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Study Finds That Men Are From Lincoln, Women Are From Volvo
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»

Drowsy drivers warning sign (photo by Flickr user Phil Robinson)
Could Cruise Control Kill You?

For decades, cruise control has been a common feature on automobiles. It's beloved by many road-trippers, who say that it reduces fatigue and boosts fuel economy. But others aren't so sold on the technology. When it debuted, for example, older drivers worried about their ability to deactivate it...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»

Auto mechanics, California (photo by T. Voekler, via Wikimedia)
Women Pay More For Car Repair When They Look Less Confident

Very few people walk into repair shops knowing exactly what's wrong with their vehicles. Some folks have hunches, though, and that can make all the difference when it comes to the price they're quoted -- especially if those folks are women. That's the finding of a study conducted by the Kellogg...Read More»

Dean Winters as 'Mayhem' in Allstate ad campaign
J.D. Power: Insurance Rates Rise & So Does Customer Dissatisfaction

If you keep tabs on your insurance premium, you may have recently noticed it edging up. And as it does, your dissatisfaction with your insurer is likely to climb, too. While that might appear to be common sense, it's been verified in the 2013 U.S. Auto Insurance Study, conducted by J.D. Power and...Read More»

Drunken Corvette driver parks in puppeteer's living room -- image via The Burbank Leader
Is Your Designated Driver Too Drunk To Drive?

The Abstainer, the Chosen One, the Schmuck Who Drew the Short Straw: designated drivers are known by many names. According to a recent study, however, one name that many designated drivers don't live up to is "sober". The study was conducted by Adam Barry, an assistant professor of health education...Read More»

Bluetooth headset concept by Ilshat Garipov
More Proof That Hands-Free Devices Are Distracting

If you enjoy using Bluetooth headsets or making calls through your dashboard, we have some bad news: a recent study suggests that using hands-free devices can be a major distraction for drivers. The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Alberta, and it's one of several that have...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»

2013 Dodge Dart GT
Domestic Brands Find Owner 'Love' In Quality Study

Choose a domestic-brand car, like the 2013 Dodge Dart or 2013 Ford Fusion, and you might actually be in love. That's what the latest study results from the market-research firm Strategic Vision suggest. The Dart, along with the Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Durango, Buick Enclave, Chevrolet...Read More»

Flo, for Progressive Insurance
Few Look To Switch Auto Insurers, But Those Who Do Often Jump Ship

Back in January, J.D. Power & Associates released its 2013 U.S. Auto Claims Satisfaction Study, which showed that most Americans are happy with their insurers, based on the way those companies handl the claims process. But what if we looked at customer satisfaction from a slightly different...Read More»

Distracted driving
Study: Hands-Free Texting Is No Safer Than Typing

A debate is raging about taking and making hands-free calls behind the wheel. Some folks think the practice is perfectly safe, while others (like the National Transportation Safety Board) believe that all conversations are distracting, whether or not drivers hold a phone to their ear. But what...Read More»

Couple arguing
Who Lies More Often About Driving Mistakes: Husbands Or Wives?

Stop us if you've heard this one before. A woman runs out of the house one morning, late for work. As she whips open the driver's side door, she notice a scar/dent/ding on the front fender. She stops what she's doing, dashes back into the house, and asks her husband what happened to the car. He...Read More»

Coffee
Go On, Have Another Cup: Caffeine May Reduce Auto Accidents

If you like coffee as much as we do, this Friday is about to get a whole lot better. Not only does java make a great eye-opener, but according to a report in BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal), it could also keep you safer on the road. That claim comes from researchers in Australia, who...Read More»

Flo, for Progressive Insurance
J.D. Power: Satisfaction With Car Insurance Climbs, Even In The Wake Of Sandy & Isaac

J.D. Power and Associates has released the first data from its 2013 U.S. Auto Claims Satisfaction Study, and the news is good for auto insurance agencies: drivers in the U.S. are increasingly satisfied with their insurers. In December 2012, Power surveyed over 3,000 auto insurance clients who had...Read More»

Overweight driver buckling seatbelt
Fat & Fatalities: Obese Drivers 80% More Likely To Die In Car Crashes

A recent study led by Dr. Katherine M. Flegal at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made headlines by suggesting that overweight people may live longer than their normal-weight friends. Which made those of us who've been trying to lose 10 or 20 pounds put down our crullers and jump for...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»

Monotype and MIT AgeLab study links fonts with reduced driver distraction risk
Garamond Vs. Arial: Fonts Can Increase Your Risk Of Crashing

Design fanatics spend a lot of time obsessing over fonts. They debate the readability of Times Roman, the 20th-century functionalism of Helvetica, the low-level IQ of Comic Sans. (Which has generated a hilariously profane response from Comic Sans itself.) But discussion of typefaces is more than an...Read More»

2013 Lincoln MKZ
Lincoln, Lexus, Buick, Subaru Ace Customer Satisfaction Index

Customer satisfaction is on the upswing -- at least in the auto industry. In fact, a new study shows that the majority of auto brands have improved in customers' eyes, and satisfaction has matched an all-time high. The news comes from American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), which gauges...Read More»

Volkswagen 'Autobahn for All' commercial
How Many Shoppers Skip The Test Drive? More Than You Think

Everyone knows that most consumers begin researching their next ride online (or, if you're lucky, in a swanky digital showroom). But do you have so much faith in your web-based legwork that you'd be willing to forego the test drive altogether? A surprising number of Americans do -- and that number...Read More»