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Driver Behavior Influences Traffic Patterns As Much As Roadway Design

Urban planners may soon have a new way to measure traffic congestion. By capturing the different routes by which vehicles can travel between locations, researchers have developed a new computer algorithm that helps quantify regions of congestion in urban areas and suggests ways around them.

The study, published in the Journal of Physics: Complexity, used traffic speeds from taxis in New York City to demonstrate how road infrastructure and driver behavior can create complex road networks that differ among cities.

"Ride-hailing and ride-sharing services, and eventually autonomous vehicles, are disrupting traffic patterns in cities," said Richard Sowers, a professor of mathematics and of industrial and enterprise systems engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and lead author of the study. "We identified a need for a tool that could help urban planners understand how and why this happens."

UV Light Sanitizers at Work for YOU! | Good Works Auto Repair

Thanks to COVID-19 and a global pandemic, we’ve all had to learn new ways of doing things. While changing our habits doesn’t always come easy, there are some definite benefits when we discover new procedures and gadgets that protect our health or make life easier.

At Good Works Auto Repair, we’re always open to new solutions that can make things safer for our employees, customers, or both. That’s why we’ve started using UV light sanitizers to sterilize keys at our auto repair shop. Let’s take a look at why we’re using these handy gadgets and what that can mean for YOU, our customers.

Why use UV light sanitizers?

According to CDC guidelines, practicing social distancing, wearing a face mask, and regularly washing your hands are top ways to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. And, frequent cleaning and disinfecting of high use items and surfaces can further cut down on the spread of germs.

New Year Sees Gas Prices Steadily Increase

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 19, 2021) – Since the beginning of the year, the national gas price average has increased 13 cents. Today’s average is $2.38. That is a nickel more than last week. However, still cheaper year-over-year by 17 cents.

The last time the nation saw a substantial January pump price increase was in 2009. That year, the national gas price average jumped 23 cents inside of the first 3 weeks of the year. At that time U.S. gasoline demand and supply were lower and crude oil prices had been increasing, similar to today.

Gas prices have been rising this year as crude oil prices continue to increase — last week pricing as high as $53/bbl. The latest Energy Information Administration (EIA) reports show gasoline demand remains low at 7.5 million b/d, which contributed to a 4.4 million bbl increase to gasoline supply, for a total of 245 million bbl.

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Framework for Gauging Health Impacts of Self-Driving Vehicles

Autonomous vehicles (AV) are the wave of the future in the automobile industry, and there's extensive discussion about the impacts on transportation, society, the economy and the environment.

However, less attention has been focused on the potential health impacts of self-driving vehicles.

Texas A&M University researchers have developed a conceptual model to identify these health impacts systematically. They identified 32 transportation-related risk factors that affected health and concluded that 17 could negatively impact public health, while eight could have a positive impact. There were seven areas of uncertain implications that require further investigation.

The researchers recently published their findings in the December issue of Sustainable Cities and Society.

"A survey on the receptiveness of autonomous vehicles' impacts showed that there is a lack of awareness of the potential health impacts of AVs and low perceptions of the importance of AV health benefits," said Soheil Sohrabi, a doctoral student in the Zachry Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and a graduate researcher at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI). "On the other hand, there are some unintended consequences of AVs' implementation that need to be studied before AVs find their way onto the road."

Average Down Payments for New Vehicles Continue to Rise in Q4

Analysts say financially stable consumers continued to take advantage of lower interest rates to upsize their vehicle purchases during the pandemic

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 5, 2021-- Consumers in the financial position to buy a new car during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic aren't holding back on upsizing their purchases in favor of bigger vehicles with more amenities. According to the car shopping experts at Edmunds, the average down payment for a new vehicle climbed to $4,734 in the fourth quarter, compared to $4,458 in the third quarter and $4,329 a year ago. The average amount financed for new vehicle purchases increased as well, climbing to $35,373 in the fourth quarter compared to $34,692 in the third quarter and $33,525 a year ago. And, Edmunds data reveals that monthly payments increased, reaching $581 on average in the fourth quarter compared to $568 in Q3 and $570 a year ago.

Edmunds experts note that financed vehicle purchases in December helped drive these figures up compared to the third quarter. According to Edmunds data, December financed purchases represented the highest average monthly payment of the year at $587 and the highest average down payment of the year at $4,876.

Today on Under the Hood with Glen, we take a 2006 Jeep Commander in for diagnostic service at a service center at a local automotive dealership. Watch as Glen unpacks the findings, gives his perspective, and answers the question, "Can you trust dealerships?"

Find out what Glen discovered using this local dealership in this latest installment of Under the Hood with Glen.

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One of the most important safety features your car has is the brakes... that is as long as they are working properly. Here are some reasons why you may have squealing brakes and if you should be concerned.

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Today on Under the Hood With Glen, we do a full pre purchase inspection on a vehicle that was purchased for VERY cheap at an auction. On the outside at a quick glance it looked like a steal, but was it a good deal? Go "Under The Hood with Glen" to see how this bargain purchase turned out!

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Know what questions to ask your mechanic to get the best price, quality service, and make informed decisions on your car repairs.

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