November 2019

Addressing changes in driving comfort can keep older drivers safer

(November 11, 2019) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Older adults with discomfort or low confidence while driving are adjusting their driving patterns to avoid driving at night, on the freeway, in afternoon rush hour traffic, or in unfamiliar areas, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

Some of the self-regulated changes older drivers make can be unnecessary and do not always improve safety. In order to extend their mobility and reduce risk on the road, AAA recommends older drivers consult a healthcare professional when feelings of driving discomfort arise.

Hyundai Tucson does everything well and won’t break the bank

By Jim Prueter

(November 10, 2019) Last year, for 2019, Hyundai completed a much-needed refresh of its compact Tucson crossover utility vehicle. It received a wide range of updates, including an exterior facelift with a more modern look, a new dash design, extensive changes under the hood, new options and features list, and additional active safety technology. The Tucson slots above the subcompact Kona and the midsize Santa Fe.

States with most dangerous teen drivers revealed


(November 9, 2019) Driving a car means freedom, but it also comes with a great deal of responsibility and risk. For some teenagers, it can be difficult to fully appreciate that risk. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), teenage drivers are more likely than older drivers to make critical errors that result in serious crashes.

2020 Palisade SUV looks line a winner for Hyundai

By Paul Borden

(November 7, 2019) The good reception that Hyundai’s earlier ventures into the three-row SUV segment (Santa Fe XL, Veracruz) received never really translated into much of the way of overall success in the market, but that may be changing, and soon. There's no guarantee of that, of course, but the 2020 Hyundai Palisade’s combination of good looks and functionality will even appeal to those who customarily browse luxury showrooms. It’s a high-class vehicle!

GasBuddy Introduces sponsored search for fuel and convenience brands

(November 6, 2019) BOSTON — More than 15 million people a month use GasBuddy to decide where to stop for fuel. Today, GasBuddy is giving fuel and convenience brands the best way to be easily discovered by these drivers. The new “Sponsored Search” advertising unit bumps a retailer’s closest location to the top position on the list with a paid inclusion, akin to Google’s sponsored search results.

Despite high demand for gas, pump prices hold steady for week

(November 5, 2019) Gasoline demand numbers look more like summer than fall in the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) latest reports. However, despite the high demand rate and a draw in U.S stocks, the national average held steady on the week at $2.60, according to AAA.

“Gas prices continue to fluctuate across the country, though on the week the majority of states saw prices only increase or decrease by one or two cents,” said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson.

Auto loan interest rates stay below 6 percent for 4th month in row

(November 5, 2019) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The average interest rate for a new-vehicle loan stayed under 6% for the fourth month in a row in October, according to the car shopping experts at Edmunds. The annual percentage rate (APR) on new financed vehicles averaged 5.7% in October, compared to 5.7% in September and 6.2% in October of 2018.

Edmunds experts say car shoppers found much better financing offers this year compared to last October, when interest rates spiked above 6% and stayed there through the first six months of 2019.

Average new-vehicle prices up nearly 3 percent year-over-year, Kelley says

(November 4, 2019) IRVINE, Calif. — The valuation analysts at Kelley Blue Book today reported the estimated average transaction price for a light vehicle in the United States was $38,259 in October. New-vehicle prices increased $1,064 (up 2.9%) from October 2018, while decreasing $141 (down 0.4%) from last month.  

"Average transaction prices were generally favorable for most automakers, as the industry average climbed 3% year-over-year, partially due to the shifting sales mix from cars to trucks and SUVs," said Tim Fleming, analyst for Kelley Blue Book.