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    Opinion: Learning to drive stick shift makes people better drivers
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    Maybe, just maybe, it's safer and better for every road user if we all know how the gears that make the wheels go round ratchet up. There are an increasing number of endangered species in this turbulent world of ours, but none is rushing to extinction faster than the driver who can get from A ...

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    Report: FL man arrested for protesting red light cameras
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    A Florida man was placed under arrest on Saturday morning in the city of Apopka, for what local police are calling obstruction of an officer without violence and a "pedestrian violation." As this is Florida, you'd be forgiven for thinking it was something insane. Rather, he was protesting his ...

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    Study: Berkeley study says drivers of roomier vehicles more likely to be unethical
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    Researchers from MIT and Berkeley have conducted a rather interesting study on the correlation between posture and behavior. While this normally wouldn't be of much interest, the study analyzed more specifically how a car's seating position can affect the driver's behavior, which we find to be a ...

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    Study: American driving may have peaked in 2004
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    It's easy to refer to the recession in 2008 as the point at which Americans started driving less, but a growing number of studies are showing that American driving peaked in 2004, The New York Times reports, and it's hard to quantify why. A study recently published by the University of Michigan ...

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    Report: Bay area residents could soon be taxed per mile driven
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    As cars get more fuel efficient, they become a less profitable source of tax dollars. So what's a city to do? Raising gas taxes is certain political death. For San Francisco Bay officials, creativity is the key. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission and Association of Bay Area Governments ...

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    Report: Michigan to fight drunk driving with... talking urinal cakes?! [w/video]
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    "Don't drive drunk." That's the message every government, charity and local organization wants to get out during the Fourth of July holiday. It's sound advice, too, even from a potty mouth. According to The Detroit News, the state of Michigan has bought 400 talking urinal cakes that will remind ...

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    Report: Young motorists driving far less than even 10 years ago
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    A new study by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group indicates Americans are driving less than they were a few years ago. That drop is largely thanks to young people. Those between the ages of 16 and 34 drove 23 percent fewer miles in 2009 than they did in 2001. While it's tempting to attribute ...

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    Study: Returning U.S. soldiers have trouble with road rules at home
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    Life can be tough for U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Post traumatic stress disorder must make everyday tasks hell to deal with. Not the least of which is re-adjusting to American road rules. In Iraq, the goal of the morning commute is to reach the destination alive. The more ...

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    Report: Americans driving fewest miles since 2003
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    USA Today reports that Americans are driving less today than they were one year ago. According to a new study by the Department of Transportation, travel on U.S. roads has declined by around 1.3 percent through the first eight months of the year compared to the same period in 2010. That equates ...

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    Report: Driving can contribute to deadliest cancer, particularly on your left side
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    When the weather's right, it feels great to turn off the A/C, roll down the window and just go for a ride. But while the wind feels great, the sun may be killing you. USA Today reports that U.S. drivers are more prone to the potentially deadly melanoma and merkel cell carcinoma skin cancers on ...

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    Mercedes-Benz to launch teen driving school
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    "Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes-Benz". Janice Joplin's words may seem entertaining to some, but strikingly familiar to anyone who's gone through the ordeal of ushering their teenager into the world of driving. While most parents wouldn't consider buying their teen a Mercedes as a first car ...

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    Study: Gamers take more chances behind the wheel, suffer from road rage
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    Fact: Playing video games can help speed up reaction times and make a person more sensitive to the environment around them. A study by researchers at the University of Rochester found that people who play video games are generally better at multi-tasking, reading small print and even driving. On ...

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    PSA: 4th of July named most dangerous driving holiday, so be safe out there
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    On Sunday, the United States of America will celebrate its 234th birthday, and rightfully so, 4th of July festivities will be taking place all around the country – cookouts, camping trips and pool-side relaxation are not out of the question. But for those of us who will be out on the road, ...

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    First Drive: 2011 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra Heavy Duty trucks set new HD standard
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    2011 GM HD Trucks - Click above for high-res image gallery
    Usually whenever we head out to a new vehicle press launch, we have to sit through exhaustive technical and marketing presentations before we get a chance to climb behind the wheel. However, General Motors put us straight into a dual-rear ...

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    Report: NSC decrees all cell phone driving as dangerous, cites 30 studies
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    Surprise, surprise. The National Safety Council just released a report saying that all cell phone use while driving – even hands-free – is potentially dangerous and "risky behavior." The study includes some pretty scary figures, including this one: At any time, 11 percent of drivers ...

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    New smartphone app automatically cuts usage when driving
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    If you're truly worried about your teenager and what he or she might get into – or plow into – using a cellphone while driving, then perhaps you might find Cell Cease of interest. If your teen's phone runs on Windows Mobile and has GPS, Cell Cease will block the ability to make and ...

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    Dung beetles in cow pies helping Toyota create night vision systems? [w/video]
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    Dung Beetles and your driving will soon have something in common – Click above to watch video
    It's called "local adaptive spatiotemporal smoothing," and birds moths do it, bees do it, even educated fleas dung beetles do it. What it means is that when a dung beetle looks at something, it can ...

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    Platoon: GPS-based road trains set to test on European roads?
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    GPS-based road train – Click above for gallery
    It goes by the name "Sartre," but it has nothing to do with existentialism and just a little bit to do with exits. The Safe Road Trains for the Environment program is a three-year European study centering on the creation of 'platoons' of ...

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    Weekend Watching: Modern Marvels: Autobahn on Hulu
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    There is a road that has taken on the awe of a holy relic, practically the Dead Sea Scrolls of tarmac, and it goes by one simple name: Die Autobahn. There are few, if any, other roads in the world that are as significant for gearheads as those remaining polished stretches of German highway that ...

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    Driving like a jerk reportedly helps to reduce traffic jams
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    Drive like a sheep, and you get stuck. Break some rules here and there for the good of traffic flow, and everyone benefits. A new traffic study by physicists at Sweden's Umea University found that while we're all taught to obey the traffic rules no matter what, doing so just makes for bottlenecks. ...

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