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Mostly due to their inexperience, teen drivers are at greater risk of getting into a car crash than older drivers. In the past, the most common factors behind crashes involving teen drivers used to be fatigue and drunk driving, but lately, they have been replaced by another risky driving behavior – distracted driving, which has become an epidemic on U.S. roadways. According to a new study, distraction is now the leading cause of accidents for teen drivers, who have the highest crash rate of any demographic group in the country.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety conducted a study to find out what behaviors lead up to collisions involving teenage drivers, analyzing thousands of accidents that it has recorded using cameras mounted on the windshield of cars driven by teens.more »
Driverless cars are widely regarded as the future of the automotive industry, but at the moment, they are surrounded by many questions, in terms of when exactly they will be commercially available, which manufacturer will be the first to bring an autonomous vehicle to the market, whether they will really be as safe as proponents of autonomous driving technology claim, and how they will affect society as a whole. These are some of the questions that Clint Henderson, SEO and Digital Marketing Strategist, tried to get an opinion on from some of the leading journalists, writers and bloggers specializing in the auto industry. Clint Henderson has published their answers in a Q&A piece on partscatalog.com.
The first question that several leading automore »
The fact that younger Americans are far less interested in driving than older generation has been known for a while now, due to a series of factors that include increased environmental awareness, the rise of car-sharing and ride-sharing, as well as unfavorable economic conditions. This is starting to reflect in age demographics among drivers on U.S. roads, which is confirmed by statistics that were recently released by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). According to a new report published by the FHWA, older drivers have reached peak levels, with almost half of them aged over 50.
The FHWA analyzed data from 2013, and found that there were 212 million drivers in the U.S. that year, 93.5 of which, or 44 percent, were over 50. This is a 22 percent increase over the number of drivers over 50 in 2003, or about 0.5% over 2012. Thesemore »
In addition to encouraging consumers to buy green vehicles through various incentives, the U.S. government is also taking a more hands-on approach as it tries to cut carbon emissions and reduce air pollution. Just like automakers, the federal government is contributing to the efforts for ending global warming, which is predominantly caused by carbon dioxide emissions, so it is constantly asking federal agencies to increase the use of clean, renewable energy sources.
Now, the government is setting a new greenhouse gas emissions target, with President Obama signing an executive order last week that aims for a reduction of carbon dioxide emissions by 40% compared to 2008 levels over themore »
Automakers receive a certain amount of credits for exceeding the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) requirements, aimed at improving the average fuel economy of vehicles sold in the United States, which they can then use later when they fail to meet the standards. These regulations have helped make cars and light trucks much more fuel efficient, which currently average 25.2 mpg, but that's still way below the 54.5-mpg target mandated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency, that needs to be met by 2025.
Now, automakers are asking for a change in the way CAFE credits are awarded, demanding that advanced safety features be taken into account, in addition to fuel consumption ratings. The Alliance of
Development of vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology is considered to be an important factor for accelerating mainstream EV adoption, as it is a key tool for ensuring stabilization of the country's electrical grid in a future where demand for electricity is expected to grow drastically, but also present an opportunity for EV owners to gain some extra income by selling the excess electricity that is stored in their vehicles.
That's why a lot of automakers are focusing on development of V2G-enabled plug-in vehicles, and utility companies are working on creating smart infrastructure that can communicate with electric vehicles reliably and efficiently. Although the costs associated with the development of vehicle-grid integration (VGI) technology are quite high at the moment, it has a great revenuemore »
California has a goal of putting 1 million zero-emission vehicles on its roads by 2023, which was set last year, but at the rate EVs are selling currently, this seems like a pretty tough and ambitious target to meet. That's why the state has been pushing new laws and regulations that would make electric cars a more convenient alternative to conventional cars. California offers some of the most generous incentives for green vehicles in the country, which apply to hybrids, hydrogen, and all-electric cars. The state's incentives include HOV-lane exemptions, rebate programs, sales tax exclusion for manufacturers, and insurance discounts.
The latest initiative that's aimed at encouraging consumers to buy electric vehicles involves a proposal for reducing the sales tax on green vehicles by more than half. Themore »
A lot of people are frustrated with the DMV and do not enjoy going there one bit, because it's often a huge waste of time and money, with crowded, understaffed offices that are unable to provide the services they offer in an efficient and timely manner. In addition to drivers, themselves, trips to the DMV have an impact on the nation's economy, as well. DMV.com conducted a survey to find out how much money and time drivers spend going to the DMV, and how it affects the economy.
DMV.com surveyed approximately four thousand drivers from around the country to determine the cost of trips to the DMV, and the results were staggering. According to the study, trips to the DMV cost the U.S. economy $13.8 billion annually, which is higher than the budget of the Department of Energy and the combined budgets for 19more »
Increased road safety and reduced congestion are some of the benefits that are most commonly mentioned when talking about what the impact of driverless cars will be, when they hit the streets in about 15-20 years, as most auto industry observers predict. In addition to that, autonomous vehicles are also expected to have a significant economic impact, but it's too early to talk about the financial implications, since they are still quite far from becoming commercially available. However, a new study has been published that attempts to shed light on how driverless cars can transform people's lives, according to which, these vehicles could yield significant financial benefits.
McKinsey & Company released a report that claims that self-driving cars could save the U.S. economy hundredsmore »
The risk of injury and death for pedestrians has always been pretty high in the United States, and even though many states are taking actions to improve pedestrian safety, they remain one of the most vulnerable group of road users. A new report released by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) states that the number of pedestrian fatalities remains too high, despite a gradual decline in the past couple of years.
According to the study conducted by the GHSA, the number of pedestrians killed in the first 6 months of 2014 was 2,125, which was a 2.8%-drop compared to the same period in 2013, when a total of 2,141 pedestrians were killed on U.S. roads.more »