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Just The Latest In A String Of Reports Trying To Understand The American Mind

The US Department of Transportation reported that in February 2015 Americans drove 221.1 billion miles, the second-highest February total ever and the biggest jump in 11 years.

The history of the American road trip is full of technological innovations, new industries and federal oversight.

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A new study from the US Energy Information Administration makes the interesting finding that as the number of vehicles in a household's fleet increases, the miles driven on the primary car go up as well.

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The US government says drivers traveled 3.02 trillion miles last year, the second-highest tally since it started keeping track in 1939, behind only 2007. Drivers' ages are also setting records, with 44.1 percent of US drivers over the age of 50.

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Warm spring weather is usually welcomed with open arms in Michigan, but this year's thaw is opening up potholes on roadways so big one county executive is urging residents to call 911 on dangerous roads.

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A New York woman tells her story of earning her driver's license at 23 after leaving the village of Kiryas Joel where women are shunned for getting behind the wheel.

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Cheaper gas, warmer winters and more cars on the road mean that Americans are driving more, with total numbers set to top 3 trillion this year for the first time since 2007 and only the second time in history.

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Over the past few years, it has become generally accepted wisdom that the Millennial generation cares less about cars and drives less than the generations of Americans that came before them. However, a recent dig into one dataset by The Atlantic's Citylab blog finds that assertion might not be entirely accurate.

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Nearly everyone agrees that texting and driving is dangerous

Nearly everyone agrees that texting and driving is dangerous. Most people do it anyway.

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October 31 is one of the worst days for pedestrian deaths, car thefts and reports of vandalism

Halloween is consistently one of the worst holidays to be on the street. October 31 sees a huge share of pedestrian deaths, car thefts and car vandalism.

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AAA finds voice-recognition software still distracts drivers

Voice-recognition software that many automakers tout as a safer alternative to handheld devices can still divert drivers' attention, a new study published by AAA found.

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AT&T reminds text-addicted drivers 'It Can Wait'

If you encounter a '#X' followed by silence during a text conversation today you might think the other person fell asleep on their phone, but they're actually letting you know that they're about to drive.

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Avoiding driving a car to work could make commuters happier

A new study out of the U.K. suggests that if you want to be happier, ditch the daily driving commute.

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East coasters follow close behind

A new survey suggests the rudest drivers in the country don't hail from big cities, but from America's heartland.

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Driverless vehicles could cause insurance rates to plummet

Who is responsible when a self-driving car is involved in a crash? That question has been on a lot of car insurers minds, and a new study from the RAND corporation shows they have every reason for concern.

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Critics Question Constitutionality Of Nationwide Program

Information includes details like motorists' social security numbers, addresses, identifying tattoos and hunches about which drivers to stop.

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GM is the latest to plan for cameras to watch drivers actions

General Motors is taking the fight against distracted driving from billboards and public-service announcements into its cars, deploying new technology that keeps an eye on where the driver's are glancing.

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Young women and men crash in different ways and at different times

A new study from Kansas State University found that young men and women crash their cars at different times and in different ways.

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Motorists in worst U.S. city average one crash every 4.3 years

Allstate Insurance released its 10th annual America's Best Drivers report this week. In reviewing millions of claims and taking into account factors like city density, population and even weather, researchers came up with a comprehensive list of cities with the best and worst drivers in America.

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Aftermarket device could cut down on distracted driving

A new electronic device hopes to catch drivers attention spans up with technology by projecting cellphone functions into driver's view of the road.

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Would drivers who are "high" travel too fast or too slow for safety?

Amid rancorous debate over other weighty issues Thursday on Capitol Hill, lawmakers wondered aloud whether driving cars after smoking marijuana is dangerous. Among the unanswered questions: Would drivers who are "high" travel too fast or too slow for safety?

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