New York Considers Buying Up Flood-Prone Properties Damaged by Sandy

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is proposing to spend a chunk of Superstorm Sandy relief funds on buying out severely damaged homes and turning the properties into open space or flood plains, an idea that met with approval by industry interests. The New York Times reported Monday that the governor proposes to spend $400 million to purchase […]

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Help prevent burglary while on vacation with these 5 tips

According to the Insurance Information Institute*, there are more than 2.15 million burglaries each year, based on FBI statistics. In addition, more than 65 percent of those incidents occur in residential homes. Furthermore, no two months have more burglaries than July and August, as there is generally a 10 percent increase in home break-ins at […]

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Some safety officials call on states to tighten their GDL laws

If state officials are serious about reducing the number of traffic accidents that occur among teenagers, they will toughen their graduated drivers license programs, safety officials recently advised. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety*, should all of the states adopt the five main components of GDL laws, more than 500 traffic fatalities and […]

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Some automakers looking to decrease car weights to meet fuel efficiency goals

Many automakers are seeking ways to reduce the weight of cars to help them run more efficiently, according to a recent article by the Detroit Free Press*. These changes are being implemented because of the tougher fuel economy standards that the industry is applying. The new standards required by the federal government under the Corporate […]

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Study: Large non-luxury car demand decreases

According to a recent study by Polk*, full-size cars are in less demand in the market and therefore comprise a lower percentage of market sales in the auto industry. According to the firm, this category of the market has declined by over 50 percent in the last five years and in the first three months […]

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Driving fatalities up 12 percent, according to study

A new study indicates traffic fatalities through the first three months of the year have elevated. According to the National Safety Council*, deaths from motor vehicle crashes between January and March of this year jumped 12 percent when comparing the same period with 2011. In this year’s first quarter, 8,170 traffic deaths occurred. An estimated […]

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Study: Safety risk for motorcycle riders peaks within first month of ownership

With gas prices high throughout the country, industry experts are anticipating the summer to be an active motorcycle season on the roadways, both for veterans and new riders. However, it’s these new motorcycle operators that safety officials are concerned about, as research suggests they tend to be the ones most at risk for motorcycle crashes. […]

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Sailing survivor calls for new boat safety rules

A frightening experience on the high seas has prompted a California boater to call for equipping watercrafts with more safety equipment. According to Reuters*, Bryan Chona of Tiburon, California narrowly survived a perilous yachting accident when a series of waves crashed into his yacht, sending him and his fellow crewmembers overboard. Though he and two […]

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Michigan rescinds mandatory helmet law

In a move that will comes as good news to those who want the choice as to whether or not to wear a helmet, the state of Michigan recently passed legislation that would make helmets optional. Recently, Senate Bill 291 passed with broad-based approval from members of the Michigan Congress reforming the current law from […]

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Economy prompts many to consider pre-owned vehicles, according to poll

While many factors are weighed by consumers on whether or not they want to buy a new car, one of the most common considerations is how the economy is faring. According to a recent poll, last year, more than half of new-car shoppers considered a pre-owned vehicle because of how the U.S. economy was functioning […]

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