Correspondent, AOL Autos
Kevin Ransom is a Detroit-area journalist who's been writing about cars and the auto industry for almost 20 years.During that time, Ransom's industry stories and car …reviews have appeared in such publications as Automotive News, Adweek, The Detroit News, the Detroit Free Press special sections, Crain's Detroit Business, Metropolitan Detroit magazine and Heritage Newspapers.Presently, in addition to his work for AOL Autos, he is the Dateline Detroit columnist / auto reviewer for Middle East Car, and his reviews also appear in Total Sport magazine.
Additonally, Ransom has written for many of the carmaker's magazines, including Ford World, Ford Times, Ford Dealer World, Chrysler Quarterly, Chrysler Agenda, GM Encore, GM Today, MBUSA Connect (the Mercedes-Benz dealer magazine) and various magazines / websites produced by GMAC and AC-Delco.
In addition to his auto-industry coverage, Ransom has a "second career" as a music journalist: For nearly 20 years, he's been writing about rock, folk, blues, R&B, country, bluegrass, jazz and other styles for such publications as The Detroit News, Guitar Player, Rolling Stone, AnnArbor.com, the Ann Arbor News, the Dallas Morning News, Musician and Creem.
The auto industry is moving closer to deploying technology into vehicles that could go a long way to making vehicle crashes, at least serious ones, mostly a thing of the past. That's right. The industry that fought against making seatbelts standard, is marching toward creationg the ultimate safe car without the hammer of regulation coming down on it.
Quick: What is the leading cause of death for people aged 1-34? Cancer? Nope. Traffic accidents. Automakers and government regulators continue to work on reducing that statistic. And one of the ways they are doing it is looking at how kids are impacted in accidents versus adults.
What's the best way to keep your rates down? A clean nose.Maintain a clean driving record. Don't be a speed demon. Don't drive like a maniac. And certainly don't drive while under the influence of alcohol.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has issued its Top Safety Picks for 2011, with 66 vehicles making the grade. This year's evaluations show that when it comes to vehicle safety features, a strong roof, one that offers exceptional protection in the event of a rollover accident, is more important than ever.
The roll-out of the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf electric cars in recent months has ignited a debate over this new technology.Skeptics are posing questions about possible ghosts in the machine, wondering how long the batteries will perform at top level, worried about the length of the battery life, and want to know what it will cost to replace a battery if required.
Many analysts are predicting that insurance premiums will remain flat in 2011 -- maybe even go down. That's a relief to consumers who are seeing everything else go up, from gasoline to a loaf of bread.