Many motorists most annoyed by texting and driving

Engaging in activities that diminish driving safety is one of the top issues American drivers have with their fellow motorists. According to a recently released survey conducted by Consumer Reports*, motorists who text or talk on a cellphone while they’re behind the wheel was ranked as the biggest gripe the average driver has with others. […]

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Avoid being targeted by red-light cameras

Despite the protestations of many motorists, a considerable number of municipalities have installed red-light cameras to enhance driving safety. In fact, according to consumer research and advocacy group U.S. PIRG, nearly 700 cities and towns had them installed as of October of last year, Edmunds.com* reports. Naturally, this has led to a higher prevalence of […]

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Thinking about a boat? Don”t forget the insurance

With the winter nearly over and spring in the air, marine enthusiasts may be thinking about buying a new boat to use for the summer. While there are many things to consider before purchasing a watercraft, insurance should be among them, according to the Insurance Information Institute*. What a boat insurance policy usually includes As […]

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Auto experts caution drivers against ignoring their check engine light

Many drivers shrug off the familiar tick of their check engine light and delay taking their car to a mechanic; some may even dismiss it altogether. Check engine lights can illuminate for a variety of reasons, many of them as small as forgetting to screw on the gas cap all the way. However, many industry […]

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GM to quell drivers” fears by purchasing back Volts

A recent investigation launched by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration may harm sales of General Motor’s Chevrolet Volt to consumers. However, GM CEO Dan Akerson said the company will buy back any Volt sold to drivers if the consumer fears his or her electric vehicle may catch fire, according to The Associated Press*. […]

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Child safety seats just as protective for overweight kids

With approximately one-third of children in the U.S. considered overweight, health officials agree that childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions. Besides the adverse health effects that obese children can encounter—including early onset diabetes, heart complications and high cholesterol levels, among other things—some child safety advocates have questioned whether they are more at risk for being […]

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The police siren you can hear and feel

In the town of Bartow, Fla., police officials have put a new spin on alerting commuters and residents that they’re in the area with a siren that can not only be heard, but felt. According to local television news station WTSP*, the police siren emits a series of low-frequency vibrations that enables individuals in the […]

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Auto industry”s recovery may prompt manufacture of more than 79 million vehicles in 2012

Studies and analyses detailing the scope of auto industry recovery have been somewhat mixed, but overall, experts agree that the auto sector is getting stronger. A recent study conducted by PwC* automotive analyst group, Autofacts, projects the number of light auto vehicles to be manufactured globally will increase 6.8 percent from 2011, exceeding 79 million […]

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Flooding to become more frequent, costly in some areas

Flooding poses a myriad of problems to homeowners who live in low-lying areas, and researchers say the issues are only likely to become worse as future storms are expected to become stronger and more intense. A recent report in the Asbury Park Press* reveals that New Jersey is one of the states most heavily affected […]

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Retirement may realistically begin beyond the age of 65

Retirement planning firms are now tasked with their largest group of clients in the history of the United States as a U.S. Census Bureau brief reveals 40.3 million people were 65 and older as of April 1, 2010. Due to the instability of the economy, more elders must delay their retirement, in some cases all […]

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