Tag: Studies

IIHS to Automakers: Stop Tapping the Brakes on Rear-seat Safety

<img data-attachment-id="1671608" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/IIHS-crash-test-rear-seat-no-belt.png" data-orig-size="1209,671" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="IIHS crash test rear seat no belt" data-image-description=" IIHS ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/IIHS-crash-test-rear-seat-no-belt-450×250.png” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/IIHS-crash-test-rear-seat-no-belt-610×339.png” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1671608″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/IIHS-crash-test-rear-seat-no-belt-610×339.png” alt width=”610″ height=”339″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/IIHS-crash-test-rear-seat-no-belt-610×339.png 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/IIHS-crash-test-rear-seat-no-belt-75×42.png 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/IIHS-crash-test-rear-seat-no-belt-450×250.png 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/IIHS-crash-test-rear-seat-no-belt-768×426.png 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/IIHS-crash-test-rear-seat-no-belt-120×67.png 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/IIHS-crash-test-rear-seat-no-belt.png 1209w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”> The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, currently on a never-ending quest to improve automotive […]

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The Kids Aren’t Alright

<img data-attachment-id="1671136" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/shutterstock_153087092.jpg" data-orig-size="1000,667" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="cool kid driving" data-image-description=" Irina Papoyan/Shutterstock ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/shutterstock_153087092-450×300.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/shutterstock_153087092-610×407.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1671136″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/shutterstock_153087092-610×407.jpg” alt width=”610″ height=”407″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/shutterstock_153087092-610×407.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/shutterstock_153087092-75×50.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/shutterstock_153087092-450×300.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/shutterstock_153087092-768×512.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/shutterstock_153087092-120×80.jpg 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/shutterstock_153087092.jpg 1000w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”> For roughly the last decade, we’ve heard the motoring media bemoan Millennials as the generation that snubbed […]

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Mini Survey Showcases Mixed Opinions on EVs

<img data-attachment-id="1587656" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/mini-electric-concept-front-e1504114166800.jpg" data-orig-size="2000,1333" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="mini electric concept" data-image-description=" Image: BMW Group ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/mini-electric-concept-front-450×300.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/mini-electric-concept-front-610×407.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1587656″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/mini-electric-concept-front-610×407.jpg” alt=”mini electric concept” width=”610″ height=”407″> With governments strongly encouraging the growth of electric vehicles and automakers repositioning various brands to align with that goal, it’s worth a manufacturer’s time to examine the market. Mini, […]

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Do You Use Any of These ‘Freeways Without Futures?’

<img data-attachment-id="1669132" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/shutterstock_105128738.jpg" data-orig-size="1000,651" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="I-70 highway sign" data-image-description=" Joseph Sohm/Shutterstock ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/shutterstock_105128738-450×293.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/shutterstock_105128738-610×397.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1669132″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/shutterstock_105128738-610×397.jpg” alt width=”610″ height=”397″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/shutterstock_105128738-610×397.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/shutterstock_105128738-75×49.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/shutterstock_105128738-450×293.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/shutterstock_105128738-768×500.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/shutterstock_105128738-120×78.jpg 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/shutterstock_105128738.jpg 1000w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”> Urban transportation is a slippery fish. No two cities are the same, and most need to […]

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Survey Suggests Truck Buyers Growing Less Satisfied

It used to be that, if you were a “Ford Truck Man,” that’s all you drove. In fact, this author and his friends used to frequently quote the Toby Keith classic anytime someone exhibited an overabundance of brand loyalty. The borderline hysterical ad includes a scene with Keith hitchhiking through the desert, refusing rides from […]

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Millennials Still Prefer Cars, Study Suggests

<img data-attachment-id="1629976" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/2018-Honda-Accord-Sport-red-2.0t.jpg" data-orig-size="1200,800" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"8","credit":"Honda","camera":"Canon EOS 5D Mark IV","caption":"2018 Accord Sport 2.0-Liter Turbo","created_timestamp":"1505986855","copyright":"Copyright 2017","focal_length":"56","iso":"200","shutter_speed":"0.05","title":"2018 Accord Sport 2.0-Liter Turbo","orientation":"1"}" data-image-title="2018 Accord Sport 2.0-Liter Turbo" data-image-description=" Image: Honda ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/2018-Honda-Accord-Sport-red-2.0t-450×300.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/2018-Honda-Accord-Sport-red-2.0t-610×407.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1629976″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/2018-Honda-Accord-Sport-red-2.0t-610×407.jpg” alt=”2018 Accord Sport 2.0-Liter Turbo – Image: Honda” width=”610″ height=”407″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/2018-Honda-Accord-Sport-red-2.0t-610×407.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/2018-Honda-Accord-Sport-red-2.0t-75×50.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/2018-Honda-Accord-Sport-red-2.0t-450×300.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/2018-Honda-Accord-Sport-red-2.0t-768×512.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/2018-Honda-Accord-Sport-red-2.0t-120×80.jpg 120w, […]

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Self-Driving Cars Still Not Scratching Public in the Right Places

<img data-attachment-id="1634056" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/001-AV-MIAMI_02222018_ford_0414-Edit-e1540584964307.jpg" data-orig-size="2845,1833" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"We\u2019re Going to Miami: The First Proving Ground for Our Self-Driving Service","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"Photo Courtesy Ford Motor Company","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"Ford Autonomous Vehicle Testing in Miami","orientation":"1"}" data-image-title="Ford Autonomous Vehicle Testing in Miami" data-image-description=" Ford Motor Co ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/001-AV-MIAMI_02222018_ford_0414-Edit-e1532463329549-450×290.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/001-AV-MIAMI_02222018_ford_0414-Edit-e1532463329549-610×393.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1634056″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/001-AV-MIAMI_02222018_ford_0414-Edit-e1532463329549-610×393.jpg” alt width=”610″ height=”393″> Every few months, the American Automobile Association gives us […]

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Parents Are Buying Loads of Cars for Their Adult Children

It looks as though more parents are increasingly paying for the transportation needs of their (sometimes very old) children. Thanks largely to abandoning the important job of parenthood, a Bank of America survey a discovered small portion of adults between age 23 and 37 are now able to put away legitimate savings. However, the prevalence […]

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Hate Is On The Rise In America, According To New Data

iStock/Uproxx   By now, just about everyone has an opinion about Jussie Smollett, the Empire actor who was charged last week with filing a false police report on a hate crime. Smollett’s actions have inspired countless takes from nearly every media outlet, and people are enraged equally across the political spectrum — be it legitimate […]

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AAA Research Lays Out How Temperature Affects EV Range

While we all know extreme temperatures influence the performance of electric vehicles, there isn’t a wealth of comprehensive studies on the matter. Hoping to impart some knowledge on the subject, the American Automobile Association released a report on Thursday that examines how climate impacts EVs. AAA offered an abridged version in 2014, when it claimed data from […]

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AAA: There’s Too Many Driver Assistance Tech Names

If you read this website regularly, browse automobiles online, or have taken a trip to the dealership within the last couple of years, you’ve probably noticed the countless names applied to driver assistance systems appearing in new cars. It’s the result of automakers wanting proprietary names for these features that they think sound catchy. Not […]

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Kelley Blue Book’s ‘Best Resale Value’ Awards Goes Carless for 2019

Until subscription services irreparably modify what constitutes “owning” a car, resale value will continue being an important consideration when shopping for a new vehicle. Every dollar you can squeeze out of your vehicle down the road is one you don’t have to hand over at the dealership. Every year, Kelly Blue Book compiles a list of […]

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How Would Dealers Rate Their Brand? Scorecard Ranks Winners and Losers

Cox Automotive, in conjunction with Automotive News, just released its Retail Brand Scorecards Study for 2018. The survey is interesting in that it ranks the perceived value of automakers by assessing how desirable they are to dealerships via an A-through-F grading system. Though, as engaging as it might be to look at these traits from a highly specific viewpoint, […]

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Michigan Testing Shows Fairly Innocuous Weather Baffles Self-driving Car Systems

Successfully operating self-driving cars on crowded, complex roadways in sunny, dry locales like Phoenix, Arizona is already enough of a challenge, but researchers in the cold, tempestuous climes of Michigan have revealed what the latest and greatest autonomous technology is really up against. Rain, sometimes hard rain. But also light rain. Also: cold temperatures, and […]

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Dealer Advisor: Prepare for the Worst or Be Destroyed Over the Next Two Decades

Dealership advisory firm Presidio Group has painted a very bleak picture for its clients. With analysts predicting a downturn in auto sales, the company recommends dealers establish a robust 20-year plan that will enable them to perform in the new climate or get out of the business entirely. Brodie Cobb, founder of Presidio Group, cites a […]

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Why Are Fatal Hit-and-run Accidents At an All-time High?

Roadway fatalities have been on the decline relative to population since the 1970s. However, the safest year on record since car ownership became commonplace was actually 2014. Deaths spiked in the following two years, with a very modest decline in 2017. While some of the increase can be attributed to more people driving more miles […]

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Definitive Proof That Republicans Don’t Want You to Vote

Photo: iStock Republicans support voter suppression. While that might be evident to many people, some are not convinced by anecdotal evidence, such as Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s efforts to purge black voters from the rolls. Even testimonials from Republican advisors who say long lines are part of his party’s toolkit; academic studies showing […]

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AAA: New Safety Tech Effectively Doubles Cost of Minor Repairs

Advanced safety tech may save your skin, but it certainly won’t spare your wallet in the event of a minor accident. According to research from the American Automobile Association, replacing and/or recalibrating the sensors needed to allow modern driving aids to function properly are severely inflating the cost of even minor repairs. Unfortunate, considering features […]

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Higher Risk: Study Claims States That Legalized Marijuana Have More Traffic Accidents

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Highway Loss Data Institute announced Thursday that auto crashes in states with legalized recreational marijuana have increased 6 percent. Both groups will be on hand at the Combating Alcohol-and Drug-Impaired Driving summit at IIHS’ Vehicle Research Center in Ruckersville, Virginia to present two studies on the issue. Perfect […]

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The Message Isn’t Getting Across – Drivers Still Think Too Highly of Gee-whiz Driver Assist Features

American safety advocates have long cautioned motorists and manufacturers that poor communication leads to unrealistic expectations of driver assist systems, thus putting lives in danger. The Europeans are waking up to this reality, too. Despite an ever-growing list of standard tech in new cars, customer bewilderment hasn’t waned, a new study shows. You’d be alarmed […]

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