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Wyoming, Hawaii Have America's Favorite License Plates, Delaware Not So Much
Wyoming, Hawaii Have America's Favorite License Plates, Delaware Not So Much

Few of us pay much attention to license plates. They're just slices of metal printed with numbers and letters -- useful for identification purposes, but little else. But like everything in our manufactured world, license plates are fully designed objects. People spend months, if not years, choosing...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»

Couple arguing
Study: Your Spouse Is The Most Annoying Driver You Know

As the holidays approach, you and your family/loved ones/significant other/pets will likely do a lot of traveling -- most of it by car. So, as if the thought of spending a long, uncomfortable afternoon with your drunk aunts, uncles, and cousins weren't stressful enough, you've also got to put up...Read More»

BMW Concept X5 eDrive plug-in hybrid
Study: Consumers Very Interested In Electric Cars & Hybrids. Diesels, Not So Much

Last week, we told you about a new study commissioned by Audi, which proves that consumers want to see more diesel vehicles in U.S. showrooms. That struck us as awfully convenient, since Audi has been trying for years to persuade Americans that diesels provide the improved fuel economy and reduced...Read More»

2013 Audi TDI range
Audi Gets Snippy, Publishes Survey To Prove That Americans Want Diesels, Not Electric Cars

Due to environmental concerns and increasing government regulation, automakers around the globe are working to create vehicles that achieve greater fuel efficiency and reduce emissions. Many automakers are relying on hybrid and electric technology to reach those goals, but not Volkswagen: VW and...Read More»

Older driver with phone
Yikes: Nearly 1 In 4 Adults Surf The Internet While Driving

Bad news for foes of distracted driving: a new survey from State Farm says the problem is getting worse, even though drivers know better. In July 2013, the Annual State Farm Distracted Driving Survey polled 1,014 adults across the U.S., asking them about their behavior behind the wheel and their...Read More»

Stanford/Audi TTS autonomous Pikes Peak car, aka 'Shelley'
Would You Consider An Autonomous Car If It Came With A Deep Insurance Discount?

At this point, the question isn't whether autonomous cars will become a reality. We already know the answer: yes, they will. And soon. Now, the question is: when will the motoring public will get onboard with self-driving vehicles? The answer will determine how quickly autonomous cars -- and their...Read More»

More than ten percent have participated in sexual activity while driving
Survey: 25 Percent Would Give Up Sex To Be Traffic-Free

The daily wear and tear of traffic really gets to us. So much, it seems, that we're willing to give up some things we treasure—and perhaps some stress relievers—in order to be free of the grasp of gridlock. In a recent survey, more than a quarter of those polled said that they would...Read More»

2013 Toyota Camry
Camry Loses CR Recommended Status, Audi Among Most Reliable Brands

Consumer Reports has released the results of its Annual Auto Reliability ratings and rankings, and it's likely the results were met with a collective wince over at Toyota. That's because while the automaker—and its Lexus luxury counterpart—still ranked above all others in reliability...Read More»

Who's snooping through your car? (via CarInsurance.com)
Car-Borrowers Are Snoops, And Here's The Proof

When people ask to borrow our computers, we fear the worst. We clear our browser history, hide questionable files, and turn off chat programs to prevent moms or granddads or co-workers from stumbling across anything unseemly. Do we do the same when folks borrow our cars? Probably not -- but...Read More»

A Moon Pie made by the Chattanooga Bakery
America's Favorite Food To Eat Behind The Wheel Is...

Like Lindsay Lohan and Jack Daniels or Mickey Rourke and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, eating and driving make a terrible pair. For starters, munching behind the wheel is a distraction. No, it doesn't receive as much attention in the press as texting, talking, or tweeting, but eating...Read More»

Gossip Girl presents the faces of Generation Y
J.D. Power Confirms: Brand Loyalty Is Dead, Especially Among Millennials

As automakers know all too well, Americans have a love-hate relationship with cars. And as if that weren't bad enough, J.D. Power has just revealed that brand loyalty -- the thing that brought our parents back to the same dealership year after year -- is dying a slow death. Among Generation Y...Read More»

Angry Driver with Road Rage
Study: Women Flip Off Other Drivers, Men Key Cars For Revenge

It's funny how terrible drivers suddenly become experts on terrible driving when they get behind the wheel. We may be drifting out of our lane, our turn signal may have been blinking for the past five miles, but when we're driving, everyone else is an idiot. This peculiar brand of egomania has a...Read More»

Couple arguing
Study Finds That Men Are From Lincoln, Women Are From Volvo

In marketing, companies always track the demographics of their customers to identify shopping trends. They look at age, geography, income, and many other factors, but perhaps none more so than sex. The auto industry isn't immune from this -- not by a long shot -- and it's drawn a number of...Read More»

Smart Fortwo Hello Kitty
The 12 Most Embarrassing Cars In America

We've all had to drive one -- some of us, more than one. Maybe it was our first ride, a hand-me-down clunker from our great-aunt Lorraine. Maybe it was a friend's sputtering pickup we'd borrowed for a cross-town move. It might've even been a rental -- one of those big, beige, boxy sedans that...Read More»

Digital dashboard cluster of a Mercury Grand Marquis (via Ruben de Rijcke)
Do You Know What Your Dashboard Warning Lights Mean?

We see them every time we start our cars. From time to time, we see them while we're driving, and we're filled with a dark mix of fear and dread. But really, how many of our cars' warning lights can we properly identify? Across the Pond, Brittania Rescue wondered the same thing, so they...Read More»

2014 Ford Fiesta ST
Forget Amazon & Lowe's: Ford Is The Top Brand In America

Ford has done it: the Detroit automaker is now the best-perceived brand in the U.S. -- not just among car companies, but among all companies. That news comes from marketing research firm YouGov. Every day of the week, its workers speak to 5,000 Americans, gauging public opinion on 1,100 of the...Read More»

Infographic: Automotive Relationship Survey, via AutoTrader
Breaking Up (With Your Car) Is Hard To Do

A car can be like the third wheel in a relationship. When does the new girlfriend get to drive it? Would you rather spend your Sunday cruising the highways or snuggling with the boyfriend? The Bermuda love triangle that sits between two lovers and one car has wrecked more than a few marriages...Read More»

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