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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. 
 
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.
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