Turning SUVs, Pickups More Likely to Hit Pedestrians

It’s not news that SUVs, pickups and other large vehicles cause more severe injuries than sedans when they hit pedestrians. Now a study finds that they’re also more likely to smash into pedestrians when turning. “It’s possible that the size, shape or location of the A-pillars that support the roof on either side of the […]

No Steering Wheel, No Problem: New Car Safety Rule

Someday there will probably be cars that don’t need drivers. So why should they have to have steering wheels, driver’s seats and so forth? A new federal rules says they shouldn’t. The 155-page rule updates the current Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards to accommodate vehicles that don’t need drivers because they have automated driving systems. […]

Electric Cars More Trouble-Prone than Gas: UK Survey

Most consumers assume that electric cars are more reliable than their gas-powered ancestors. They have fewer moving parts, after all. Yes, but they also rely on complex and relatively new software, which a British study finds is often troublesome, with the Tesla S the most trouble-prone. The study was conducted by Which?, which is sort […]

Women Pay More for Car Insurance, Studies Find

Auto insurance is based on risk, so you would think that since men have more accidents, they would pay higher rates. But in fact, a study by the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) finds that women pay more, at least in Delaware, where the study was conducted. Similar studies elsewhere confirm the finding. “Today’s report […]

‘Extended Warranty’ Promoters Bilked Consumers Out of $6 Million, Feds Charge

Just about everyone with a phone is hounded constantly by people hawking “extended auto warranties” despite the efforts of the Federal Trade Commission and other federal, state and local regulators to put them out of business. In the latest such attempt, the FTC is charging that American Vehicle Protection Corp. (AVP) of Pompano Beach, Fla., […]

GM Pulling into Carvana’s Lane

Visiting a car dealer is not exactly everyone’s idea of a good time. A recent poll found that only 13 percent of respondents thought car dealers treated consumers fairly. Online-only dealers like Carvana and Vroom have been taking this attitude to the bank, grabbing market share from established dealers and saving Americans countless Sunday afternoons […]

Electric Cars: Where’s the Juice?

With gas prices at 40-year highs and popular consciousness of the perils of global warming climate change increasing, you may be thinking it’s time to look into buying an electric car…seriously. You wouldn’t be alone. Including hybrids, sales of electric cars made up 7.2% (accounting for 5.6 million vehicles) of global car sales in the […]

Want to Subscribe to Your Car?

People used to subscribe to newspapers, magazines and cable channels. Now they subscribe to razor blades and toothpaste. What’s next? Cars, if the automakers have anything to say about it. Just last week, Stellantis – née Chrysler Fiat & PSA Group – publicly daydreamed about its plans to sell billions of dollars worth of “connected […]

Stellantis Plans to Offer Usage-Based Car Insurance

Automaker Stellantis is the latest to say it plans to get into per-mile auto insurance in the U.S., a potential boon for consumers who don’t drive much. Stellantis launched an insurance program in France earlier this month, offering rates based on driver behavior, as measured via online data sharing. It said the offer will be […]

Don’t Drive Much? Consider Pay-Per-Mile Car Insurance

The pandemic put a huge dent in traffic for awhile and appears to have turned many of us into permanent homebodies. And yet, most Americans are still paying the same auto insurance premium. Does that make sense? Insurance is supposed to be based on risk, after all, and the risk of any particular car being […]

Are Electric Cars Really Cheaper to Maintain than Gas?

President Biden would like for everyone to start the switch to electric cars, mostly because of the environmental benefits. But a big part of the appeal of electric vehicles (EVs) is that they’re cheaper to operate, or so most people seem to think. Consumers often assume that, although they’re more expensive to buy, an electric […]

Traffic Fell But Traffic Deaths Rose in 2020

Less traffic but more fatal accidents. That’s the quickest way to sum up the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on traffic safety. Federal safety regulators say the increases came mostly in the third and fourth quarters of 2020, as a nationwide lockdown cut commuter traffic to a fraction of its normal volume. Just why this […]