pressure and the heat of your road trip gets too much for them.
Keep your cool, and check your coolant, hoses and engine belt. Cracks and leaks will leave you stranded with 3 kids in the back seat yelling that they're hungry and they need to go to the bathroom and hitting each other and... I digress.
What's a summer time trip without an A/C? No fun, that's what. Don't forget to check your A/C to make sure your refrigerant is topped up, otherwise you'll end up with the windows rolled down feeling like you're in a little metal oven... Save the BBQ'ing for your backyard!
Wherever your car takes you this summer, if you follow our summer car care tips, you'll be all set to have the most fun ever.