Smarter Vehicles Coming Soon That Talk and Avoid Crashes

Smarter Vehicles Coming Soon That Talk and Avoid Crashes

Published Apr 30th, 2011 By Kevin Ransom

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 again......

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New Developments In Child Safety: Kid-Sized Crash Models And New Car-Seat Advice

New Developments In Child Safety: Kid-Sized Crash Models And New Car-Seat Advice

Published Apr 16th, 2011 By Kevin Ransom

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 ......

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Does Your State Have The Priciest Auto Insurance? Or, The Least Pricey?

Does Your State Have The Priciest Auto Insurance? Or, The Least Pricey?

Published Mar 31st, 2011 By Kevin Ransom

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.That's the conv......

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2011 Safest Cars: IIHS

2011 Safest Cars: IIHS "Top Safety Pick" Awards

Published Mar 30th, 2011 By Kevin Ransom

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, on......

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2011 Safest Cars

2011 Safest Cars

Published Mar 30th, 2011 By Kevin Ransom

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has issued its Top Safety Picks for 2011, with 66 vehicles making the grade....

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Ten-Year Old Toyota Hybrid Priuses Defy Early Critics

Ten-Year Old Toyota Hybrid Priuses Defy Early Critics

Published Mar 29th, 2011 By Kevin Ransom

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 batte......

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Americans Driving Safer. And it's Saving Us Money.

Americans Driving Safer. And it's Saving Us Money.

Published Mar 28th, 2011 By Kevin Ransom

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.The reason for lowe......

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Why An Insurance Company Is Suing The FBI For Crashing a Ferrari

Why An Insurance Company Is Suing The FBI For Crashing a Ferrari

Published Mar 26th, 2011 By Kevin Ransom

Did you hear the one about the FBI agent who crashed a stolen-then-recovered Ferrari into a tree?Except, there's no punch line. Because, while it may be fodder for an avalanche of wisecracks, this isn't a party joke, or ......

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Carmakers Say Recalled Rental Cars Went Unfixed For Months

Carmakers Say Recalled Rental Cars Went Unfixed For Months

Published Mar 10th, 2011 By Kevin Ransom

It's been four months since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration first announced that it was investigating 3 million rental cars that had been recalled for defects, but has any action been taken?The recalle......

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Semi Crashes Still Proving Fatal

Semi Crashes Still Proving Fatal

Published Mar 09th, 2011 By Kevin Ransom

These days, most vehicles are designed so that, if you get into a crash at about 35 mph -- even if you run straight into a solid, immovable wall -- you're likely to walk away. But recent crash tests and an analysis by th......

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Are Obama's Million EV's Just Science Fiction?

Are Obama's Million EV's Just Science Fiction?

Published Feb 23rd, 2011 By Kevin Ransom

In politics and business forecasting -- as in life itself -- timing can be everything.In early February -- less than a week after President Barack Obama set a bold goal of having 1 million electric vehicles on U.S. roads......

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Michigan Readies For Tougher Teen Driving Laws

Michigan Readies For Tougher Teen Driving Laws

Published Feb 12th, 2011 By Kevin Ransom

If newly-minted teenage drivers had their druthers, they'd be able to drive whenever they wanted, with as many of their friends "on board" as they wished. But for safety reasons, more and more states have been passing la......

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Gas Prices Are Going Up Again

Gas Prices Are Going Up Again

Published Feb 10th, 2011 By Kevin Ransom

What goes up, must come down, said the man. And, usually, the inverse is also true.It's hard to imagine a better example of these truisms than gasoline prices. As we know, they are volatile, and many factors contribute t......

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EPA Makes Controversial Ethanol Decision

EPA Makes Controversial Ethanol Decision

Published Feb 04th, 2011 By Kevin Ransom

Historically, there's never been a lot of love lost between carmakers and the Environmental Protection Agency. Their relationship has long been a tenuous one, as the auto companies have resisted the agency's efforts to s......

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Crash Test Results Found to Correlate to Real-World Survival Rate

Crash Test Results Found to Correlate to Real-World Survival Rate

Published Jan 24th, 2011 By Kevin Ransom

More than seven years after the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety began its side-impact crash testing program in 2003, the organization says there is now enough data to correlate its test results with the survival r......

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The Most and Least Expensive Vehicles to Insure

The Most and Least Expensive Vehicles to Insure

Published Jan 24th, 2011 By Kevin Ransom

It's a new year on the calendar this month, but the 2011 model-year has been in full-swing for a while now, enough time for the data compilers to tell us how much we can expect to lay out for auto insurance if we're in t......

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Driving A Convertible Can Make You Deaf

Driving A Convertible Can Make You Deaf

Published Jan 14th, 2011 By Kevin Ransom

It seems these days, anything that is any fun at all usually comes at a price. As if we didn't already have enough to worry about, what with all those ear-splitting concerts by the Who, Neil Young and Led Zeppelin that w......

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Ford's "Forensic Investigators" Find Flaws In Your Car

Published Jan 10th, 2011 By Kevin Ransom

Even though the world can seem like it's already gone completely digital, we're still fascinated by flashy computer technology, especially when it creates colorful, rotating, sometimes kaleidoscopic graphics on a screen ......

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When Are You Too Old To Drive A Car?

When Are You Too Old To Drive A Car?

Published Jan 06th, 2011 By Kevin Ransom

When does one become too old to drive a car? That's a question currently being pondered more and more by the families of older drivers.Elderly drivers now account for nearly 20 percent of all motorists, according to the ......

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Ford And Honda Top Loyalty Study

Ford And Honda Top Loyalty Study

Published Dec 18th, 2010 By Kevin Ransom

Are we starting to see a bit of light at the end of the Great Recession tunnel? Are car buyers ready to have a little fun, fun, fun again?It would seem so, as new-vehicle owners are increasingly citing fun-to-drive vehic......

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