August 2019

Edmunds says hunt for Labor Day deals will be tougher this year

(August 31, 2019) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Shoppers seeking Labor Day deals on new cars will likely need to do some extra research before heading to the dealership this holiday weekend. According to the car shopping experts at Edmunds, the average advertised discount for 2019 model year vehicles hit 6.4% this July and isn't expected to climb much higher in September.

Red light running deaths hit 10-year high, AAA reports

(August 31, 2019) WASHINGTON, D.C. — More than two people are killed every day on U.S. roads by impatient and reckless drivers blowing through red lights, according to data analysis performed by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The most recent crash data available shows 939 people were killed in red light running crashes in 2017 — a 10-year high and a 28% increase since 2012.

GasBuddy activating Fuel Tracker for Hurricane Dorian

(August 29, 2019) BOSTON — GasBuddy is in the process of activating its fuel availability tracker online for those in Florida, and is prepared to activate in other affected areas ahead of Hurricane Dorian’s arrival to help motorists in affected areas find fuel starting immediately should stations run out. GasBuddy’s fuel availability tracker will be available today at noon ET.

Allstate report ranks safest driving cities when factoring in population density

(August 29, 2019) NORTHBROOK, Ill. — Drivers in Boise, Idaho, are the country's safest when taking into account population density, according to the newest set of rankings from the 2019 Allstate America's Best Drivers Report. Understanding there are many factors that contribute to car crashes, including number of cars on the road, Allstate standardizes the rankings to level the playing field between drivers in densely populated areas and their counterparts in smaller cities.

Study: Unrestrained pets increase stress, distraction on the road

(August 27, 2019) ROCKLEIGH, N.J. — A new study from Volvo Car USA and The Harris Poll revealed that allowing pets to roam unrestrained while driving led to significantly more unsafe driving behaviors, more time distracted and increased stress on both drivers and their four-legged friends.

While pets are now ingrained as essential members of the family, many pet owners aren’t keeping their safety in mind when driving with them. "Volvo Reports: Keeping Pets Safe on the Road" is highlighted by a unique observational study on how pet restraints affect the driving experience.

Cheap crude oil paves way for significant savings at the pump this fall

(August 26, 2019) WASHINGTON — When filling-up at the pump this fall, the majority of U.S. motorists will find savings of potentially more than 25-cents a gallon compared to this summer. The national gas price average, which is already 15-cents cheaper than just five weeks ago, is poised to continue pushing less expensive due to several factors, including less expensive crude oil prices, the drop-off in gasoline demand after Labor Day and the move to winter-blend gasoline, according to AAA.

All-new 2020 Lincoln Aviator set to soar

By Jim Prueter

(August 24, 2019) The Lincoln Aviator is an all-new three-row luxury SUV 2020 that positions itself between the larger Navigator and the smaller Nautilus SUVs. The Aviator name was previously used from 2002 to 2005, when it was essentially a Ford Explorer gussied up to look like a Lincoln Navigator. Buyers saw through what Lincoln was attempting and the vehicle never caught on.

Autotrader picks Best Cars for Dog Lovers

(August 23, 2019) ATLANTA — Autotrader recognizes that most things in life are not one size fits all — including searching for the ideal vehicle or finding the newest four-legged furry addition to your family. For the sixth year in a row, Autotrader celebrates National Dog Day, on Aug. 26, by revealing its list of Best Cars for Dog Lovers as well as the creation of limited-edition goggles for dogs, to keep dogs safe and stylish while traveling in the car with the windows down.

Wyoming science lab uses a Tiguan to put education within reach

(August 22, 2019) When many schools in Casper, Wyo., started to struggle with funding and field trips became limited, many students weren’t able to visit nearby attractions. One of these attractions was a science museum, The Science Zone, a locally owned business for almost 21 years. So, community members decided to come up with an alternative plan. Now, instead of all children coming to the museum for the usual 45-minute lesson and tour, The Science Zone staff is able to bring science education directly to students in a specially equipped Volkswagen.

Survey finds price, range and weak charging network reasons to avoid EVs

By Analytics Team -

(August 21, 2019) Despite a growing number of pure electric vehicles hitting the market, their sales remain hampered by range, price and a thin charging network across the U.S, according to the latest survey by But the study also revealed some encouraging signs that consumers' expectations of EVs are starting to align with reality.