The DMV Blog
It's no secret that the infrastructure in the U.S. get worse with each passing year, due to the fact that transportation spending has been decreasing for decades, and because the number of vehicles adding extra load on roads has been increasing constantly. Lately, though, the government has been saying that infrastructure has become its top priority, with President Obama introducing a $300 billion transportation plan, to help fix hundreds of thousands of roads and rail lines and build new highways and bridges. While this plan is certainly a step in the right direction for improving the country's infrastructure, its success will depend on how the money will be spent, since so far, all previous governments have been putting a lot of money into concrete and asphalt roads andmore »
While there has been increased societal awareness regarding the dangers of distracted driving, it's clear that the risks associated with driving distracted have not been fully realized by most motorists. Although a great deal of distracted drivers are younger, this issue isn't isolated to younger drivers. Statistics show that a significant majority of drivers still believe driving under the influence to be a more dangerous behavior than distracted driving, despite evidence to the contrary.
While motorists are more aware of distracted driving, statistics show that it hasn't stopped drivers from engaging in dangerous driving habits. In a recent survey administered by DMV.com on the frequency of distracted driving, more than 25% of the 1,400 respondents admitted to texting and driving at least once a month. Unfortunately, the ambivalent attitude towards this danger is apparent as approximately 421,000 people were injured in a crash involving a distracted driver inmore »
In 2009, a new payment system, called Bitcoin, was introduced, that has nothing to do with printed money, credit cards, or banks, only involving virtual coins that can be sent through the Internet. Bitcoin was developed by an anonymous hacker going by the name of Satoshi Nakamoto, and it's an open-source software that can be used by anyone who is willing to solve complex mathematical problems to create digital coins, and use them to purchase various products and services.
Currently, there is a wide array of companies that accept bitcoins as a form of payment, including some big names such as Subway, Target, Amazon, Victoria's Secret, Suntimes.com, Tesla Motors, Kmart, Home Depot, and many more, but theremore »
Given that the vehicle registration renewal process can be a bit complicated, and that vehicle registration services create a drain on the resources of DMVs all over the country, ideas that could simplify this procedure and lower the costs involved in sending renewal notices and new registration stickers are more than welcome. Now, the DMV sends renewal notices to car owners whose vehicle registration is about to expire well in advance, along with a registration renewal application, and it's all done by mail, which induces huge postage costs and puts a strain on the DMV's budget.
DMVs spend millions of dollars each year on postage costs associated with vehicle registration and licensing, and theymore »
Distracted driving and driving under the influence of alcohol are the main causes of road accidents, and while these dangerous driving behaviors put people's lives at risk throughout the year, the frequency of accidents caused by drunk or distracted drivers increases dramatically around one of the most important holidays in the US – the 4th of July. According to statistics from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), 4th of July is the deadliest day on US roads, with over 800 fatal crashes occurring on Independence Day between 2006 and 2010.
The vast majority of these accidents involve drinking and driving or distracted driving. One of the reasons why there are so many car crashes over 4th of July is that the numbermore »
In the last few years, DMVs all over the US have been embracing technology in an effort to enhance efficiency and improve customer service. Some of them have introduced paperless vehicle title systems, issuing electronic titles, which makes the title transfer and vehicle registration renewal procedures less complicated and more convenient for both car owners and DMV employees, while others are offering various online services, and even thinking about replacing traditional metal license plates with electronic ones.
In addition to enhancing customer satisfaction, these efforts for modernization of the DMV are aimed atmore »
Commuting in the US has always been costly and a huge hassle in general, with the average worker spending nearly 50 hours a year stuck in traffic, while trying to get to and from work. America has some of the worst commutes in the world, and even though the average commute time is 25 minutes, there are about 2 million workers that travel at least 50 miles and spend 90 minutes on the road in each direction. However, while US workers may think that their daily commute is the worst, there are other cities across the world that have much worse traffic jams, where workers spend pretty much the same amount of time in traffic, even when they cover shorter distances.
According tomore »
Electric vehicle sales may not have been as strong as expected over the past few years, but the fact is that they have been picking up pace lately, in large part thanks to falling prices, along with federal and state incentives that include tax credits and rebates. In addition to this, there are now much more electric and hybrid models that consumers can choose from, which helps fuel demand further. What's more, plug-in cars are no longer the slow, boring vehicles they used to be, with various models that have similar performances to their gasoline-powered counterparts, and some luxury cars that can cater to the environmentally-conscious high-end consumers.
All these factors have led to a steady increase in plug-in vehicle sales over the past few months, resulting in record-breaking sales in May. According to the data collected by InsideEVs, sales in May set a single-month record in the US, withmore »
DMV.com conducted a study to find out what future generations want their Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to look like. Findings were taken from an 8-month survey on DMV.com. This is what we found:
Privatization - 80% of respondents under the age of 18 were open to outsourcing some DMV services to 3rd parties. The next age bracket (18 - 34) came in at 72%. The older the respondent, the less open they were to privatizing DMV services.
Source: DMV Customer Satisfaction Survey by DMV.com
Digitization - The view that the DMV should increase their investment in online services was relatively strong and consistent among age groups, except for respondents 65 and older. The millennial generation (age 18-more »
While there is no question that hybrids are more fuel efficient than gasoline-powered cars, there are still many ways in which they can be improved and become an even better alternative to conventional vehicles. Various automakers are working on improving their hybrid technology, in an effort to improve the fuel economy of hybrid cars and increase their range. So far, their efforts have mostly been focused on improving battery packs, as well as electric motors, in addition to the regenerative braking systems, but lately, some companies and independent researchers have been working on other potential solutions, that have not been taken into consideration in the past, and could help reduce energy consumption.
One such solution involves installing anmore »