And The Winner For Most Googled Car In Michigan Is...

A recent analysis of the cars frequently Googled in every state discovered that the Lincoln MKC Compact SUV is the number one vehicle Googled in Michigan, according to the Detroit Free Press. This may come as a surprise to some people, who may have expected a classic Ford or GM model to take the top spot.

Other states had less shocking number ones, such as California’s search for the Tesla 3 and New England’s desire to look up the Volvo XC90. The Buick Cascada, though it only sold 3,445 throughout the country, won over the states of Missouri and Indiana. In addition, the Buick Enclave SUV is No. 1 for North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio, Iowa, and Kentucky. These findings solidify Buick’s Midwest takeover, at least according to Google. Interestingly enough, a car that Hyundai no longer produces was the leader in two states; the Equus sedan was most searched in Maryland and Virginia. 

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The results of the analysis, done by auto care company Gold Eagle and marketing specialist Digital Third Coast, emphasize the shift in consumer buying patterns from cars to trucks, as a truck or SUV topped the list in 34 states. Still however, the Ford F-150 did not lead a single state, despite its status as America’s best selling vehicle, for longer than Google searches probably existed. Its larger relative, the Ford F-350, led Alaska and Montana, possibly suggesting that car consumers truly do believe bigger is better. 

Some people may have doubts about the link between financial success and number of web searches. They have good reason to; Honda, for example, one of the most distinguished automakers, sold 1.6 million vehicles in the US last year, but failed to gain the largest number of searches in any state. 

When buying a car, people like to stay informed about the newest models and safest features. Word of mouth is always a good way to hear about the most popular cars or the worst parts of driving this or that. But, you also can’t go wrong with good ol' Google. Most importantly, knowledge of one’s vehicle and driver safety are the ultimate steps for motor vehicle operators and nearby pedestrians to take in order to help avoid a becoming involved in a car crash. 

If an online search engine can help keep motorists in the loop, it doesn't matter which car model is number one, as long as driver safety is the main priority.

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Honda Rolls Out New Pocket Breathalyzer

Over the past few decades, most of the new technology we have seen in automobiles has been related to safety. Automotive companies and government agencies have been obsessed with making cars safer for everyone, in an attempt to lower fatality rates for drivers of all ages. All of these have been curbed except for many one of the most important ones, drunk driving. The Car Connection reported that almost 10,000 deaths per year are related to drunk driving. That is significantly more lives than technology such as back up cameras or automatic brakes have been able to save so far.

Yes, this technology is important, but to a point. Drivers and lawmakers have to wonder what is going to be done about lowering the risk of being struck by a driver who is under the influence. Many believe it is foolish to hope that lawmakers can stop people from driving drunk. They think that there are not enough police, some areas do not have services to enable drinkers not to drive, and a number of other negative reasons. However, auto manufacturers and tech companies like Honda and Hitachi have other ideas.

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Although the design will not be unveiled until next month, the a new idea which may curb drunk driving, has been released. The two companies have created a pocket-size breathalyzer that drivers can use to monitor their drinking to help determine whether they have had much to drive. Although drivers do not have all the details about the technology yet, a few things have been promised by the designers.

First, it's very simple. It’s small. According to sources it can fit easily into your hand or pocket for use on the go. Second, it's fast. It can give readings in as little as three seconds for quick access and ease of use. Lastly, it can be configured to work with smart key technology. This means that it can be enabled within a vehicle to only allow the vehicle to start when a blood alcohol content level is below a certain level, meaning driving drunk would actually be physically impossible.

Technology like this is a breath of fresh air for those directly affected by drunk driving. Someone is finally doing something about a problem which leads to thousands of deaths every year. It’s important to remember the basics to preventing drunk driving deaths however. If planning to participate in any sort of drinking, it is never safe to drive. Always arrange a designated driver if you plan to drink or call a cab or Uber. If a driver appears to be intoxicated, give them space and do not get into a position where said driver can cause harm. Choosing to not drink and drive can be the difference between life and death, literally.

If you or someone you know has been in an accident involving a drunk driver, call The Michigan Law Firm, PLLC. Our attorneys are highly experienced helping victims of drunk driving motor vehicle accidents identify and receive any benefits they may be entitled to, under Michigan law. Call us today, at 844.4MI.FIRM for a free consultation.