Posts by Jordan Perch
Due to their inexperience and susceptibility to distraction and peer pressure, teen drivers are more prone to accidents than older drivers, which is why they could use every tool that can help them stay safe while on the road. Lately, smartphone apps have become one of the best tools for ensuring teen driver safety, by helping them stay focused on the road and preventing them from engaging in risky driving behaviors.
With the average fuel economy of new vehicles rising constantly over the past couple of years, many states around the country have been seeing a significant drop in gas tax revenue, contributing to the continuing declines in road quality.
Composing, sending, or reading text messages while operating a motor vehicle has long been regarded as the most common driver distraction, causing over 1 million accidents on U.S. roadways per year.
In the United States, motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of death, with 32,719 deaths occurring in 30,057 fatal crashes in 2013, according to statistics from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), which makes for a fatality rate of 10.3 deaths per 100,000 people.
In recent years, automakers have managed to make immense strides in advancing fuel-cell technologies, but mass-produced affordable hydrogen-powered vehicles are still far from becoming a reality.
Higher purchase cost than regular cars is one of the reasons why electric vehicles are still struggling to break out of their niche, with auto industry observers expecting them to remain so until there is a significant improvement in battery technology. That's why auto industry analysts have always considered EV owners to be a niche group, who have been thought to be more affluent than regular-car buyers.
Over the past couple of years, a trend toward less driving has been pretty apparent in the United States, fueled by a variety of factors, including the increased use of public transport and rising fuel prices, which raised the question of whether the country has reached “peak car” - a theory that vehicle miles traveled per capita has peaked at a certain point and will only decline from that point on.
A recent survey conducted by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) unequivocally shows that the more vehicles a family owns, the more it tends to use them. The EIA has released a report that compiles data from the Department of Transportation's National Household Survey (NHTS), suggesting that households with more than one vehicle travel more than those that own just one.
Having higher repair costs than regular cars has always been one of the few negative aspects of hybrids, and one of the things that has prevented them from becoming more mainstream. But, this has started to change in recent years, with automakers managing to bring down the cost of hybrid drivetrains, which is the most expensive part in these alternative fuel vehicles.