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Mon, 9/15/2014 - 10:30 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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Thu, 9/4/2014 - 12:19 pm - Jeremy Pool

Driving under marijuanaAlthough there are only two states – Colorado and Washington – that have legalized marijuana for recreational use so far, many more, primarily Maryland, California, Oregon, and New York, are expected to follow suit and make it legal, as well, which could have various  consequences, aside from the positive economic impact, due to increased tax revenues and reduced costs associated with prohibition enforcement. The biggest concerns involving increased acceptance of marijuana across the country have to do with raise in crime, and car accidents, in particular.

While driving under the influence of marijuana is not considered to be as dangerous as

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Wed, 8/27/2014 - 9:39 am - Paul Westbrook

Having a car while at college surely gives students a lot of freedom and flexibility, as well as increased popularity, but there are a few drawbacks that need to be taken into consideration, too, since it can be a huge financial drain on students, themselves, but also on their parents, with increased gas and maintenance costs, along with higher insurance premiums.

However, having a car on campus is usually the most convenient and practical transportation option for college students, as it allows them to get around town more easily and get where ever they need to be at anytime without having to rely on their friends, or public transportation, to get there. But, before they bring their cars to college, students could use a few tips on how to drive on campus, as they will face a completely new environment, with different traffic

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Tue, 8/26/2014 - 11:30 am - Jeremy Pool

When Google unveiled its second self-driving car prototype a few months back, it was the absence of a steering wheel and a gas and brake pedal that set it apart from the first autonomous vehicle concept introduced by the search giant a couple of years go, and made it look pretty futuristic. Although this two-seater has reached a phase when its ready to undergo road tests, and Google was hoping to start tests in a few weeks, the software company's plans hit a major hurdle recently, with the California Department of Motor Vehicles issuing a new set of rules that prevent vehicles with no steering wheels to be operated on public roads.

According to the new rules, an

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Mon, 8/25/2014 - 10:39 am - Paul Westbrook

Insurance is one of the biggest expenses associated with car ownership, and it gets even more expensive if you add a teenage driver to your policy. Your insurance company is likely to raise your premiums once your teenage kid starts driving, because teenage drivers have a pretty high risk of getting involved in accidents, due to their immaturity and inexperience, which makes them susceptible to risky driving behaviors, such as speeding, drunk driving and distracted driving. However, there are a few ways for keeping your rates from skyrocketing, including asking for a young driver discount, increasing your deductibles, getting a safer car, and getting your teen to complete a driver's ed course.

Good Student Discounts
Many insurance companies offer discounts to

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Fri, 8/22/2014 - 3:45 pm - Jason Yeoman

 

Over 55 million children in the United States are headed back to school and a significant number of these students will be walking, biking, or driving to school for the very first time. No matter what the transportation there are a number of potential dangers your children may face before they ever make it to their first class. Here are the top ten safety reminders that parents and motorists should keep in mind as students head back to school once again:

1. Let your children take the school bus! According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, children are 13 times safer than riding in a school bus than they are in a passenger vehicle and 10 times safer than if they to walk to school.

2. Watch carefully for young

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