What to do After a Crash

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What to do After a Crash
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Like an addendum to Murphy’s Law, the unforeseen tends to happen when you least expect it; misfortune is like a lot like a combination ninja/cat burglar/stealth bomber. Glance away for a split second and BAM, something bad happens. Continue Reading...

How to Drive Through a Roundabout

How to Drive Through a Roundabout
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Roundabout, traffic circle, rotary, gyratory, whatever you call these curving intersections they can be quite confusing to drivers that have never experienced one before. With yield signs, bike lanes and pedestrian crossings there’s a lot going on in a small area and plenty of opportunity to screw things up. But here are a few helpful… Continue Reading...

Traffic-Control Systems Can Easily be Hacked

Traffic-Control Systems Can Easily be Hacked
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Like something out of a movie, security company IOActive has discovered that the traffic-control systems found in nearly every state of the Union are vulnerable to hackers. What’s even more distressing is that it doesn’t take a supercomputer to compromise these technologies. Continue Reading...

How to Avoid Traffic Jams, or at Least Getting Stuck in Them

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How to Avoid Traffic Jams, or at Least Getting Stuck in Them
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Every time we get behind the wheel we’re at the mercy of a multitude of variables that are simply out of our control. Weather, crashes and highway design flaws can all conspire to turn a short trip a drawn-out nightmare. But what is being done to minimize congestion? Municipalities can do a few things to… Continue Reading...

How do Traffic Jams Start?

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How do Traffic Jams Start?
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It doesn’t get much better than zipping along in the fast lane on a beautiful day with your favorite tunes pumping and no vehicles ahead of you. But as is often the case this little slice of automotive paradise can quickly turn into the ninth circle of Hell. Continue Reading...

Americans Waste 1.9 Billion Gallons of Gas Idling in Traffic, Study Shows

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Americans Waste 1.9 Billion Gallons of Gas Idling in Traffic, Study Shows
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Traffic is a waste. It wastes your time, your car’s life, and most importantly it wastes fuel. Thanks to a push from the Obama administration to invest in roads and infrastructure, the U.S. Treasury Department found out that American drivers are wasting about 1.9 billion gallons of fuel annually while idling in traffic jams. These… Continue Reading...

OnStar Ranks Most Helpful American Cities

OnStar Ranks Most Helpful American Cities
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It turns out that OnStar isn’t just used for helping  yourself or your vehicle. Today OnStar is reporting that many use the system to help others in need. According to OnStar’s statistics, there are quite a few “Good Samaritan calls” in which an OnStar user calls to report another drivers situation that needs assistance. This… Continue Reading...

California Highway Congestion Worsened By Hybrids?

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California Highway Congestion Worsened By Hybrids?
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  California told 85,000 hybrid drivers to move over, literally. Now everyone is feeling the sting. Starting last July the yellow stickers allowing hybrid owners to drive alone in the high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane expired. The move came in preparation for an anticipated increase in electric vehicles on the road that will be allowed… Continue Reading...

Texas Celebrates Labor Day With New Max Speed Limit, No Night Time Limits

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Texas Celebrates Labor Day With New Max Speed Limit, No Night Time Limits
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Previously capped at 80 mph, the Texas House of Representatives approved a new transportation bill that will raise speed limits up to 85 mph in select areas and put an end to the night-time speed limit as well. Yee-haw! Though exciting for driving enthusiasts (or anyone in a hurry), don’t pack your bags for the… Continue Reading...

Dashboard Mounted Smartphones Track Traffic Light Times

Dashboard Mounted Smartphones Track Traffic Light Times
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Imagine having a gadget in your car that could tell you how fast to go to avoid stopping at the next light. Well, now you can. A network of dashboard smartphones can monitor traffic lights and congestion helping drivers avoid idling, cutting fuel use by 20 percent. SignalGuru collects and analyzes traffic data from images… Continue Reading...

Los Angeles Votes To Remove Red-Light Cameras

Los Angeles Votes To Remove Red-Light Cameras
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The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to remove its controversial red light cameras, citing difficulties in enforcing them. According to the photo-enforcement law, paying its tickets was merely “voluntary,” which is an excuse that might not work for your next school-zone speeding ticket. Only 60% of tickets issued were actually paid. Naturally, accusations of… Continue Reading...

Report: Metro Traffic Congestion up 11 Percent in 2010

Report: Metro Traffic Congestion up 11 Percent in 2010
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Hate sitting in traffic? Well, don’t expect that problem to go away any time soon. Studies show that traffic congestion is up in metro areas 11 percent. Not even rising gas prices can stop us from getting in our cars and making that slow commute into work everyday. According to INRIX, a company that tracks… Continue Reading...

Chinese Drivers Suffering From 60 Mile Traffic Jam

Chinese Drivers Suffering From 60 Mile Traffic Jam
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Living in Los Angeles and being an automotive enthusiast sometimes doesn’t always mix well together. Some of us here at AutoGuide are based in LA and don’t often get great chances to truly “enjoy” our cars having to regularly sit in traffic staring at brake lights. But now we guess we have it easy since… Continue Reading...

Report: Congestion Charges, Highway Tolls, Gaining Popularity In Major Cities

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Report: Congestion Charges, Highway Tolls, Gaining Popularity In Major Cities
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New proposals like a London-style “congestion charge” and highway tolls for special lanes that would move faster are being floated both in Canada and the United States, as major cities grapple with traffic problems and infrastructure that wasn’t meant to deal with an increasing number of cars. An article in the Chicago Tribune details how a government-sponsored panel… Continue Reading...
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