Are you an aggressive driver? AAA quiz will get you thinking

Are you an aggressive driver? AAA quiz will get you thinking

Are you a road rager? Of course not. Or, well, maybe. I don’t know. Truth is, the answer may not be cut-and-dried, with different situations bringing out bad behavior. But here’s one way to get a measure of your RRQ (road rage quotient): a four-section, 40-question quiz from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety that […]

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Close to home: Where 90 percent of us will be Labor Day weekend

Close to home: Where 90 percent of us will be Labor Day weekend

For all the talk about how many Americans travel on holidays such as Labor Day – more than 35 million are expected to travel this year – the truth is that 90 percent of us stay close to home. That is, we travel less than 50 miles if we travel at all to partake of […]

Are you an aggressive driver? AAA quiz will get you thinking

Are you an aggressive driver? AAA quiz will get you thinking

Are you a road rager? Of course not. Or, well, maybe. I don’t know. Truth is, the answer may not be cut-and-dried, with different situations bringing out bad behavior. But here’s one way to get a measure of your RRQ (road rage quotient): a four-section, 40-question quiz from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety that […]

‘Black Friday’ of car shopping a good time to buy your next vehicle?

‘Black Friday’ of car shopping a good time to buy your next vehicle?

Will you go shopping on Black Friday? No, not the day after Thanksgiving, which still is several months away. But its car-shopping equivalent (according to Fortune magazine): Labor Day, which falls on Sept. 5 this year. “Labor Day means the end of summer and one last long weekend to go car shopping,” says the “Car […]

What if an Uber or Lyft showed up without a driver?

Ford Fusion Hybrid sedan autonomous vehicle on the road.

Five years. That’s when Ford thinks it will have a fully autonomous vehicle ready to go. And by fully autonomous, they mean no driver, no steering wheel, no gas or brake pedal. No way, you say? Yes, way. “The next decade will be defined by automation of the automobile, and we see autonomous vehicles as […]

What’s the appeal: Top mainstream, other vehicle brands – J.D. Power

The Clubman boosted MINI into top three among non-premium vehicles.

Three mainstream vehicle brands – Volkswagen, MINI and Kia – joined a dozen premium brands in the top 15 of a new-owner survey by J.D. Power. Eight other nameplates rated at or above the average for non-premium brands. General Motors scored the most segment awards with six, followed by Hyundai Motor Co. with five; BMW […]

What social media reveals about when, where and why of driver anger

What social media reveals about when, where and why of driver anger

It’s out there. Aggressive driving and its extreme variant, road rage. And there may be times, days and months when you’re especially likely to encounter it, according to a survey of Instagram social media posts using the hashtag #roadrage. Many current #roadrage posts on Instagram have nothing to do with aggressive behavior and the insurance […]

Getting a grip on back-to-school driving

Getting a grip on back-to-school driving

It’s going to be chaos out there. So, with the school year about to start for more than 50 million children, we thought it would be helpful to remind motorists of the many challenges of driving not typical during the summer. It’s a sort of back-to-school driving primer to keep the kiddos and you safe. […]

The kind of car tech most drivers find appealing – J.D. Power

The kind of car tech most drivers find appealing – J.D. Power

Help driving. That’s what drivers want most from new vehicle technology. Vehicles with safety features such as blind-spot monitoring and low-speed collision avoidance appeal to owners much more than similar vehicles without the technologies, according to J.D. Power. And higher appeal means owners are more likely to recommend vehicles and to show brand loyalty. “Technology-enabled […]

Extreme measure: How angry are American drivers? AAA has the answer

Extreme measure: How angry are American drivers? AAA has the answer

Cars are wonderful things. They allow us to go places and do things that would be much more difficult without them. And don’t get us started on how exciting it is to get behind the wheel of a new vehicle. But excitement sometimes has a darker side. It’s called road rage – and August is […]

What’s in a name? Calculations identify ‘mystical bond’ with our cars

What’s in a name? Calculations identify ‘mystical bond’ with our cars

Fergus. That’s the name we would give our Toyota Highlander. If we were among the nearly half of car owners that name their vehicles (according to namesforcars.com). “The name’s as important as the car because it creates a special bond between the driver and the car,” says namesforcars.com. “It’s a mystical bond between [driver] and […]