Since Proposition 103 was passed in California, in 1988, car insurance rates started going down, while on a national level, car insurance costs have increased by 43 percent during this period. Prop. 103 was enacted in large part thanks to consumer advocates, who were urged by car owners to do something about the extremely high insurance premiums that they had to pay at that time.
Auto insurance in California became mandatory in 1984, and insurance companies started raising their rates significantly, immediately after the law went into effect. This put an additional strain on all car owners' budgets, so advocates proposed a measure which would prohibit insurance companies from further increasing their rates without getting an approvalmore »
Going to the DMV has never been a pleasure for most Americans. There are plenty of reasons why people hate visiting the DMV, with long wait times probably being the main reason. Long lines have always been an issue for DMVs across the country, and waiting for half an hour or more for a service is not uncommon. On top of that, DMV employees are often very impolite and most visitors are not satisfied with their service. Some of the issues the DMV is facing can be solved by moving certain services online, cutting wait times and reducing costs. DMVs in various states have already made several of their services available online, which has helped them become much more efficient.
It's clear that technology can helpmore »
The holiday season is a time of celebration. A time when friends and family get together, socialize, and enjoy each others company. Here at DMV.com we would like to remind the public that with celebration comes responsibility - for yourself and for your loved ones.
According to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 31% of all traffic fatalities are caused by drunk driving. That is 9,878 American deaths every year. To make matters worse, the number increased by 444 in 2012.more »
It was recently revealed that GM plans to offer free maintenance on certain models built in 2014 -- these models include select ones from Chevrolet, Buick, and GMC. During the first two years, or 24,000 miles, customers will be able to take their vehicle to an authorized dealer for services like tire rotation, oil changes, inspections, and other routine maintenance. What’s the real savings for a program like this? It might not be as much as you think...
Programs that offer free services are usually only made available to the buyers of more premium brands -- GM’s Cadillac brand already comes with a maintenance program that pays for dealership services during the first 50,000 miles or 4 years.
This is a part of the effort by GM to gain loyal customers for their brands. GM has also offered cash rebate incentives to customers throughout the current model year, leading to a spike in sales thatmore »
So you have been planning and waiting to get on the road for weeks with either your friends or family but are you properly prepared for the trip ahead? Every year thousands of Americans set out on adventures to their destinations and it can be crucial that the proper steps be taken in order to make the trip go according to plan. When it comes to the vehicle that you are taking on the trip there are a few steps to take such as first checking the tread life left on your tires and if there is proper tread life to safely complete the amount of miles you plan to travel. If you are unsure then you can always have the tires checked at an inspection station or by a tire installation shop. The next step is to check the tire pressure in allmore »
Here at DMV.com we are participating in the #MY3THANKS blog carnival where the goal is to outline 3 things we are thankful for in 2013. As we have covered the auto industry in the past year, we decided to outline the top 3 innovations in the industry. We are grateful for them.
Today, as customers get more knowledgeable and demanding, innovation becomes even more important than it used to be, and that's why pretty much all car manufacturers, as well as other companies that are involved in the industry in some way, have significantly increased their R&D investment in recent years. Most of the innovations and in the auto industry that were introduced this year have to do with in-car connectivity, autonomous driving, as well as fuel efficiency and green technologies.
Audi's Piloted Parking Systemmore »
Drowsy Driving Prevention Week (November 6-12) just wrapped up and the campaign reached out to many people during the six days it went on this year. While this program is mainly meant to educate younger drivers, all motorist can benefit from greater awareness of the dangers of driving while drowsy.
We all know about the dangers of driving while intoxicated and distracted driving, but drowsy driving doesn’t make it on the docket for many driver’s safety programs. That’s why this particular campaign is important, it’s the only one of its kind and it brings this dangerous scenario to light.
Highlights for Driver Awareness
- Being awake for more than 20 hours hinders drivers the same way having a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 does -- which is the legal limit in most states.
- The National Highway Traffic Safety
Green cars have been gaining traction lately and it's becoming more and more obvious that thy are the next big thing for the world's biggest automakers. Today, unlike a couple of years ago, there are plenty of electric and hybrid models that consumers can choose from, but many people are still not that familiar with the way alternative fuel vehicles work and what they are capable of. If you are interested in buying a green car, but you are not sure which one to choose, you can use the list complied by Green Car Report for their Best Car To Buy award. Green Car Report's shortlist includes 5 vehicles that will be available for purchase by April 2014.
Chevrolet Cruze Dieselmore »
The decision to privatize government services often comes with political turmoil and heated debates. There are cases, however, where privatization initiatives have come with bipartisan and public support. In a survey we wrote about here, 65% were open to 3rd party initiatives by the DMV.
"Privatization is not the province of a single ideology or political party. It’s, rather, a pragmatic way to respond to major challenges." This quote is from former congressman Dick Zimmer who was the Chairman of the New Jersey Privatization Task Force. It is from a committee report in 2010, while NJ was evaluating privatization initiatives with the DMV (the debate overmore »
Here at DMV.com, we decided it was time to look into how Americans interact with the government, and in particular, the state-run Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Over the past 4 months, we gathered responses from across the country to uncover the key issues and find out what people are willing to do to solve them.
The results were surprising. Not only are people dissatisfied with the inefficiencies and growing costs of government; they want drastic changes to the system.
Could you picture a world without the DMV as we know it? What if we moved most of the services online and outsourced the rest? We could essentially get rid of the DMV. Some state DMVs (like the California DMV - see the state site) are already starting down this road and the numbers are coming back positive.
The time for this discussion is now. With the current roadblocksmore »