Your speedometer often exceeds reality

Here's an interesting story from the Associated Press: By TOM KRISHER AP Auto Writer DETROIT — The speedometer on the Toyota Yaris says the tiny car can go 140 miles per hour. In reality, the bulbous subcompact’s 106-horsepower engine and automatic transmission can’t push it any faster than 109. So [...]

By | February 28th, 2013|3 Comments

1 in 24 adults fell asleep while driving

Here's an interesting story from the Associated Press: By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer NEW YORK  — This could give you nightmares: 1 in 24 U.S. adults say they recently fell asleep while driving. And health officials behind the study think the number is probably higher. That’s because some people [...]

By | January 3rd, 2013|0 Comments

Feds: Get tougher with convicted drunken drivers

Here's an interesting story from the Associated Press on one way the federal government wants states, including California, to deal with convicted drunken drivers.   By JOAN LOWY Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Every state should require all convicted drunken drivers, including first-time offenders, to use devices that prevent them [...]

By | December 11th, 2012|9 Comments

Feds want ‘black boxes’ in most new cars, trucks

You may not know it, but your car probably has a "black box" that records at least 15 types of data. Now the federal government wants them in most new cars and trucks. Some say it's an invasion of privacy; others say it'll  improve safety. Here's an interesting story from [...]

By | December 7th, 2012|10 Comments

Gender gap switch: More women than men have driver’s licenses

Here's an interesting story from the Associated Press reporting that now more women than men have driver's licenses: By JOAN LOWY Associated Press WASHINGTON  — Women have passed men on the nation’s roads. More women than men now have driver’s licenses, a reversal of a longtime gender gap behind the [...]

By | November 12th, 2012|2 Comments

Texas to have highest speed limit in U.S.

Many Road Warrior readers complain about speeders on Highway 101. Here's an interesting story by the Associated Press about going fast: By JIM VERTUNO Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas will soon open a stretch of highway with the highest speed limit in the country. The Texas Transportation Commission [...]

By | September 6th, 2012|5 Comments

Motorcyclist helmets found to save lives

Here's an interesting story from the Associated Press:   By Mike Stobbe Associated Press ATLANTA — Fewer motorcyclists die in states that require helmets, and the costs to society are lower too, according to a new federal study released Thursday. About five times as many no-helmet biker deaths occur in [...]

By | June 14th, 2012|10 Comments

Soon you might be able to go 85 mph, in Texas

Here's an interesting story from the Associated Press:   By RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI Associated Press HOUSTON — Transportation officials in Texas are testing a new 41-mile segment of highway to see whether it would be safe to post the state’s first 85-mph speed limit, setting it on a path to have [...]

By | June 7th, 2012|3 Comments

Finally, a car that flies

  Ever get stuck in traffic and dream that if you car could fly, you could just soar over it all. Well, here's an Associated Press story about the test flight of a flying car:   By DEE-ANN DURBIN Associated Press Flying cars aren’t just science fiction anymore. [...]

By | April 2nd, 2012|5 Comments

Fewer say they’re driving drunk

With the controversy over DUI checkpoints in Sonoma County, here's an interesting story from the Associated Press on the number of people who say they drive drunk, sometimes daily: By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer ATLANTA (AP) — Drunken driving incidents have fallen 30 percent in the last five years, [...]

By | October 5th, 2011|2 Comments