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Wed, 12/17/2014 - 11:10 am by Jordan Perch

While most U.S. states offer various incentives to encourage consumers to purchase electric vehicles, EV adoption in one particular state has been well ahead of the others. It's California, which has been at the forefront of EV adoption for years now, thanks in no small part to the financial incentives and other forms of support provided by the state, which include purchase rebates and carpool lane access. In addition to incentives, California is dedicated on building an infrastructure that will cater to EVs, investing millions of dollars in the construction and installation of charging stations, which are one of the most important prerequisites for a faster and more successful introduction of electric vehicles to the market.

With this kind of commitment from state authorities to bring electric vehicles to the

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Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:03 pm by Jordan Perch

Although the renewable energy market in the Netherlands is still very far from reaching its full potential, the small western European country has embraced energy efficiency as an important part of efforts to protect the environment and ensure a sustainable future. The latest project involving renewable energy generation is based on one of the most typical Dutch experiences – cycling. Among other things, the Netherlands is famous for its cycling culture, with over 15 million people bicycles and about 21,000 miles of bike paths.

The immense popularity of bicycles in the Netherlands is exactly what SolaRoad – a new project for collecting solar energy – intends to use in order to improve energy efficiency in the country and increase production of energy from renewable sources. The

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Mon, 12/15/2014 - 10:18 am by Jordan Perch

The importance of safe driving practices for teenage drivers can not be stressed enough, considering that car crashes are the leading cause of death for drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 across the United States. That's why there are many driver safety programs that are supposed to help teens develop safe driving practices and avoid accidents. “Drive for Tomorrow” is one of the most popular such programs, that has been teaching teen drivers how to avoid risky behaviors for a few years now, employing some rather unconventional, but pretty effective methods, nonetheless.

The “Drive for Tomorrow” program was launched by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) in collaboration with Operating Engineers Local 150, and it started in Williamson County in Marion, Illinois in 2008. Since then, seminars

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Fri, 12/12/2014 - 12:13 pm by Jordan Perch

For years, various states have been trying to solve their traffic safety problems by implementing intricate, and often expensive solutions, such as adding more lanes to a specific stretch of highway, or completely redesigning various parts of a highway, but these methods have not been entirely successful. That's why the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has created a program to help states address these issues and make road safer, with a fund that is intended to help improve highway safety in the country.

The FHWA has put about $10 billion from the federal highway safety fund at the disposal of all states, which they can use over a five-year period, to finance their highway safety improvement projects. In addition to funding highway safety

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Thu, 12/11/2014 - 11:08 am by Jason Yeoman

 

During the holiday season, winter driving can be a difficult and stressful chore. Whether it's driving 15 minutes to a holiday party or 6 hours to your parents' house, there are plenty of dangers on the road to make driving less than inviting this holiday season. In an effort to keep you and your loved ones safe this winter, DMV.com offers our top ten winter driving tips and facts:

 

  1. Holiday DUIs can kill -- If you need to travel, stay sober and be alert for drunk drivers on the road. Unfortunately, holiday parties lead many drivers to make poor decisions. As a result, 40% of all traffic deaths over Christmas and New Years are caused by drunk driving.

  2. Turn on your low beams -- Many states require you to keep your headlights on when

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Tue, 12/2/2014 - 11:46 am by Jordan Perch

Road polutionWhile the number of motor vehicle fatalities in the United States has been on the decline for more than a decade now, car crashes is still one of the leading causes of death, particularly among the younger population. However, car accident-related injuries are not the only health impact of car use, as motor vehicle emissions also pose a major threat to public health. It has long been known that there are numerous public health risks associated with motor vehicle emissions, but so far, no one has ever done a study comparing the impact of auto emissions and car crashes on overall public health, that would help determine which of them causes more deaths.

That's the question that David Levinson, the prominent transportation analyst who currently works as a professor at the University of Minnesota, tried to answer in a post

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Fri, 11/14/2014 - 11:39 am by Jeremy Pool

Four years ago, New Jersey introduced a rather unconventional measure in an effort to reduce the number of car accidents involving teen drivers. The state implemented a new law that required drivers between the ages of 16 and 20 holding a learner's permit or intermediate license to attach a reflective decal on both license plates of the vehicle they are driving, so that law enforcement agencies could identify novice drivers more easily and make sure that they are obeying the Graduated Driver's License (GDL) restrictions.

The law, the went into effect in May 2010, was named “Kyleigh's Law”, in memory Kyleigh D'Alessio, a teenager

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Tue, 11/11/2014 - 12:58 pm by Jordan Perch

Even though the number of pedestrian fatalities between 2001 and 2012 dropped from 4,900 to just over 4,700, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) data, they still make up a significant portion of all traffic fatalities, and pedestrians continue to be one of the most vulnerable road user groups. That is why cities invest a lot of efforts and resources into improving their pedestrian infrastructure, with some being more successful at it than others.

According to the Liberty Mutual Insurance Pedestrian Safety Index, released recently, Seattle is the country's safest city for pedestrians, a result of local authorities' efforts and investments for making walking as safe as possible. Liberty Mutual

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Fri, 11/7/2014 - 12:50 pm by Paul Westbrook

Carbon fiber in carsWith emissions standards set to become much tougher in the next couple of years, automakers have to come up with new ways to reduce vehicle weight and improve fuel consumption, with many of them using lighter materials – such as aluminum – to build various car parts, and cutting the use of steel, which has been the dominant material in cars for a very long time.

Aluminum is considered to be the most convenient alternative to steel at the moment, primarily because it's much lighter than steel, but it's not the ideal solution, since there are other materials

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Tue, 11/4/2014 - 12:30 pm by Paul Westbrook

Gas prices reach record lowIn December 2010, the nationwide average price of gasoline went over the $3 a gallon mark in the first time after a while, and it seemed that it will never go below that threshold again. Growing global demand and unrest in the Middle East have been raising gas prices over the following years, up until a couple of months ago, when they started to fall, bringing the national average to $2.99 this past weekend.

This past Saturday marked an end of a 1,409-day streak of prices over $3, much to the surprise of motorists around the country, who were taking photos of gas station signs showing prices of $2-something a gallon, and posting them on social media.

There are a variety of

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