Department of Transportation

Stop Or Go: What Do You Do At Yellow Lights?
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 on where and when you drive most regularly, you may experience this on a frequent basis. The question becomes: do you stop...Read More»

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 shreds by the House and the Senate, then stitched back together in joint committee, what, exactly, is in it? Hard to say...Read More»

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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 Secretary Ray LaHood called the House version "the worst transportation bill I’ve ever seen during 35 years of public...Read More»

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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 change afoot in D.C.: according to Mashable, legislation has passed in the U.S. Senate that would mandate the installation of...Read More»

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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 meant to set standards for in-car equipment that would help curb distracted driving. Our colleagues at Cnet have done a close...Read More»

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Ray LaHood Proposes New Rules To Combat Distracted Driving

Back in December, the National Transportation Safety Board proposed strict new guidelines governing the use of mobile devices in automobiles. Shortly thereafter, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood implied that portions of the NTSB's guidelines were unnecessary -- namely the part about...Read More»

Car shopping
Dealers Warn Fuel Rules Will Boost Car Costs By $5000: We Break It Down

Back in November, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation announced new fuel-efficiency regulations affecting vehicles built through 2025. Many automakers and environmental groups have praised the guidelines, but dealers warn that they could boost the cost of new...Read More»

Project Ignition
Project Ignition Teen Safety Leaders Share Their Perspective With DOT

For the student representatives from 10 Project Ignition National Leader Schools, January 9, 2012 was a day they’ll not soon forget. That’s the day they spent at the U.S. Department of Transportation in Washington, D.C. sharing how they and their classmates are positively impacting teen...Read More»

Ray LaHood and President Barack Obama
Ray LaHood Say Hands-Free Calls Are A-Okay, Throws NTSB Under Bus

Last week, the National Transportation Safety Board announced sweeping recommendations that would prohibit drivers from using mobile phones at all -- even for hands-free calls. But according to an article in the Detroit News, fellow fed Ray LaHood has thrown the NTSB under the metaphorical bus...Read More»

Car accident
Traffic Fatalities Dip To Lowest Level Since 1949

Auto sales are on the mend. Holiday shopping is booming. And now, there's a bit more good news: U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has just announced that traffic fatalities for 2010 reached historic lows. In fact, the U.S. hasn't seen stats like these since 1949. In all, 32,885 people died...Read More»

Dan Akerson, GM CEO as of September 1, 2010
GM Says New Fuel Rules Are A Big Win For U.S. Automakers

On Wednesday, the Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency announced new fuel-economy rules for vehicles manufactured during the 2017 - 2025 model years. While those regulations will invariably lead to higher car prices for consumers -- around $950 at a minimum -- the...Read More»

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Higher Fuel Standards For 2025 Coming Today: What They Mean For You

By the year 2025, cars and light trucks sold in the U.S. will have to earn a combined city/highway rating of 54.5 miles per gallon. That's according to new fuel economy regulations set forward by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation, which the Detroit Free Press...Read More»

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LaHood Says Communities Can Upgrade Signs At Their Own Pace

Ever wondered why road signs are made the way they are? How the government manages to ensure that they're consistent? Most of the standards for directional signs, traffic lights, and other roadway signage are set out in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, which is the Federal Highway...Read More»

Traffic
DOT’s Connected Vehicle Drive Clinics Gear Up for 6-City Test

Although the first venue in the six-city U. S. Department of Transportation’s Connected Vehicle Drive Clinics is just weeks away, there’s a lot at stake in what happens. Dubbed the Driver Acceptance Clinics, these clinics are designed to test how drivers respond to and accept in-car...Read More»

Texting behind the wheel
Ex-DOT Chiefs Want Federal Teen Driving Legislation

With possible legislative action in Congress this summer on a multi-year surface transportation authorization bill this summer, two former U.S. Department of Transportation officials are urging support for the Safe Teen and Novice Driver Uniform Protection (STANDUP) Act, H.R. 1515 and S. 538...Read More»

Teen driving
Is A Nationwide Ban On Hand-Held Phone Use By Drivers Coming?

Talking on a hand-held cell phone while driving is currently illegal in nine states, and texting while driving is illegal in thirty-four. Both laws could be the most widely ignored since Prohibition or the 55-mile-per-hour speed limit, but that may change if New York representative Carolyn McCarthy...Read More»

Texting while driving
Is The Federal Government Planning To Disable Our Cell Phones?

"Is the Government About to Block Cell Phone Signals in Cars?" That's the molotov cocktail of a headline that Time magazine ran yesterday when it announced that U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is looking at new ways to curb distracted driving. (He's been doing so for ages, but apparently...Read More»

Fatalities per mile driven by age, from FiveThirtyEight.com, DoT data analyzed by IIHS
Teen Drivers Die In Crashes. Old Folks Too. Who's Feared Most?

Did you see the recent Hyundai ad that touts the safety of its new 2011 Sonata by playing on your fear of out-of-control teens behind the wheel? It cites the statistic that 3 million young adults will get new drivers' licenses each year--over a clip of a young woman being launched into the air on a...Read More»

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Money Pit: Potholes, Poor Roads Cost Motorists $335 Per Year

Think those deep potholes and frost heaves along the commute—and all the rattles and squeaks they elicit from your car—are costing you big in extra repairs and vehicle wear? You're right! Awful road conditions cost U.S. motorists $67 billion per year in additional repairs and operating...Read More»

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