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Tue, 10/21/2014 - 12:44 pm by Paul Westbrook

Freckling boom in Texas causing traffic accidentsOver the past couple of years, Texas has been undergoing a major drilling boom, after large reserves of oil and gas were discovered back in 2008, which resulted in a huge job and population growth. This is obviously great news for the state's economy, but this fracking frenzy has also had a significant negative impact, as it has led to a surge in traffic-related deaths, with a large portion of all highway fatalities that have occurred during the oil boom being caused by commercial drivers.

Up until 2008, traffic fatality rates in Texas have been falling for several years in a row, but in 2009, car crash-related deaths started to climb, seeing an 8% increase over the next four

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Mon, 10/13/2014 - 12:30 pm by Paul Westbrook

Teen driverThere is a good reason why car insurance for teen drivers is so expensive. The risk of getting into a fatal crash for drivers between the age of 16 and 19 is much greater than for drivers age 20 and older, so insurance companies are right to raise premiums when a teen driver is added to an existing policy. While insuring an underage driver is expensive in all states, premiums vary greatly from one state to another, depending on car insurance regulations, frequency of crashes and claims, as well as the geography in a given state, with states that have large rural areas having lower rates.

According to a research from InsuranceQuotes.com, adding a teen driver to an existing insurance policy raises the policy'

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Fri, 10/10/2014 - 10:09 am by Jordan Perch

Tesla Model S CPO programOne of the most popular electric vehicles nowadays – the Tesla Model S – is widely considered to be a luxury car, which is understandable, given the $69,900 price tag for the base model, along with the abundance of comfort amenities and high performance. This is the reason why it is out of the average consumer's price range, and why it has mostly been targeted to high-end consumers. Nevertheless, Elon Musk, Tesla's CEO, has said repeatedly that one of the company's main goals is to make its cars as affordable as possible, and the latest project towards achieving this goal is the Certified Pre-Owned Program for the Model S, which is set to start very soon.

The news about the CPO program

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Mon, 10/6/2014 - 12:06 pm by Jordan Perch

Self-riving carsIn the last couple of years, driving in the U.S. has been on the decline, a trend that has been especially noticeable among the younger population. With less and less people showing interest in driving, and even owning a car, for that matter, it seems that the driving boom – that started in the mid 1950s – may soon be over. This decline in driving has mostly been attributed to the fact that Baby Boomers have started retiring, while Millennials have been embracing alternative modes of transportation, but rising gas

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Mon, 9/29/2014 - 12:11 pm by 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 by Jason Yeoman

DMV.com'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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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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