Video: Parents: Doing This Is Sabotaging Your Teen

What is "this"? Driving while texting, after drinking alcohol, making or taking phone calls and not wearing a seat belt. In the video above, Executive Editor Joe Wiesenfelder explains that, when it comes to teen drivers, the "monkey see, monkey do" rule is in effect, so always lead by example behind the wheel. Watch the video for more.

By Matt Schmitz | October 24, 2014 | Comments (0)

Gas Prices Motor Toward Four-Year Low


Gas prices fell for the 28th straight day on Thursday, and the national average of $3.08 for a gallon of regular unleaded gas is the lowest it's been in nearly 45 months, according to data from the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report. The average price fell 8 cents nationally in the past week, and if the recent trend continues, the average could soon fall below $3 for the first time since December 2010.

Could National Average for Gas Prices Fall Below $3?

On several recent days the average price fell by only fractions of a penny, but the steady slide adds up to 26 cents over the past month and nearly 60 cents since the July 4th weekend. The last time gas prices were this low was January 2011. Regular unleaded costs 26 cents less than a year ago, according to AAA's national average, and diesel fuel is 24 cents less at $3.63.

By Rick Popely | October 24, 2014 | Comments (0)

NICB Report Totals Up Luxury-Vehicle Thefts


Luxury vehicles are probably as enticing to those who steal them as they are to those who buy them, but the overwhelming majority of stolen cars in the U.S. each year continue to be from nonluxury brands. A new report by the Des Plaines, Ill.,-based National Insurance Crime Bureau shows that thefts of newer luxury vehicles stolen between 2010 and 2013 totaled 5,570, a small fraction of the millions of vehicles stolen across that same four-year timeframe. In addition to being a smaller percentage of total cars on the road, NICB spokesman Frank Scafidi said the cars are just getting harder to swipe.

Related: Thieves Still Favor the Honda Accord

"The numbers show that the improved antitheft technology on these luxury vehicles has made them very difficult to steal despite being attractive targets," Scafidi told

By Matt Schmitz | October 24, 2014 | Comments (0)

Video: These Over-the-Top Features Will Make You Drool

With car options, there are luxury features that make your driving experience more pleasurable in a tasteful, elegant manner. And then there are over-the-top features that exist in large part so you can boast to whomever will listen. Watch the video above as reviewer Kelsey Mays introduces some of these show-offy features, from self-parking to hot-stone massage seats.

By Matt Schmitz | October 17, 2014 | Comments (1)

Could National Average for Gas Prices Fall Below $3?


Gas prices fell for the 21st straight day Thursday as the AAA travel services organization estimated that at least a third of gas stations across the country were selling regular unleaded for less than $3. The national average for a gallon of regular unleaded gas was $3.16, according to the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report, 9 cents less than a week ago and 22 cents less than a month ago.

Related: Gas Prices Reach Lowest of the Year

Regular unleaded averaged less than $3 in 13 states, with Missouri posting the lowest average at $2.84. Most of the under-$3 states were in the South, where low state gas taxes help keep prices down, but the list included Delaware, where the average price was $2.99; New Jersey, $2.98; and Minnesota, $2.95. Motorists in St. Louis were paying even less than the Missouri statewide average, at $2.79 a gallon, according to AAA, among the lowest for major U.S. cities.

By Rick Popely | October 17, 2014 | Comments (1)

Poll: What Should the Highest Speed Limit Be?


You might resent speed limits when on a road trip or otherwise with few other travelers around and a desire to be at your destination as soon as possible. Surely driving 5 or 10 mph faster can't hurt. But you might not want to rush to judgment about speed limits. While they might seem arbitrary at times, public officials must consider a number of factors when determining an appropriate speed limit — from traffic volume to the presence of pedestrians and bicyclists to roadway design and conditions to crash frequency and severity, and even political influences.

Related: Speediest and Slowest States: Where Does Yours Rank?

A common thread usually running through any criteria for a speed limit is safety. Centuries before cars even existed, according to the Federal Highway Administration, the first American "speed limits" were set by the cities of Newport, R.I., and Boston for how fast horses and horse-drawn carriages could go in order to protect pedestrians.

By Matt Schmitz | October 15, 2014 | Comments (15)

Video: These In-Car Apps Aren't Worth Your Cash

When shopping for a new car, buyers are bombarded now more than ever with optional tech upgrades, from backup cameras to Wi-Fi hotspots and from social-media feeds to internet radio. Which of these features will enhance your driving experience and which should you kick to the curb? reviewer Kelsey Mays will help you decide in the video above.

By Matt Schmitz | October 10, 2014 | Comments (0)

'Price Is Right' Contestants to Bid on 'Dream Cars'


OK, playing "The Price is Right" rules, as close as you can without going over: How much would you expect to pay for a Porsche Cayenne? How about a Range Rover Sport SE? A Maserati Quattroporte S Q4, Tesla Model S or Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster? All next week contestants on the iconic game show will be making bids on that half-million-dollar quintet of luxury vehicles in hopes of hearing Bob Barker … er … we mean, Drew Carey, announce that they've won "A NEW CARRR!!!"

What Car Would You Buy if You Won Mega Millions?

"Dream Car Week" runs Oct. 13-17 on the four-decade-old-plus shopping-themed game show that asks contestants to wager on the retail price of merchandise in hopes of winning extravagant prizes presented by comely models. The show was famously hosted by Barker from its inception until 2007, when bespectacled comedian and sitcom star Carey succeeded him. The show runs 11 a.m. to noon Eastern Standard Time weekdays on CBS.

By Matt Schmitz | October 10, 2014 | Comments (5)

Gas Prices Reach Lowest of the Year


More motorists were paying less at the pump as the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gas fell 8 cents the past week to $3.25, according to Thursday's AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report — the lowest national average in 2014. The previous low for the year was $3.27, set on Feb. 7, and AAA predicted prices could fall another 5 to 15 cents by the end of the year if current conditions continue.

Related: New-Car Fuel Economy Sees Uncommonly Big Drop

The average price in Missouri dropped 14 cents the past week to $2.97, the first time any state has averaged less than $3 since Jan. 23. Missouri's average back then was $2.99 a gallon. Some gas stations in more than two-dozen other states were posting pump prices below $3.

By Rick Popely | October 10, 2014 | Comments (3)

New-Car Fuel Economy Sees Uncommonly Big Drop


The average fuel economy of new vehicles sold in the U.S. experienced its biggest dip in nearly three years in September. That's according to the latest figures from the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute, which show last month's fuel economy to be 25.3 mpg compared with 25.8 in August.

Related: Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: September 2014

While small drops are not uncommon, the last time the average fuel economy fell that sharply was in December 2011, when it dipped to 22.6 mpg from 23.1 mpg in November of that year, also a decrease of 0.5 mpg. The biggest month-to-month decline since the institute began tracking average fuel economy seven years ago came in 2009, when it plummeted from a then-record 22.4 mpg in August to 21.1 mpg in September, a 1.3 mpg drop that followed a year of steady increases. However, fuel economy quickly rebounded in October of that year, jumping a full 1 mpg to 22.1.

By Matt Schmitz | October 8, 2014 | Comments (1)

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