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With fewer drivers on the road during COVID, why a spike in fatalities?

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(Mach 7, 2022) WASHINGTON, D.C.  — As the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the country, it led to fewer drivers on the roads and a significant reduction in the number of miles driven. And yet, U.S. government data shows traffic fatalities have surged, along with an increase in crashes involving impairment, speeding, red-light running, aggressiveness, and non-seatbelt use, to its highest level in over a decade.

San Francisco becomes first major U.S. city to reach $5 gas

(March 4, 2022) BOSTON — San Francisco on March 3 became the first major U.S. city to reach an average gas price of $5 per gallon, according to GasBuddy. Prices have continued to increase in the area since October, when San Francisco first broke its all-time record high of $4.73 per gallon.

Potholes pack a punch as drivers pay $26.5 billion in vehicle repairs

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(March 4, 2022) ORLANDO, Fla. — Americans battling the polar vortex will soon face a greater enemy — pothole season. A new survey from AAA found that last year 1 in 10 drivers sustained vehicle damage significant enough to warrant a repair after hitting a pothole. With an average price tag of almost $600 per repair, damage caused by potholes cost drivers a staggering $26.5 billion in 2021 alone.

Higher pump prices reflect war’s dark uncertainties

(March 1, 2022) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Russia’s violent invasion of Ukraine has roiled the oil market, with crude spiking briefly to over $100 a barrel before settling back into the mid-$90s. The increase in the global price of oil has led to higher pump prices in the U.S. The national average for a gallon of gas has risen to $3.61, eight cents more than a week ago.

A new idea — No grid connection needed for fast DC charging

(February 28, 2022) NEW YORK — The technology to provide wind- and solar-powered, pollution-free fast charging for six EVs is available today, thanks to the Wind & Solar Tower. But don’t think for a minute this happened overnight without a great deal of work and the expertise of an entire development team.

Toyota, Lexus KBB's top mainstream, luxury resale brands

(February 28, 2022) ATLANTA — So many items have become more expensive to purchase over the last few years due to pandemic-influenced supply-chain issues, including new vehicles. The experts at Kelly Blue Book predict that prices should gradually level out as inventory supplies rise and settle into more normal patterns over time, but given the fact that the average cost for a new car at the end of 2021 topped $47,000, new-car shoppers in 2022 would be wise to pay more attention than ever to their vehicle's resale value — what a vehicle will be worth down the line when going to sell or trade it in.

Nissan Frontier Pro-4X — Decent power, off-road credibility

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By Dan Scanlan - MyCarData

(February 27, 2022) It was called Hardbody — a spunky, chunky compact pickup truck from the mid-1980s to mid-90s that was the most macho thing to come out of Nissan, offering a V-6 ‘tween squared-off flared fenders. It was an in-your-face pickup when Toyotas, Fords and Chevys were less aggressive. And it sold very well indeed, more than 127,000 in the U.S. in its last full sales

Charging an electric vehicle in northern climates

(February 24, 2022) Winter storms and frigid temps can stymie plans, but they don’t have to hinder electric vehicle charging and range, according to Electrify Canada, a company that builds DC fast charging stations. For those who drive an electric vehicle (EV) or are considering switching to one a common question is how the winter affects charging and range of the vehicle. People living in cold climates need to feel confident about driving electric in the winter.

Which electric vehicle is the cheapest to charge and drive per mile?

By Zutobi Drivers Ed

(February 23, 2022) Many of us are currently planning our next car purchase as attractions open up and road trips become more viable. A key consideration for many is our vehicles’ cost and environmental friendliness, with many of us turning to EVs to reduce our carbon footprint on the planet. Having an electric vehicle that will get you through your whole trip without needing to make frequent stops to recharge could be a big help in reducing your carbon footprint during your trip.

Global conflict will accelerate already rapidly rising gas prices

(February 23, 2022) WASHINGTON, D.C. —The potential invasion of Ukraine by Russia is having a rippling effect on the oil market, which in turn is driving up the price of gasoline in the U.S. The national average for a gallon of gas has risen to $3.53, four cents more than a week ago, according to AAA.