Driving

How far do you drive each day? Our poll results
How far do you drive each day? Our poll results

According to the US. Department of Transportation, the average American drives 13,476 miles per year. That works out to 1,123 miles each month and about 37 miles per day. That's in keeping with statistics we've seen before--statistics that automakers have relied on when developing electric cars...Read More»

The zipper merge from a video by the Kansas Department of Transportation
What's the best way to merge when a lane closes? Use 'The Zipper'

Summer is long gone, meaning that nearly all of us have returned to our daily freeway commutes, which are often full of clogged construction zones. Want a tip to make the drive go faster? Use the "zipper merge" whenever possible. The funny thing about the zipper merge (aka "the late merge") is that...Read More»

Saudi Arabian women driving bumper cars in Arwa Al Neami's documentary Never Never Land
Saudi women taste driving freedom behind the wheel of bumper cars: video

Everyone likes a carnival. Some people like the funnel cakes, some like the totally-not-rigged games, and Saudi Arabian women like the bumper cars. Scratch that: they love the bumper cars. Saudi women are prohibited from driving--not by law, but by tradition and by conservative Muslim clerics. In...Read More»

A Dream Garage
Analysis: The More Cars You Have, The More You Drive One Of Them

The fewer vehicles you have in your household, the more likely you are to put some serious miles on each of those wheels, right? Actually, that’s not at all the case. U.S. households with four to six vehicles are likely to put more than 20,000 miles annually on just one of their vehicles. And...Read More»

Best and worst drivers in America (study by CarInsuranceComparison.com)
Are Democrats Better Drivers Than Republicans?

Last week, we published an article about the worst (and best) drivers in America. A study carried out by CarInsuranceComparison.com revealed that the worst drivers -- based on fatality rates, traffic citations, and other factors -- tended to live in the South, with better drivers situated in the...Read More»

Best and worst drivers in America (study by CarInsuranceComparison.com)
Louisiana Drivers Are The Worst In America (Rest of The South Isn't So Hot, Either)

When Shakespeare wrote about Italians and Spaniards, he tended to make them a little crazy. Too much sun makes the blood boil, went the thinking at the time. Four-hundred years down the road, we know that most Renaissance medical theories were pure hogwash, but could a new study about driving in...Read More»

Drowsy driver - AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety
Drivers 19-24 Still Nodding Off Behind The Wheel, Says AAA

Younger drivers might be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, but it might only be because of the energy drinks they're gulping down to counter chronic fatigue and stay alert behind the wheel. One year later and not much difference in the behavior of younger drivers ages 19-24 – they’re still...Read More»

'Toward Los Angeles': hitchhikers photographed by Dorothea Lange, via Library of Congress
More U.S. Families Opt Out Of Auto Ownership

We've been told time and time and time again that young people just aren't that into cars. Apparently, that's the good news. According to a study published by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and the U.S. Department of Transportation (PDF), the U.S. population...Read More»

Saudi Arabian women campaign for the right to drive, plan protest for October 26, 2013
Women: Saudi Cleric Says That Driving Will Ruin Your Ovaries

According to playground insiders, you shouldn't swallow gum, because it'll float around in your stomach for seven years. Also, chocolate will give you acne, and if someone slaps you on the back, your face will stick like that. Now, there's another bit of grade-school science making the rounds...Read More»

Driving stats compiled by Michael Sivak, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute
Another Study Confirms That Driving In The U.S. Peaked In 2004

Back in May, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) published a study that showed Americans are driving less. The PIRG study made a number of intriguing claims, all of which pointed to the fact that driving in the U.S. peaked in 2004. And due to a range of factors -- notably, the increased...Read More»

Per-capita vehicle-miles traveled & GDP, from a study by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group
It's Not The Economy After All: Americans Began Driving Less In 2004

During the Great Recession, researchers noticed a curious trend: Americans were driving less. Analysts devised numerous theories linking the economic downturn to our driving habits, but according to a recently published study, the two have very little to do with one another. The study was conducted...Read More»

Skip Barber Mazda Driving School - Skidpad
Teaching Teens Safer Driving: Skip Barber Racing School

Poll parents with teenagers at driving age, and probably, you'll find they don't think their kids have been trained adequately to drive defensively on the road. Some teenagers might even admit the same. Our own driving experiences run the gamut. Without giving away the ages of our editorial staff...Read More»

2011 Dodge Charger Pursuit police vehicle
Minnesota Policeman Uses Mace On Deaf Driver, City Settles Case For $93,450

On November 17, 2006, Douglas D. Bahl was pulled over in St. Paul for allegedly running a red light. Ordinarily, a driver in that situation would've provided a license and other documents, chatted with the police officer, and maybe gotten off with a warning. (Or not.) That's not what happened. Bahl...Read More»

Older driver
AAA Survey: Older Drivers Paying Attention To Safety

In spite of statistics that show the oldest drivers have some of the highest accident-fatality rates, new data from a survey of 7,972 seniors suggests that older drivers are getting better at safer driving. Among seniors surveyed, nine in 10 buckle up when they get in the driver’s seat and...Read More»

Angry Driver with Road Rage
Six Rules Of The Road You Should Observe (But Probably Won't)

Journalists who cover the auto industry drive a lot of cars. Which means we like to think we know a little more about driving than other people. Not you, of course. Statistically, you know you're a better driver than most other people on the roads. We're talking about those other ones. But each of...Read More»

A MINI Cooper, stuffed with 28 agile women - image: MINI
Women Drivers Outnumber Men, But Men Have Higher Fatality Rate On The Road

In the early part of the 20th century, it was unusual to see women behind the wheel. But as viewers of Downton Abbey know, that began to change during World War I, when women were permitted to do things previously deemed "unseemly". Case in point: Gertrude Stein learned to drive so she could...Read More»

Traffic in Atlanta, Georgia during rush hour (via Wikimedia)
The Ten Worst U.S. Cities For Traffic Congestion

The grass, it seems, is always greener on the other side of the highway median. Ask any U.S. driver about his commute, and you’ll likely get a lengthy tirade about the abysmal traffic conditions on his daily drive. Whether you live in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Spokane, New York or even Orlando...Read More»

Relative claim frequencies by rated driver age, calendar year 2010 (from HLDI)
Aging Boomers Won't Wreck America's Roads: Here's Why

We've all heard about Baby Boomers and how they're hurtling toward retirement. We've also read numerous studies that show older drivers are more accident prone when they get behind the wheel. So, should we fear the thought of this massive generation tumbling into senior-citizendom (joining their...Read More»

Woman driving
Shifting Demographics: In The U.S., More Women Drive Than Men

As we saw during last week's election, the demographics of the U.S. are changing. Older white men -- once the country's key voting block -- make up an increasingly small percentage of the electorate, while African Americans, Latinos, and women are gaining ground. A similar demographic shift is...Read More»

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