Although electric cars provide obvious environmental benefit, public opinion is still divided - mostly because of the range of associated anxiety issues and lack of commercial viability. But, over the past couple of years, interest in electric vehicles has started to increase significantly. This can be attributed gasoline taking a bigger bite out of our wallets and a growing concern for the environment. Though, the number of electric car-lovers is increasing, a widespread adoption of electric cars is yet to happen. There are still a lot of drivers who are convinced that traditional, gasoline-powered cars will always out-power and over-shadow.
To change their minds, we've created the following list ofmore »
DMV.com is proud to announce the launch of a new section: The DMV News Center
The section aggregates local, state, and national information related to driving and the Department of Motor Vehicles. This includes DMV office closures, schedule changes, policy updates, and driving regulation changes. When checking a DMV office location online, drivers will see news updates specific to their location that provides time sensitive, up to date, information about their DMV.
The following is the type of information you can expect to see:
DMV Schedule Changes - From holiday hours, to permanent and temporary changes to the operating schedule, we will report what you need to know so you don't arrive to the DMV when it is closed.
DMV Location Changes - If an office has temporarily relocated for renovations or has permanently moved, we will report it. This also includes if an office hasmore »
Most car owners think about selling their car and replacing it with a new one at some point. Some of them start thinking about it as soon as they buy their new car, and try their best to keep it in good shape so that they can get as much as possible for it when time comes to sell it. Trying to increase your car's resale value is not an easy task, but it can be done if you just follow a few simple tips that have to do with maintenance, driving habits, and adding certain features that can help them get the a better price.
Purchase a Car That Has a High Resale Value
One of the best ways to make sure that you will be able to get as much money as possible for your used car is to buy a car that keeps its value for a long time. Before buying a car, do a littlemore »
Since it's clear that Google and auto-giants like Audi, Volvo, and Nissan are serious about bringing a self-driving car to market, authorities will have to create new legislation. They have to adjust existing traffic laws, and enact new ones, to ensure that occupants of autonomous cars are safe, and that they don't pose a threat to the safety of others.
Legislators in California, Nevada and Florida have begun proposing regulation for self-driving cars, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is conducting a study to develop recommendations for state laws.
NHTSA Recommendationsmore »
At the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, General Motors introduced the most powerful standard Corvette ever built. It featured exterior design changes, and a comfortable interior with new high-tech features. Its many improvements raised the bar for future models. Judging by the announcement of the Performance Data Recorder, it seems that the 2015 Corvette will live up to expectations.
Performance Data Recorder
The new Corvette Stingray, which will hit the production line in the third quarter of 2014, will give drivers the opportunity to record their entire driving experience. The system consists of a front-facing 720p HD digital video camera, mounted on the car'smore »
Many automakers are in the process of developing autonomous-driving technology with the intention of bringing a self-driving car to market within the next 15 years. These vehicles will have the ability to turn, brake, accelerate, and swerve to avoid a collision. They will also be able to park themselves, which will come as a relief to many drivers. While fully-autonomous cars may still be far from the dealership, many cars with self-parking features can be found on the road today.
A typical self-parking system relies on sensors, cameras, radars, and computer controls. Recently however, Swedish automaker, Volvo has created a concept car that can park itself without the help of a driver. With this car, amore »
While automakers are investing heavily in vehicle safety, national authorities have been busy trying to improve road safety through infrastructure. One of the most in
novative solutions could be glow-in-the-dark highways.
This concept was designed by Daan Roosegaarde, owner of Studio Roosegaarde, a design lab based in the Netherlands. The studio has developed various traffic-safety products, including interactive streetlights, and battery-charging tracks. Their latest project, a so-called "Smart Highway" received the Best Future Concept award at the Dutch Design Awards 2012.
Glow-in-the-Dark Road Markings
The Smart Highway is an innovative solution quite different than traditional highways we know. For one thing,more »
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 »