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The Tesla Model S is Consumer Reports' best overall pick for 2014 models.
4/23/2015
5 Of The Safest Cars From 2014
These 2014 models are among the best on the road in terms of safety, all selected by Consumer Reports.
 
Roughly 20% of drivers say that they text on a regular basis in the car, notwithstanding what can happen as a result.
4/21/2015
Texting Too Tempting To Avoid, Many Drivers Say
1 in 5 say that they drive while using their phones on a regular basis, despite recognizing its riskiness, according to a new study from the University of Southern California.
 
Children are involved in 17% of pedestrian fatalities.
4/17/2015
GHSA Releases Sobering Stats On Pedestrian Fatalities
Over 2,000 pedestrians were killed in the U.S. between January and June 2014, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association.
 
Your spring cleaning routine should include getting your car back in gear by decontaminating it of winter's remnants.
4/10/2015
Spring Cleaning Your Car
Get and keeping your vehicle clean is a key part of automotive maintenance.
 
At least 10,000 people die every year due to drunk driving, a toll safety officials say is far too high.
4/8/2015
US Winning Drunk Driving Battle, But War Rages On
Driver intoxication has fallen in frequency, but at least 10,000 people still die from it every year.
 
Ford has issued a recall order on 213,000 SUVs due to an interior problem affecting the door handles.
4/6/2015
Door Handle Malfunction Prompts Massive Recall
Ford is recalling approximately 213,000 Ford Explorers and Ford Police Interceptor Utility Vehicles built between 2011 and 2013 for an interior door handle problem.
 
Red light cameras are used to at least some degree in 21 states.
4/2/2015
Survey: Drivers Behind Red Light Camera Use, Oppose Speed Cameras
A majority of Americans are in favor of cameras being used at intersections, but are against ones that monitor speed, according to a new FindLaw.com poll.
 
A new study suggests that falling gas prices leads to more crashes on the nation's roads.
3/31/2015
Study Ties Lower Gas Prices To Greater Accident Potential
Research out of South Dakota State University suggests that as gas prices go down, automotive crashes tend to rise.
 
If you're driving, don't risk going down a street that's flooded.
3/26/2015
The Big Meltdown: Dealing With Standing Water
Winter's wrath and spring rains could make for localized flooding issues out on the roads.
 
New data from the Insurance Research Council helps to further establish how insurance fraud hurts everyone in the wallet.
3/25/2015
When Insurance Fraud Wins, Everyone Loses
Fraud and buildup add $7.7 billion in excess auto insurance claims, according to a new study from the Insurance Information Institute.
 
The moving violation performed and where it takes place both have an impact on how much insurance premiums increase, according to a recent study.
3/24/2015
How Moving Violations Can Affect Auto Insurance Premiums
In Hawaii, reckless driving can increase premiums by nearly 290%, according to Quadrant Information Services.
 
Keep driving safe and sober your No. 1 priority this St. Patrick's Day holiday.
3/17/2015
Celebrate Responsibly This St. Patrick's Day
Make sure drunk driving isn't part of your St. Patrick's Day holiday.
 
Residual values and interest rates will play a big part in how car sales perform over the next five years, according to a recent report from PricewaterhouseCoopers.
3/4/2015
Automotive Sales Market Paved With Ambiguity
PricewaterhouseCoopers says that 2015 will likely be the sixth year in a row for increased car sales, but the market may downturn thereafter.
 
Black ice can form whenever the ground temerature is at or below freezing and there's precipitation that's falling or already there.
2/25/2015
7 Smart Ways To Approach Black Ice
Black ice is one of the trickier winter conditions to adjust to because it's difficult to detect.
 
The Kia Rio four-door has the highest rate of roadway deaths, according to a new IIHS study.
2/24/2015
Study Reveals Cars With Deadliest Track Record
Kia Rio, Nissan Versa and Hyundai Accent have the highest mortality rates among 2008-2011 automobiles, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
 
Between 45 and 50 million vehicles on the roads has an unfixed safety recall, according to a new report from Carfax.
2/23/2015
Report: 46 Million Vehicles On The Nation's Roads With Unfixed Recall
A new study from vehicle history report company Carfax suggests 1 in 5 motorists is driving a car with a recall that hasn't been addressed.
 
Poor road conditions like potholes have cost consumers and insurers $27 billion over the last five years.
2/20/2015
Survey: Half of Commuters Affected By Pothole Damage
A recent poll suggests that 50% of drivers have sustained damage to their vehicles from potholes. 
 
At long last, the lengthier days of darkness are nearly over, as daylight saving time is just around the corner, the annual time of year where clocks "spring ahead," providing an extra hour of sunlight.
2/18/2015
Daylight Saving Time Linked with Spike in Car Accidents, Study Finds
A University of Colorado-Boulder study finds that the hour less of sleep that comes with DST is associated with higher crash incidents on the roads.
 
For the third year in a row, the Toyota Motor Corp. is the undisputed king of the automaking world, selling more vehicles than any other nameplate worldwide.
2/13/2015
Toyota is World's Top Automaker Once Again
Toyota Motor Corp. sold 10.2 million vehicles in 2014, the third year in a row that its sold more than any other nameplate in the world.
 
After looking at collision claims occurring within the zip codes of the NFL's 32 teams, HLDI analysts found that the rate of claims tended to be higher on days in which the home team lost or tied than when it won.
2/10/2015
Auto Claim Rates 'Spike' on Days When Home NFL Team Loses, Study Finds
A new report indicates that collision claims stemming from accidents around NFL stadiums tend to be more frequent when the home team loses than when it wins, according to the latest findings from the Highway Loss Data Institute.
 
Gas prices have really gone through quite the transformation over the past several months.
2/9/2015
Fuel Economy Still Overarching Concern for Car Buyers, Despite Dip in Gas Prices
Gas mileage is the main reason why new-vehicle owners go with their purchase, according to a new J.D. Power and Associates survey.
 
Whenever there's a crash, an auto insurance claim process ensues in order to determine how the accident happened and who may have been at fault.
2/5/2015
Will My Rates Go Up If An Accident Isn't My Fault?
You've just been involved in a crash but you're blameless for what happened. Should you expect to see your premiums go up?
 
The following are some of the items that you should be sure to include in your car kit for when there's an urgent situation.
2/3/2015
5 Must-Haves In Your Vehicle's Emergency Kit
These five things should be included in your car care kit for when there's an accident that leaves you stranded.
 
With subzero temperatures throughout much of the U.S. over the past month or so of winter, odds are you've started up the car before your morning commute to make the ride a bit more comfortable.
1/30/2015
Think Twice Before Warming Up Your Car in the Morning
'Puffing' is illegal in many states because it increases the risk of cars being stolen.
 
Liability is the main portion of an auto insurance plan that covers what repairs may be in order after an accident that you're responsible for.
1/15/2015
What is Vehicle Liability Insurance?
The liability portion of auto insurance provides you with coverage after an accident that you may have caused.
 
Sales of all-new cars and trucks is forecast to total 17 million over the next 12 months, a near 3% uptick from 2014, according to estimates made by online car buying and selling platform TrueCar.
1/7/2015
New-car Sales to Flourish in 2015
Two recently released reports suggest that new-car purchases will reach right around 17 million in the new year, due largely to the improving state of the economy.
 
Warnings about the dangers of excessive alcohol consumption are getting through to young people, as new statistics indicate that underage drinking among the country's youth is down substantially.
1/5/2015
Underage Drinking Drops Substantially
About 1.5 million fewer kids between 12 and 17 had an intoxicating beverage in the past month compared to study done 10 years ago, according to a study from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
 
A new study reveals that sunny days have significant accident potential.
12/19/2014
Study: Near-Collision Risk Doubles When Skies Are Clear
New analysis finds that the actions motorists take when the weather is nice out increase the chances of an accident.
 
In 49 of the 50 states, auto insurance isn't merely a suggestion of something to purchase that comes in handy, it's required by law.
12/18/2014
10 Reasons Why You Need Auto Insurance
When in a sticky situation, having the right coverage in place can be a lifeline, something that you really can't afford to go without.
 
With one-third of Americans intending to hit the road for the holiday, inclement weather could make for a treacherous ride.
12/17/2014
Few Motorists Prepared for Snow-Covered Holiday, New Poll Finds
Just 1 in 4 drivers has or will equip their vehicle with winter tires this year, according to a survey by Bridgestone Americas.
 
The percentage of uninsured motorists in the country has consistently declined over the past several years, according to the Insurance Research Council.
12/16/2014
How to Secure the Proper Car Insurance Plan
These tips should enable you to determine what to take into consideration before buying insurance.
 
In a bid to lower the number of auto insurance claims that result from wildlife walking or running out into traffic, the Virginia Department of Transportation is investigating their travel patterns.
12/4/2014
Safety Officials in Virginia Launch 3-Year Study to Reduce Wildlife Collisions
The Virginia Department of Transportation says the analysis should help reduce the number of car accidents involving animals.
 
Last year, nearly 54,000 Honda Accords were broken into and made off with, NICB revealed in its annual "Hot Wheels" report.
12/3/2014
NICB: Honda Accord Most Stolen Vehicle of 2013
Two of the top 5 cars stolen in 2013 are made by Honda.
 
According to a recent J.D. Power and Associates study, price is the leading driver of satisfaction consumers have with their insurers.
12/2/2014
Why You May Want to Consider Bundling Your Auto Insurance
Bundling insurance plan offerings is one of the easiest ways to save money and become more efficient.
 
Although technological advancements and hi-tech gadgetry have helped more drivers protect their vehicles from being stolen, thieves are resorting to new ways of gaining entry into secured vehicles.
11/25/2014
NICB Issues Consumer Warning About Keyless Entry Vehicles
Thieves are catching up with the times by gaining access to cars that use keyless entry, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau.
 
In an effort to get more individuals to come to a complete stop when they're approaching an intersection, a number of towns and cities have turned to red-light cameras.
11/14/2014
NCSR: Red-Light Cameras Resulting in Fewer Moving Violations
The National Coalition for Safer Roads says close to 90% of people cited for running a red light last year weren't fined for doing it again.
 
When it comes to which consumers are the most common purchasers of new vehicles, baby boomers tend to buy more all-new cars than their younger counterparts, based on the results of a new survey conducted by J.D. Power and Associates.
11/12/2014
Baby Boomers Big Buyers of New Vehicles, Report Finds
In year-to-date sales, consumers in their 50s and 60s have purchased the most new cars, according to J.D. Power and Associates.
 
Used car prices are projected to decline rather precipitously in the forthcoming months, largely due to the frequency with which people are buying all-new automobiles.
11/7/2014
Used Car Prices to Lower Thanks to Surging New-Car Sales
Recent analysis indicates used car prices are anticipated to slide to levels not seen since 2008.
 
Virtually every state in the country has some type of distracted driving law in place, largely because the safety hazards of the practice are so serious.
11/5/2014
Study Says Primary Enforcement is Best for Texting and Driving Bans
New research from the University of Alabama-Birmingham found the greatest reductions in highway fatalities due to distracted driving were among states that make it a primary offense.
 
A new report was recently released that people who are looking to buy a smaller car might want to heed.
11/4/2014
IIHS: Small Cars Perform Poorly in Overlap Front Test
Only the Mini Cooper Countryman received a "good" rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
 
Of the 10 cities in the country with the highest vehicle theft rates in 2013, the Golden State represented nine of the spots, NICB revealed in its latest car theft analysis.
10/30/2014
California Retains Title as Country's Top Spot for Car Theft
More than 15 million lawsuits are filed in the country each year, according to the National Federation of Independent Business.
 
When it comes to whether these technologies result in more satisfied motorists, newly released polling data suggests otherwise.
10/21/2014
Consumers Somewhat Unimpressed with In-vehicle Technology, Survey Finds
A recent poll from J.D. Power and Associates revealed that satisfaction levels are similar when comparing new-car owners with carry-over owners.
 
There's a whole host of good reasons for never getting behind the wheel after having an alcoholic drink, not the least of which is putting your and other lives in danger.
10/15/2014
How DUI Accidents Affect Auto Insurance
Residents of Sacramento, Calif. see the most significant jump in premiums after fatal DUI crashes, according to a new analysis.
 
A new study shows more car shoppers don't plan to haggle for a lower price
10/14/2014
Haggling Not a Concern For Many Car Buyers
Less than 20% of auto shoppers say they're 'extreme price grinders,' according to an Edmunds.com poll.
 
In an industry first, sport utility vehicles and crossovers are now more popular among consumers interested in purchasing a new car, according to the findings of a survey performed by IHS Automotive.
10/10/2014
SUV Supplants Sedan as Most Popular Vehicle Body Type
Sport utility vehicles represent a larger portion of the new-vehicle market, according to a new report from IHS Automotive.
 
More people across the country are driving decade-old vehicles
10/10/2014
Report: Older-Model Vehicles Used at Record-Setting Pace
Through the first three months of 2014, more than 1 in 4 vehicles on the road was built prior to 2001, according to Experian Automotive.
 
Three Ford models are among the most-stolen SUVs in the country
10/7/2014
NICB: High Number of SUVs, CUVs Stolen in Recent Years
Three of the five most-stolen sports utility vehicles in the past three years are Ford models.
 
There are five states in which repair costs are extremely expensive, serving as a further incentive to keep your car properly maintained.
9/26/2014
The 5 Most Expensive States to Get Your Car Fixed
A new report shows why you should aim to properly maintain the upkeep of your vehicle.
 
Nearly 95% of respondents indicated that they recognize texting and driving as being a potentially hazardous behavior, Harris Interactive revealed in a new poll.
9/23/2014
Poll: Most Americans Admit to Texting Despite Crash Risk
Three in four drivers say they've sent a text while driving, even though they're aware of accident potential, Harris Interactive revealed.
 
The primary method many drivers utilize in order to not fall asleep is drinking caffeinated beverages
9/17/2014
Drowsy Drivers Look to Caffeine to Stay Awake
A recent poll reveals that sleep-deprived motorists rely on caffeinated beverages to remain alert.
 
Summer may be winding down, but there's still time for one last road trip
9/16/2014
Preparing for an End of Summer Road Trip
With the summer winding down, remember to take the car in for a tune-up before hitting the road on an end-of-season adventure.
 
The Chevrolet Volt recently earned IIHS' Top Safety Pick+ designation.
9/12/2014
The 6 Safest Small Cars on the Road Today
Half of the 12 small cars the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety analyzed in crash testing received its Top Safety Pick designation.
 
Texting while driving is not only dangerous, it's infuriating to other drivers, according to a new study.
9/5/2014
Texters Most Anger-Inducing Drivers, Americans Say
A new survey from Expedia says that motorists find texting while driving to be the most infuriating behavior to observe.
 
A new survey shows fewer people are shopping around for auto insurance.
9/2/2014
Fewer Consumers Shopping Around for Auto Insurance Coverage
New polling data from TransUnion suggests the rate of auto insurance shopping has declined.
 
As the summer weather creeps in, be sure to check to see if your headlights' output is affected by the heat and humidity.
8/28/2014
Summer Weather can Reduce Output of Headlights
Lighting experts say that drivers should be particularly mindful of their vehicle's headlights when temperatures are hot and humid.
 
A new report has confirmed that Honda's Civic and Accord auto models are the most stolen car in the country.
8/25/2014
Most Frequently Stolen Vehicle of 2013
The Civic and Accord, both made by Honda, were the most frequently stolen and recovered car models last year, according to LoJack.
 
NHTSA: 11,000 Tire-Related Crashes Occur in U.S. Annually
8/22/2014
NHTSA: 11,000 Tire-Related Crashes Occur in U.S. Annually
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently initiated its TireWise campaign, helping drivers learn more about proper tire maintenance.
 
As the summer heats up, remember the dangers of leaving children in hot cars
8/20/2014
NHTSA Reminds Parents to Keep Kids Out of Hot Cars
Dozens of children in the U.S. died last year of heat stroke after being mistakenly left behind inside a hot automobile.
 
When it comes to buying cars, moms have the final say
8/19/2014
Survey: Moms Say They Decide What Car the Family Gets
A new survey indicates that the matriarch of the family usually has the last word on the car that's bought.
 
Car accidents cost the US hundreds of billions of dollars every year.
8/13/2014
NHTSA: Car Crashes Cost $871 billion
More than three-quarters of a trillion dollars is attributable to motor vehicle accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
 
A new study shows the importance of treating even minor pain soon after a car accident.
8/8/2014
Study Suggests Even Minor Pain Following Car Crash Needs to be Treated Early
Researchers from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill recently found that instead of minor injuries getting better over time, they can get worse if not treated effectively at the outset.
 
Car shoppers remember well when a brand is involved in a recall, a new report has confirmed.
8/6/2014
Poll: Toyota Top Brand Referenced for New-Car Shoppers Who Remember Recall
Kelley Blue Book finds that some recalls are more memorable for buyers.
 
Experts say that buckling up is one way to prevent kidney damage from car accidents
8/4/2014
Kidney Injuries Prevented with Seatbelt, Airbag Use
New findings from the American Urological Association reveal that buckling up and airbag technology are key to avoiding kidney damage after a crash.
 
Many Americans think hands-free devices are safer to use behind the wheel then they really may be.
7/31/2014
Do Hands-Free Devices Make Driving Safer?
A new National Safety Council survey reveals how many people are under the wrong impression about hands-free technology.
 
Anyone looking for a good car for under $8,000 should check out the most recent Kelley Blue Book.
7/29/2014
Supply of Affordable Priced Cars Grows
Kelley Blue Book recently named the best cars that sell for less than $8,000.
 
Despite many teens believing texting behind the wheel is more dangerous than skydiving, many still do it.
7/25/2014
Texting and Driving Habits of Teens
Notwithstanding the dangers, many teens still text and drive, according to new polling data.
 
This year's Kelley Blue Book outlines the greenest cars on the market today.
7/24/2014
'Greenest' Cars of 2014
Kelley Blue Book says fuel-efficient buyers can't go wrong with the 2014 BMW i3.
 
A large number of Americans are learning about new auto technologies by renting cars.
7/16/2014
Poll: Most experience new automobile technologies for first time in rental cars
Half of consumers say that they got their first taste of new automotive systems after renting a car.
 
There are a lot of advantages to owning a used car, one of them being that policyholders can traditionally save on their auto insurance premiums.
7/14/2014
What used cars to avoid
Consumer Reports recently put together a list of used vehicles to steer clear of and what serve as good alternatives.
 
A large number of Americans are learning about new auto technologies by renting cars.
7/14/2014
Poll: Car Buyers Opting out of Test Drives
Half of consumers say that they got their first taste of new automotive systems after renting a car.
 
Cameras mounted on the back of cars are more effective at detecting blockages in the road than parking sensors are, according to recent analysis.
7/9/2014
Vehicle-mounted cameras superior
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety finds that rear cameras do a better job at reducing blind zones than parking sensors.
 
As car theft season draws closer, NHTSA is warning all vehicle owners to take caution.
7/8/2014
Peak Season for Vehicle Theft
Peak season for cars being stolen is July and August, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
 
A new survey shows fewer people are shopping around for auto insurance.
7/2/2014
Fewer consumers shopping around for auto insurance coverage
New polling data from TransUnion suggests the rate of auto insurance shopping has declined.
 
There are certain parts of the country where traffic congestion is particularly high, prompting workers to give themselves plenty of extra time so that they can be more punctual.
6/30/2014
Traffic used as justification for tardiness
A new CareerBuilder survey reveals some of the more common and unusual excuses Americans use to explain why they came in late to work.
 
Although new hands-free technologies have become commonplace, experts assert these still come with inherent danger.
6/24/2014
NSC says hands-free technology still poses crash risk
The National Safety Council indicates that hands-free devices are just as dangerous as handheld cellphones when it comes to distracted driving.
 
A new report has confirmed that pickup trucks and mid-size SUVs have the highest retention values.
6/23/2014
SUVs and pickup trucks retain value
The midsize pickup truck with the highest retention value is the Toyota Tacoma, according to new analysis from the National Automobile Dealers Association.
 
The number of insurance claims following automotive recalls may be on the decline.
6/19/2014
Auto insurance claims less frequent after recalls than before
The Highway Loss Data Institute recently revealed a study that shows why it's so important to act on safety recalls when they're issued.
 
These days, once consumers buy a car, it could be another decade before they’re in the market again.
6/16/2014
Expected car lifespan 10 years or more
The average lifespan of a car is about 10 years, according to AutoMD's '2014 Vehicle Mileage Survey.'
 
One of the most common causes of accidents that lead to auto insurance claims stem from distracted driving.
6/11/2014
Most motorists sing while driving
Singing aloud is something that more than half of Americans admit to doing on the road, according to a DMEautomotive poll.
 
Ride-sharing programs are more popular than ever.
5/28/2014
Ride-sharing programs cause confusion for motorist liability
Illinois and Colorado are among the states implementing legislation that addresses what coverage applies for ride-sharing.
 
Of the 11 so-called "minicars" that were tested, only one received an acceptable rating in the small overlap front crash test.
5/16/2014
IIHS: Minicars test poorly in crash analysis
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says the 2014 crop of tiny automobiles are the worst performing in crash testing.
 
New statistics from the USFA show a large number of arson cases are vehicle related.
5/8/2014
USFA: 1 in 4 arsons vehicle-related
The U.S. Fire Administration is devoting this year's National Arson Awareness Week to combating automotive arson.
 
A growing number of Americans are starting to wonder whether the long-established SAT is an accurate portrayal of students' abilities.
5/6/2014
Poll: Many Americans unconvinced of SAT accuracy
A minority of U.S. adults think the SAT correctly demonstrates math and reading comprehension, according to a YouGov survey.
 
Cinco de Mayo - like many other days of observance - is often associated with drinking.
5/5/2014
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo responsibly, MADD advises
Mothers Against Drunk Driving urges those taking part in Cinco de Mayo festivities to make safety a priority.
 
Hi-tech advancements are adding to motorists' convenience.
4/29/2014
Vehicle-to-vehicle communication systems in the works
The U.S. Department of Transportation says that cars will one day have the ability to 'talk' to each other.
 
Only two states - Wyoming and Tennessee - have child passenger restraint laws mandating that all kids under the age of 8 use booster seats, the CDC report indicated.
4/25/2014
CDC: Highway fatalities among children plummet
A new government report indicates that deaths involving young kids in car crashes slid more than 40 percent in the past decade.
 
Entrepreneurs can help through indirect strategies by reducing their company's carbon footprint.
4/22/2014
Traffic congestion increases in 2013
Driving services company INRIX reveals that the nation's roadways were more strained last year, pumping more harmful gases into the atmosphere.
 
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. 
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