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Automotive Travel Probably Hit A New Record In 2015

Automotive Travel Probably Hit A New Record In 2015

It's nearly official: 2015 was likely the busiest year ever for automotive travel in the U.S. According to the Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration, data from the end of November put America well within range of record territory. During the first 11 months of 2015, U.S... read more

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Worried About Recalls? Just Check Your VIN On The Department of Transportation's New Website

Last summer, we told you about the Department of Transportation's plan to develop a website that would allow motorists to see if their ride had been recalled simply by typing... read more August 20, 2014 by


 
Safety Seat

NHTSA: 628 Children Have Died In Hot Cars Since 1998; Technology To Protect Kids "Isn't There Yet"

Senior officials from the Department of Transportation held a press conference yesterday in Washington, D.C., and the news they shared wasn't much comfort to parents and... read more July 25, 2014 by


 
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Feds Say That GM Doesn't Have To Force Chevy, Pontiac, Saturn Owners To Park Recalled Cars

In early April, a federal judge heard from plaintiffs who wanted General Motors to tell owners of 2.59 million vehicles affected by the "Switchgate" recall to park those cars... read more May 9, 2014 by


 
Semi trailer

Speed Limiters May Be Mandated On 18-Wheelers, Could Cut Top Speed To 68 MPH

Federal officials have a slew of new auto regulations in the works, including backup cameras, data recorders, and -- further down the line -- autonomous car standards. But... read more May 6, 2014 by


 
KidsandCars preventing backovers

Study: Rearview Cameras Better At Detecting Objects Than Parking Sensors

In 2008, the U.S. Congress passed the Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act (PDF), which, among other things, required that all new cars sold in the U.S. come... read more March 18, 2014 by


 
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Your Car May Soon Be Required To 'Talk' (To Other Cars, Anyway)

Vehicle-to-vehicle communications systems will make automotive travel dramatically safer and more efficient. So, what's the big holdup? The National Highway Traffic Safety... read more February 4, 2014 by


 
KidsandCars preventing backovers

Rearview Cameras Still Delayed, Consumer Groups Sue DOT

The Department of Transportation (DOT) is the target of a lawsuit filed today in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, in New York, by safety advocates and two... read more September 25, 2013 by


 
Taxi accident

U.S. Traffic Deaths Decline in 2011; Fatality Rate Hits All-Time Low

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has completed its analysis of traffic data from last year, and the findings are astonishing. In 2011, fewer people died on... read more December 11, 2012 by 1


 
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NTSB Wants To End Distracted Driving, Mandate Safety Tech

The National Transportation Safety Board has released its 2013 "Most Wanted List". But unlike the FBI photocopies pinned up at post offices, the NTSB isn't looking for... read more November 15, 2012 by 0


 
Distracted driving

Texting Tickets Could Cost You Down The Road

In most of America, it's illegal to text and drive. Today, 39 states and the District of Columbia now have laws on the books forbidding the practice. Chances are, you live in... read more October 26, 2012 by 0


 
yellow light

Stop Or Go: What Do You Do At Yellow Lights?

No matter how many years you’ve been driving, you’ve likely encountered situations where you need to make a decision about what to do at a yellow light. Depending... read more September 25, 2012 by 4


 
Traffic

Surface Transportation Bill Finally Passes. So, What's In It?

After a long, grueling slog through both houses of Congress, the highly anticipated, two-year surface transportation bill has finally passed. But now that it's been hacked to... read more July 2, 2012 by 0


 
U.S. Capitol

Consumers Union Pushes Car-Safety Rules On Capitol Hill

The surface transportation bill that's been slowly and not-so-surely winding its way through both houses of Congress has been called many things. Notably, Transportation... read more June 5, 2012 by 0


 
First Scene Car Blackbox Traveling Data Recorder

Coming Soon To Your New Car: A Black Box Data Recorder

Last week, we told you about a proposal from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that would require brake-override systems on new vehicles. But there's more... read more April 20, 2012 by 6


 
Toyota's FollowMe navigation unit

LaHood's Safety Regulations Say Moving Maps Are A No-No

Back in February, we told you about some new rules -- or rather, suggestions -- that the Department of Transportation had compiled for automakers. The rules/suggestions were... read more March 27, 2012 by 1


 

 
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