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New data shows where, when drivers are most likely to crash

Agero, which supplies roadside assistance, analyzed their calls for help to get results on likely incident scenarios.

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Data from 65 million U.S. drivers has revealed when and where they are most likely to need roadside assistance. Agero, one of the largest providers of roadside assistance in the country, for companies including Toyota, Ford, and Progressive, conducted extensive quantitative and qualitative research and analysis to detail what a typical call for help looks like outside of a traditional crash scenario. These are the results.

Breakdowns can come in multiples. 

Of the respondents who experienced a breakdown in the last six months, nearly two-thirds of those under 35 years old reported experiencing two or more breakdown events, while just 40 percent of those over 35 experienced two or more.

It almost always happens on a weekday.

While one might assume a breakdown is most likely to occur during a long drive, like a summer or holiday road trip, this happens just four percent of the time. Instead, over 75 percent of breakdowns occur during the daytime and roughly 70 percent happen on weekdays – causing major inconvenience when you're about use the car to run errands (42 percent) or commute to or from work (25 percent).

Most incidents happen close to home.

Everyone's worst case scenario is being left stranded on the side of a highway. But as it turns out, this happens just 13 percent of the time. A calmer neighborhood street is the much more likely location, occurring almost a quarter of the time (22 percent). And, the chance of a breakdown happening while driving vs. parked is an even 50-50 split, with a significant portion of respondents at home (26 percent) or in a parking lot (25 percent) when their issue occurred. Overall, roughly 80 percent of events occur within 30 minutes of home.

Most incidents also happen while drivers are alone.

The natural tendency is to worry about being stranded with our kids in the car. Fortunately, this is often not the case. Over half of events (53 percent) occurred with no other passengers in the car. Other adults and children are present just 13 percent of the time, while drivers reported having only kids in the car for eight percent of events.

Most incidents don't require a tow truck.

A full 75 percent of the time, the event doesn't require a tow, and is instead a caused by a dead battery (24 percent), flat tire (23 percent), lockout (12 percent), out of fuel (10 percent) or stuck in a ditch, mud, etc. (5 percent). A tow is required just 25 percent of the time due to a mechanical problem (17 percent) or flat tire with no spare available (8 percent).

Spare tires are becoming increasingly less common as standard equipment in vehicles so it will be interesting to see how these numbers change over time. If you're not 100 percent sure if your vehicle has a spare tire and the proper equipment to change the tire, now's the time to check.

About half of vehicles on the road have an incident by the time they get to be eight years old.

Perhaps not surprisingly, vehicle age can play a role in the likelihood of a breakdown. In recent years, roughly 10 percent of cars two years old or less have had a breakdown. But the likelihood begins to spike after that, with approximately 30 percent of cars experiencing a breakdown by the time they are four years old and half experiencing such an event by the time they are eight years old.

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Mercedes-Benz of Sugar Land hosted a car show at the Sugar Land Town Square last weekend.

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On Saturdays in 2019, the Mercedes-Benz of Sugar Land parking lot was traditionally filled with customers getting their fill of eye candy. Last weekend, the dealership brought a taste of enthusiast entertainment, with a dash of a return to normalcy, to Sugar Land Town Square.

More than 250 guests enjoyed The Car Culture Invitational where more than 60 luxury and performance vehicles were on display. The roster of parked attendees including models from Mercedes-Benz of Sugar Land's own collection of luxury cars - a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, a Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, and a custom Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S - as well as a Ferrari La Ferrari, a McLaren 765LT, a Lamborghini Diablo SV, and the Valarravette. Professional race car driver Kory Enders showed off his Indy Pro car as well.

Mercedes-Benz of Sugar Land Car Culture Invitational Crowds gathered in downtown Sugar Land for the car show.Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz of Sugar Land

Mercedes-Benz of Sugar Land Car Culture Invitational

"We are thrilled to partner with Car Culture and support bringing this popular community event back to the Sugar Land area," said Ken Enders, President and Owner of Mercedes-Benz of Sugar Land. "These events truly unite the local car community and celebrate some of the most exceptional, unique vehicles in the world. When you are ultra-passionate about cars and more importantly being with other car people that share that passion, there is nothing better."

The event also included a live DJ and giveaways.

In addition to hosing events like The Car Culture Invitational, Mercedes-Benz of Sugar Land is known for their teen driver safety course for local high schoolers.

Indy Pro driver Kory Enders brought his ride to show off.Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz of Sugar Land

The dealership, located on Southwest Freeway in Sugar Land near the Town Square, has also made waves with their owner exclusive First. Class. Access. VIP Card. The card allows bearers to enjoy enhanced lifestyle opportunities. Partners for that program include Kendra Scott, Smart Financial Centre, Momentum Indoor Climbing, Blendin Coffee Club, Tenenbaum Jewelers, Texas Biergarten, Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, Forth & Nomad, and Yes Yoga, among others.

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The long process to design, engineer, and award a contract for the U.S. Postal Service's (USPS) next-generation mail delivery vehicle (NGDV) has finally come to an end. The government has awarded Oshkosh Defense a contract to produce the Next Generation Delivery Vehicle for service. Oshkosh Defense is a a wholly owned subsidiary of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK).

The NGDV project is the USPS's first large-scale fleet procurement in three decades. Over the next 10 years, the contract allows for the delivery of between 50,000 and 165,000 new vehicles.

"Oshkosh operates with unparalleled commitment to those who depend on our products and services to build, protect and serve communities around the world. We are honored to have been selected by the USPS to support their important work by manufacturing American-made Next Generation Delivery Vehicles that will connect every home and business across the United States for decades to come," said John Pfeifer, President & Chief Operating Officer, Oshkosh Corporation.

U.S. Postal Service's Next-Generation Mail Delivery Vehicle

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The new mail trucks will have multiple powertrain options, just like many passenger vehicles on the road today. There will be a battery electric vehicle (BEV) version that runs exclusively on electric power and a fuel-efficient low-emission internal combustion engine vehicles (ICE) variant.

Under the contract awarded today, USPS has committed to paying Oshkosh Defense $482 million as a first step toward the new vehicles' production. The money will be used to finalize the production vehicle design and complete factory build-out, all of which is necessary before production gets underway. The process is similar to ones mass market vehicle manufacturers use.

"Our century-long history of delivering products to customers, operating in some of the most demanding and severe conditions on the planet, uniquely positions us to bring exceptional reliability, safety, and maintainability to USPS's Next Generation Delivery Vehicles," said John Bryant, Executive Vice President, Oshkosh Corporation, and President, Oshkosh Defense. "Partnering with trusted suppliers, we have developed a purpose-built solution to support the current and future needs of the USPS," Bryant concluded.

In addition to a new exterior and powertrain options, the NGTV also gets modern features and amenities like a rearview camera, walk-in cargo area, air condition, telematics, and a sliding cargo door. There's also a host of safety technology and equipment including airbags, automatic front and rear braking, blind spot warning, a 360-degree camera, and forward collision warning.

Production of the next generation delivery vehicle is expected to begin in 2023.

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