There were 6 percent fewer highway deaths in 2008 than in 1960 despite the fact that last year there were nearly three times as many licensed drivers, four times as many cars and ten times as many miles driven than in 1960, according to I.I.I. president Dr. Robert Hartwig. His comments came in a keynote speech on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Dr Hartwig noted that IIHS has been on the vanguard in highway and automobile safety for half a century. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Without exaggeration, over the past 50 years, hundreds of thousands of lives have been saved and millions of injuries avoidedÃ¢â‚¬”or their severity lessenedÃ¢â‚¬”in whole or in part because of the fine work of this institution,Ã¢â‚¬ Hartwig said. While for most of its first 50 years IIHS got its message out primarily through television and the print media, the institute is now competing successfully in the age of the Internet. Hartwig said presently there are: 6.1 million references to the IIHS on the Internet based on a Google search; nearly 52,000 other web sites linking to iihs.org; and 1,640 IIHS crash test videos on Youtube. Check out I.I.I. facts and stats on highway safety.
Guidelines on how to meet the auto insurance requirements under President ObamaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS), also known as the Ã¢â‚¬Å“Cash for ClunkersÃ¢â‚¬ program are expected to be available today at www.cars.gov. Administered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the program helps people purchase a new, more fuel efficient vehicle when they trade in a less fuel efficient vehicle. Depending on the difference in fuel economy between the new vehicle and the trade-in vehicle, people will get a credit of between $3,500 and $4,000 to help pay for the new vehicle. An important feature of the program is that the trade-in vehicle must have been registered and continuously insured for the past year. Check out I.I.I. facts and stats on auto insurance.