Richard Read, Reporter

Richard Read covers technology, social media, advertising, legal issues, and other auto industry topics for High Gear Media. With a background in marketing and development, he's particularly interested in branding, public relations, and new media, as well as pop culture and, of course, cars. He's written for Gawker, Fodors, and other outlets, both on the web and in print. In his spare time, Richard is a marketing consultant, with a focus on small companies and nonprofits. Born in Laurel, Mississippi, he holds degrees from Millsaps College, Tulane University, and the University of New Orleans. He lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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The most (and least) expensive states for car insurance
The most (and least) expensive states for car insurance

Like all insurance, auto insurance premiums can be affected by a wide range of variables, including a driver's age, driving record, and credit score. One of the most important factors in determining that rate, though, is where the driver lives. State laws can have a huge effect on what insurance...Read More»

2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
2014 Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra recalled over power steering loss: 690,000 U.S. trucks affected

General Motors is recalling more than 690,000 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups from the 2014 model year. Documents from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that some of those vehicles may be at risk of losing power steering in certain situations. As is often the case...Read More»

Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo forced 274,000 borrowers into delinquency because of unnecessary auto insurance

If someone told you that a bank--a major bank at that--forced borrowers to shell out more money for services they really didn't need, which bank would you immediately think of? Yes, Wells Fargo has done it again. The bank that can ill-afford another scandal is at the center of another one. A plague...Read More»

Distracted pedestrian, walking and texting
Hate distracted pedestrians? Consider moving to Honolulu

Mobile phones are great, aren't they? Twenty years ago, who could have imagined the joys of getting stuck in a group text with a dozen family members, including three or four retirees who have nothing better to do than send out barrages of LOLs and misused emojis? Who dared to envision the...Read More»

Nissan Rear Door Alert
Nissan's Rear Door Alert ensures that kids and pets don't get left in hot cars

In the U.S., 37 children and hundreds of pets die each year after being left in hot cars. Nissan has developed technology to help prevent some of those deaths. That technology was pioneered by two Nissan engineers, Elsa Foley and Marlene Mendoza. They'd been working on the project for a while when...Read More»

President Donald Trump (Photo courtesy Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons)
Automakers push for brokered fuel-economy deal

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story misstated a position by the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, which is a lobbyist for automakers. The AAM supports increased fuel economy regulations, but added that the changes should be agreed upon after a mid-term review of the regulations...Read More»

Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025 concept, 2014 Hannover Commercial Vehicle Show
Congress keeps self-driving big rigs in the slow lane (but for how long?)

There are certain things that most Americans agree on nowadays. For example: Global warming is real and is caused by human activities. Smoking and second-hand smoke are both harmful. Congress is a complete and utter crapfest. Another thing we accept: autonomous cars are coming, whether we like it...Read More»

2017 Chevrolet Silverado
2014-2017 Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC models recalled (again) for airbag, seatbelt issue

Last September, General Motors issued a recall for 3.64 million vehicles registered in the U.S. The reason? Software that controlled those vehicles' safety devices--namely, airbags and seatbelt pretensioners--might occasionally slip into "test" mode, which would prevent the devices from being...Read More»

2013 Mitsubishi Outlander
2007-2013 Mitsubishi Outlander recalled for windshield wiper woes: 100k vehicles affected

Mitsubishi is recalling just over 100,000 Outlander crossovers in the U.S. to address a problem with their windshield wipers. Documents from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration explain that the wiper motors in Outlanders from the 2007 to 2013 model years may be at risk of corrosion...Read More»

2017 Honda CR-V
2017 Honda CR-V recalled to fix potential fuel leak: 24,000 vehicles affected

Honda is recalling the 2017 CR-V crossover to fix a problem with its fuel supply pipe. According to documents from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the pipe may not have been manufactured to the proper specifications. ALSO SEE: 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Limited long-term road test...Read More»

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