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Buyer Beware! Make sure you do your homework before purchasing a used car. What the seller is telling you may not always match what's under the hood. Glen Dives in today and explains why you should get a pre purchase inspection or at least make sure you know exactly what you are buying!

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Electric Cars: Recharge Your Batteries

Perhaps the most frustrating limitation of owning an all-electric car is how long it takes to fully charge the battery. For a Tesla, for example, it takes about 40 minutes to charge it to 80% capacity using the most powerful charging station.

Scientists have long thought the laws of physics limited how fast you could safely recharge a battery, but new research by University of Utah chemical engineering assistant professor Tao Gao has opened the door to creating a battery that can be recharged in just a fraction of the time.

Gao's research was detailed in a new paper published in the scientific journal Joule. The study was conducted while Gao was a postdoctoral researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology under the supervision of MIT chemical engineering professor Martin Z. Bazant. Gao is now carrying on that research at the University of Utah where he is further developing advanced lithium-ion batteries capable of fast charging.

Risky Driving Behaviors of Drivers Who Use Alcohol and Marijuana

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 13, 2021)  – People who use both alcohol and marijuana are some of the most dangerous drivers on the road – they are significantly more likely to speed, text, intentionally run red lights, and drive aggressively than those who don’t, according to data from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. They also are far more likely to report driving under the influence of alcohol than those who consume only alcohol and not marijuana.

“These data show the alarming impact of alcohol and marijuana use on the choices drivers make when they get behind the wheel,” said Jake Nelson, AAA’s director of traffic safety advocacy and research. “From choosing to drive while impaired, and speeding, to driving distracted or running red lights, using these two drugs leads to poor decision-making with potentially fatal consequences.”

New Early Warning System for Self-Driving Cars

AI recognizes potentially critical traffic situations seven seconds in advance

A team of researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has developed a new early warning system for vehicles that uses artificial intelligence to learn from thousands of real traffic situations. A study of the system was carried out in cooperation with the BMW Group. The results show that, if used in today's self-driving vehicles, it can warn seven seconds in advance against potentially critical situations that the cars cannot handle alone -- with over 85% accuracy.

To make self-driving cars safe in the future, development efforts often rely on sophisticated models aimed at giving cars the ability to analyze the behavior of all traffic participants. But what happens if the models are not yet capable of handling some complex or unforeseen situations?

Powertrain Warranty FAQs, Facts, and Figures | Good Works Auto Repair

Buying a vehicle is one of the biggest monetary investments you’ll ever make. With so much at stake, you may wonder if a powertrain warranty, or any other type of warranty, is worth the extra money. Let’s answer some common questions about the topic and then you can decide for yourself.

What is a powertrain warranty and what does it cover?

Just like its name implies, a powertrain warranty applies to components that give your vehicle power – namely, the engine, transmission, and drivetrain. When any of these systems fail, you could be in for some seriously expensive auto repairs.

With a powertrain warranty, however, many of the more expensive components are covered. Things like internal engine and transmission parts, wheel bearings, transfer case, and more. Warranties vary, however, so be sure to read the fine print to find out what’s NOT included.

Gasoline Demand Continues to Grow as Pump Prices Fluctuate

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 5, 2021) —Gasoline demand measured 8.9 million b/d in the Energy Administration’s (EIA) latest weekly report, up nearly 4% from the week prior. Because of the jump in demand, gasoline supplies tightened to 230.5 million bbl, the lowest level this year, and state gas prices averages saw major fluctuations. On the week, states saw pump price changes ranging from an increase of 15 cents to a decrease of 3 cents.

Today’s national average is $2.87, which is more expensive on the week (+1 cent), month (+12 cents) and year (+94 cents).

“We anticipate demand will continue to increase throughout the month as vaccinations become more widely available and weather turns warmer,” said Jeanette McGee, AAA spokesperson. “This will lead to fluctuation at the pump throughout the spring season.”

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Dealers Remain Essential To A Digital Car Buying Process

New Research from Capital One Finds Consumers Value In-Person Dealership Experience Combined with Digital Tools

PLANO, Texas, March 29, 2021 - While car buyers are increasingly using digital tools to shop for a car, data shows U.S. consumers say they still value the in-person experience at dealerships. That's according to Capital One's inaugural Car Buying Outlook, the first-ever survey of both consumer and dealer preferences, attitudes, and behaviors around auto financing. 77% of respondents reported they will research financing options and pre-qualification online more than before as a result of COVID-19. At the same time, in-person dealer experiences like test driving and negotiations are still important, with 82% of respondents saying they will visit more than one dealership.

"For most Americans, buying a car is one of the biggest purchases they'll ever make, so it's not surprising that they want to see, feel and experience this investment for themselves in person, alongside a trusted dealer advisor," said Sanjiv Yajnik, President of Financial Services, Capital One. "The future of car buying requires embracing a model that marries digital tools with physical experience, empowering customers to have the car buying journey they want."

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Heading the Wrong Way with “Wrong-Way” Driving

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 23, 2021) - Fatal wrong-way driving crashes on our nation’s highways are a persistent and devastating threat that is only getting worse. According to the latest data analysis from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, there were 2,008 deaths from wrong-way driving crashes on divided highways between 2015 and 2018, an average of approximately 500 deaths a year. That is up 34% from the 375 deaths annually from 2010 to 2014. Researchers found that the odds of being a wrong-way driver increased with alcohol-impairment, older age, and driving without a passenger.

“Wrong-way crashes on divided highways are often fatal as they are typically head-on collisions,” said Dr. David Yang, executive director of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. “And unfortunately, as the data shows, fatalities from these crashes are on the rise.”

AAA works with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and other traffic safety organizations to educate drivers on the deadly impact of wrong-way driving. In light of these latest research findings, AAA and the NTSB are urging state transportation agencies to adopt driver-based countermeasures that address these factors, such as alcohol ignition interlocks, strengthened deterrence strategies like sobriety checkpoints, driver refresher courses for older adults and the installation of more visible signs and signals.

Alcohol-impairment, older age, and driving without a passenger increase risks of wrong-way crashes

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