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Teens in Denial About Safe Driving Habits

Distracted driving is a growing concern on our roadways, and a new survey finds that teens are in denial when it comes to safe driving habits. Bridgestone says in a press release that although younger drivers know what distracted driving is, many don’t believe they are at risk and continue to practice bad driving habits, like texting or talking on the phone while driving. More than 2,000 drivers between the ages of 15 and 21 were surveyed, more ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Teen Drivers, Stats and Studies, Distracted Driving

Drivers Look to New Cars to Save Fuel

Last week, we told you that diesel cars have become more popular in the U.S. in light of rising gas prices. Now, a new survey from Swapalease.com confirms that many shoppers are looking for good fuel economy in their next car. The auto lease transfer website says in a press release that 77 percent of survey respondents prioritize better gas mileage in their next purchase, with 33 percent considering hybrid cars. The remaining 44 percent say they plan ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Car Shopping, Gas Prices, Stats and Studies

Teenage Girls Twice as Likely to Use Cell Phones Behind the Wheel

A new in-car video study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety finds that teenage girls are twice as likely to use electronic devices behind the wheel as teenage boys. However, that doesn’t mean that teenage boys aren’t taking risks while driving. AAA says in a press release that “the leading cause of distraction for all teens was the use of electronic devices, which was seen in seven percent of the video clips analyzed.” AAA Foundation President and ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Tips and Advice, Safety, Teen Drivers, Stats and Studies, Distracted Driving

Lexus Tops Dependability Study

If you like to drive your car, truck or SUV until the wheels fall off, dependability is important, and according to a new study, vehicles are generally becoming more dependable. J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study indicates that the strong initial quality of vehicles built in 2009 “has translated into historically high levels of vehicle dependability in 2012.” Compared with 2011’s dependability study of 2008 model-year vehicles, owners reported 13 percent fewer problems with ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Stats and Studies, Buick Lucerne, Ford Fusion, Lexus ES, Lincoln MKZ, Scion tC, Toyota Prius, Toyota Yaris, Hyundai Genesis

Car Buyers Want Good Fuel Economy

According to the J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Avoider Study, gas mileage is more important to consumers than ever. “The study finds that gas mileage is the most influential reason for purchasing a particular vehicle model in 2012, surpassing the influence of other key reasons such as reliability, the deal and exterior styling, which were the most influential purchase reasons in 2010,” says J.D. Power in a press release. With gas mileage becoming more important in the automotive ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Stats and Studies, Fuel Economy, CAFE

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