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South Dakota is trying to become the latest one to pass a ban that would prevent motorists from texting while behind the wheel.
4/17/2014
Attempt to ban texting and driving
South Dakota could be the 42nd state to prohibit motorists from texting.
 
Something else to be mindful of is the payment total as listed on the W-2 and one's pay stub for 2013, which should have a final number for how much income was earned last year.
4/15/2014
Tax filing tips for procrastinators
The American Payroll Association offers some last-minute recommendations for completing income tax returns.
 
For those who enjoy the outdoors, a preferred vehicle purchase is the sport-utility vehicle.
4/11/2014
2014's best SUVs for the money
Kelley Blue Book indicates that the Honda CR-V is the best SUV to buy that's less than $25,000.
 
Generation Y - defined as individuals born somewhere between the mid-1970s and the early-to- mid-1990s - are showing a high degree of attraction for vehicles.
4/9/2014
Vehicle ownership intrigue rises among ages 40 and under
A Deloitte report suggests that Generation Y is particularly enthralled with the idea of buying or leasing a car.
 
Additionally, there was a 2% decline in crash injuries that required medical attention.
4/8/2014
Traffic deaths drop in 2013, preliminary numbers show
Early estimates suggest fewer people died on the roads last year, according to analysis from the National Safety Council.
 
In 2013, more than 3.5 million cars were sold via the Internet that had an open recall order in effect.
4/3/2014
Millions of cars purchased by consumers in 2013 had open recalls
Carfax says that 3.5 million vehicles were sold via the Internet in 2013 that were subject to a recall order.
 
He added that this most recent analysis provides an alternative view, suggesting that women like to instill a sense of life into their vehicles, as they also tend to be more likely to attach a gender to them, typically being male.
4/1/2014
Meet Betsy – April Fools or not?
Roughly one-fifth of consumers give their vehicles a name, typically starting with the letter 'B.'
 
And, in the short amount of time that 2014 has been here, news headlines have been chock full of examples for why readiness is a key component of motor vehicle operation.
3/31/2014
Massive accidents calls for motorists to drive prepared
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has assembled some suggestions for how to be ready when there's an emergency on the roads.
 
Though it may come as a surprise, the U.S. is one of the few high income countries where paid vacation time is not a requirement.
3/28/2014
Few doctors get four weeks of vacation
Radiologists and anesthesiologists are the only doctors where at least half get to enjoy four weeks of time off from work, according to a new survey.
 
As a general rule, new cars can be more expensive to insure than pre-owned vehicles.
3/25/2014
New car sales in 2014 expected to outpace a strong 2013
Kelley Blue Book predicts that more than 16 million new cars will be sold this year.
 
This survey captures a sentiment we often encounter - that consumers want insurance education, but often don't know where to begin.
3/24/2014
Newlywed discrepancies regarding insurance
The National Association of Insurance Commissioner releases a guide to help couples mine through insurance matters.
 
Alcohol detection technology systems may help reduce the impact of drunk driving.
3/17/2014
Automakers continue researching anti-drunk driving technology
The Department of Transportation and the automotive industry hope that through research, modern-day technology can make impaired driving a non-issue.
 
The poll also revealed that approximately one in every three respondents had not consulted with an insurance agent in the past year.
3/11/2014
Few Americans scrutinize insurance policies before buying
Four in 10 consumers say they've never researched insurance prior to purchasing a plan, according to a survey from the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America.
 
Among the issues addressed in the report on how to decrease the number of auto insurance claims stemming from accidents among the elderly include how technological advancements can enhance safety through vehicle-to-vehicle communication systems.
3/10/2014
NHTSA releases new traffic plan for nation's elderly
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the plan should help drivers 65 and over stay safe when they're traveling by vehicle.
 
It may also be due to drivers going several miles per hour over the speed limit in order to get to work on time.
3/7/2014
Extra hour of daylight brings uptick in accidents
The Monday following Daylight Savings Time tends to result in more crashes, according to research.
 
As for whether car theft reports were mostly for mid-sized vehicles or large ones, mid-sized automobiles were more highly sought-after.
2/27/2014
Thieves snatch up Toyota Camry with most regularity
More than 4,600 Camrys were stolen between 2009 and 2012, more than any other model in the large/mid-sized segment.
 
For example, the survey found that among those who made more than $150,000, nearly one-third said their greatest aspiration was to build an emergency fund.
2/12/2014
Saving money leading goal for New Year's once again
Just under 40% of Americans say that saving is their top financial aim over the next 12 months.
 
For example, if a vehicle looks worn but its mileage is low, further inquiry may be in order.
2/10/2014
200,000 vehicles affected by odometer fraud each year
Carfax indicates that odometer fraud is a three-quarters of a billion dollar industry.
 
These expenses include, among other things, auto insurance, gasoline, repairs, regularly-scheduled maintenance, parking, tickets, tolls, taxes, registration tags and title fees.
2/4/2014
$600 a month to experience the open road
Driving-Tests.org finds that it may be becoming too cost-prohibitive for the nation's youngest motorists to get behind the wheel.
 
Census Bureau numbers illustrated that about four in 10 moved to a location that was within 50 miles of their former home.
1/30/2014
Many on the move last year
The U.S. Census Bureau says that the mover rate held steady from 2012 through 2013.
 
Survey reveals that among IEEE members, most believe that roughly 60% of today's cars will be internet-connected by 2025.
1/27/2014
Most cars to introduce internet capabilities
Technology professionals project that in a little over a decade, six in every 10 cars will enable riders to log on to the world wide web.
 
Recently reported by NBC's "Today," wearing bulky winter coats while riding in a car can be a safety hazard - especially among children.
1/24/2014
Heavy coats not conducive for seatbelts
Recently reported by NBC's "Today," wearing bulky winter coats while riding in a car can be a safety hazard - especially among children.
 
Staying safe and prepared during the winter season can be essential for homeowners.
1/23/2014
U.S. locked in deep freeze again
With virtually all of the Northern U.S. experiencing record-breaking cold, the Insurance Information Institute offers tips on what policyholders should be aware of regarding the potential for damage to their property.
 
Many states are hesitant to raise the limit because motorists will often adjust their
1/21/2014
Fewer speeding tickets after limit is raised
The Ohio State Patrol says tinkering with the speed limit has not led to more people driving too fast.
 
Child safety remains a serious issue on today's streets.
1/16/2014
Booster seats excel in safety testing
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives out more "Best Bet" designations for booster seats.
 
While the trucking industry has had to endure labor shortages, the industry as a whole is in solid territory.
1/10/2014
Commercial vehicle registrations ease in 2013
The pace in which businesses wrote new registrations for commercial trucks in the first eight months of the year rose, but not by as much as expected.
 
General Motors had the highest share of vehicles in operation at 26.6%, followed by Ford at 19%. Chrysler tied with Toyota at 12.5% a piece, according to Experian.
1/8/2014
Report: More cars on the road than ever before
Close to 250 million vehicles were registered between April and June 2013 - an all-time high, Experian Automotive reports.
 
Fewer teens driving due to cost concerns
1/2/2014
Fewer teens driving due to cost concerns
The Highway Loss Data Institute says that the unemployment rate among teenagers has led to their driving less often.
 
More than 4,400 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in 2011 alone.
12/30/2013
Walking while texting proves to be dangerous
More walkers are being injured in car accidents due to pedestrians' wireless device use. 
 
While there was an increased incidence of accidents around each of these festive periods, there was a 12% spike in auto accidents in the immediate lead-up and days following Dec. 25, and 18% more than the period surrounding Jan. 1.
12/24/2013
Pre-Christmas days dangerous for drivers
Analysis from the University of Alabama suggests that the immediate days prior to Dec. 25 are the riskiest on the road, more so than Thanksgiving and New Year's.
 
For much of the year, there's been an inverse relationship, meaning that when gas prices go down, sentiment goes up and vice versa.
12/20/2013
Survey finds link between gas prices and consumer sentiment
Polling data from the National Association of Convenience Stores reveals what effect the cost of fuel has on buyer attitudes.
 
Innovative rearview video systems could help prevent car accidents
12/12/2013
NHTSA recommends rearview video systems
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that by automakers making backup video recording technology standard, lives will be saved.
 
In 2011, nearly 700 cyclists were killed after being hit by a car.
12/5/2013
Better railroad crossing signs for bicyclists
A new study suggests that more elaborate warnings are needed for bicycle riders crossing over rails.
 
Traditionally, auto insurance costs tend to be more affordable for vehicles that are pre-owned.
12/4/2013
2014 new car sales to flirt with record levels
Edmunds.com predicts new car sales next year have the potential to be on par with what was witnessed in 2006.
 
The cost of raising a child for parents who earn a middle-income is estimated to be about $241,100.
11/22/2013
Raising children comes with $241,000 price tag
The Department of Agriculture indicates that the cost of parenting a child for 18 years has risen 3%.
 
For diabetics, checking blood glucose levels frequently can help prevent injury to themselves as well as to others.
11/14/2013
Dangers of low blood sugar levels
With this being National Diabetes Month, a recent study points to the importance of checking one's blood glucose levels regularly.
 
Car accident rates are high among veterans, due to traumatic brain injuries, aggressive 

driving and post-traumatic stress disorder.
11/11/2013
Veterans frequently involved in automotive crashes
Recent reports reveal that men and women returning from the battlefield are being killed in car accidents at an alarming rate.
 
In order to get the most out of every tailgating event, football and food enthusiasts need a reliable vehicle.
11/7/2013
The best cars for tailgating season
Cars.com recently announced its selections for the vehicles that are the most tailgate- friendly.
 
The average passenger car is on the road for 11.4 years.
10/30/2013
Polk: Cars, light trucks staying on road longer than ever
Both passenger vehicles and light trucks have an average age of nearly 11.5 years, according to recent analysis.
 
Approximately 33% of adults are either currently helping, or planning to assist, their kids with tuition and student fees.
10/22/2013
Poll: One-third of adults helping kids pay for college
New survey data shows that families are often sharing education expenses.
 
A study finds Sunday isn’t an ideal day for many Americans in terms of sleep.
10/16/2013
Poll: Sleep hard to come by on Sunday
A new survey reveals that Americans find Sunday night to be the hardest day of the week to fall asleep.
 
Many consumers are showing they are living well within their means since the economic downturn.
10/10/2013
Consumers adhering to frugal spending practices
New economic data shows how Americans are being more cautious when buying.
 
Researchers indicate that drivers would be safer not to operate their vehicles with dogs in them.
9/17/2013
Researchers: Driving with dogs not recommended
Recent analysis shows that the elderly drivers raise their crash risk when they take their canine for a car ride.
 
Despite a sharp decline in car theft rates, vehicle owners should still keep their guard up.
9/12/2013
Criminals resorting to alternative forms of auto theft
Traffic authorities say that thieves are more frequently bilking the system through unconventional forms of stealing.
 
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9/6/2013
More grandparents serving as primary caregivers
The U.S. Census Bureau reveals how grandparents are often intimately involved in their grandchildren's lives.
 
Teen auto-related accidents linked to speeding when behind the wheel.
9/3/2013
GHSA: Substantial share of crashes involving teens attributable to speeding
The Governors Highway Safety Association indicates that one-third of all teenage fatalities on the road derive from driving too fast.
 
A study finds Sunday isn’t an ideal day for many Americans in terms of sleep.
8/26/2013
Poll: Sleep hard to come by on Sunday
A new survey reveals that Americans find Sunday night to be the hardest day of the week to fall asleep.
 
Though helpful to many, a number of drivers have noted displeasure with GPS devices.
8/22/2013
Poll: Most drivers say GPS units have let them down
Nearly two-thirds of motorists say GPS devices have done the opposite of what they're intended to do.
 
The NHTSA’s drunk driving initiative runs from late August through early September.
8/20/2013
National drunk driving crackdown August 16th – September 2nd
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' campaign will be in effect for the next two weeks.
 
Car buyers are spending more money on vehicles these days.
8/15/2013
Car buyers spent an all-time high on new purchases last year
Edmunds.com reports that consumers shelled out about $30,800 for their new ride in 2012.
 
Drivers who use a cellphone on the road are often seen in a negative light.
8/12/2013
What customers would do if given command of an insurance agency
A recent poll says policyholders would be stricter with customers who operate a cellphone while driving.
 
Despite new technology to keep their eyes on the road, many motorists continue to run red lights.
8/5/2013
NCSR: More than 7 million people ran red lights last year due to multitasking
More evidence points to the peril that can come as a result of texting and other types of handheld phone use behind the wheel.
 
Even if it’s just for a moment, leaving a child in a hot car is a serious risk.
8/1/2013
Adults urged to be extra cautious of their kids in the car as summer heat continues
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Safe Kids remind parents to 'look before you lock.'
 
Drivers are urged to pay close attention to the road to avoid any accidents this summer.
7/30/2013
How to avoid a bummer summer
The lazy days of summer can lead to an assortment of problems later on.
 
Distracted driving is still a major concern, especially among teenagers.
7/29/2013
Few concerned parents taking initiative to counter driver distraction fears
Just one in four parents say they've taken steps to prevent their teens from multitasking while they're driving.
 
Traveling will remain as popular as ever this summer, despite stagnant economic conditions for many consumers.
7/25/2013
Economy not changing travel plans for most drivers this summer
Harris Interactive reveals that money concerns haven't compelled most motorists to change their summer driving intentions.
 
Despite their title, many designated drivers sneak a few drinks at the bar.
7/16/2013
Designated drivers not always sober, study finds
Researchers find consumers will appoint someone to drive who is the least drunk, not necessarily those who abstained from drinking.
 
Drivers may want to show courtesy to other motorists by not talking on the phone behind the wheel.
7/15/2013
When ringing cellphones are best left unanswered
July is National Cellphone Courtesy Month.
 
Cars get dented and scratched in parking lots nationwide every day.
7/10/2013
Three ways to avoid parking lot damage
National Vehicle Protection Month rolls on with these suggestions for how to keep a car pristine after it's parked.
 
Two more states have passed laws related to distracted driving.
7/5/2013
Florida, Hawaii pass distracted driving legislation
The Aloha and Sunshine State now prohibit drivers from text messaging.
 
Car repair costs seem to be on the rise throughout the country.
6/25/2013
Vehicle repair costs increase for first time in six years
It's become more expensive to fix automobiles in the U.S., making it crucial to stay on top of a car's upkeep.
 
Tire Safety Week is an ideal time to check on your vehicle’s tires to ensure they’re in quality shape.
6/4/2013
Tire manufacturers ask motorists if their wheels are up to par
Celebrate Tire Safety Week by committing to performing more regular maintenance.
 
Those riding in vehicles who don’t buckle up could end up cited with a ticket.
5/29/2013
'Click It or Ticket' campaign gets underway
Motorists should expect to see a heavy police presence as the summer driving season kicks off.
 
Teens noted their parents greatly influence their underage drinking views.
5/21/2013
Teens say parents have leading influence on views about underage drinking
Moms and dads shouldn't underestimate the role they have in their adolescent's thinking, based on polling data.
 
A recall of cars manufactured by major Japanese automakers was ordered due to potential airbag safety issues.
5/15/2013
Airbag recall affects multiple automakers
Four vehicle manufacturers out of Japan recall millions of models.
 
Driving and texting appears to remain a problem on roadways across the country.
5/7/2013
Drivers still texting despite risks and warnings against it
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that more than a half-million people continue to use electronic devices on the road.
 
Tailgating can lead to a multitude of issues for car owners.
4/29/2013
Four reasons why tailgating is a bad idea
A slow moving driver can be frustrating, but tailgating won't help improve matters.
 
Many teens have admitted to texting while driving alone.
4/25/2013
Poll finds mixed results regarding teen drivers and texting choices
While young motorists are less likely to use a handheld device when someone's in the car, virtually all of them say that they've done so alone.
 
Fatigue while driving appears to be a leading cause of accidents among motorists across the country.
4/23/2013
VTTI: Fatigue leading risk factor responsible for crashes
The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute says drowsy driving has reached epidemic proportions.
 
Ensuring all passengers in a vehicle are safe can prevent distracted driving from happening.
4/19/2013
Three steps you can take to help support Distracted Driving Month
The Governors Highway Safety Administration offer tips for how to avoid distractions at the wheel.
 
The majority of vehicles on the road today are in need of maintenance, a report found.
4/17/2013
Majority of cars on road today require servicing
New polling data indicates three out of every four vehicles is in a condition that warrants maintenance.
 
Red light tickets vary from region-to-region.
4/9/2013
More than 68,000 tickets issued to Ohioans for running red lights
Red-light running in Toledo racked up $3 million in fines last year.
 
Fatalities from highway driving rose in the first half of 2012, a report finds.
4/3/2013
Highway fatalities increase for first time in years
The National Safety Council says highway fatalities edged higher between January and June of last year.
 
Red light cameras have been mounted at a growing number of intersections across the country.
3/19/2013
NCSR: Red-light cameras save lives
The National Coalition for Safer Roads says more communities ought to implement camera technology at intersections.
 
Police will certainly be on the lookout for drunk drivers on St. Patrick's Day.
3/15/2013
Three ways to ensure a safe St. Patrick's Day
With St. Patrick's Day falling on a weekend, driving under the influence is something traffic enforcement officers will be on the lookout for.
 
There are certain steps drivers should take when their windshield breaks.
3/13/2013
What to do when a windshield breaks
Windshield replacement experts say motorists should have cracks addressed as soon as possible.
 
College organizations and other groups have been supplied driving safety information by the NHTSA.
3/11/2013
Spring break road trip? Auto safety tips to remember
NHTSA provides some road safety recommendations for vacationers this spring break.
 
Ratings contribute to car sales, according to a report.
3/6/2013
Relationship between online ratings and automotive sales
Polk and DealerRater say there's a link between how likely a vehicle is to be purchased with the reviews it's given among web users.
 
Private mechanics are the choice of many drivers when their vehicles need repairs.
2/26/2013
Poll: Motorists prefer private mechanics over dealers
An AutoMD.com survey shows drivers opt for independents versus dealerships to fix their cars when given the option.
 
Certain cars are better than others when it comes to driving in winter.
2/21/2013
10 best cars for winter driving
Kelley Blue Book picks the most optimal new vehicles for cold weather excursions and conditions.
 
The Ford Escape is the most popular car for thefts in recent years.
2/19/2013
Ford Escape most-stolen SUV
The National Crime Insurance Bureau releases its list for the sport utility vehicles that were the most popular among thieves since 2008.
 
Car buyers are being more selective, according to a report.
2/11/2013
Car buyers take more vehicles into consideration when shopping
J.D. Power and Associates says automotive shoppers are choosing from a larger pool of car possibilities.
 
New Jersey lawmakers are trying to make homeowners insurance easier to understand.
2/8/2013
Insurance to become easier to understand in New Jersey
Local legislators hope to pass a law that would make homeowners coverage simpler to comprehend.
 
The NHTSA wants to make green cars more audible.
2/7/2013
New sound requirements on tap for fuel-efficient vehicles
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration proposes a rule that would require hybrid and electric vehicles to be audibly detectable.
 
Massachusetts has seen its fair share of antique car thefts.
2/5/2013
Spate Of Antique Car Thefts In Massachusetts
Officials say there have been several reported theft incidents with antique cars and trucks in the Bay State.
 
Toyota recalled roughly 1 million vehicles due to mechanical flaws.
2/4/2013
Toyota recalls 1 million vehicles
The Japanese automaker's recall is the industry's largest thus far.
 
West Virginia will research cellphone use among drivers.
1/29/2013
West Virginia awarded grant to study effects of cellphone bans
The state's senior lawmakers say the funding will help determine if prohibitions on drivers' cellphone use have been worthwhile.
 
Black boxes may soon be mandated in all new vehicles.
1/23/2013
Event data recorders may soon be mandated in automobiles
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration may soon require automakers to install black boxes into vehicles.
 
Specific tools are recommended for DIY car repair enthusiasts to have.
1/21/2013
Must-have car repair tools for do-it-yourselfers
AutoMD.com provides drivers with suggestions of repair tools that are important to have on hand.
 
The Dodge Avenger was one of the IIHS' Top Safety Picks of 2013.
1/18/2013
IIHS names 2013 Top Safety Picks
Several domestic and foreign models are among this year's class of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's best models.
 
The NTSB wants alcohol-ignition interlocks installed in cars.
1/18/2013
NTSB recommends nationwide implementation of alcohol-ignition interlocks
The National Transportation Safety Board says mandating drunk drivers to use these devices may help reduce the rate of impaired vehicle operation.
 
Traffic deaths in 2012 were the lowest they’ve been in more than 60 years.
1/16/2013
Highway fatalities reach 62-year low
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says 2011 saw the smallest number of traffic deaths since 1949.
 
Women have outnumbered men as drivers since the mid-1990s.
1/8/2013
Women drivers outnumber men
Researchers say that women held a higher number of driver's licenses since 1995.
 
The Prius isn't a popular choice for thieves.
1/4/2013
Toyota Prius infrequent target of thieves
The National Insurance Crime Bureau says the Toyota Prius has an exceptionally low vehicle-theft rate.
 
Many of those traveling on New Year’s will drive.
12/28/2012
Poll: Most New Year's Day travelers will drive
A new survey shows that the high cost of airfare has impacted the way in which consumers will travel for the celebratory event.
 
Distracted driving is being monitored by authorities nationwide.
12/26/2012
Police officers in Delaware on the prowl for distracted drivers
The first wave of a tough new anti-distracted driving campaign in Delaware resulted in more than 1,800 citations.
 
Many prefer to drive than fly during the holidays, a report finds.
12/19/2012
Why driving is preferable to flying this holiday
The Car Care Council explains why Americans are better off taking to the streets for holiday gatherings.
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