The DMV Blog

State By State: Differences In How States Handle Driver’s License Renewals

Mon, 8/6/2018 - 3:43 pm by Andrew Perez

Depending on where you live, renewing your driver’s license can involve online renewals every four years, in person renewals every 10 years, and endless other combinations of available services and policies. With such variety in the options for driver’s license renewals, we wanted to see a state-by-state comparison to understand the implications of moving and to assess how each state handles this essential DMV function. Using information that we pulled from the state information pages on DMV.com, here are the compiled results on the differences between each state’s driver’s license renewals. How Can You Renew Your Driver’s License? The available driver’s license renewal methods are not the same across the country. Whereas some states have embraced digital options — including online renewals — other states have implemented alternate solutions such as renew by mail. Below, we’ve categorized each state’s driver’s … Continued

Washington State Passes New Distracted Driving Law That Bans Holding a Cellphone While Driving

Wed, 8/1/2018 - 10:22 pm by Kirsten Rincon

A new Washington State distracted driving law bans the use of handheld devices while behind the wheel, even if stopped at a red light. The new law goes into effect on July 23, 2017 and will be considered a primary offense that can be put on a driver’s permanent driving record. “I think it’s a good move personally because cellphones are a big part of our lives and everyone feels the need to be connected,” said District 6 Trooper Camron Iverson. “The current law doesn’t address the issue of other social applications, communication on cell phones go way beyond talking and texting.” Governor Jay Inslee signed the measure into law in May but vetoed a section that had the distracted driving rule taking effect in 2019 in order to help enforce the new law sooner. Law enforcement officials are gearing … Continued

Tesla a Threat to GM?

Tue, 7/31/2018 - 9:13 pm by Kirsten Rincon

  Tesla has been regarded as a small, albeit innovative company ever since it was founded in 2003, that didn’t have the potential to become a serious threat to the larger companies that have already established themselves in the global market. The reason why the major American car makers haven’t taken Tesla too seriously is that this electric vehicle manufacturer has had a lot of financial difficulties and was having trouble hitting production targets, which has hurt its reputation quite a bit. Tesla’s business model, which is quite unusual for an automotive company, along with the fact that they sell expensive, luxury vehicles in a time when the economy is in a major crisis, are additional reasons why their competitors have felt comfortable and not the least bit threatened. However, with the latest news regarding the surge of Tesla shares, … Continued

Tougher Fuel-Efficiency Standards for Trucks Proposed in the U.S.

Mon, 7/30/2018 - 9:48 pm by Kirsten Rincon

The U.S. Government has been putting a lot of effort into combating global warming and improving air quality in recent years. One of the key parts of those efforts is reducing carbon emissions from motor vehicles, since transportation is the largest source of air pollution in the country. That is why fuel economy standards are becoming increasingly tougher, mandating automakers to build more efficient vehicles with lower greenhouse gas emission levels. As a result, new cars sold today are much more fuel-efficient than they used to be a couple of years ago, which can not be said about heavy-duty vehicles, though. They have not been affected by the tightening fuel economy regulations as much as passenger cars up until now, but that’s about to change, with the Obama administration recently proposing tougher standards for trucks, mandating a 24-percent reduction of … Continued

Crude Oil Transportation Regulations Need to Get Much Tougher

Mon, 7/30/2018 - 9:22 pm by Kirsten Rincon

In the past few months, there has been a lot of talk about oil transport safety, prompted by a series of accidents involving derailed trains while carrying crude oil, many of which resulted in dozens of fatalities. These accidents have raised some questions about oil transportation regulations, with many lawmakers suggesting that they need to be far stricter, especially when it comes to transport by rail, since safety risks involved in pipeline transport and transport via road are much lower. In May, the U.S. Department of Transportation issued a safety alert for oil trains, mandating railroads to notify state emergency responders whenever they are about to transport oil through their states. Prior to that, the government ordered all railroads to conduct tests of crude oil before transport by train, in order to determine the risk of explosion or fire during … Continued

U.S. House Approves Proposal That Allows Automakers to Deploy Self-Driving Vehicle Fleet

Fri, 7/27/2018 - 11:01 pm by Kirsten Rincon

Last Wednesday, a voice vote took place amongst a panel of U.S. House members resulting in the approval of a proposal which will allow automakers to deploy up to 100,000 self-driving vehicles. According to details of the proposal, automakers will not be required to meet existing auto safety standards. The bill would also prohibit states from regulating the mechanical, software and safety systems of autonomous cars. The legislation had bipartisan support from both Republican and Democratic leaders after Republicans accepted Democratic proposals for provisions to strengthen safety oversight of self-driving vehicles by federal means. “Today’s markup represents the most significant step this subcommittee has taken to date to ultimately enact comprehensive legislation on self-driving technologies and services,” said Bob Latta, the Ohio Republican who chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee‘s Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection panel. “Our work is … Continued

Being Loyal to an Auto Insurer Can Lead to Substantially Higher Premiums

Fri, 7/27/2018 - 7:42 pm by Kirsten Rincon

When it comes to auto insurance, consumers often decide to stick with the same provider for many years in an effort to save some money, since most insurance companies offer loyalty discounts. When it comes to auto insurance, consumers often decide to stick with the same provider for many years in an effort to save some money, since most insurance companies offer loyalty discounts. But, being loyal to an insurer can have the exact opposite effect, with insurers raising the premiums to policyholders who are not likely to jump ship and take their business elsewhere. Many insurance companies increase the rates to loyal customers, using a practice called “price optimization”. Price optimization is the practice used by insurance companies when they want to raise their customers’ premiums even though they have no history of accidents. Insurance companies use this technique … Continued

Drivers Can Now Fight Traffic Tickets From Home Using a New App

Wed, 7/25/2018 - 10:02 pm by Kirsten Rincon

Most U.S. drivers will face expensive traffic tickets at one point or another. In certain cities, low-level speeding tickets can cost residents up to $400 for a single violation. For this reason, entrepreneur Christopher Riley came up with the idea of creating a smartphone application that would “give people access to services like lawyers in a cost efficient way,” he told CNN Money. After being cited with a huge fine for going less than 10mph over the speed limit in Miami, Riley launched TIKD.com, a web application designed to help drivers in need fight traffic tickets. TIKD originally launched its website in February 2017 and currently operates in cities such as Atlanta, Washington DC and Baltimore, as well as in certain parts of Florida and Maryland. According to the company’s executives, they plan to expand to 30 major U.S. markets … Continued

U.S. Drivers Still Not Very Keen on Self-Driving Vehicles

Wed, 7/25/2018 - 7:27 pm by Kirsten Rincon

The world’s leading automakers and tech companies are adamant that driverless cars are poised to bring about a dramatic change to transport, make roads much safer and enhance the overall in-vehicle experience. However, despite the numerous benefits of autonomous driving technology, most drivers have yet to be convinced that self-driving vehicles are safer than conventional, human-operated cars. A new survey shows that a large majority of U.S. drivers don’t want fully autonomous vehicles, and would like to retain a certain level of control over their vehicles in the future. The main reason behind the hesitation among drivers to embrace self-driving cars seems to be the fact that they are not yet sure about what riding in such a vehicle would look like, or how safe or convenient it would be. Safety Concerns About Riding in a Driverless Vehicles Brandon Schoettle … Continued

Google Can Become Leader in the Driverless Car Market Thanks to Its Dominance Over Maps

Wed, 7/25/2018 - 5:33 pm by Kirsten Rincon

Google has been enjoying its dominance in maps for several years now, which has been one of the most significant competitive advantages over its main rival, Apple, and has made Android devices the preferred choice over iOS devices for many consumers. Now, it seems that the hard work and resources they have put into developing the Google Maps app might help them establish leadership in yet another market they have high hopes for– the driverless car market. Along with road infastructure, navigation is clearly one of the most important aspects of autonomous vehicles, as they will have to rely heavily on some sort of maps software to get around, so it’s no surprise that companies like Google and Apple play a huge role in the development of autonomous driving technology.Where is Google’s competetive advantage? So far, Google’s maps have proven … Continued