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Mon, 9/29/2014 - 12:11 pm - Jordan Perch

EV sales in CaliforniaElectric cars have been selling quite well lately in the United States, albeit not at a rate that had been expected by manufacturers and the government, which has been trying to boost sales by offering various incentives to consumers. Nonetheless, even though EVs still only make up less than 1% of all new car sales in the country, demand for these alternative fuel vehicles has been increasing constantly over the past few years, with California being the state with the highest electric vehicle sales numbers for a

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Thu, 9/25/2014 - 11:23 am - Jason Yeoman's study looking into the reasons for why desire is outpacing demand in the green technology vehicle market was recently featured on Car Biz Today!

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Wed, 9/24/2014 - 12:35 pm - Paul Westbrook

Rider Revenge appDistracted driving has become one of the most serious problems on U.S. roadways, with over 3,000 people killed in distraction-related crashes each year. Texting while driving is considered to be the most common cause of driver distraction, so many organizations fighting distracted driving, along with authorities, have been focused on raising public awareness of the risks involved in composing, sending or reading text messages while behind the wheel. Distracted driving laws across the country impose bans on text messaging, and some states even prohibit the use of hand-held cell phones altogether, but these laws don't seem to be helping reduce the number of car crashes significantly, so the search

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Fri, 9/19/2014 - 10:36 am - Jeremy Pool

Despite a growing demand for green vehicle technologies and increased interest in purchasing hybrid or electric cars, there is still a significant gap between the desire to own a green vehicle and the number of people actually buying hybrid and electric vehicles. According to our recent survey, 38% of respondents are planning to purchase a green vehicle in the next 5 years (either hybrid or electric). Given the clear interest in hybrid and electric vehicles, it would appear that automakers should be making plans to aggressively pursue the expanding market for green vehicles.

However, the perceived interest among consumers in purchasing green technology vehicles is has not translated into actual sales. Despite an interest in hybrid and electric cars, these vehicles still only represented 3.8% of all vehicle sales

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Fri, 9/19/2014 - 8:10 am - Jeremy Pool

Child seat belftCar accidents are the most common cause of death among children in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 650 children ages 12 years and younger died as passengers in car crashes in 2011, more than 30 percent of whom were unrestrained. Like almost all other traffic-related deaths, child occupant fatalities can be prevented. One of the key factors for ensuring child passenger safety is using seat belts, in addition to installing child restraint systems in vehicles.

However, even though restraining children with seat belts can reduce the risk for death by about 50%, many child occupant

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Fri, 9/19/2014 - 3:08 am - Jordan Perch

Electric cars and taxationOver the past few years, several U.S. states have been providing generous incentives for plug-in vehicles, trying to promote the use of more fuel-efficient, eco-friendly alternatives to conventional vehicles. But, while the tax credits, rebates, and reduced licensing fees have certainly helped accelerate the adoption of electric cars, they have also led to lower fuel revenues, which could threaten the future of the country's transportation system, given that fuel tax, along with vehicle registration fees, is one of the most significant sources of funds transportation in most states.

As fuel economy of gasoline-powered cars improves, and as the number of

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Fri, 9/12/2014 - 8:20 am - Jordan Perch

Chevy VoltEver since electric cars were introduced to the market, there has been a debate over how safe they are, prompted by the explosive tendencies of lithium-ion batteries, which are used to power EVs. There have been many cases of electric cars catching fire after being involved in a collision, because their batteries contain liquid electrolytes that are highly flammable, and can be easily ignited if the battery heats above a certain point. On top of this, the ability of electric cars to protect passengers in crashes has often been brought into question, with many consumers thinking they are small and unsafe, which is actually a huge misconception. Since their batteries are mounted underneath the vehicle, electric

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Wed, 9/10/2014 - 11:25 am - Jordan Perch

Teen driver
When teenagers get their first driver's license, and the time comes to get their own car, parents usually don't want to splurge on a new car, and buy their kids a used one, instead. This is probably because teenagers are not very keen on taking good care of their cars, so spending tens of thousands of dollars on a new car that would probably be put under a lot of strain and would incur high maintenance costs for years to come doesn't make a lot of economic sense. But, this practice might have serious safety implications and jeopardize teenage drivers' lives, according to a

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Tue, 9/9/2014 - 12:10 pm - Jeremy Pool

NC DMVThe North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles sends out letters to some drivers once a year, reminding them that they have to prove that they are still able to drive safely. Licensed drivers with certain physical disabilities are targeted with this practice, and are given 30 days to pass driving tests and physical examinations in order to show that they are not a threat to traffic safety. The 30-day notice that is send to certain drivers is part of the Medical Evaluation Program carried out by the NC DMV, which is intended to evaluate the current medical condition of licensed drivers or applicants for driver's licenses who suffer from some physical disabilities that might affect traffic safety.

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Tue, 9/9/2014 - 11:40 am - Paul Westbrook

US highwayAlthough there are numerous benefits of lane-splitting – or lane-filtering – involving a motorcycle moving between lanes for vehicles traveling in the same direction, it is illegal in most U.S. states, and it has been regarded as a pretty controversial practice even in the few states that don't explicitly prohibit it. California has been the only state where this driving maneuver has been legal, and what's more, it could be said that it has been encouraging it in a way, with specific guidelines intended to advise motorcyclists on how to move between lanes safely. However, at the same time when other states are attempting to enact laws that would make lane-splitting legal, California seems to be backpedaling on the issue.

In a somewhat surprising

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