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After a year's that's been replete with automotive recalls due to safety issues, a surprising new study reveals that safety takes a backseat to price when it comes to the factors that consumers consider before purchasing a new vehicle.
10/1/2014
Poll: Consumers Value Price Over Safety
More car buyers say the affordability of a vehicle has a bigger influence on their decision to purchase a vehicle than safety history, according to YouGov.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Graco recently issued a voluntary recall on its child seat harness buckles.
6/25/2014
Graco issues voluntary recall on child seat harness buckles
The recall is over reported issues of buckles becoming difficult to open once kids are strapped into their child safety seats.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Even a slight amount of alcohol increases the risk of filing an auto insurance claim due to a car crash.
5/20/2014
Even low doses of alcohol too much for driving, report finds
A University of California, San Diego study suggests that any amount of alcohol consumption is a vehicle operation safety hazard.
 
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.
 
She added that they also want to personalize their cars by adding special features to it that are in line with their personality types.
5/12/2014
False alarm? Young people still interested in driving
A J.D. Power and Associates study adds to the evidence suggesting that young people are, in fact, desirous of vehicle ownership.
 
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.
 
Even a slight amount of alcohol increases the risk of filing an auto insurance claim due to a car crash.
4/21/2014
Even low doses of alcohol too much for driving, report finds
A University of California, San Diego study suggests that any amount of alcohol consumption is a vehicle operation safety hazard.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
ATV tires that are not meant  for the pavement may be to blame for the increase in ATV crashes.
3/13/2014
Spike in ATV crashes on trafficked roadways
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that there were 1,700 ATV rider deaths around the country in a recent five-year period of analysis.
 
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.
 
Some individuals affected by the logjam indicated that it could have been avoided had they been sufficiently apprised of the impending storm.
3/6/2014
Aberrant Atlanta snowstorm brings $25 million in insurance losses
Preliminary numbers indicate that the unusual snowstorm this past January in Atlanta was costly one.
 
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, 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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
The poll indicated that in approximately half of all cases, parents spurned the advice of the car seat manufacturer and opted to position their car seat based on the child's level of comfort.
12/17/2013
Carseats - forward or rear facing?
Six in 10 parents in a recent poll turned their child car seats to forward facing earlier than they should have.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
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