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For those who enjoy the outdoors, a preferred vehicle purchase is the sport-utility vehicle.
2014's best SUVs for the money
Kelley Blue Book indicates that the Honda CR-V is the best SUV to buy that's less than $25,000.
Generation Y - defined as individuals born somewhere between the mid-1970s and the early-to- mid-1990s - are showing a high degree of attraction for vehicles.
Vehicle ownership intrigue rises among ages 40 and under
A Deloitte report suggests that Generation Y is particularly enthralled with the idea of buying or leasing a car.
Additionally, there was a 2% decline in crash injuries that required medical attention.
Traffic deaths drop in 2013, preliminary numbers show
Early estimates suggest fewer people died on the roads last year, according to analysis from the National Safety Council.
He added that this most recent analysis provides an alternative view, suggesting that women like to instill a sense of life into their vehicles, as they also tend to be more likely to attach a gender to them, typically being male.
Meet Betsy – April Fools or not?
Roughly one-fifth of consumers give their vehicles a name, typically starting with the letter 'B.'
And, in the short amount of time that 2014 has been here, news headlines have been chock full of examples for why readiness is a key component of motor vehicle operation.
Massive accidents calls for motorists to drive prepared
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has assembled some suggestions for how to be ready when there's an emergency on the roads.
As a general rule, new cars can be more expensive to insure than pre-owned vehicles.
New car sales in 2014 expected to outpace a strong 2013
Kelley Blue Book predicts that more than 16 million new cars will be sold this year.
Alcohol detection technology systems may help reduce the impact of drunk driving.
Automakers continue researching anti-drunk driving technology
The Department of Transportation and the automotive industry hope that through research, modern-day technology can make impaired driving a non-issue.
ATV tires that are not meant  for the pavement may be to blame for the increase in ATV crashes.
Spike in ATV crashes on trafficked roadways
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that there were 1,700 ATV rider deaths around the country in a recent five-year period of analysis.
Among the issues addressed in the report on how to decrease the number of auto insurance claims stemming from accidents among the elderly include how technological advancements can enhance safety through vehicle-to-vehicle communication systems.
NHTSA releases new traffic plan for nation's elderly
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the plan should help drivers 65 and over stay safe when they're traveling by vehicle.
It may also be due to drivers going several miles per hour over the speed limit in order to get to work on time.
Extra hour of daylight brings uptick in accidents
The Monday following Daylight Savings Time tends to result in more crashes, according to research.
Some individuals affected by the logjam indicated that it could have been avoided had they been sufficiently apprised of the impending storm.
Aberrant Atlanta snowstorm brings $25 million in insurance losses
Preliminary numbers indicate that the unusual snowstorm this past January in Atlanta was costly one.
As for whether car theft reports were mostly for mid-sized vehicles or large ones, mid-sized automobiles were more highly sought-after.
Thieves snatch up Toyota Camry with most regularity
More than 4,600 Camrys were stolen between 2009 and 2012, more than any other model in the large/mid-sized segment.
For example, if a vehicle looks worn but its mileage is low, further inquiry may be in order.
200,000 vehicles affected by odometer fraud each year
Carfax indicates that odometer fraud is a three-quarters of a billion dollar industry.
Survey reveals that among IEEE members, most believe that roughly 60% of today's cars will be internet-connected by 2025.
Most cars to introduce internet capabilities
Technology professionals project that in a little over a decade, six in every 10 cars will enable riders to log on to the world wide web.
Recently reported by NBC's "Today," wearing bulky winter coats while riding in a car can be a safety hazard - especially among children.
Heavy coats not conducive for seatbelts
Recently reported by NBC's "Today," wearing bulky winter coats while riding in a car can be a safety hazard - especially among children.
Many states are hesitant to raise the limit because motorists will often adjust their
Fewer speeding tickets after limit is raised
The Ohio State Patrol says tinkering with the speed limit has not led to more people driving too fast.
While the trucking industry has had to endure labor shortages, the industry as a whole is in solid territory.
Commercial vehicle registrations ease in 2013
The pace in which businesses wrote new registrations for commercial trucks in the first eight months of the year rose, but not by as much as expected.
General Motors had the highest share of vehicles in operation at 26.6%, followed by Ford at 19%. Chrysler tied with Toyota at 12.5% a piece, according to Experian.
Report: More cars on the road than ever before
Close to 250 million vehicles were registered between April and June 2013 - an all-time high, Experian Automotive reports.
Fewer teens driving due to cost concerns
Fewer teens driving due to cost concerns
The Highway Loss Data Institute says that the unemployment rate among teenagers has led to their driving less often.
More than 4,400 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in 2011 alone.
Walking while texting proves to be dangerous
More walkers are being injured in car accidents due to pedestrians' wireless device use. 
While there was an increased incidence of accidents around each of these festive periods, there was a 12% spike in auto accidents in the immediate lead-up and days following Dec. 25, and 18% more than the period surrounding Jan. 1.
Pre-Christmas days dangerous for drivers
Analysis from the University of Alabama suggests that the immediate days prior to Dec. 25 are the riskiest on the road, more so than Thanksgiving and New Year's.
The poll indicated that in approximately half of all cases, parents spurned the advice of the car seat manufacturer and opted to position their car seat based on the child's level of comfort.
Carseats - forward or rear facing?
Six in 10 parents in a recent poll turned their child car seats to forward facing earlier than they should have.
Innovative rearview video systems could help prevent car accidents
NHTSA recommends rearview video systems
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that by automakers making backup video recording technology standard, lives will be saved.
For diabetics, checking blood glucose levels frequently can help prevent injury to themselves as well as to others.
Dangers of low blood sugar levels
With this being National Diabetes Month, a recent study points to the importance of checking one's blood glucose levels regularly.
Car accident rates are high among veterans, due to traumatic brain injuries, aggressive 

driving and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Veterans frequently involved in automotive crashes
Recent reports reveal that men and women returning from the battlefield are being killed in car accidents at an alarming rate.
The average passenger car is on the road for 11.4 years.
Polk: Cars, light trucks staying on road longer than ever
Both passenger vehicles and light trucks have an average age of nearly 11.5 years, according to recent analysis.
A study finds Sunday isn’t an ideal day for many Americans in terms of sleep.
Poll: Sleep hard to come by on Sunday
A new survey reveals that Americans find Sunday night to be the hardest day of the week to fall asleep.
Researchers indicate that drivers would be safer not to operate their vehicles with dogs in them.
Researchers: Driving with dogs not recommended
Recent analysis shows that the elderly drivers raise their crash risk when they take their canine for a car ride.
Teen auto-related accidents linked to speeding when behind the wheel.
GHSA: Substantial share of crashes involving teens attributable to speeding
The Governors Highway Safety Association indicates that one-third of all teenage fatalities on the road derive from driving too fast.
A study finds Sunday isn’t an ideal day for many Americans in terms of sleep.
Poll: Sleep hard to come by on Sunday
A new survey reveals that Americans find Sunday night to be the hardest day of the week to fall asleep.
Though helpful to many, a number of drivers have noted displeasure with GPS devices.
Poll: Most drivers say GPS units have let them down
Nearly two-thirds of motorists say GPS devices have done the opposite of what they're intended to do.
The NHTSA’s drunk driving initiative runs from late August through early September.
National drunk driving crackdown August 16th – September 2nd
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' campaign will be in effect for the next two weeks.
Car buyers are spending more money on vehicles these days.
Car buyers spent an all-time high on new purchases last year reports that consumers shelled out about $30,800 for their new ride in 2012.
Drivers who use a cellphone on the road are often seen in a negative light.
What customers would do if given command of an insurance agency
A recent poll says policyholders would be stricter with customers who operate a cellphone while driving.
Despite new technology to keep their eyes on the road, many motorists continue to run red lights.
NCSR: More than 7 million people ran red lights last year due to multitasking
More evidence points to the peril that can come as a result of texting and other types of handheld phone use behind the wheel.
Even if it’s just for a moment, leaving a child in a hot car is a serious risk.
Adults urged to be extra cautious of their kids in the car as summer heat continues
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Safe Kids remind parents to 'look before you lock.'
Drivers are urged to pay close attention to the road to avoid any accidents this summer.
How to avoid a bummer summer
The lazy days of summer can lead to an assortment of problems later on.
Distracted driving is still a major concern, especially among teenagers.
Few concerned parents taking initiative to counter driver distraction fears
Just one in four parents say they've taken steps to prevent their teens from multitasking while they're driving.
Traveling will remain as popular as ever this summer, despite stagnant economic conditions for many consumers.
Economy not changing travel plans for most drivers this summer
Harris Interactive reveals that money concerns haven't compelled most motorists to change their summer driving intentions.
Despite their title, many designated drivers sneak a few drinks at the bar.
Designated drivers not always sober, study finds
Researchers find consumers will appoint someone to drive who is the least drunk, not necessarily those who abstained from drinking.
Drivers may want to show courtesy to other motorists by not talking on the phone behind the wheel.
When ringing cellphones are best left unanswered
July is National Cellphone Courtesy Month.
Two more states have passed laws related to distracted driving.
Florida, Hawaii pass distracted driving legislation
The Aloha and Sunshine State now prohibit drivers from text messaging.
Car repair costs seem to be on the rise throughout the country.
Vehicle repair costs increase for first time in six years
It's become more expensive to fix automobiles in the U.S., making it crucial to stay on top of a car's upkeep.
Tire Safety Week is an ideal time to check on your vehicle’s tires to ensure they’re in quality shape.
Tire manufacturers ask motorists if their wheels are up to par
Celebrate Tire Safety Week by committing to performing more regular maintenance.
Those riding in vehicles who don’t buckle up could end up cited with a ticket.
'Click It or Ticket' campaign gets underway
Motorists should expect to see a heavy police presence as the summer driving season kicks off.
Teens noted their parents greatly influence their underage drinking views.
Teens say parents have leading influence on views about underage drinking
Moms and dads shouldn't underestimate the role they have in their adolescent's thinking, based on polling data.
A recall of cars manufactured by major Japanese automakers was ordered due to potential airbag safety issues.
Airbag recall affects multiple automakers
Four vehicle manufacturers out of Japan recall millions of models.
Driving and texting appears to remain a problem on roadways across the country.
Drivers still texting despite risks and warnings against it
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that more than a half-million people continue to use electronic devices on the road.
Tailgating can lead to a multitude of issues for car owners.
Four reasons why tailgating is a bad idea
A slow moving driver can be frustrating, but tailgating won't help improve matters.
Many teens have admitted to texting while driving alone.
Poll finds mixed results regarding teen drivers and texting choices
While young motorists are less likely to use a handheld device when someone's in the car, virtually all of them say that they've done so alone.
Fatigue while driving appears to be a leading cause of accidents among motorists across the country.
VTTI: Fatigue leading risk factor responsible for crashes
The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute says drowsy driving has reached epidemic proportions.
Ensuring all passengers in a vehicle are safe can prevent distracted driving from happening.
Three steps you can take to help support Distracted Driving Month
The Governors Highway Safety Administration offer tips for how to avoid distractions at the wheel.
The majority of vehicles on the road today are in need of maintenance, a report found.
Majority of cars on road today require servicing
New polling data indicates three out of every four vehicles is in a condition that warrants maintenance.
Red light tickets vary from region-to-region.
More than 68,000 tickets issued to Ohioans for running red lights
Red-light running in Toledo racked up $3 million in fines last year.
Fatalities from highway driving rose in the first half of 2012, a report finds.
Highway fatalities increase for first time in years
The National Safety Council says highway fatalities edged higher between January and June of last year.
Red light cameras have been mounted at a growing number of intersections across the country.
NCSR: Red-light cameras save lives
The National Coalition for Safer Roads says more communities ought to implement camera technology at intersections.
Police will certainly be on the lookout for drunk drivers on St. Patrick's Day.
Three ways to ensure a safe St. Patrick's Day
With St. Patrick's Day falling on a weekend, driving under the influence is something traffic enforcement officers will be on the lookout for.
There are certain steps drivers should take when their windshield breaks.
What to do when a windshield breaks
Windshield replacement experts say motorists should have cracks addressed as soon as possible.
College organizations and other groups have been supplied driving safety information by the NHTSA.
Spring break road trip? Auto safety tips to remember
NHTSA provides some road safety recommendations for vacationers this spring break.
Ratings contribute to car sales, according to a report.
Relationship between online ratings and automotive sales
Polk and DealerRater say there's a link between how likely a vehicle is to be purchased with the reviews it's given among web users.
Private mechanics are the choice of many drivers when their vehicles need repairs.
Poll: Motorists prefer private mechanics over dealers
An survey shows drivers opt for independents versus dealerships to fix their cars when given the option.
Certain cars are better than others when it comes to driving in winter.
10 best cars for winter driving
Kelley Blue Book picks the most optimal new vehicles for cold weather excursions and conditions.
New Jersey lawmakers are trying to make homeowners insurance easier to understand.
Insurance to become easier to understand in New Jersey
Local legislators hope to pass a law that would make homeowners coverage simpler to comprehend.
The NHTSA wants to make green cars more audible.
New sound requirements on tap for fuel-efficient vehicles
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration proposes a rule that would require hybrid and electric vehicles to be audibly detectable.
Toyota recalled roughly 1 million vehicles due to mechanical flaws.
Toyota recalls 1 million vehicles
The Japanese automaker's recall is the industry's largest thus far.
West Virginia will research cellphone use among drivers.
West Virginia awarded grant to study effects of cellphone bans
The state's senior lawmakers say the funding will help determine if prohibitions on drivers' cellphone use have been worthwhile.
Specific tools are recommended for DIY car repair enthusiasts to have.
Must-have car repair tools for do-it-yourselfers provides drivers with suggestions of repair tools that are important to have on hand.
The Dodge Avenger was one of the IIHS' Top Safety Picks of 2013.
IIHS names 2013 Top Safety Picks
Several domestic and foreign models are among this year's class of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's best models.
Traffic deaths in 2012 were the lowest they’ve been in more than 60 years.
Highway fatalities reach 62-year low
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says 2011 saw the smallest number of traffic deaths since 1949.
Women have outnumbered men as drivers since the mid-1990s.
Women drivers outnumber men
Researchers say that women held a higher number of driver's licenses since 1995.
Distracted driving is being monitored by authorities nationwide.
Police officers in Delaware on the prowl for distracted drivers
The first wave of a tough new anti-distracted driving campaign in Delaware resulted in more than 1,800 citations.
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