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The Five Best Cars to Survive a Sharknado

By David Thomas on July 6, 2015


It's Shark Week, a time of year created by the Discovery Channel, a cable TV network. The frenzy around all-things shark also led to the "Sharknado" series on the SyFy network. These made-for-TV movies starring top B-list actors - yes,… Read More

The Five Best Cars to Survive a Sharknado

By David Thomas on July 6, 2015

It's Shark Week, a time of year created by the Discovery Channel, a cable TV network. The frenzy around all-things shark also led to the "Sharknado" series on the SyFy network. These made-for-TV movies starring top B-list actors - yes,… Read More

Travelers Can Celebrate Lowest Independence Day Gas Prices in Five Years

By Rick Popely on July 2, 2015

When Americans fill their tanks for the holiday weekend they will pay the lowest price for gas on Independence Day in five years. A year ago, the AAA travel organization was reporting that the national average of $3.67 for regular… Read More

Chevy's Cool New Option Prevents Smartphone Overheating

By Matt Schmitz on July 2, 2015

How's this for an option: an air conditioner for your smartphone? We know what you're thinking — #firstworldproblems — but try to reserve your skepticism. It's actually rather practical. Recognizing motorists' ever-increasing reliance on their smartphones, Chevrolet is addressing the… Read More

AAA Projects Heaviest Fourth of July Travel Since 2007

By Matt Schmitz on July 2, 2015

Second only to fireworks' literal translation of "the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air," no recreational activity better symbolizes the ideal of American freedom than an Independence Day road trip. That is, at least until you run into… Read More

Study: Toll Road Use Up

By Matt Schmitz on July 1, 2015

Driving on certain roads is increasingly taking its toll on American motorists — and they're OK with that. According to a new report by the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association, a coalition representing toll-road owners and operators, use of… Read More

Is Your Town a Hot Spot for Vehicle Theft?

By Matt Schmitz on June 29, 2015

With its abundant sunny days and enviable year-round climate, California in many ways is literally one massive hot spot. On the downside, it's also another sort of hot spot that's not so awesome — one for car thieves. When it… Read More

After Unexpected Uptick, Gas Prices Start to Retreat

By Rick Popely on June 26, 2015

Gas prices started to fall last week, albeit slowly, as the abundant supply of oil continued and more U.S. refineries returned to normal production levels. The AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report said Thursday that the national average for a gallon… Read More

Lexus Hoverboard Makes Our 'Back to the Future' Fantasies Reality

By Matt Schmitz on June 24, 2015

When it comes to fantastical technologies for which the world has been clamoring for decades, the hoverboard ranks among the most coveted. And when you talk about hoverboards, it's impossible not to talk about "Back to the Future, Part II,"… Read More

Would You Welcome a 'See-Thru' Semi to the Road?

By Matt Schmitz on June 23, 2015

Large trucks, particularly semitrailers, are the lifeblood of our nation's interstate shipping operations. You order something on Amazon that's too large for a drone drop-off? There's a good chance it's coming on a truck. That means drivers have to share… Read More

Buyers Want Efficiency, Don't Care How It's Achieved

By Matt Schmitz on June 23, 2015

In 1990, singer Oleta Adams famously crooned, "I don't care how you get here, just get here if you can." In the quarter century since then, fuel-efficiency technologies in vehicles have come a long way, but that still pretty much… Read More