Post and Courier
July 13, 2014

Auto Briefs

Posted: 09/14/2013 12:01 a.m.
Updated: 09/14/2013 12:33 a.m.




•Charitable delay•

The local outlet for a national windshield repair company still intends to host a fundraising golf tournament, just a little bit later than planned.

Safelite AutoGlass says the tourney, originally scheduled for Sept. 4, has been pushed back to Oct. 10. No reason was disclosed.

Similarly, the registration deadline was extended to Oct. 6 from Aug. 30.

The golf event will take place at Patriots Point Golf Club, 40 Patriots Point Road in Mount Pleasant. Registration will be 9-10 a.m. with a shotgun start at 10 a.m.

All proceeds of the tournament benefit Carolina Children’s Charity, which helps support medication and medical care for Lowcountry children with birth defects and diseases.

The cost per player is $75. The event will be limited to 120 players. For a registration form, contact Malcolm.Rowland@safelite.com.

Columbus, Ohio-based Safelite AutoGlass provides vehicle glass repair and replacement services. The company moved into a new building on Palmetto Commerce Parkway in North Charleston last year. It employs nearly 10,000 people nationwide. To learn more, visit www.Safelite.com.

•One-time Mini marketer takes role at BMW•

For the past 13 years, Trudy Hardy has worked for one company – BMW Group – while gliding between two brands.

Hardy’s most recent move will be to vice president, marketing of BMW of North America effective Sunday. She spent more than five years in marketing with sister brand Mini including 2005-10 before switching to BMW.

She succeeds Dan Creed, who has become vice president, Eastern region for BMW.

In her new post, Hardy will lead the marketing department, “including the product planning and strategy function for the BMW brand in the U.S. market,” the carmaker says.

She worked as department head, BMW marketing communications before the promotion.

“Trudy is a leader as well as a talented and passionate marketing expert with a deep understanding of our business,” said Ludwig Willisch, president and chief executive of Woodcliff Lake, N.J.-based BMW of North America.

“I am delighted to welcome her to this critical new role for which she is very well suited,” he said.

Hardy counts more than 20 years of marketing experience. While with BMW Group, “she has led the national marketing of both the Mini and BMW brands to creative success,” the carmaker said.

She joined BMW Group in 2001 as Mini brand communications manager, then moved to aftersales marketing in 2003. Two years later, she returned to Mini as department head, Mini marketing. While there, she directed creative marketing initiatives for the Mini brand in the U.S. market.

Hardy moved to the BMW brand in 2010, where she has overseen national marketing of the luxury model.

BMW Manufacturing Co. LLC, based in the Spartanburg area, is part of BMW Group’s global manufacturing network and builds all X5 and X3 “sports activity vehicles” and X6 “sports activity coupes.”


•Honk if you’re annoyed with potty-mouthed drivers•

Men favor blowing the horn, women prefer cursing and flipping people off. Those are among the uncomfortable findings in a new report on driver habits.

Culver City, Calif.-based Insurance.com said it “commissioned a survey of 1,000 adults asking them about their driving behavior and whether they had any regrets about their rudeness behind the wheel.”

The leading bad habit that motorists admit to: “honking at someone driving too slowly,” at 41 percent.

When broken down by gender, men were most likely to honk at slow drivers, at 43 percent; while women excelled at swearing, 44 percent.

“If you see a driver flipping people off, it’s most likely to be a woman,” said Michelle Megna, managing editor of Insurance.com. “And if she’s swearing, we have a name for her – Mom.”

Other top 10 rude behaviors, in order, were “swore in front of the kids while driving,” 37 percent; “flipped someone off while driving,” 29 percent; “brake-checked a car following too closely,” 28 percent; “sped up significantly to prevent someone from passing you,” 26 percent; “gone when it wasn’t your turn at a four-way stop,” 19 percent; “tailgated someone on purpose because he or she was going too slowly, 18 percent; “driven to the front of a merge line, then swerved and cut in,” 12 percent; “stole a parking spot someone else was waiting for,” 11 percent; and “driven in the breakdown lane around traffic,” 10 percent.

Less common offenses were “sped up to block another car with its signal on,” 9 percent; “chased after a car that cut you off so you could glare at/flip off the other driver,” 9 percent; “swore in front of elderly in-laws while driving,” 9 percent; “dinged someone’s car in a parking lot and driven away,” 8 percent; “turned on your brights at an oncoming car just to be mean,” 7 percent; and “keyed someone’s car,” 5 percent.

By gender, women also topped the list in flipping off someone, brake-checking a tailgater and following a slow driver too closely. Men and women tied in dinging someone’s car in a parking lot and driving away, while men lead in all other categories.

According to motorists who expressed regrets about their “boorish driving behavior,” swearing in front of the kids ranked first at 75 percent. Dinging a car and leaving brought regrets for 62 percent and keying a car, 56 percent. The lowest percentage of repentant drivers was those who brake-checked a car, 34 percent.

So, what share of drivers acknowledged misdeeds but have no regrets?

One in four.

To read the full article, go to http://www.insurance.com/auto-insurance/safety/bad-driving-behavior-survey.html.