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Top 10 Reasons Car Insurance Claims Are Denied

Is it possible for insurance companies to reject the claims? Yes, insurance firms have 100 percent right to reject the claims if the person filing for a claim fails to abide by the rules and terms laid out by them. However, insurance companies do not reject claims outright. They follow a structured process when it […]

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Should You Buy Rental Car Insurance?

By Lauren Fix, The Car Coach When renting a car, you’ve probably been warned by salespeople at the counter about the possible consequences of walking away without buying their company’s rental car insurance. Put on the spot, you might not feel confident about exactly what coverage you already have. Don’t let them guilt you into […]

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Top 5 Ways to Get Cheaper Car Insurance for your Teen Driver

By Lauren Fix, The Car Coach Getting cheap car insurance for your teen or new driver can be a hard thing to do. New drivers are really expensive to insure, you would do anything to get a better deal on this type of insurance policy. Right! New or teen drivers have no driving record and […]

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Get the Best Price on Car Insurance

By Lauren Fix, Car Coach Reports No one likes paying their insurance bill. Here are seven strategies that will help you get the best price on your car insurance. In the car-buying world, one of the easiest ways to save money is to reduce the amount you pay for car insurance. There is so much […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/how-to-save-on-auto-insurance/

How Long Can You Keep Your Child on Your Car Insurance

For many young drivers, insuring a vehicle is too much of an expense for them to take care of on their own. Even if they pick up a summer job, the cost of an independent policy for a young driver is simply not feasible. In these instances, it’s common practice for parents to put their […]

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How Future Car Insurance Payments Will Be Affected By The Current COVID-19 Outbreak

https://ww2.motorists.org/misc/how-future-car-insurance-payments-will-be-affected-by-the-current-covid-19-outbreak/

New Safety Gizmos Are Making Car Insurance More Expensive

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One Way to Save on Car Insurance Costs

Vehicle insurance, mandatory in most jurisdictions, is a wise idea to protect the motorist, his vehicle, and anyone with whom he/she may have an accident. Shopping around may reveal savings in insurance costs, which can tailor your coverage. In some cases, it may be prudent to consider higher deductibles, or dropping some coverage on older […]

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Opinion: Scrap Michigan’s faulty ‘no-fault’ car insurance

https://ww2.motorists.org/misc/opinion-scrap-michigans-faulty-no-fault-car-insurance/

Top 10 Tips for Getting Cheaper Car Insurance

Your car insurance is due for renewal and you are dreading the inevitable – the cost has gone up!  Often a grudge purchase, there are techniques to make sure that you are not paying too much for your insurance. How are insurance premiums determined? It is always worth knowing what factors are considered when deciding […]

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State Farm to lower car insurance rates in Louisiana for first time since 2012

https://ww2.motorists.org/misc/state-farm-to-lower-car-insurance-rates-in-louisiana-for-first-time-since-2012/

Driverless doesn’t mean an end to car insurance

https://ww2.motorists.org/misc/driverless-doesnt-mean-end-car-insurance/

Louisiana lawmakers seek recommendations to drive down car insurance rates

https://ww2.motorists.org/misc/louisiana-lawmakers-seek-recommendations-drive-car-insurance-rates/

Texas Car insurance rates increase after Hurricane Harvey

https://ww2.motorists.org/misc/texas-car-insurance-rates-increase-hurricane-harvey/

Louisiana car insurance rates are getting higher this year

https://ww2.motorists.org/misc/louisiana-car-insurance-rates-getting-higher-year/

The strange bedfellows looking to bring down Detroit’s car insurance rates

https://ww2.motorists.org/misc/strange-bedfellows-looking-bring-detroits-car-insurance-rates/

Will New Orleans flooding make car insurance rates go up?

https://ww2.motorists.org/misc/will-new-orleans-flooding-make-car-insurance-rates-go/

Your Tennessee car insurance premium is likely to rise (Again)

https://ww2.motorists.org/misc/tennessee-car-insurance-premium-likely-rise/

Why your car insurance may be skyrocketing

https://ww2.motorists.org/misc/car-insurance-may-skyrocketing/

Will Car Insurance survive Autonomous Vehicles?

https://ww2.motorists.org/misc/will-car-insurance-survive-autonomous-vehicles/

NY lawmaker proposes dashcam car insurance incentive

https://ww2.motorists.org/misc/ny-lawmaker-proposes-dashcam-car-insurance-incentive/

Car insurance rates skyrocket in Florida as crashes mount on busy roads

https://ww2.motorists.org/misc/car-insurance-rates-skyrocket-florida-crashes-mount-busy-roads/

Bill could aid in car insurance crackdowns

https://ww2.motorists.org/misc/bill-aid-car-insurance-crackdowns/

How to Clear Your Driving Record to Save on Car Insurance

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How to Clear Your Driving Record to Save on Car Insurance

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Bill would end controversial no-fault car insurance system in Florida

https://ww2.motorists.org/misc/bill-would-end-controversial-no-fault-car-insurance-system-in-florida/

Why Mandatory Car Insurance Hurts Good Drivers

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist A reader wrote in response to an article I did on the tyranny of mandatory insurance laws. He had been hit while on his motorcycle — and crippled for life — by an oblivious driver who ran a light. He told me he believes that not only should insurance be […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/why-mandatory-car-insurance-hurts-good-drivers/

Why Does Car Insurance Cost So Much?

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Ever wonder why car insurance premiums are so high? Even if you’ve got a clean driving record — no accidents, few tickets — it’s not uncommon to be shelling out close to $1,000 annually to cover the nut for a full coverage policy on a late model car. Over the […]

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Self-Driving Cars Head Toward Collision With Insurance Status Quo

https://ww2.motorists.org/misc/self-driving-cars-head-toward-collision-with-insurance-status-quo/

How to Raise a Low Credit Score with Car Loan and Insurance Plans

Are you the victim of a low credit score and are getting denied for credit from various sources? Many people face this problem every day. The impact of a low credit score has consequences any time you need to borrow money, and sometimes, even when you are trying to find a better job. A credit […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/how-to-raise-a-low-credit-score-with-car-loan-and-insurance-plans/

Self-Driving Cars Might Kill Auto Insurance as We Know It

https://ww2.motorists.org/misc/self-driving-cars-might-kill-auto-insurance-as-we-know-it/

After a Car Accident: Be Wary of these Insurance Company Tactics

From Randolph Rice, a personal injury attorney at The Law Offices of Randolph Rice in Dundalk, Maryland. Americans pay a pretty penny for car insurance to get just that: assurance they’ll be taken care of monetarily in the event of an accident. Insurance companies, however, have the opposite agenda when an accident does occur. They […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/after-a-car-accident-be-wary-of-these-insurance-company-tactics/

In the Age of Driverless Cars, Auto Insurance Will Be More Important Than Ever

Automakers have historically devised ingenious ways to make driving safer and more enjoyable. Now, with the advent of the autonomous vehicle (AV) approaching, we soon may not need to drive at all. According to a new Esurance report, driverless cars have the potential to become an affordable way to get from point A to point […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/in-the-age-of-driverless-cars-auto-insurance-will-be-more-important-than-ever/

Car Shipping Insurance: How to Ensure Your Car Arrives Unscathed

For many people, their cars are their most prized possessions – second only to their homes. Letting our car out of our sights is almost unthinkable, but there are times when we have to ship our cars, and when we do, it is important to ensure that it is protected to the best of our […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/car-shipping-insurance-how-to-ensure-your-car-arrives-unscathed/

Indiana lawmaker wants scooter companies to carry liability insurance

https://ww2.motorists.org/misc/indiana-lawmaker-wants-scooter-companies-to-carry-liability-insurance/

Insurance companies get final say over when to pay to replace car seats after a wreck

https://ww2.motorists.org/misc/insurance-companies-get-final-say-over-when-to-pay-to-replace-car-seats-after-a-wreck/

Oregon Court Rejects Car Seizure Over Insurance Card

https://ww2.motorists.org/misc/oregon-court-rejects-car-seizure-over-insurance-card/

Miami-Dade police crack down on speeding, fake insurance cards

https://ww2.motorists.org/misc/miami-dade-police-crack-down-on-speeding-fake-insurance-cards/

Insurance for the Car of the Future

The NMA Foundation presents the Car of the Future weekly feature: A question that has been asked a great deal lately is who will be the responsible party when a driverless car crashes?  If the owner is not driving and indeed did not make any mistakes, should he or she be responsible for what their car does? The […]

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Insurance Rules for Driverless Cars Considered in NJ

https://ww2.motorists.org/misc/insurance-rules-driverless-cars-considered-nj/

Self-driving cars will be bad for insurance, Buffett says

https://ww2.motorists.org/misc/self-driving-cars-will-bad-insurance-buffett-says/

Oil Change Customer Sued After Worker Kills Someone with Car | Are You Liable for Your Car!

By Lauren Fix, The Car Coach   On March 13, 2020, a customer needed an oil change and tire rotation so he took this car to the dealership for routine maintenance. While he was waiting, a 19-year-old mechanic with no driver’s license was working on the vehicle when something terrible happened. This is more than […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/customer-sued-after-worker-kills-someone-with-car/

Proposed New York Law Would Ease Collision Insurance Requirements

Business organizations are urging New York lawmakers to approve a law that would waive a photo inspection requirement for drivers to have collision coverage on their cars.

https://ww2.motorists.org/news/proposed-new-york-law-would-ease-collision-insurance-requirements-fenderbender/

BEWARE: Gas Thieves Are Targeting Your Car

By Lauren Fix Gas prices and crime are on the rise. Car owners from New York to California and other states have reported instances of theft by criminals drilling holes into their gas tanks in order to drain and steal the gas. This is not only dangerous it leaves you holding the bill for the […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/gas-thieves-are-targeting-your-car/

Volvo racks up the most IIHS Top Safety Pick+ awards of any 2022 carmaker

It should not come as any surprise, but Volvo has won the most IIHS Top Safety Pick+ awards of any automaker in 2022. Top Safety Pick+ is the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety’s top prize. Volvo has accumulated 13 of the awards, spanning its entire lineup. IIHS and Volvo separates models between gasoline and electrified versions of the same car…

https://ww2.motorists.org/news/volvo-racks-up-the-most-iihs-top-safety-pick-awards-of-any-2022-carmaker/

How to Buy a Car Online

By Lauren Fix, The Car Coach Buying a car online can be easy with these simple steps. Many dealerships are offering online shopping options to make it easier to buy a car from your couch. Some dealerships are adding new online digital platforms that allow consumers to select a model, trim level, color, options, get […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/how-to-buy-a-car-online/

The majority of drivers are uneasy in self-driving cars, according to a study

The auto industry is getting closer to developing the technology that will allow fully autonomous vehicles to become a reality. Vehicles that allow you to take a nap while driving to work, not just “hands-free” vehicles. The majority of Americans believe it is unavoidable. The idea of handing over control behind the wheel makes many drivers uncomfortable. Over 600 licensed drivers aged 18 to 80 were surveyed across the country in a recent study by automotive consulting firm AutoPacific. The study looked at insurance responsibility, accident liability, and the most trusted auto brands, among other things.

https://ww2.motorists.org/news/the-majority-of-drivers-are-uneasy-in-self-driving-cars-according-to-a-study-%e2%8b%86-ceng-news/

Electric Car vs. Gas Car Costs: Which Truly Saves You The Most Money?

By The Car Coach Lauren Fix There is a push for every driver to switch to electric, and almost every automaker has invested billions of dollars into expanding their electric vehicle lineups with hopes that you will make the switch. Consumers, though, need to do the math and see what works best for them and […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/electric-car-vs-gas-car-costs/

5 Tips for Finding a Good Car Accident Lawyer

by guest writer Frank Fernandez, of the Tampa Bay, FL Fernandez personal injury law firm If you or a loved one recently suffered injuries from a car accident, there are a number of things that you need to do as soon as possible. This includes notifying the police and filing an accident report. If another […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/5-tips-for-finding-a-good-car-accident-lawyer/

Should I Buy an Extended Warranty On A Used Car?

By The Car Coach, Lauren Fix An extended car warranty may help cover the cost of certain repairs to your vehicle when the manufacturer’s warranty expires, but they’re not for everyone. While it may sound like a good idea in theory, extended warranties often come with a high price tag and don’t necessarily cover everything […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/should-i-buy-an-extended-warranty-on-a-used-car/

Winter Car Care Products and Services—a Crash Course

By Lauren Fix, The Car Coach According to the AAA, with the holiday season upon us, over 40 million families are predicted to hit the road, and many more will travel by car vs. plane. Driving is still the number one choice of most Americans when it comes to taking the whole family on vacation, […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/winter-car-products-and-services/

Cars to be Equipped with “In-Air” Alcohol Detection Systems that Test the Breath of Everyone

By Joe Cadillic, founder of the MassPrivatel Blog Big Brother will soon be able to stop a person from driving their car if it detects any alcohol in their breath. The Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety, Inc.(ACTS) and the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS) program have created an open source “in-air” alcohol detection system for […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/cars-to-be-equipped-with-in-air-alcohol-detection-systems-that-test-the-breath-of-everyone/

What to do with a Flooded Car

By The Car Coach Lauren Fix What to do if your car is flooded? Can you drive it? What kind of damage? Lauren Fix discusses your options and what to do. Flood-damaged cars are something that most of us don’t think about much. Every time a hurricane or flood impacts an area of the country, […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/what-to-do-with-a-flooded-car/

Do NOT Buy Flood Damaged Cars

By Lauren Fix, The Car Coach A perfect storm can lead to bad choices with flood-damaged cars everywhere. Cars swamped in recent hurricanes and floodwaters could return to the market far away from the hurricane zone. Thousands of vehicles are flood and water damaged or destroyed every year due to bad weather. In the Katrina […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/do-not-buy-flood-damaged-cars/

How You Can Get the Best Auto Insurance Quotes

by guest writer Renee Pena Auto insurance can be expensive, depending on various factors, so it takes some time to make sure you shop car insurance quotes. You will need to do some research and make some calls to get the best rates, but in the end, it will be well worth the effort. Get […]

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Clueless About Cars? Here’s an Easy Guide to Auto Repair and Maintenance

Everyone who owns a car will know that there’s a lot of repair and maintenance work that goes into keeping it running smoothly. But not everyone knows the basics, let alone the more advanced tricks of the trade that keep your engine ticking over. Not having even a basic knowledge of repair and maintenance can […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/easy-guide-to-auto-repair-and-maintenance/

How to End Your Car Lease Early | Explained

By Lauren Fix, The Car Coach You’re hardly driving anymore. But how do you turn in your leased car without losing a small fortune? The pandemic and the sagging economy have many people asking this same question. The good news is that the once-rigid leasing process has become a bit more flexible—know your options! Before you decide […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/how-to-end-your-car-lease-early/

The Cars We Could Have Bought

The cars you’re allowed to buy today are the cars that the government allows to be manufactured. But what kinds of cars might we be able to buy if the government got out of the car business and left the designing of cars to the automakers and the buying of cars to customers? What if we could […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/the-cars-we-could-have-bought/

Getting Googled: What does a Connected Car Really Mean?

For generations, Ford worked closely with Firestone, which provided the tires installed on new Fords and developed them to work with specific Ford vehicles. That relationship soured in the late ’90s when Ford and Firestone were publicly vilified over Ford Explorer SUVs sometimes rolling over while being driven on Firestone Wilderness A/T tires. To this […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/getting-googled-what-does-a-connected-car-really-mean/

How to Choose the Best Car Shipping Company?

By Lauren Fix, The Car Coach You are moving, or you bought that dream car, or you need to ship a car for whatever reason. Driving may not be an option. Choosing the best auto transporter can be tricky. Car shipping has changed over the last few years. You can ship your vehicle by enclosed […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/how-to-choose-the-best-car-shipping-company/

5 Car Trends You Need to Know in 2021

By Lauren Fix, The Car Coach The automotive industry faced some unique circumstances in 2020. Car dealerships and automobile factories quickly faced new selling strategies amid government-mandated shutdowns. What changes and trends can we expect in the automotive industry?  What do leading automotive experts think about the biggest trends to impact car brands, dealerships, and […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/5-car-trends-you-need-to-know-in-2021/

How to Prevent Car Theft – 5 Simple Tips

We all work hard to afford a reliable car to keep us going. However, as this link on car theft statistics worldwide shows owning a car and keeping it safe from theft can be quite a challenging feat. Thankfully, there are measures you can take to keep your automobile safe and save yourself the subsequent […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/preven-car-theft-with-5-simple-tips/

So, Who IS Responsible in a Driverless Car Accident?

Editor’s Note: This post first appeared as NMA Weekly E-Newsletter #617 from November 2020.  If you would like to receive the weekly NMA E-Newsletter, subscribe today. For years, an ongoing debate has been raging in the media about who would be responsible when a driverless vehicle injured or killed another road user. Perhaps, we will […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/so-who-is-responsible-in-a-driverless-car-accident/

9 Ways Motorists Can Be More Proactive Against Car Accidents

By guest writer Erik Abrahamson For any motorist, the risk of car accidents is an undeniable reality. Despite doing everything we can to avoid them, sometimes they just happen. Still, as a motorist, you can take certain steps to remain proactive against car accidents. These nine tips can help you both avoid an accident on […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/9-ways-motorists-can-be-more-proactive-against-car-accidents/

How Much Can You Spend On A Car?

By Lauren Fix, The Car Coach We are always talking about buying or leasing a new or used car, but how much can you afford? This question can be answered with a simple rule of thumb: Car buyers should spend no more than 10 percent of their take-home pay on a car loan payment and […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/how-much-can-you-spend-on-a-car/

The Best Guardian of Your Auto Insurance Rights? You!

By Gary Biller, NMA President Editor’s Note: This post originally was sent as NMA E-Newsletter #491.  If you would like to receive the one-topic per week NMA newsletter, become a member today! When you join you receive many other member benefits plus help us help you keep up with motorists’ rights issues like this. This […]

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How to Negotiate the Best Price for Any Car

By Lauren Fix, The Car Coach You’ve figured out what you want to buy—now you want to negotiate the best price! How to get the best price on a new vehicle will take a few days. Make sure that you have already test-driven what you want so you can get down to the negotiating. The […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/negotiate-the-best-price-on-any-car/

10 Steps to Proper Winter Car Storage

By Lauren Fix, The Car Coach If you don’t drive your favorite convertible, sports car, or classic in the cold, snow, and ice, proper winter car storage can prevent problems that can be costly to fix. A storage mistake could lead to blemishes, rust on your paint job, mechanical problems, or even rodents taking up […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/proper-winter-car-storage/

Big Data in Connected Smart Cars: Myths & Reality

Today’s smart cars collect a wide variety of data, from the road’s width, information about potential hazards, a history of user behavior, and so much more. Connected cars are just a small piece of the IoT, which is helping to make our world more interconnected than ever before. Whether you are feeding information to your […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/connected-smart-car-data-myths-and-reality/

Buying a Used Car with Car Smarts

By Lauren Fix, Car Coach Reports If you are buying a used car, you’re not alone. Whether a private-party, website, app, or dealership sale, nearly 41 million used vehicles changed hands each year. With so many choices, finding that one right car for you could be a challenge. Here are some steps to help you find […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/buying-a-used-car-with-car-smarts/

Flood Car | What to Do and Damage – Buyer Beware

By Lauren Fix, Car Coach Reports Flood-damaged cars are something that most of us don’t think about when purchasing a used vehicle. Every time a hurricane or flood impacts an area of the country, though, automobiles are damaged. Sadly many are not destroyed by insurance companies. These vehicles are not safe! Many are filled with E-coli […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/dont-buy-a-flooded-car/

The Car Coach Answers your Car Questions

Lauren Fix, The Car Coach, answers viewer questions. My car has been sitting during COVID, is there anything special I should do before starting and moving it?  Yes, start by checking the tire pressure. Check the tire pressure against the number on the sticker inside your driver’s door. Check fluid levels, if in doubt how […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/the-car-coach-answers-your-car-questions/

Someone Was Driving My Car & Got In an Accident. What Do I Do?

By Travis Patterson  What might happen if your vehicle is in an accident when someone other than you is behind the wheel? When a friend or family member asks to borrow your car, you may not think about the implications of a car crash. You might think it is a generous act to help out […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/what-to-do-when-someone-else-driving-your-car-has-an-accident/

Pros and Cons of the Old Car in the New Normal

It is far from a bad idea to consider buying an older car given the “new normal” descending. But, as with most things, there are downsides as well as upsides. Here’s a look at both: Upsides Old cars don’t always cost as much, and you will likely pay cash for it. Then you won’t need […]

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9 Money-Saving Tips for Car Transportation

What’s the cheapest way to get your car across the country? Driving it yourself nixes the need for car shipping rates. That said, it’s rarely a feasible option, and it’s one that comes with unnecessary risk. Not only will you add miles, wear, and tear to your vehicle, but you’ll increase your risk of getting in an accident. More than […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/9-money-saving-tips-for-car-transportation/

Everything You Need To Know When Buying a Vintage Car

Vintage cars are time machines into the past and are, as we aficionados know, works of art in and of themselves. The throwback power is real for any car enthusiast. Nothing quite matches the look, feel, and even smell of a restored, well-maintained classic set of wheels. An added bonus is the respect you’ll get […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/everything-you-need-to-know-when-buying-a-vintage-car/

Car Fire Escape: Tips for Surviving a Car Fire

Things happen in our lives, which we can’t predict, and none of us are immune to things like a car fire. More than half of vehicle fires are due to technical issues like improper usage or additional equipment installation. It’s not always about whether your car is old or new but more about its condition […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/car-fire-escape-tips-for-surviving-a-car-fire/

The Unintended Consequences of Self-Driving Cars

Driverless cars have not yet attained acceptance all over the world. The big companies like Alphabet’s Waymo are attempting to make driverless cars a reality. With the development of driverless cars, it is clear that driverless or autonomous cars/vehicles (AVs) can be harmful to humans in distinct ways. Not Affordable For All AVs will be […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/the-unintended-consequences-of-self-driving-cars-2/

Another Study on Why we don’t like Driverless Cars

By Shelia Dunn, NMA Communications Director I don’t know about you, but I am tired of seeing stories on why we don’t “like” driverless cars. How many studies has it been already?  The latest study comes from an advocacy group called Partner for Automated Vehicle Education or PAVE. Nearly half of the 1,200 adults surveyed […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/another-study-on-why-we-dont-like-driverless-cars/

6 Best Car Security Tips

As much as technology is advancing and we are rapidly heading towards a faster, more reliable future, the alternate is also gaining power and becoming stronger day by day. If we have faster cars and high-speed electric technology, on the other hand, we have a growing number of thieves and stealers. According to the most […]

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The Jigsaw Future of Car Ownership

By Shelia Dunn, NMA Communications Director Editor’s Note: This post first appeared as NMA E-Newsletter #416 from January 2017. Owning a car has always been one of those milestones in a person’s life. When we were kids we dreamed about what kind of car we would own in the future. We dreamed of dragging Main […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/the-jigsaw-future-of-car-ownership/

How Auto Security Systems Can Track Down Stolen Cars

No one thinks they’ll be the victim of a skilled car thief until it’s too late. Suddenly, you’re stuck in a panic, wondering who has taken your vehicle and what their illicit plans are. In 2018, the National Insurance Crime Bureau stated as many as 7,000 vehicles were stolen in some of the highest-theft states. […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/how-auto-security-systems-can-track-down-stolen-cars/

The Unintended Consequences of Self-Driving Cars

Driverless cars have not yet attained acceptance all over the world. The big companies like Alphabet’s Waymo are attempting to make driverless cars a reality. With the development of driverless cars, it is clear that driverless or autonomous cars/vehicles (AVs) can be harmful to humans in distinct ways. Not Affordable For All AVs will be […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/the-unintended-consequences-of-self-driving-cars/

Should You Go For A Used Car Or A New One? A Discussion

Apart from being selective about the model, you also need to be very clear-headed about whether you want to buy a used or new car. Frankly, this is a never-ending debate. If you do a bit of research, you will find options in favor as well as against both these options. The best way to […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/should-you-go-for-a-used-car-or-a-new-one-a-discussion/

Do You Need SR-22 Insurance?

My friend Marcos believes that stop signs are optional. My friend Marcos has hit more parking meters than it’s humanly possible (I think he hits them on purpose by now. A way of liberating stress, maybe?). My friend Marcos does not understand turn signals. If you are like my friend Marcos, you need SR-22 Insurance. […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/do-you-need-sr-22-insurance/

War on Cars Watch for November 13, 2019

The War on Cars Watch is a weekly feature of the NMA blog. The War on Cars Watch focuses on road diets, traffic calming and programs such as Vision Zero and Complete Streets as well as studies, court cases, and other news that affect motorists.   Special commentary from NMA California Member Michael Jabbra is […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/war-on-cars-watch-for-november-13-2019/

You’re in Good Hands with Auto Insurance Surveillance (Yeah, Right!)

Imagine if your insurance company knew immediately every time you drove faster than any speed limit, anywhere. Or that you failed to come to a complete dead stop at every stop sign before proceeding regardless of the need to come to a complete dead stop. Your insurance company also knew that you drove eight hours straight to visit […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/youre-in-good-hands-with-auto-insurance-surveillance-yeah-right/

6 Facts You Need To Know About Muscle Cars

When you hear the words muscle cars, you think about large vehicles. However, they might not be as huge as such. Muscle car is a term used mostly in America to describe high-performance cars that are generally rear-wheel-drive fitted with very powerful V8 engines, with some manufacturers sourcing for the best utilizing a VIN decoder. […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/6-facts-you-need-to-know-about-muscle-cars/

New Car Sales Are Flagging – Here’s Why

New car sales are down again for the seventh month in a row. Which means they’ve been slipping all year long so far. The last time it was this slow was about ten years ago, which was the last time the car business fell down and almost couldn’t get back up again. Several factors are in […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/new-car-sales-are-flagging-heres-why/

Using a Personal Car for Business? Here’s What You Should Know

When you have to drive for your job, you might prefer to use your car as opposed to a business vehicle. Whether you’re running errands for your boss, meeting with clients, picking up materials, or spreading the word about your company, you can take advantage of several perks of driving your vehicle for business purposes. […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/using-a-personal-car-for-business-heres-what-you-should-know/

How to Buy a Used Car

Today’s terminology referencing vehicles which are not factory fresh from the dealer has led to calling them not used but “pre-owned” or possibly even “pre-loved.” A used car could be a leased vehicle, owned by a fleet or owned by an individual. An advantage is that someone else has taken the initial depreciation which occurs […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/how-to-buy-a-used-car/

Care and Feeding of a New Car

Nearly everyone comes to the point where it is necessary to acquire a car, whether it be new or used. Once all the formalities of insurance and the legalities of motor vehicle licensing are discharged, there are a couple more steps frequently ignored by many people. On those occasions when a used car has come […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/care-and-feeding-of-a-new-car/

Is Providing a Company Car Worth While for Business Owners?

In today’s saturated business market, every company is looking for a way to stand out and get one step ahead of everyone else. Company cars are one way a business may try to set themselves apart and improve several aspects of their business at once. If you’re on the fence about purchasing a company car […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/is-providing-a-company-car-worth-while-for-business-owners/

Why Pay-Per-Mile Auto Insurance is a Bad Idea after All

With so many services now available on a subscription basis, it’s little surprise that the insurance industry is moving in that direction too. One of the newer solutions from auto insurers is the pay-per-mile insurance plan. The idea is straightforward: you pay a flat fee to cover theft insurance and each time you drive the […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/why-pay-per-mile-auto-insurance-is-a-bad-idea-after-all/

Where’s Our Cut from Data Mining of our Cars?

You’ve probably seen people driving around in cars covered over or “wrapped” with advertisements for some service or product and wondered how much the owner got paid to allow his car to be transformed into a mobile billboard. But he is at least getting paid. The non-wrapped cars are working, too but their owners aren’t being […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/wheres-our-cut-from-data-mining-of-our-cars/

Car Crashes and Fender Benders: When to Get the Police Involved

Panic, anger, disillusion, the moments that follow a car crash are always uncomfortable. Maybe you’ve been lucky to avoid this nerve-wracking situation, but those who’ve been there can attest to how challenging it can be to know what to do first. Do you call the insurance company? Is that wise? Will it be cheaper to […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/car-crashes-and-fender-benders-when-to-get-the-police-involved/

How Ride-Sharing Spells Trouble for Car Lovers

36% of adults in America have used a ride-hailing service in 2018 compared to just 15% in 2015. Statistics are often misleading though, and it seems like rural America has yet to buy into the gig-economy revolution: only about 1 in 5 adults living outside of urban centers has ever set foot in an Uber. […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/how-ride-sharing-spells-trouble-for-car-lovers/

5 Important Things You Should Keep in Mind Renting a Car for a Road Trip

When you are planning your trip, a car means complete freedom of action. You are no longer tied to organized tour groups and popular routes. Renting a car for a road trip is the best way to see the unique places of a particular country that are not marked on tourist maps and guidebooks. You […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/5-important-things-you-should-keep-in-mind-renting-a-car-for-a-road-trip/

Car as a Service: A Forced Trend Going Nowhere Fast

RoadShow recently ran a guide to car subscription plans that run the gamut in type and price. It got me to thinking–do people really want to pay for a car subscription which seems like a cross between car renting and car leasing? It’s a lot more expensive than owning or leasing a car, so why […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/car-as-a-service-a-forced-trend-going-nowhere-fast/

Enclosed Car Transport: The Perfect Way to Ship Your Precious Car

Shipping a car can take the headache out of a cross country move, and most people don’t realize that they have the option to ship a car using open or enclosed auto transport. Enclosed vs. Open Car Shipping Open car shipping does not protect cars from the elements as much as enclosed auto transport, and […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/enclosed-car-transport-the-perfect-way-to-ship-your-precious-car/

What Was Car Safety Like in the 20th Century?

Similar to air travel, many believe the “Golden Age” of automobiles passed by us. It’s simply a lazy take to reminisce about cars built decades ago and say everything was built better back then based on nostalgia. It’s natural to let out some ooh’s and ahh’s when we see classic cars speed past us on […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/what-was-car-safety-like-in-the-20th-century/

Auto Insurance Equity

This article first appeared in the NMA Foundation’s Driving Freedoms Magazine Winter 2018. If you would like to receive Driving Freedom’s Magazine become a member today! ProPublica and Consumer Reports released in 2017 a first-of-its-kind analysis of auto insurance premiums and payouts in California, Illinois, Texas and Missouri. They found that many of the disparities […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/auto-insurance-equity/

So You Want to Buy a Muscle Car

“Muscle” cars are true legends in the automobile world. Not only are they beautifully crafted on the inside – their outer design will definitely attract the eye of everyone in the street. Most car enthusiasts dream of getting one of these automobiles, but few know what to pay attention to during the purchase process. So […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/so-you-want-to-buy-a-muscle-car/

Types of Replacement Car Engines Explained

Part 3 of 3 of a guest series for the NMA on Replacing Your Engine Read Part 1 Here on: What Are Replacement Engines and When to Buy One? Read Part 2 Here on: How to Buy a Replacement Engine. When your engine is gone and you have decided to buy an engine instead of […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/types-of-replacement-car-engines-explained/

Are We Really Ready for RoboCars?

By the end of the year, Waymo plans to release upon the world (in Arizona specifically) robotaxis that can be summoned with the press of a button. Are we ready to forgo our personal vehicle and step into a transportation pod that controls us in an intimate and even perhaps a provocative way? Probably not. […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/are-we-really-ready-for-robocars/

Should I Buy a Car Even Though I Live in the City?

In the United States, there were 222 million people who had a driver’s license in 2016. People are driving to work, school, vacations and other personal reasons. When living in rural or suburban areas, owning a car is a must. Work, grocery stores and local schools can be over 15 minutes to an hour away. […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/should-i-buy-a-car-even-though-i-live-in-the-city/

The Carrot and the Stick Approach to Vehicle Tracking: What’s wrong with congestion pricing and Vehicle Miles Traveled Tax Schemes?

This article first appeared in the NMA Foundation quarterly magazine Driving Freedoms Winter 2016 edition. Smart Growth supporters claim their transportation fixes will reduce congestion and lead to more accessible roads for all users. In practice, the opposite may be true. In the winter 2015 Driving Freedoms, a California NMA member described how congestion and […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/the-carrot-and-the-stick-approach-to-vehicle-tracking-whats-wrong-with-congestion-pricing-and-vehicle-miles-traveled-tax-schemes/

How Well Does Your Car Stack Up in a Side by Side Comparison?

In the past few months, we have seen all-new versions from the biggest names in the rapidly evolving automotive industry, such as Land Rover Discovery and Ford Fiesta, march into dealers. The trend is set to continue as 2018 progresses, with more focus on SUVs and crossovers which are popular among millennials. And as the […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/how-well-does-your-car-stack-up-in-a-side-by-side-comparison/

Carrot and Stick

Reinhard Heydrich, who was the Reichsprotektor of Bohemia and Moravia — formerly Czechoslovakia, until the Nazis decided it wasn’t anymore — was probably the smartest Nazi. He knew how to wheedle his victims into cooperating in their own victimhood. “His Czechs” — as he styled them — would be rewarded with extra rations and less […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/carrot-and-stick/

Why Don’t We Trust Self-Driving Cars?

Self-driving cars promise a future of fewer accidents, less congestion and maybe even lower transportation costs. Yet for many Americans, the idea of driving alongside cars that are 100 percent computer-operated belongs in a science fiction movie. Could a vehicle really move from point A to point B efficiently, safely and with the same ability […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/why-dont-we-trust-self-driving-cars/

Car Culture Around the Globe

Car culture has become a part of everyday life around the world with many of us exposed to the different cultures on a daily basis. How many people really know the history or even the names of these subcultures that are at the very least a passion for a few and at most, a way […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/car-culture-around-the-globe/

Those Involved in U-Haul Insurance Scams May Face Serious Repercussions

There is a scam going on around Georgia that while not new, has been gaining more traction just recently. The scam involves those who rent U-Haul trucks and then purposely get into an accident to collect the insurance money. And those who participate in the scam will not only face serious repercussions from U-Haul and […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/those-involved-in-u-haul-insurance-scams-may-face-serious-repercussions/

Growing Up: A Millennial’s Shift from Fast Cars to Family Cars

A cherry red Mustang and a Toyota RAV4 pull up to a stoplight, which is more likely to have the younger driver behind the wheel? Studies show millennials are the ones picking SUVs and family cars over the fast cars these days. There are many reasons for it, such as costs and urbanization, and the […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/growing-up-a-millennials-shift-from-fast-cars-to-family-cars/

Death of Pedestrian Raises Questions About Self-Driving Cars

The death of a pedestrian in Tempe, AZ last month has raised concern nationwide about the speed with which states have opened themselves up to autonomous vehicles. Autonomous vehicles are a relatively new technology, but 32 of the 50 States have either passed legislation to allow testing of autonomous vehicles on its roads, or governors […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/death-of-pedestrian-raises-questions-about-self-driving-cars/

The Good News about Automated Cars

Automated cars are being pushed on us harder than crystal meth in a West Virginia trailer park — by a tag team of the government apparat (which salivates at the prospect of heightened control over our movements) and a car industry which is becoming indistinguishable from the government, except that it wants to profit from […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/the-good-news-about-automated-cars/

Used Car Sweet Spot

Buying a new car is always a bad decision. It doesn’t matter which brand or make or model. You will always lose money. It’s just a question of how much. All new cars bleed value like the Titanic took on water after it hit the iceberg. Even the least-“leaky” ones, from brands with high resale […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/used-car-sweet-spot/

Study Finds North Carolina’s Vehicle Safety Laws Lacking in Many Areas

North Carolina’s vehicle safety laws put it in the middle of the pack when compared to the other states in the Union, according to a report issued by the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, an organization that represents insurers, public health, and medical groups to increase automotive safety. North Carolina had 1,450 auto-related deaths […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/study-finds-north-carolinas-vehicle-safety-laws-lacking-in-many-areas/

Assignment of Insurance Rights Drives Windshield Lawsuits in Tampa, Florida

A rock hits your windshield. And then you see it. The small divot where the rock struck. Radiating out from the divot are two or three lines where the glass has cracked. But the cracks are small and the divot is hardly noticeable. Weeks go by. You maybe forget about it completely. And then, the […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/assignment-of-insurance-rights-drives-windshield-lawsuits-in-tampa-florida/

Car Black Box—Did you know you had one?

A vehicle’s event data recorder (sometimes called EDRs) or a black box (similar to what planes have) generally capture rudimentary information just prior to an accident. The inflation of the airbag initiates the retention of up to 15 different pieces of information such as vehicle speed, seat belt use and brake application. Currently, black boxes […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/car-black-box-know-one/

Do insurance rates go up after auto accident that’s not your fault?

You are concentrating on the road while driving your car, ready to go home, when out of nowhere, another car rams the back of your vehicle. Neither of you have suffered any injuries; however, your car’s rear is severely damaged. Luckily, you are not worried, as you have reliable insurance and you are certain the […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/insurance-rates-go-auto-accident-thats-not-fault/

Key Things to Remember Legally when Involved in a Car Accident

Even the simplest car accidents like fender-benders can leave all parties involved in confusion after the accident happened. It is important to keep calm and focused and do the following steps right after a car accident. Call the Ambulance and the Local Police There are a couple of things you can do once you are […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/key-things-remember-legally-involved-car-accident/

What’s next? Our Car Washes Spying on Us?: NMA E-Newsletter #471

From guest writer Joe Cadillic of the MassPrivatal Blog. Why is the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Homeland Security (DHS) allowing a foreign company to use covert automatic license plate readers (ALPR), to spy on American motorists? ESLAG, a company owned by Italian high-tech giant Leonardo, is selling its surveillance services to U.S. law enforcement […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/whats-next-car-washes-spying-us-nma-e-newsletter-471/

What’s next? Our Car Washes Spying on Us?: NMA E-Newsletter #471

From guest writer Joe Cadillic of the MassPrivatal Blog. Why is the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Homeland Security (DHS) allowing a foreign company to use covert automatic license plate readers (ALPR), to spy on American motorists? ESLAG, a company owned by Italian high-tech giant Leonardo, is selling its surveillance services to U.S. law enforcement […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/whats-next-car-washes-spying-us-nma-e-newsletter-471/

8 Do’s and Don’ts of Getting Rid of Your Old Car

There comes a time in the life of every vehicle when it is not practical or safe to use any more. Should you sell your car, scrap it for cash, or donate it? It’s not always easy to make that decision. Take a look at these eight do’s and don’ts of getting rid of your […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/8-dos-donts-getting-rid-old-car/

What to Do When Your Car Gets Hit and They Don’t Leave a Note

Car accidents are no fun, plain and simple. But while getting into a fender bender might ruin your day, it’s nothing compared to having someone hit your parked car and take off without leaving a note.  What should you do if someone hits your car and doesn’t leave any contact or insurance information behind? Step […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/car-gets-hit-dont-leave-note/

Why You Should Think About the Total Cost of Buying a Car, Not Just the Sticker Price

If you are in the market for a new car, you probably are focused on one or two numbers: the monthly payment and/or the sticker price of the car. But buying — and owning — a car is about a lot more than the number on the contract that you sign at the dealership. In […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/think-total-cost-buying-car-not-just-sticker-price/

How to Read a Used Car’s Vehicle History Report

Are you in the market for a new ride and thinking of buying a particular used car?  Finding and reading the car’s vehicle history report or VHR might help make your decision. A vehicle history report is used to obtain important information pertaining to a vehicle’s past. By using records from a state’s Department of […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/read-used-cars-vehicle-history-report/

Will Electric Cars kill the global oil industry by 2030?

The NMA Foundation presents The Car of the Future weekly feature: Stanford economist Tony Seba released a study this week that the emerging electric vehicle ‘transportation as a service’ business model will kill the global oil industry in a ten year period. In the study, Rethinking Transportation 2020-2030: The Disruption of Transportation and the Collapse […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/will-electric-cars-kill-global-oil-industry-2030/

9 Ways to Get Your Car Ready for Spring

Winter can take a heavy toll on your vehicle, from wiper blades to tires — and just about everything in between. Without timely repair and replacement of damaged and worn-out parts, that winter wear can make driving more dangerous and can even result in an accident. Before you head out for spring and summer road […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/9-ways-get-car-ready-spring/

Buying the Car of the Near Future

The disruption in the car industry continues. Wal-Mart announced last week that beginning this spring, the company will begin installing “CarSaver Centers” at Supercenter locations alongside Wal-Mart’s instore banks and eyeglass shops. People who are interested in buying a new or used car can walk up to a kiosk and check out a car in […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/buying-car-near-future/

The Jigsaw Future of Car Ownership: NMA E-Newsletter #416

By Shelia Dunn, NMA Communications Director Owning a car has always been one of those milestones in a person’s life. When we were kids we dreamed about what kind of car we would own in the future. We dreamed of dragging Main Street so we could visit our friends and crush on each other. We […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/jigsaw-future-car-ownership-nma-e-newsletter-416/

Car of the Future

The latest edition of Car of the Future is here!  The Car of the Future blog post is a bimonthly look at all the news you might have missed on connected and driverless cars, electric and hybrid cars and everything in between. If you read any great articles yourself about the Car of the Future, […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/car-of-the-future-8/

A Logical Approach to Car Buying

The average duration for new-car ownership has been cited as 71.4 months (nearly 6 years). That’s a long time to be married to a vehicle you may end up not liking. Two years ago when I embarked on finding a new car to own and drive, it was never my intention to look at 95 […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/logical-approach-car-buying/

New Car Things to Know

The Uncle-ized car (which is all new cars) has some “features” you may want to consider carefully before you buy in. Features that could hit you with cost — and hassles — once the warranty runs out. And otherwise, too. Let’s have a look at a few of these: * Direct injection – In order […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/new-car-things-know/

I Love My Dumb Car!

Guest Blog NMA Member Michael Jabbra Why does my car need to be connected to the Internet? Convenience? Convenience for whom? Insurance companies, law enforcement agencies, vehicle manufacturers, and advertisers, each spying on my movements for their own purposes? What happened to being left alone? What happened to the Fourth Amendment? Driverless cars are even […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/love-dumb-car/

Embarrass a Classic Muscle Car

The new Chevy Camaro has 335 hp and does zero to 60 in about five seconds flat. That’s with the V6. Which is the one to buy. Because it is affordable — $27,195 — vs. $36,300 for the V8 powered Camaro SS. Which isn’t. Either to buy — or to insure. Nor feed. The 2016 […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/embarrass-a-classic-muscle-car/

NMA E-Newsletter #331: The Tradeoffs of Driverless Cars

No development in the auto industry has attracted more attention lately than the prospect of driverless cars. And with good reason. Driverless car advocates promise many potential benefits including safer roads, less congestion, greater mobility and convenience, and lower insurance costs. As we pointed out in our summer 2013 Driving Freedoms cover story, driverless cars […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-331-the-tradeoffs-of-driverless-cars/

Things to Know About Muscle Cars… Before You Buy One

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Owning an old muscle car can be a lot of fun. But it’s not all fun — and you ought to know what you’re getting yourself into before you get yourself into it. First, some definitions.

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/things-to-know-about-muscle-cars/

NMA Reboot: The Pay as You Drive Insurance End Game

This weekly post features recent news stories that highlight and update themes previously covered throughout NMA E-Newsletters and Alerts. Editor’s Note: Progressive Insurance recently announced a change in its premium structure for users of its Snapshot Pay as You Drive (PAYD) program, at least in one state. Snapshot users in Missouri can now face surcharges […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/reboot-pay-as-you-drive-game/

The Almost Muscle Car: Chevy Monza, 1975-1980

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist The ’70s (and early ’80s) were Weird Years for the car industry. The muscle car era of the ’60s was fading fast, but the fumes still lingered… what would come next? What would be in between? Chevy’s answer — well, one of them — was the Monza 2+2.

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/almost-muscle-car-chevy-monza/

Classic Car Pros… and Cons

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist It’s fun to own a “classic” (read, pre-modern) car. It can also be a hassle. Before you dive in, it’s a good idea to know what you’re in for, both good — and bad.

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/classic-car-pros-and-cons/

Insurance Savings Accounts?

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Let’s accept — for a moment — the core argument that’s typically trotted out in support of forcing people to buy car insurance: You might hurt someone or cause damage to someone else’s property; if you don’t have insurance, these costs will be borne by society.” Therefore, “society” has a […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/insurance-savings-accounts/

NMA Reboot: Of Cyber Hackers and “Pay As You Drive” Auto Insurance

This weekly post features recent news stories that highlight and update themes previously covered throughout NMA E-Newsletters and Alerts. Editor’s Note: A team of cyber security experts has remotely hacked into a vehicle’s control systems by exploiting a security hole in an aftermarket telematics device called a Zubie. The Zubie plugs into a vehicle’s onboard […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/reboot-cyber-hackers-auto-insurance/

Where Did That Car Come From?

By John Carr, NMA Massachusetts Activist “Say… what’s a mountain goat doing way up here in a cloud bank?” — Gary Larson, “Far Side” The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issues an annual report reminding us that most accidents could not be prevented by driving slower. A recent police log from my area backs that […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/where-did-car-come-from/

Tips on Buying Cars for Teens

By Mike Rabkin, President, From Car to Finish Tip 1: Check safety ratings of the vehicle from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the government agency that crash tests vehicles. It also shows vehicle recall history. You can research crash test data going back to 1990, and vehicle safety recall info going back to 1949. […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/buying-cars-for-teens/

Steam Locomotive & Cars

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist There is a museum in my town devoted to the photography of O. Winston Link (see here). He was fascinated by steam locomotives and spent years — the declining years of the steam locomotive — taking pictures of them, recording the waning days of these mighty, almost living concatenations of […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/steam-locomotive-cars/

If Your Car Doesn’t “Talk” . . .

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Sometime this year, unelected bureaucrats in the bowels of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration — the federal regulatory apparat that issues “rules” (that is, arbitrary orders we’re all forced to obey) governing how new cars are to be made — may issue a rule fundamentally different from all the rules […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/if-your-car-doesnt-talk/

Best Car for Your Teen Driver?

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist What type of car is a good choice for a teenaged driver? Notice type — not “make” or “model.”

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/best-car-for-teen-driver/

Carmageddon

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Maybe the biggest single negative about modern cars is this: When they reach a certain tipping point — it seems to be about 12-15 years after they left the factory — fixing them becomes either more trouble than it’s worth, too expensive, or can’t be done (because you can’t find […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/carmageddon/

Be Careful About This . . .

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist If you like to buy used cars, you may also like to pay cash. It’s a great way to convince a seller you’re serious — and ready to deal. Unfortunately — these days — it can also lead to literally unimaginable trouble. Not from the seller. Not even from street […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/be-careful-about-this/

Does it Ever Make Sense to Buy a New Car?

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist I’ll probably get in trouble. After all, I write new car reviews. Advising people not to buy new cars is not what you’d probably expect. But, here’s the fulsome scurvy truth: I — and every car journalist I know — drive used. Because we know. And now, I’m gonna spill […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/make-sense-buy-new-car/

A New Car? Or Maybe a Used Car?

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist There are some good — and some not-so-good — reasons to buy a new car. Or a used — car. Here are some of each to consider:

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/new-car-maybe-used-car/

Are Extended Car Warranties Worth the Investment?

By Jose Hurtado, Guest Author from Cheap Car Insurance Experts Most new cars purchased have a standard warranty that covers repair costs in case of malfunctions and damages in a determined period. Standard car warranties for new cars last for an average of three years, but can be extended. Extended car warranties provide longer length […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/extended-car-warranties-investment/

How to Prevent the Most Common Car Repairs

By Jose Hurtado, Guest Author from Cheap Car Insurance Experts Drivers can prevent the most common car repairs by following proper maintenance guidelines. These maintenance guidelines can usually be found under vehicles’ owner manuals with comprehensive lists for drivers to keep cars in optimal working conditions. You can save a lot of money by knowing […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/prevent-most-common-car-repairs/

“Your” Car Won’t Be After 2015

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist After a certain point, it’s not paranoia. The latest brick in the wall is the predictably named “Moving Ahead For Progress in the 21st Century Act,” also known as Senate Bill 1813. (See here for the full text of the bill itself; the relevant section is 31406.) This legislation — […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/your-car-wont-be/

NMA E-Newsletter #167: Members Weigh In on Pay as You Drive Auto Insurance

NMA members are never shy about sharing their opinions. Our recent E-newsletter on Pay as You Drive (PAYD) auto insurance (#165: The Trade-Offs of “Pay as You Drive” Auto Insurance), spurred many to respond with their own thoughtful and provocativ…

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-167-members-weigh-in-on-pay/

Does Your Car Make More Than You?

By John Carr, NMA Massachusetts Activist I have been reading The High Cost of Free Parking by Donald Shoup. I’ll have more to say about the book later. I want to answer a question implied by the book’s title: how much does free parking cost you? “Free” parking is parking that costs nothing once you […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/does-your-car-make-more-than-you/

NMA E-Newsletter #165: The Trade-Offs of “Pay as You Drive” Auto Insurance

You can hardly channel surf these days without encountering the ubiquitous Flo, the over-caffeinated cheerleader for Progressive Auto Insurance. More often than not, she’s hawking the company’s Snapshot program. Snapshot uses an in-car monitoring …

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-165-the-trade-offs-of-pay-as/

Vehicle Accident Reconstruction: Is It “CSI For Cars”?

By Jerry F. Cuderman II, Ph.D., P.E. Editor’s Note: Dr. Cuderman has long been a member of the NMA and a contributor to The Experts Corner, a resource for supporting NMA members. He has been active in the accident reconstruction field for over 20 years, and he wrote this article for our member newsletter, Driving […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/vehicle-accident-reconstruction/

Answers To Some Frequently Asked Car Questions

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Lots of questions come up when the subject turns to cars. Here are a few that come up often — along with some answers that may help: Is it a good idea or a bad idea to buy a former rental (or cop) car? Mixed bag! Most people would probably […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/answers-frequently-asked-car-questions/

Old Car End Run

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist I’ve written before about peacefully finding alternative ways of doing things that makes it possible to avoid the edicts of oppressive government. Here’s a way to do that on four wheels: Update an older car with a few key pieces of modern technology — electronic fuel injection and an overdrive […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/old-car-end-run/

Is Financing A Used Car A Good Idea?

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist With used cars, should you buy outright — or finance? The main advantage to buying a used car is (obviously) the lower purchase price. You have let the original purchaser absorb the depreciation hit, which can amount to a mountain of money. But when you finance the purchase of a […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/used-car-financing/

What Makes a Car a Good Winter Car?

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist What’s the best car for winter driving? It’s one of those questions with no one size-fits-all answer. But I’ll tell you what I think makes for a good winter car: * It’s older … and it’s paid for – Driving on ice/snow — and among drivers who don’t know how […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/good-winter-car/

6 Things You Can’t Do In A Car Anymore

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist 1) Burnouts It is still possible to light up the tires, but there’s more involved than just stomping on the gas pedal. First, you usually have to turn off the traction control — which exists to prevent you from doing burnouts. As soon as the tires begin to slip, the […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/6-things-you-cant-do-in-a-car-anymore/

The High Cost Of That New Car Smell

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Turns out high quality and superb reliability are not such good things – for the car companies, anyhow. The word is out that you don’t have to sign up for five (or six or seven) years of crushing monthly car payments — plus the insurance, plus the property taxes — […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/high-cost-of-new-car-smell/

Car Design Q&A

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Q: Why haven’t any of the automakers built a diesel hybrid? Diesel engines are more fuel-efficient than gas engines — by 20 percent or more, all else being equal. Wouldn’t it make more sense to use them in a hybrid vehicle rather than a gas engine? The problem is that […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/car-design-questions-answers/

5 Things Your Car Probably Doesn’t Need

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Owning and operating a car is a major expense — second only in many people’s lives to the cost of rent or a mortgage. But it’s the little things that can really nickel and dime you into the poorhouse. The good news is a lot of it is stuff you […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/5-things-car-doesnt-need/

Compulsary Insurance Won’t Work

By Jim Baxter, NMA President One of the hot button issues dominating the health care debate is the proposal that all citizens must buy health insurance. Of course the health insurance industry thinks this is a great idea. What nobody wants to admit or discuss is that we already have a compulsory insurance system, for […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/compulsary-insurance-will-not-work/

What To Do After A Car Accident

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist If you get into an accident — especially a relatively minor, “fender bender” type of accident where there are no major injuries involved, just some bent metal — how do you proceed? The following checklist might be helpful: 1) Make absolutely sure no one is seriously hurt. Anything more than […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/what-to-do-after-a-car-accident/

Your Next Car: Should You Buy New Or Used?

Is it better to buy a used car — or spring for a new one? There are pros and cons to consider with either alternative. Here’s the skinny: NEW CAR PROS: 1) Probably the biggest single pro is the car itself. Since it’s brand-new, it has never been driven by someone else. Possible abuse or […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/your-next-car-should-you-buy-new-or-used/

The Best New Cars For 2008

As reviewed by The Car Family This is not going to be a great year for new cars so if you can get a great deal on a 2007 model you may want to move now. There are essentially only a handful of vehicles that can stir the credit juices and most of them ignore […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/the-best-new-cars-for-2008/

Will GM Be Driving Your Next New Car?

This is a guest post by automotive columnist Eric Peters. Big Brother may be about to get just a bit bigger. General Motors just announced a new and improved version of its OnStar telematics system that could be used to shut your car’s engine off (or at least, cut back the power) remotely. Touted as […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/will-gm-be-driving-your-next-new-car/

Driving in America This Week – May 22, 2022

                     Highway 123, Ozark National Forest, Arkansas 1.   National Focus 2.   Top Regional and Local Headlines 3.   Motorist Corner 4.   Best from Auto Press 5.   Opinion ~ National Focus The US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Department (ICE) was in the hot seat this week due to a […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/diatw-5-22-22/

Driving in America This Week – April 10, 2022

1.   National Focus 2.   Top Regional and Local Headlines 3.   Motorist Corner 4.   Best from Auto Press 5.   Opinion ~ National Focus US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg made a big announcement Friday concerning new vehicle emission standards. The new fuel economy standards require that all new US cars get over 40 mpg by 2026. The NHTSA will nearly triple fines […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/diatw-4-10-22/

What Are the Benefits of Telematics for Everyday Drivers?

Two decades ago, the idea of a car that could drive or park itself only existed in the realm of science fiction. Today’s vehicles are getting smarter, and each new gadget generates massive amounts of data every time you get behind the wheel. Instead of letting that information sit in digital purgatory, telematics can turn […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/what-are-the-benefits-of-telematics-for-everyday-drivers/

Driving in America This Week – February 6, 2022

  Photo by Alan Stark on Flickr, “Driving on Colorado’s Mount Evans Road During a Thunderstorm.” We featured this photo last week but misidentified its location, which is in Colorado near Idaho Springs, not in the state of Idaho. Mount Evans Road climbs over 7,000 feet in its 28 miles and is the highest paved […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/diatw-2-6-22/

Driving in America This Week – January 30, 2022

  Photo by Alan Stark on Flickr, “Driving on Idaho’s Mount Even Road during a Thunderstorm.” This road climbs over 7,000 feet in its 28 miles and is the highest paved road in the US at 14,130 feet.  1.   National Focus 2.   Top Regional and Local Headlines 3.   Motorist Corner 4.   Best from Auto Press […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/diatw-1-30-22/

5 Things to Teach Your Teenage Driver

As a parent, it’s hard to let go of control as your child matures. Driving is one of the landmark responsibilities your child will take on as just a teenager. It’s scary to imagine your 16-year-old behind the wheel of a car, especially when many adults can’t seem to get a grip on driving themselves. […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/5-things-to-teach-your-teenage-driver/

6 Ways Seniors Are Driving Safer, Driving Longer

Seniors, like almost everyone else, love to drive. But the fact is as drivers get older, it sometimes becomes harder to drive effectively. For many senior, unwanted changes occur in their ability to drive and perform basic road functions, which can ultimately lead to putting themselves and others in danger. Well, things are taking a […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/6-ways-seniors-are-driving-safer-driving-longer/

Tesla all over the Map and other Auto Tech Watch News for February 9, 2020

By Shelia Dunn, NMA Communications Director The electric car company Tesla run by CEO Elon Musk seemed to pull in a great deal of news the past several weeks. The biggest was probably this story: Tesla, which has never had a profitable year, is now worth more than GM, Ford and Fiat Chrysler. Combined. The […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/tesla-all-over-the-map-and-other-auto-tech-watch-news-for-february-9-2020/

Auto Tech Predictions for 2020

The automotive industry has reached several significant milestones in recent years. Instead of cars that compete with each other in terms of horsepower, fuel economy, and design, manufacturers are reconfiguring their approach to cars from modes of transportation to connected mobile platforms. While fully autonomous cars still lack viable tech support and infrastructure, as well […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/auto-tech-predictions-for-2020/

Eating and Driving: How Much Do Those French Fries Really Cost?

Everyone knows the dangers of texting and driving. And as new laws are being passed across the nation to prevent the use of handheld devices behind the wheel, another cause of distracted driving is not being addressed. And since 18% of all crashes are caused by distracted driving, every cause of this dangerous habit must […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/eating-and-driving-how-much-do-those-french-fries-really-cost/

Just Passed: Driving Tips & Advice for New Drivers

Passing your first driving test is an exciting event! It’s the first step on your way towards earning a full-privilege license. Even though you have your learner’s permit, there’s still a way to go before you become a fully licensed driver. The fact is, every motorist is learning all the time. Here are some useful […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/just-passed-driving-tips-advice-for-new-drivers/

Texting and Driving: What Parents Need to Know

Smartphones are a constant part of our daily lives, from making calls and texting on the go to researching any number of topics on Google. While it is consistently accessible, being able to text or study on your phone while you’re behind the wheel isn’t convenient — it’s dangerous, even for experienced drivers. For teenagers […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/texting-and-driving-what-parents-need-to-know/

6 Reasons Why Parents Should Negotiate Driving Rules with College Students

Most college freshmen are very happy to leave their parent’s house and enjoy their freedom. But the problem is that they tend to forget that college life is not only about new opportunities, but also about responsibilities. While senior students are more responsible and independent in making important decisions, the first year students still need […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/6-reasons-why-parents-should-negotiate-driving-rules-with-college-students/

The War on Teen Drivers

Did you know the average cost of car insurance for a 16-year-old is almost $3,000 annually? This assumes no tickets, no accidents and a good scholastic record. Yes, they actually check the kid’s grades and use that as a metric for determining his “risk profile,” just as adult drivers are dunned by the insurance mafia […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/the-war-on-teen-drivers/

Ready to Gamble? Massachusetts Refunds $25 if You Beat Your Ticket

What do casinos and fighting traffic tickets have in common?  Winners get paid. The influx of new Massachusetts casinos is creating a betting atmosphere throughout the state.  Due to a recent federal court decision, Crawford v. Blue, 271 F. Supp. 3d 316 (2017), Massachusetts drivers who fight civil traffic tickets and win receive a refund […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/ready-to-gamble-massachusetts-refunds-25-if-you-beat-your-ticket/

What Happens If a Driver Crashes Into Your House?

We usually worry about another driver crashing into us on the road or in a parking lot, but what happens if a driver crashes into your house? Let’s take a closer look at this less frequent, but still stressful, type of car accident. First, Check for Injuries and Call 911 Having a car crash into […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/happens-driver-crashes-house/

The Cost of a First Time DUI

Getting arrested for drunk driving is bad enough. It’s a humiliating experience, especially when people learn about your arrest and your mugshot becomes public. But for most DUI offenders, what would hurt the most about their case is the cost that comes with it. A DUI arrest can get very expensive, especially when it involves […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/cost-first-time-dui/

Are Women Bad Drivers?

The notion that women are awful drivers has been in existence for a long time. Not only does the gender inequality present itself in the workplace but also on the highway. Women are perceived to be appalling drivers and if there is someone in front of you making a sudden move or changing lanes without […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/women-bad-drivers/

How is a motorist like a heretic?

An NMA member’s insurance rates were about to go up because of a low speed rear-ender on slush-covered ice, the same as if she spun off the road at 100 mph. It seems unfair, but it’s a natural consequence of predicting the future based on rare events. The system assumes that for every time you […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/motorist-like-heretic/

The joy of no-fault

Two people I know were recently in car accidents. Neither was at fault. Her insurance claim was resolved in days. He has to deal with lawyers, contingency fees, and subrogation. Massachusetts car insurance is almost no-fault. Minor personal injury is strictly no-fault. But collision insurance feels like no-fault; you don’t need a lawyer to get […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/joy-no-fault/

A Nationwide “Safety” Inspection Mandate?

One of the most obnoxious trends lately is the leveraging of government force to pad the pockets of private businesses. Obamacare is perhaps the most grotesque example (pssst… you don’t get “free” or even “reduced cost” medical care; you are forced to buy an insurance policy, and that is something quite different) but it’s becoming […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/a-nationwide-safety-inspection-mandate/

To really f— things up requires an IT contractor

Connecticut DMV switched to a new computer system last year, so don’t be surprised if you get arrested. Hartford Courant reports. The computer revokes registration quickly and efficiently on its own, while humans have to wade through paperwork and argue with the computer to reinstate registrations. To add to the trouble, the new system didn’t […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/to-really-f-things-up-requires-an-it-contractor/

Helpful Guides from the NMA

  Traffic Stop Do’s and Don’ts     How to Fight a Traffic Ticket     Protecting Your Rights During a DUI/DWI Stop     How Best to Deal With a Roadblock       Write an Effective Public Records Request       Student Guide to Car Insurance  

https://ww2.motorists.org/helpful-guides-from-the-nma/

How To Protect Your Rights During A DUI Traffic Stop

This article shows how to survive a DUI traffic stop with your rights intact.

https://ww2.motorists.org/issues/dui/traffic-stop/

Giving You a Break

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist I’ve had people criticize my criticism of “speeding” tickets. They say I’m encouraging or at least defending wrongful, dangerous activity. But I’d like to ask them a question. If “speeding” is indeed such a thing — not just illegal, but genuinely anti-social in the way that, say, kicking a dog […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/giving-you-a-break/

The Virtue of Pressure

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist How much would the average new car cost if the least expensive new car you could buy cost around $5,000? Probably, a lot less than the current average (2012) of just over $30,000. Yeah, you read that right — and it’s up more than $1,200 from 2011.

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/the-virtue-of-pressure/

Insuring the Driver – Not the Vehicles

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Mandatory car insurance is a pretty hateful concept — a form of prior restraint that says, in effect, because you may cause injury you must be insured against the possibility. Even though millions of people go a lifetime without ever actually causing anyone any injury, they suffer the certainty of […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/insuring-driver-not-vehicles/

NMA E-Newsletter #179: More Hidden Ticket Costs

In recent newsletters, we’ve discussed what’s really at stake when you plead guilty or no contest to a traffic violation, as well as how to find information that will help you fight your case.You should also consider the impact of a guilty verdict…

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-179-more-hidden-ticket-costs/

Cover Your Classic!

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Antique cars are special cars — and need special insurance coverage. If you don’t take the time to get a policy issued by a company that deals specifically with insuring antique and collectible cars, you’ll probably pay more — and get less coverage.

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/cover-your-classic/

Your Driver License: Don’t Come Home Without It!

By Saul Segan, Attorney at Law  There are many pitfalls in holding a driver’s license that can cause untold grief and expense, but can be easily overlooked. Here are some tips for staying out of trouble. Anytime you move, even out of state, or out of the country, notify the original state motor vehicle or […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/do-not-come-home-without-driver-license/

TheNewspaper.com Roundup: August 24, 2011

Each Wednesday, we’ll publish quick summaries of the articles from the last week on TheNewspaper.com. We’re doing this because these articles are often strongly connected to the issues that National Motorists Association members are interested in. Wednesday, August 24, 2011 Redflex Reports Drop in US Traffic Camera Revenue Opponents of red light cameras and speed […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/thenewspaper-august-24-2011/

Police Officer Gives Himself $21,000 Raise Using Stop Sign Tickets

A recent article by John Stossel examined a Michigan police officer’s penchant for giving out stop sign tickets as a means of increasing his income. Day after day in Warren, Mich., people wait in a long line to pay traffic fines. Many are there because police say they didn’t come to a full stop at […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/police-officer-raise-stop-sign-tickets/

Driving in America This Week – May 8, 2022

1.   National Focus 2.   Top Regional and Local Headlines 3.   Motorist Corner 4.   Best from Auto Press 5.   Opinion ~ National Focus This headline from The Hill caught our eye: Lawmakers press DOJ on alleged abuses with Civil Asset Forfeiture’s Equitable Sharing Program. Diesel continues to be sky high and will affect all Americans. FreightWaves wants everyone to care […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/diatw-5-8-22/

‘All of a sudden it slammed on the brakes’ Hundreds of complaints filed over auto breaking systems

You can very easily imagine the potential danger. A car going down a busy road or even at high-speeds on the interstate and the brakes suddenly slamming the car to a stop. Crash test videos from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) show how helpful automatic emergency braking or AEB systems can be in preventing an accident.

https://ww2.motorists.org/news/all-of-a-sudden-it-slammed-on-the-brakes-hundreds-of-complaints-filed-over-auto-breaking-systems/

Driving in America This Week – May 1, 2022

    1.   National Focus 2.   Top Regional and Local Headlines 3.   Motorist Corner 4.   Best from Auto Press 5.   Opinion ~ National Focus Gas prices are creeping up again.  According to Landline.com, only two regions in the country have gas prices under $5/gallon.  This means, of course, higher gas prices for American families, and summer travel will be […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/diatw-5-1-22/

Is Roadside Assistance Covered Under an Extended Warranty?

Many people research extended car warranties, reading in-depth resources like Carchex reviews, only to not purchase them in the end. Often, that is because they don’t understand exactly what they’ll get with the various plans available. There are many different extended warranty options on the market today, but they don’t all come with the same […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/is-roadside-assistance-covered-under-an-extended-warranty/

Why Buy When You Can Restore?

Which costs more–buying a new vehicle or fixing up the one you’ve got? Everyone has heard about the unprecedented skyrocketing prices of used vehicles, especially trucks, over the past couple of years. The media says this is happening because of shortages of new vehicles. The truth is that the value of used vehicles, especially used […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/why-buy-when-you-can-restore/

Road Trip: Alaska in Five Days

If you’re looking for an off-the-beaten-path road trip, consider embarking on a journey through Alaska. This huge state is bordered by the Beaufort Sea and the Arctic Ocean to the north; Canada’s Yukon Territory and British Columbia province to the east; the Gulf of Alaska and the Pacific Ocean to the South; the Bering Strait […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/road-trip-alaska-in-five-days/

IIHS tests seatbelt reminder systems, finds mostly poor results

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety just completed its first round of seatbelt reminder evaluations, and it didn’t go so well. Subaru was the only manufacturer to receive full “Good” marks on some of its cars, as every other car tested fell short of the mark…

https://ww2.motorists.org/news/iihs-tests-seatbelt-reminder-systems-finds-mostly-poor-results/

New cameras target uninsured drivers in Ocean Springs, MS. Thousands get pricey tickets

Traffic cameras in some of the most heavily-traveled areas in Ocean Springs are catching thousands of drivers without insurance, and they’re having to pay up. New cameras on U.S. 90, Washington Ave. and Government Street have resulted in many residents getting tickets in the mail with pictures of their car attached. Launched at the start of the year, the cameras in four locations across the city are part of a new effort by Ocean Springs police to reduce the number of uninsured motorists on the road.  

https://ww2.motorists.org/news/new-cameras-target-uninsured-drivers-in-one-coast-city-thousands-get-pricey-tickets-sun-herald/

The Russian Invasion of Ukraine will Impact the Auto Industry, Electric Vehicles, and Gasoline Prices

By The Car Coach Lauren Fix President Joe Biden announced the US will ban Russian oil imports due to Putin’s Invasion of Ukraine. The impact of this will impact you at the pump, your ability to get vehicles and parts. Americans will start to feel some of its effects in more than just higher gas prices. […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/the-russian-invasion-of-ukraine-will-impact-the-auto-industry-electric-vehicles-and-gasoline-prices/

Driving in America This Week – March 13, 2022

Colorado’s US 550     Photo credit: Felix Wong CC BY-SA 4.0 1.   National Focus 2.   Top Regional and Local Headlines 3.   Motorist Corner 4.   Best from Auto Press 5.   Opinion ~ National Focus The Russian Invasion of Ukraine and its worldwide consequences sit at the top of the NMA Driving News headlines. President Joe Biden announced that the […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/diatw-3-13-22/

Should 18-year-olds Drive a Big Rig? NMA E-Newsletter #685

The minimum age to obtain a commercial driver’s license and drive a tractor-trailer within state boundaries is 18 in all states. Federal guidelines require the driver of 18-wheelers to be at least age 21. That appears to be changing. With the passage of the November 2021 $1.2 Trillion Infrastructure Investment Act, Congress requires the Federal […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/should-18-year-olds-drive-a-big-rig-nma-e-newsletter-685/

Should 18-year-olds Drive a Big Rig? NMA E-Newsletter #685

The minimum age to obtain a commercial driver’s license and drive a tractor-trailer within state boundaries is 18 in all states. Federal guidelines require the driver of 18-wheelers to be at least age 21. That appears to be changing. With the passage of the November 2021 $1.2 Trillion Infrastructure Investment Act, Congress requires the Federal […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/should-18-year-olds-drive-a-big-rig-nma-e-newsletter-685/

Driving in America This Week – February 27, 2022

  1.   National Focus 2.   Top Regional and Local Headlines 3.   Motorist Corner 4.   Best from Auto Press 5.   Opinion ~ National Focus Last week, the White House and Senate leaders announced a plan to give Americans a gas tax holiday. Route-Fifty thinks this idea would not provide much relief. Reason.com also claims there are many problems with the plan. NBC […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/diatw-2-27-22/

Savings That Cost You

No one ever saved money by spending it. The job of a salesman isn’t to save you money. It is to make money by convincing you to buy something. People who have money understand this principle often, having made a lot of it as salesmen, convincing other people of the opposite. Like a hybrid or an electric car, for […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/savings-that-cost-you/

More Speed Cameras, Lower Speed Limits, More Surveillance

By Lauren Fix, Car Coach Reports Does the infrastructure bill have another hidden surveillance initiative? Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg uses the infrastructure spending plan to promote speed cameras nationwide! The DOT has received $6 billion to issue grants to help cities and towns with road safety due to the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill that Congress passed. […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/more-speed-cameras-lower-speed-limits-more-surveillance/

Insurers have little to fear with driverless technology due to the connectedness

He believes there should be no concerns regarding insurance coverage and that this is crucial because the number of connected cars being sold on the market is increasing significantly. With higher sales and increasing connected vehicle adoption comes more vehicle data that can be used to support claims – such as the automated first notification of loss claims as well as the clarification of how accidents occurred in the first place.

https://ww2.motorists.org/news/insurers-have-little-to-fear-with-driverless-technology-urgent-comms/

Driving in America This Week – January 23, 2022

    1.   National Focus 2.   Top Regional and Local Headlines 3.   Motorist Corner 4.   Best from Auto Press 5.   Opinion ~ National Focus According to Auto Blog, inflation soared seven percent in 2021, driven by gas and used-car prices. The ENO Center of Transportation released its study that the cost of driving drives the cost of living. The Hill claims […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/diatw-1-23-22/

Driving Four-Wheelers on Alaskan Streets is now Legal with a Catch: NMA E-Newsletter #679

At the start of the new year, the state of Alaska inaugurated new regulations that allow four-wheelers on roads with a speed limit of 45 mph or less. In the past, rules allowed these motorized vehicles to cross state roads only. Alaska defines all-purpose vehicles as any self-propelled device on wheels or tracks that make […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/driving-four-wheelers-on-alaskan-streets-is-now-legal-with-a-catch-nma-e-newsletter-679/

Driving Four-Wheelers on Alaskan Streets is now Legal with a Catch: NMA E-Newsletter #679

At the start of the new year, the state of Alaska inaugurated new regulations that allow four-wheelers on roads with a speed limit of 45 mph or less. In the past, rules allowed these motorized vehicles to cross state roads only. Alaska defines all-purpose vehicles as any self-propelled device on wheels or tracks that make […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/driving-four-wheelers-on-alaskan-streets-is-now-legal-with-a-catch-nma-e-newsletter-679/

The New Money Pit

I’ve owned several Nissan Frontier pick-ups, including my current 2002 model, which is now almost 20 years old. I’ve decided to continue holding it for at least another ten years because it’s a whole lot cheaper to do that than buy a new Frontier. The reason: new cars and trucks are the new money pits. You cannot save money […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/the-new-money-pit/

Red-Light Cameras Do Not Reduce Right-Angle Crashes

By Jim Baxter, Founder of the National Motorists Association Editor’s Note: This post first appeared in 2008 but is still quite relevant today. Since then, Case Western University researchers in 2017 found that RLCs do not make intersections safer and, when finally turned off due to community pressure, the intersection is actually safer than before. […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/red-light-cameras-do-not-reduce-right-angle-crashes-2/

Over Engineering Speed Limits

By an Anonymous NMA Member from Arizona The government recently lowered the speed limit on my main street from 45 to 40. I calculated that if I lived to the same age as my mother, the reduced speed limit would cost me five days of productive life. Not enough to worry about, but it’s the […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/over-engineering-speed-limits/

Why LED Headlights Are Blinding You

Have you ever encountered an alien coming towards you that is nothing more than a giant ball of glare? The auto industry has been busy replacing halogen headlights with Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) because the LEDs are small, powerful, and consume little energy.  The problem is that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/led-headlights-are-blinding-you/

Auto Accident Loans: Hidden Benefits to Injury Victims

If another driver leaves you injured in a car accident, you are in the precarious position of needing to tend to your physical health and well-being, handle mounting medical bills, and potentially cope with diminished income. It’s a lot, and if you’re wondering how you will manage, you’re not the first. Fortunately, auto accident loans […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/auto-accident-loans-hidden-benefits-to-injury-victims/

Electric Vehicles and their Effect on Public Transportation

You might have spotted a little electric vehicle jetting by, but did you know that electric vehicles are used for other purposes than private travel, such as public transportation? Or that the same technology that fuels those cute little cars can also power much larger vehicles, like city buses? Electric vehicles have the potential to […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/electric-vehicles-and-public-transportation/

9 Tips for How to Choose a Driving School

Learning to drive a motor vehicle is often considered an essential step in becoming an adult. Driving a car allows greater flexibility and helps solve many transportation issues and challenges. Driving is also a great skill to know, and besides, it’s fun! The most critical factor of becoming a successful driver is learning how to […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/9-tips-for-choosing-a-driving-school/

Environmentally Friendly?

American drivers are continuously being nudged into electric cars because they are considered more environmentally friendly. They really aren’t so much, though, even though they don’t burn gas. All modern cars are basically made of plastic (including EVs), which are made from oil. For example, the front and rear clips are called clips because they […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/environmentally-friendly/

Donate – V3

Things To Keep In Mind This donation page is provided as a convenience to NMA members and for unsolicited contributions from the interested public. All donations to the National Motorists Association are 100 percent tax deductible to the full extent of the law. The NMA has been granted 501(c)(3) status by the United States I.R.S. […]

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Oversized Injury Verdicts may be on the Way out in Montana and Texas

Editor’s Note: This post first appeared as NMA E-Newsletter #646. If you would like to subscribe to this weekly one-topic newsletter, click HERE to subscribe. Over the past two years, insurance rates for trucking companies have increased an average of 20 to 25 percent. Umbrella or excess liability policies have increased even more—over 75 percent—which […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/oversized-jury-verdicts-may-be-on-the-way-out-in-mt-and-tx/

NMA DriveForward

NMA DriveForward is a monthly giving program in support of the National Motorists Association that spreads your contribution out in smaller amounts on a regular basis. That allows us to fund important, ongoing projects throughout the year and helps you manage your support of the National Motorists Association’s mission to protect the rights of the […]

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Can You Put a Price Tag on Safety?

Purchasing a new, or just a new-to-you, a luxury car can raise some questions. You may even wonder if a luxury vehicle is worth the cost, especially when it comes to driver safety. It can be tough to decide because it’s easy to get caught up in the price. Imagine a Lexus sedan next to […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/can-you-put-a-price-tag-on-safety/

Autonomous (Self-Driving) Vehicles – Available Soon? (Yes and No) Part 2: NMA E-Newsletter #649

By Gary Witzenburg, Automotive Senior Writer and Contributing Editor, President of the North American Car, Truck, and Utility of the Year, and NMA Member. Editor’s Note: HOUR Detroit Magazine has graciously permitted the NMA to publish this piece, which initially appeared in a slightly different version on its pages. Please read Part 1 from last […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/autonomous-self-driving-vehicles-available-soon-yes-and-no-part-2-nma-e-newsletter-649/

Autonomous (Self-Driving) Vehicles – Available Soon? (Yes and No) Part 2: NMA E-Newsletter #649

By Gary Witzenburg, Automotive Senior Writer and Contributing Editor, President of the North American Car, Truck, and Utility of the Year, and NMA Member. Editor’s Note: HOUR Detroit Magazine has graciously permitted the NMA to publish this piece, which initially appeared in a slightly different version on its pages. Please read Part 1 from last […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/autonomous-self-driving-vehicles-available-soon-yes-and-no-part-2-nma-e-newsletter-649/

How to Handle Road Trip Emergencies

Summer is approaching, and with it comes a spirit of adventure. It is time to get out of the house and enjoy the weather. Road trips are a favorite pastime of many. It allows you the freedom of the open road at a lower cost than a plane ticket. Unfortunately, accidents happen, and disasters can […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/how-to-handle-road-trip-emergencies/

A License Plate to Remember

Editor’s Note: This originally was posted in June 2018 as NMA Weekly E-Newsletter #490. The information presented is still pertinent in 2021. If you would like to receive the NMA weekly one-topic newsletter every Sunday in your inbox, subscribe today! A requirement of owning a vehicle, the lowly license plate has its place among the […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/a-license-plate-to-remember-2/

Oversized Injury Verdicts may be on the Way out in Montana and Texas: NMA E-Newsletter #646

Over the past two years, insurance rates for trucking companies have increased an average of 20 to 25 percent. Umbrella or excess liability policies have increased even more—over 75 percent—which forces most trucking companies to carry less coverage. By federal law, all commercial haulers must carry $750,000 in liability insurance, which won’t cover most jury […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/oversized-injury-verdicts-may-be-on-the-way-out-in-montana-and-texas-nma-e-newsletter-646/

How to Help Prevent Catalytic Converter Theft

There has been a steady rise in the number of catalytic converters stolen over the last year. MotorTrend even proclaimed in a March 2021 article that: Time to Worry about Thieves Stealing your Car’s Catalytic Converter. How can vehicle owners help prevent being targeted? What is a Catalytic Converter? Since 1975, the US has mandated […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/how-to-prevent-catalytic-converter-theft/

Oversized Injury Verdicts may be on the Way out in Montana and Texas: NMA E-Newsletter #646

Over the past two years, insurance rates for trucking companies have increased an average of 20 to 25 percent. Umbrella or excess liability policies have increased even more—over 75 percent—which forces most trucking companies to carry less coverage. By federal law, all commercial haulers must carry $750,000 in liability insurance, which won’t cover most jury […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/oversized-injury-verdicts-may-be-on-the-way-out-in-montana-and-texas-nma-e-newsletter-646/

2021 Jeep Wrangler 392 Review

Some of the highest-performing vehicles being offered lately are 4×4 trucks and Jeeps, like the V8-powered Wrangler 392. They are quicker than all but a very few high-performance cars and can do things no high-performance car can, such as crawl over a boulder and ford through nearly three feet of water. This Jeep also has a few […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/2021-jeep-wrangler-392-review/

Drive 55 Everywhere . . . Or Less

Speed limits are about to become limitless as in, whatever those who set them say they are. This has always been true, to an extent in that all speed limits are, to a degree, arbitrary. People are subject to a ticket, i.e., being extorted by armed government workers, acting on behalf of the government simply […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/drive-55-everywhere-despite-the-85th-percentile/

Crimes against Motorists

Editor’s Note: This post originally appeared as NMA Weekly E-Newsletter #631, emailed in February 2021. If you would like to receive the weekly newsletter, register today at the NMA!  Motorists have always been a target for criminals, but since the pandemic began, it seems the nefarious activity has increased dramatically. Some are violent, most involve […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/crimes-against-motorists-2/

Protecting Wildlife and Motorists through Infrastructure Design

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared as NMA E-Newsletter #625. If you would like to receive the weekly newsletter via email, subscribe today! Several states have recently announced that they have added wildlife over and underpasses, with many more on the way. Large animals such as deer, elk, and bears roam seasonally, frequently colliding with […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/protecting-wildlife-and-motorists-through-infrastructure-design/

Vehicles don’t have to be a Money Pit

I know someone who is dead broke and living in a small apartment on the government dole despite having earned and inherited many hundreds of thousands of dollars in her lifetime. In part, this person is broke because she spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on new cars throughout her lifetime. Five expensive new cars, starting with […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/vehicles-dont-have-to-be-a-money-pit/

How many kinds of Police Checkpoints and Roadblocks?

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in the NMA’s Driving Freedoms Magazine in the Fall of 2020. If you would like to receive the NMA’s quarterly magazine, join the NMA today! Check out the other two posts in this series: Have Checkpoints Gone Too Far? How to Handle Yourself at a Checkpoint or Roadblock Joe […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/how-many-kinds-of-checkpoints-and-roadblocks-do-police-use/

Drivers to be given Real-Time “Risk Scores” using Embedded Telematic Surveillance Sensors

By Joe Cadillic, co-writer of the NMA Street Surveillance Blog and founder of the MassPrivatel Blog Gone are the days when insurance companies used race, sex, and a person’s age to determine their auto insurance premiums. A new whitepaper by Cognizant, titled The New Auto Insurance Ecosystem: Telematics, Mobility and the Connected Car, reveals the real reasons […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/drivers-to-be-given-real-time-risk-scores/

How to Handle Yourself at a Checkpoint or Roadblock

By Shelia Dunn, NMA Communications Director Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in the NMA’s Driving Freedoms Magazine in the Fall of 2020. If you would like to receive the NMA’s quarterly magazine, join the NMA today! Check out the first in this series: Have Checkpoints Gone Too Far?  Similar to a traffic stop, a […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/how-to-handle-yourself-at-a-checkpoint-or-roadblock/

The Reason Vehicles are Heavyweight and Glass-Jawed

A 1985 Chrysler K-car sedan weighed about 2,300 lbs. Now, something new and the same size as a Mazda3 sedan or a Honda Civic weighs about 700 pounds more. Even a car like the Mazda Miata, a minimalist two-seater roadster and one of the lightest new cars there is, weighs almost 2,800 lbs., several hundred […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/the-reason-vehicles-are-heavyweight-and-glass-jawed/

Crimes against Motorists: NMA E-Newsletter #631

Motorists have always been a target for criminals, but since the pandemic began, it seems the nefarious activity has increased dramatically. Some are violent, most involve property loss and all turn victims’ lives upside down. For example, cities large and small have reported an increase in carjackings. The Associated Press has reported cases are on […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/crimes-against-motorists/

Crimes against Motorists: NMA E-Newsletter #631

Motorists have always been a target for criminals, but since the pandemic began, it seems the nefarious activity has increased dramatically. Some are violent, most involve property loss and all turn victims’ lives upside down. For example, cities large and small have reported an increase in carjackings. The Associated Press has reported cases are on […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/crimes-against-motorists/

2021 Ford F250 Tremor Review

It used to be that most trucks came with big V8s, leaf springs and solid axles. If you want such things in a new truck, you’ll want to look at a heavy-duty truck like the Ford F250. You can’t get this one without a big V8 and a multi-leaf/solid axle rear suspension with heavy steel coil springs […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/truck-review-of-the-2021-ford-f250-tremor/

Are Electric Trucks Better than Gas and Diesel?

By Lauren Fix, The Car Coach Electric Trucks are coming on the market in 2021—are you ready? What are the pros and cons of electric trucks versus gas and diesel trucks? Here is our list. The Pros of Driving an Electric Truck Reduced Emissions Clean air and global warming have become a sizzling political issue. […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/are-electric-trucks-better-than-gas-and-diesel/

The Danger of Digital License Plates

Soon, your car will not only track you in real time and make sure you’re paid-up on your insurance and have all your “papers” in order, it will also try to sell you something. Digital license plates, approved for use in California, Arizona and most recently, Michigan, will replace the old metal plate that you controlled with an […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/dangers-of-digital-license-plates/

Some Pointers on Driver’s License Points

Editor’s Note: This post originally appeared as NMA Newsletter #352 in October 2015. The information is still current and important information for any motorists who wants to learn more about driver’s license points. To receive the NMA weekly E-Newsletter, subscribe HERE today! One of the most common questions we get from members is how many […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/some-pointers-on-drivers-license-points-2/

Extensive Staged-Accident Scam in New Orleans

Editor’s Note: This post first appeared as NMA Weekly E-Newsletter #621 from December 2020.  If you would like to receive the weekly NMA E-Newsletter, subscribe today. As of November 5th, 2020, 33 people have been charged in an elaborate staged-accident scam involving slammers, spotters, crooked lawyers, and doctors. All are accused of conspiring to bilk […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/extensive-staged-accident-scam-in-new-orleans/

The Thing about Speeding: NMA E-Newsletter #627

By guest writer Eric Peters The problem with speed limits is they’re arbitrary and presumptive. A velocity maximum is decreed, and you are presumed a threat to others if you exceed it. Almost everyone understands this is silly—else almost everyone would not “speed” routinely. Most of us do not play Russian roulette, for instance, irrespective […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/the-thing-about-speeding-nma-e-newsletter-627/

The Thing about Speeding: NMA E-Newsletter #627

By guest writer Eric Peters The problem with speed limits is they’re arbitrary and presumptive. A velocity maximum is decreed, and you are presumed a threat to others if you exceed it. Almost everyone understands this is silly—else almost everyone would not “speed” routinely. Most of us do not play Russian roulette, for instance, irrespective […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/the-thing-about-speeding-nma-e-newsletter-627/

8 Tips to Prevent Connected Autonomous Vehicle Cyber Breach Liability

Today, the world is advancing towards unknown limits of tech at a breakneck pace. We started with limited capacity vehicles featuring bulky engines and delivering restricted functionality. Eventually, we reached a stage where minimalistic and easily manageable vehicles became common. And now, we strive towards AV and CAV vehicles that require minimal input from our […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/8-tips-to-prevent-connected-autonomous-vehicle-cyber-breach-liability/

Protecting Wildlife and Motorists through Infrastructure Design: NMA E-Newsletter #625

Several states have recently announced that they have added wildlife over and underpasses, with many more on the way. Large animals such as deer, elk, and bears roam seasonally, frequently colliding with vehicles in the process. In Wyoming, for example, there are 6,000 documented collisions annually. Wildlife managers and transportation engineers use infrastructure design to […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/protecting-wildlife-and-motorists-through-infrastructure-design-nma-e-newsletter-625/

The Rise of the Dashcam

Dashcams or dashboard cameras provide the ability to record footage on the road. This simple function has been used for a variety of purposes throughout history. Its application has morphed over the years and will continue evolving in the future. Coca-Cola was originally made to treat morphine addiction and is now the world’s most popular […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/the-rise-of-the-dashcams/

A License Plate to Remember

Editor’s Note:  This post originally was sent to member as NMA Weekly E-Newsletter #490 in June 2018. If you would like to receive the one-topic per week NMA newsletter, become a member today! When you join you receive many other member benefits plus help us help you keep up with motorists’ rights issues like this.  […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/a-license-plate-to-remember/

Common Dealership Fees You Should Not Pay

By Lauren Fix, Car Coach Reports When you’re ready to buy a new vehicle and get to the paperwork, you might be surprised to find some additional fees on the purchase contract. You agreed to pay a specific amount, but this is not the same amount on the paperwork. Some of these additional fees can add […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/common-dealership-fees-you-should-not-pay/

Extensive Staged-Accident Scam in New Orleans: NMA E-Newsletter #621

As of November 5th, 33 people have been charged in an elaborate staged-accident scam involving slammers, spotters, crooked lawyers, and doctors. All are accused of conspiring to bilk insurance companies and commercial carriers for damages. The local police and FBI investigations are ongoing and more people are expected to be indicted in the near future. […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/extensive-staged-accident-scam-in-new-orleans-nma-e-newsletter-621/

Protect yourself from Predatory Towing

Editor’s Note: This post originally appeared in September 2020 as an NMA E-Newsletter #611. If you would like to receive our one-topic weekly E-Newsletter, join the NMA today. In July, the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) warned motorists in Chicago and Houston about predatory towing scams. Unfortunately, this sort of fraud can happen anywhere, and […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/protect-yourself-from-predatory-towing/

2021 VW Atlas Cross Sport Review

VW was the small car company. It made Beetles by the bushel that fit in your back pocket, almost. But America super-sized and small cars like the Beetle stopped selling. So VW stopped selling Beetles and started selling models like the Atlas, a massive three-row VW SUV big enough to carry a Beetle piggyback, plus […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/2021-vw-atlas-cross-sport/

What to do if Police pull you over (in Florida and Everywhere Else): Steps and Actions to Take

By Attorney George Lorenzo Flashing blue lights and a loud siren are coming up behind you, an indication that the police officer wants you to stop the car. No matter what the reason, being pulled over can be a stressful situation that can escalate quickly if you don’t know what to do. There are many […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/what-to-do-when-police-pull-you-over/

Eliminating Jaywalking Laws Will Make Roads Safer?: NMA E-Newsletter #615

By guest writer Arthur Miller, NYC NMA Member, traffic attorney, and co-owner of the New York Truck Stop website and podcast. The foundation of road safety for all users, motor vehicles, and pedestrians alike, is order and predictability. One of the most dangerous scenarios for a driver lawfully proceeding under power is when someone jaywalks […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/eliminating-jaywalking-laws-will-make-roads-safer-nma-e-newsletter-615/

“Driving While Black” Billboard Shines Light on City Ticket Records

By a Michigan NMA Member Editor’s Note: This post originally appeared as NMA E-Newsletter #602 from July 2020. If you would like to receive the weekly NMA E-Newsletter, join today!  On July 6, an electronic billboard appeared along I-96 in Redford Township, Michigan, just east of the city limits of Livonia. It warned drivers leaving […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/driving-while-black-in-livonia-mi/

Protect yourself from Predatory Towing: NMA E-Newsletter #611

In July, the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) warned motorists in Chicago and Houston about predatory towing scams. Unfortunately, this sort of fraud can happen anywhere, and at unexpected times. The best protection is to be prepared with knowledge. The scam usually occurs after an accident. You’re upset, maybe even injured, and probably not thinking […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/protect-yourself-from-predatory-towing-nma-e-newsletter-611/

2020 Toyota Camry TRD Review

Stock car racing used to be based on stock cars—production cars you could buy, modified to race. Today, it’s the reverse. The race cars are cars you can’t buy, with the production cars modified to look like race cars such as the latest iteration of Toyota’s Camry sedan. The one you can buy is a […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/toyota-camry-trd/

The Ins and Outs of Warrantless Vehicle Searches (Part 1)

By Ted Levitt, NMA Member Editor’s Note: This post originally appeared as an NMA Weekly E-Newsletter in 2014. Ted recently reviewed the information and informed the NMA that the post is still accurate and vital information for all drivers. If you would like to receive the NMA Weekly E-Newsletter, join the NMA today! If you’ve […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/warrantless-vehicle-searches-part-1/

Get Your Free San Angelo, Texas Police Accident Report

By guest writer Hank Stout Besides considering hiring a lawyer after a car accident, the next best thing following an accident is to obtain your police accident report. Not only will it provide details about your car accident, but it serves as critical evidence if your car accident case ever goes to trial. It also […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/get-your-free-san-angelo-texas-police-accident-report/

2020 Ford F250 Super Duty Review

Three truck models are the leading contenders in the three-quarter-ton (2500) class, but only one of them is in the four-figure class when it comes to torque. The Ford F250’s 6.7 liter turbodiesel V8 makes more than 1,000 ft.-lbs. of it, which explains why it can pull more than 20,000 lbs., another figure that puts […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/2020-ford-f250-super-duty-review/

Record Every Movement and then Sell the Data—What?

By Shelia Dunn, NMA Communications Director and Joe Cadillic, MassPrivatel Blog Did you know that more than 325 million vehicles surveil drivers every day? One hundred million data transactions surge to the cloud every month. Automakers have used technology such as microphones, virtual assistants, and gaze-monitoring cameras to check out what you are doing and […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/record-every-movement-and-then-sell-the-data-what/

What is a VIN, and What Does Each Digit in the VIN Mean?

You might have heard the term VIN when buying or insuring a car, but maybe you haven’t fully understood what it means. We decode the VIN in this article as we dive into the VIN, or vehicle identification number, explaining what it means for every vehicle. What is a VIN? A VIN is a standardized […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/what-is-a-vin-and-what-does-each-digit-in-the-vin-mean/

Accidents Happen…

The thing about accidents, of course, is they’re unpredictable. They just kind of happen usually at a time (and in a place) that’s not convenient. They are also stressful and that’s pretty much when our capacity to make good decisions is at a low ebb. Which is why it’s a good idea to be ready, […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/accidents-happen/

“Driving While Black” Billboard Shines Light on City Ticket Records: NMA E-Newsletter #602

By a Michigan NMA Member On July 6, an electronic billboard appeared along I-96 in Redford Township, Michigan, just east of the city limits of Livonia. It warned drivers leaving Detroit, “Driving while black?  Racial profiling just ahead. Welcome to Livonia.” Livonia is a racially-mixed city of 97,000, covering 36 square miles of 1950s homes […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/driving-while-black-billboard-shines-light-on-city-ticket-records-nma-e-newsletter-602/

So this stripper walks into a bar…

I remember talking to a reporter in 2010. A late night accident in Worcester, Massachusetts left a young lady in the hospital. A decade later the legal dust has finally settled, leaving a lesson about why Massachusetts could be the best state to buy insurance in. I can tell it as an open-and-shut case. Late […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/so-this-stripper-walks-into-a-bar/

Donate

Things To Keep In Mind This donation page is provided as a convenience to NMA members and for unsolicited contributions from the interested public. All donations to the National Motorists Association are 100 percent tax deductible to the full extent of the law. The NMA has been granted 501(c)(3) status by the United States I.R.S. […]

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The Thousand Dollar Windshield

Most people don’t know this — yet — but replacing a new car’s windshield can cost as much as a new transmission used to cost. Sometimes, more. Because it’s not just glass you’re replacing. Embedded in the glass — part of the “assembly” is safety technology. It’s usually part of the rearview mirror, technically, but […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/the-thousand-dollar-windshield/

Driving Across the Country in the Time of the COVID-19 Crisis and Civil Unrest

By Bob Morrow, Montana NMA Member In late May, I had to fly from Montana back to the Buffalo, New York area to pick up my dad’s car and drive it back to Montana. Dad is 84 and can’t drive anymore. I grew up near Buffalo, but I’ve been living in Montana for most of […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/driving-across-the-country-in-the-time-of-the-covid-19-crisis-and-civil-unrest/

Summer Update from the ALLIANCE FOR TOLL-FREE INTERSTATES

Editor’s Note: The ATFI is a coalition (of which the NMA is a member) which work tirelessly to maintain the longstanding policy of protecting existing interstates from new tolls. ATFI’s Charlie Kiefer has given the NMA permission to showcase the summer update. Due to the current global pandemic caused by COVID-19, the tolling industry has […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/summer-update-from-the-alliance-for-toll-free-interstates/

Ready for Driving Again

It’s hard to sustain a state of panic, a sense of imminent doom, when the sun is shining, the breeze is warm — and you’re getting your classic car ready for spring. This is a necessary and therapeutic annual ritual. Like the first green shoots and buds on the trees, it marks the end of […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/ready-for-driving-again/

Understanding Traffic Stop Data and Police Racial Profiling

By Shelia Dunn, NMA Communications Director A fascinating study released recently by Stanford University took issue with the ‘veil of darkness’ in traffic stops. Researchers found that black drivers, who are pulled over by police more frequently during the day, are not necessarily stopped as much after sunset. This largest-ever study found that this was […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/understanding-traffic-stop-data-and-police-racial-profiling/

The Anti-Corona

It’s hard to sustain a state of panic, a sense of imminent doom, when the sun is shining, the breeze is warm — and you’re getting your classic car ready for spring. This necessary therapy is indeed, an annual ritual. Like the first green shoots and buds on the trees, it marks the end of […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/the-anti-corona/

Traffic Stop 101: Stop and Identify Laws

By NMA Texas Member Ted Levitt    I want to impart some information here about traffic stops, and before I do that, I want to tell a story about a traffic stop I saw recently on television. I will not get into the validity (or not) of the Sovereign Citizen Movement here, but I do know […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/traffic-stop-101-stop-and-identify-laws/

2020 Lincoln Aviator Review

What if you’d like a new Navigator but maybe a bit less of one? Something almost as big, but not quite. With three rows (the third one usable) that can pull more than its own weight but without so much length? And without such a big price? Enter the Aviator. What It Is The Aviator is Lincoln’s new […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/2020-lincoln-aviator-review/

Driving in America: An Out-of-State Speeding Ticket –Has this Happened to You?

The NMA Office receives numerous calls throughout the year from members asking how to defeat a speeding ticket they happened to receive driving in another state. Unfortunately, these are rather difficult to fight because many small towns and counties target out-of-state drivers. After all, authorities know they won’t come back to fight the ticket. Ticketing […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/driving-in-america-an-out-of-state-speeding-ticket-has-this-happened-to-you/

Minding Your Mood and your Eyeballs

Memory seats are nice. But how about mood minders? In-car sensors that assess your state of mind via eye movements, facial expressions, gestures — even your rising (or falling) heartbeat — and adjust the car accordingly? Some of this is already here. Some new cars come standard with “drowsy driver” monitoring systems. Cameras embedded in the dash […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/minding-your-mood-and-your-eyeballs/

The 5 Steps You Should Take In Case of an Accident with a Cyclist

According to a recent paper published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 857 recorded fatalities of cyclists in 2018. That is more than 2 fatalities a day in the US! Unfortunately, as there are increasingly more and more cyclists on the road, this statistic is likely to increase with more cyclists […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/the-5-steps-you-should-take-in-case-of-an-accident-with-a-cyclist/

Drivers Who Aren’t, But Who Gets the Bill?

Another auto-piloted Tesla has crashed into another car—two cars, actually—last month. The Tesla’s “driver” (in quotes to ironize the obvious) was reportedly “checking on his dog” in the back seat when his car rammed into a Connecticut State Police cruiser and then ping-ponged into another car that was parked on the shoulder of the road. Several interesting questions come […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/drivers-who-arent-but-who-gets-the-bill/

New Drivers Forced to Take a Children’s Hospital Designed “Virtual Driver Assessment” Program

By guest writer Joe Cadillic of the Massprivatel Blog What business does a children’s hospital have in deciding who gets to drive a vehicle? Apparently a lot. Last month The Center Square revealed that the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and their spinoff company Diagnostic Driving are convincing DMV’s to get new drivers to take a virtual driver assessment before they […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/new-drivers-forced-to-take-a-childrens-hospital-designed-virtual-driver-assessment-program/

Little-Vehicle-Topia: Micromobility and the Rest of Us

From Shelia Dunn, NMA Communications Director Editor’s Note: This post first appeared on the Auto Tech Watch blog on February 10, 2019. All the articles linked have not been updated. I was exercise walking in my local park last fall and suddenly out of nowhere, a young woman on a scooter zipped past me and […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/little-vehicle-topia-micromobility-and-the-rest-of-us-2/

Economic Benefits of Women Driving in Saudi Arabia

In 2018, news of the Saudi Arabian King’s decision to allow local women to obtain a driver’s license and legally drive a car caught the attention of the whole world. Saudi Arabia is one of the countries in the world where women have some of the most limited rights. Amazing to me that in the […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/economic-benefits-of-women-driving-in-saudi-arabia/

A Shot across the Bow for Older Vehicles

One way to avoid having Big Brother riding shotgun is to buy a ride built before Big Brother came with the car or the truck. It has been legal since the dawn of the automobile age to buy a vehicle made before the advent of air bags, back-up cameras, driver “assistance” technology and all the rest of it—and […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/a-shot-across-the-bow-for-older-vehicles/

Sounds of silence

A little birdie told me the age of the car alarm is over. In the 1990s my life’s background noise was car alarms. They were especially a problem at the car wash next door. They were also part of general urban noise. My Escort had an alarm only because I saved more on insurance than […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/sounds-of-silence/

Some Tips on how to Avoid Having Stuff Stolen out of Your Service Vehicle

Having your stuff stolen can affect any motorist, but when it happens to a trades or service person, the consequences go far beyond the cost of lost tools. For the rest of us, it can be devastating as well, with no recourse and very little help in finding our lost stuff from both police and […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/some-tips-on-how-to-avoid-having-stuff-stolen-out-of-your-service-vehicle/

When do you fill up your Gas Tank?

When it comes to driving, you can never be too prepared. Dangerous road conditions and car breakdowns are inevitable at some point for all drivers. You can’t always control outside conditions, which is why it’s important to hope for the best and be prepared for the worst. Make sure you have an emergency kit in […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/when-do-you-fill-up-your-gas-tank/

Rearviews in the Rearview

Elon Musk wants you to pay more for your next new car even if you don’t buy one of his cars. The CEO of Tesla is “petitioning” the government to allow him and everyone else to eliminate rearview and exterior mirrors from new cars in favor of in-car displays fed images by cameras. He says this will result in […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/rearviews-in-the-rearview/

Political Interference in Setting Speed Limits Shouldn’t Happen

From guest writer Ian Tootill, who is co-founder of the grassroots British Columbia motorists advocacy group SENSE BC (or Safety by Education and Not Speed Enforcement). SENSE BC and the NMA are kindred spirits, with SENSE advocating for sensible driving standards for more than 23 years and the NMA for over 36. The issues facing drivers in […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/political-interference-in-setting-speed-limits-shouldnt-happen/

Tempus Fugit – the glorious ’94 Mustang GT

The other day, I found myself behind what — to me — is a relatively new and undoubtedly modern Mustang GT from the mid-’90s wearing “antique” tags. Holy tempus fugit! Was 1994 really 25 years ago? Yup. It was. And this ’94 Mustang GT is now an antique which means I am, too. Both of […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/tempus-fugit-the-glorious-94-mustang-gt/

2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid: Room for 8 and 29 mpg

Toyota’s vast and lengthy experiences producing hybrids has resulted in an SUV that does it all. Its Highlander has all-wheel drive, room for eight, a plethora of safety equipment, high resale value, an MSRP of $42,030 and the government rates it as 29 mpg. In fact, according to the government, almost all SUV hybrids with […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/2019-toyota-highlander-hybrid-room-for-8-and-29-mpg/

How to Choose a Driving School

Both experienced drivers and youngsters may find driving school attendance a great idea. There is a significant number of such agencies today, but how to choose the right one? The first thing you should keep in mind when looking for a school – don’t hurry. Research takes time because you want to find out the […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/how-to-choose-a-driving-school/

Missouri Lawmakers to Discuss Tougher Distracted Driving Laws

By David Terry, personal injury lawyer of Terry Law Firm Fatal accidents are increasing in Missouri. They increased to 900 in 2018, and 2019 already looks like it may keep up with the trend. Of course, there are many reasons for fatal crashes in Missouri, but it seems like distracted driving is largely to blame. […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/missouri-lawmakers-to-discuss-tougher-distracted-driving-laws/

Under the Influence of the Justice System – A Father’s Story

By an NMA Member   This post originally appeared as NMA Weekly E-Newsletter #519 on December 23, 2019  This is a story about my twenty-year-old son. To some readers this may be an article that smacks of stupidity and privilege. It may be that both are true but the real point is how hopelessly out […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/under-the-influence-of-the-justice-system-a-fathers-story/

Road Trip of a Lifetime in Morocco: Culture, Desert, Mountains, and Ocean

Our trip took place in late November – early December 2017. It was in Morocco that we gathered because we had never been to Africa. Not to say that we strongly wanted exotic. However, our imagination was agitated only by the thought of the endless ocean and the mysterious desert. It is to them that […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/road-trip-of-a-lifetime-in-morocco-culture-desert-mountains-and-ocean/

Caught in the Cogs of a Bureaucratic Machine – A Driver’s Story

This post first appeared as a November 2018 NMA Weekly E-Newsletter (#515). Since early August (2018), the Virginia Department of Motor vehicles continued to badger one of our Virginia members, Mike, about needing proof of insurance for a vehicle that only had, per agency records, 16 characters in its Vehicle Identification Number. Since VINs have […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/caught-in-the-cogs-of-a-bureaucratic-machine-a-drivers-story/

A Forum About Modifying Speed Limits and Driver Behavior: NMA E-Newsletter #537

The April 15-16, 2019 conference in Ruckersville, Virginia was billed as a “national forum [seeking] to address the neglected problem of speeding.” The sponsoring organizations, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), are leading proponents of lowering speed limits with the goal of reducing highway fatalities to near […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/a-forum-about-modifying-speed-limits-and-driver-behavior-nma-e-newsletter-537/

A Forum About Modifying Speed Limits and Driver Behavior: NMA E-Newsletter #537

The April 15-16, 2019 conference in Ruckersville, Virginia was billed as a “national forum [seeking] to address the neglected problem of speeding.” The sponsoring organizations, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), are leading proponents of lowering speed limits with the goal of reducing highway fatalities to near […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/a-forum-about-modifying-speed-limits-and-driver-behavior-nma-e-newsletter-537/

How Do We Solve the Distracted Driving Problem?

As Distracted Driving Month 2019 comes to a close, I thought it would be appropriate to give you the National Motorists Association take on how to solve distracted driving. The NMA believes that distracted driving, in all its forms, can best be addressed through efforts to educate the public on its dangers. Enforcement can be […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/how-do-we-solve-the-distracted-driving-problem/

NMA Principle Number 7: Motorists’ rights that keep pace with technological advances

The Driving in America Blog was started a year ago to bring more information to those who are beginning their journey as motorists’ rights advocates. Over the next several months, I will be working with each of the seven NMA principles to give readers of this weekly blog some idea of what we all are working towards […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/nma-principle-number-7-motorists-rights-that-keep-pace-with-technological-advances/

Unfit to fit

In 2017 academic researchers got a lot of press when they showed putting a tiny sticker on a stop sign could turn it into a speed limit sign. The human eye was not fooled. Machine vision was. In 2019 ticket industry lobbyists got a lot of press when they turned a change in speed limits […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/unfit-to-fit/

Why Speed Limiters Are NOT About Safety, But More About Control

By Florida Member Stephen Donaldson Life Member, Stephen Donaldson has held various volunteer positions (including Florida State Activist) with the National Motorists Association. He currently serves as a member of the NMA Foundation Board. He wrote a version of this post as a letter-to-the-editor. Say NO to speed limiters! The speed limiters that will soon […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/why-speed-limiters-are-not-about-safety-but-more-about-control/

How Saving Gas Costs a Fortune

If the government’s fuel economy edicts “save” Americans so much money, how come it’s costing them billions? FiatChrysler just made the latest payment — $77 million — which was actually a fine for failing to make its cars “save” enough fuel . . . for Uncle’s tastes. Irrespective of FCA customers’ tastes. FiatChrysler’s model lineup […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/how-saving-gas-costs-a-fortune/

An Eye on Recent Motorist Rights Court Cases, Part 2: NMA Weekly E-Newsletter #530

Many motorist rights court cases have made news in the past three months. Last week, we presented the first part of this update that focused on federal court decisions, and a few from the US Supreme Court. This week, we are diving into key motorist-related cases in state supreme or appellate courts. Our hope is […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/an-eye-on-recent-motorist-rights-court-cases-part-2-nma-weekly-e-newsletter-530/

An Eye on Recent Motorist Rights Court Cases, Part 2: NMA Weekly E-Newsletter #530

Many motorist rights court cases have made news in the past three months. Last week, we presented the first part of this update that focused on federal court decisions, and a few from the US Supreme Court. This week, we are diving into key motorist-related cases in state supreme or appellate courts. Our hope is […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/an-eye-on-recent-motorist-rights-court-cases-part-2-nma-weekly-e-newsletter-530/

Avoid These 5 Hauling and Towing Mistakes

Even experienced drivers need to exercise caution when operating trucks and large vehicles. You might feel comfortable in sedans, minivans, SUVs and convertibles, but when you get behind the wheel of an RV or U-Haul, the dynamic changes. You have a lot more weight to manage, and mistakes are common. If your plans include hauling […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/avoid-these-5-hauling-and-towing-mistakes/

NMA Principle Number 3: Freedom from arbitrary traffic stops and unwarranted searches/seizures

The Driving in America Blog was started a year ago to bring more information to those who are beginning their journey as motorists’ rights advocates. Over the next several months, I will be working with each of the seven NMA principles to give readers of this weekly blog some idea of what we all are working towards […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/nma-principle-number-3-freedom-from-arbitrary-traffic-stops-and-unwarranted-searches-seizures/

2019 Ford F-150 Review

It’s interesting that just as diesels are disappearing from the passenger car market, they’re making a big comeback in trucks. Ford is the latest to bring one back, joining Ram — which offers one in the Ram 1500 — and anticipating Chevy, which will also offer one later this year in the 2019 Silverado 1500. […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/2019-ford-f-150-review/

When is it a Good Idea to Keep a Dashcam in Your Daily Driver?

From Florida attorney Scott Distasio If you are thinking about buying a dashcam for the vehicle you drive daily, you might be wondering if it’s worth it. Dashcams range in price from $20 to several hundred dollars, which is a significant difference for a lot of drivers. Looking at the benefits you can get when […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/when-is-it-a-good-idea-to-keep-a-dashcam-in-your-daily-driver/

New York Expands Drug and Alcohol Testing for Bus Drivers

By Joseph Miklos, a New York Car Accident Attorney with the law firm of Silberstein, Awad & Miklos, P.C. It would surprise most people to know that under current New York law, individuals that are licensed to operate school buses and certain other types of transportation are not required to undergo random drug testing, and […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/new-york-expands-drug-and-alcohol-testing-for-bus-drivers/

Little-Vehicle-Topia: Micromobility and the Rest of Us

I was exercise walking in my local park last fall and suddenly out of nowhere, a young woman on a scooter zipped past me and we almost collided. She cut me off as she headed for the grass to take a short cut. Not only was this rude, but scary. As someone walking on a […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/little-vehicle-topia-micromobility-and-the-rest-of-us/

1987 Again . . . Briefly: Thoughts on a Traffic Stop Encounter

Yesterday, I had an encounter with an armed government worker on a motorcycle, running a speed trap. And running laser, which is kryptonite to even the best radar detector because you get no warning. If the detector detects laser, you are already detected. Which is just what happened to me. Bingo! You “win.” I was […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/1987-again-briefly-thoughts-on-a-traffic-stop-enounter/

The Next Ten Years – Readers’ Edition, Part 2: NMA E-Newsletter #523

In NMA E-Newsletter #520, The Next Ten Years, Jim Walker, Gary Biller, and Steve Carrellas provided their thoughts — limited by the NMA to less than 300 words — on the significant challenges that motorists and the NMA will face over the next decade. We asked readers to chime in with their thoughts and published […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/the-next-ten-years-readers-edition-part-2-nma-e-newsletter-523/

The Next Ten Years – Readers’ Edition, Part 2: NMA E-Newsletter #523

In NMA E-Newsletter #520, The Next Ten Years, Jim Walker, Gary Biller, and Steve Carrellas provided their thoughts — limited by the NMA to less than 300 words — on the significant challenges that motorists and the NMA will face over the next decade. We asked readers to chime in with their thoughts and published […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/the-next-ten-years-readers-edition-part-2-nma-e-newsletter-523/

Hands-Free Driving Law Proponents Claim Victory in Georgia

By Alan Hamilton, a car accident attorney with the law firm of Shiver Hamilton, in Atlanta. The State of Georgia began enforcement of its “hands free” law in July of this year. The law requires that cell phones only be used through a hands-free device, and eliminating the ability of a driver to use a […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/hands-free-driving-law-proponents-claim-victory-in-georgia/

Presumptive vs. Actual Impairment

Yesterday, my buddy got into an accident. An actual accident — because it was one he could not have avoided. A minivan pulled out in front of him, struck his Jeep — which spun several times before ending up in a ditch. My buddy is largely unhurt — except for his heart. Because his Jeep, […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/presumptive-vs-actual-impairment/

The Next Ten Years: NMA Weekly E-Newsletter #520

We wanted to do something special for Issue #520 because it marks ten years of uninterrupted weekly NMA e-newsletters that, we hope, have provided entertaining (if not thought-provoking) perspectives. To carry on that tradition, NMA and NMA Foundation directors were asked to provide mini essays for the occasion. No one likes homework but they tackled […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/the-next-ten-years-nma-weekly-e-newsletter-520/

The Next Ten Years: NMA Weekly E-Newsletter #520

We wanted to do something special for Issue #520 because it marks ten years of uninterrupted weekly NMA e-newsletters that, we hope, have provided entertaining (if not thought-provoking) perspectives. To carry on that tradition, NMA and NMA Foundation directors were asked to provide mini essays for the occasion. No one likes homework but they tackled […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/the-next-ten-years-nma-weekly-e-newsletter-520/

Under the Influence of the Justice System – A Father’s Story: NMA E-Newsletter #519

This is a story about my twenty-year-old son. To some readers this may be an article that smacks of stupidity and privilege. It may be that both are true but the real point is how hopelessly out of whack law enforcement and related penalties are with the real world. On a Saturday night John exited […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/under-the-influence-of-the-justice-system-a-fathers-story-nma-e-newsletter-519/

Under the Influence of the Justice System – A Father’s Story: NMA E-Newsletter #519

This is a story about my twenty-year-old son. To some readers this may be an article that smacks of stupidity and privilege. It may be that both are true but the real point is how hopelessly out of whack law enforcement and related penalties are with the real world. On a Saturday night John exited […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/under-the-influence-of-the-justice-system-a-fathers-story-nma-e-newsletter-519/

7 Road Trip Safety Tips that Could Save Your Life

This holiday season, lots of people will be setting out for road trips with friends and family looking to have a good time and create some lasting memories. Most will (hopefully) turn out okay, but as it is always the case, there will be some unfortunate incidents. To keep safe and avoid any ugly incidents, […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/7-road-trip-safety-tips-that-could-save-your-life/

Political Interference in Setting Speed Limits Shouldn’t Happen: NMA Weekly E-Newsletter #518

From guest writer Ian Tootill, who is co-founder of the grassroots British Columbia motorists advocacy group SENSE BC (or Safety by Education and Not Speed Enforcement). SENSE BC and the NMA are kindred spirits, with SENSE advocating for sensible driving standards for more than 23 years and the NMA for over 36. The issues facing […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/political-interference-in-setting-speed-limits-shouldnt-happen-nma-weekly-e-newsletter-518/

Political Interference in Setting Speed Limits Shouldn’t Happen: NMA Weekly E-Newsletter #518

From guest writer Ian Tootill, who is co-founder of the grassroots British Columbia motorists advocacy group SENSE BC (or Safety by Education and Not Speed Enforcement). SENSE BC and the NMA are kindred spirits, with SENSE advocating for sensible driving standards for more than 23 years and the NMA for over 36. The issues facing […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/political-interference-in-setting-speed-limits-shouldnt-happen-nma-weekly-e-newsletter-518/

Traveling to Florida? These Are the First Steps to Take Immediately After an Auto Accident

From Tampa, Florida based attorney Scott Distasio It’s that time of the year when our thoughts turn to beach getaways and heading south. For many, that means an annual Florida vacation. Unfortunately, even experienced drivers can get into an accident through no fault of their own. This is exactly why it’s essential to know what […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/traveling-to-florida-these-are-the-first-steps-to-take-immediately-after-an-auto-accident/

2019 Ford Mustang Review

On July 4, 1826 John Adams lay on his deathbed. His last words were said to have been, “Thomas Jefferson survives.” His friend Jefferson had actually died earlier that day. The two men were among the last signers of the Declaration of Independence still living that summer. When Charles Carroll died that fall, they were […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/2019-ford-mustang-review/

How We Beat Three Traffic Tickets from 6,000 Miles Away

From guest writer Bruce Seidel, one of the NMA’s California State Activists This article first appeared in the Winter 2018 edition of the NMA’s Driving Freedom Magazine. If you are a member of the NMA and have recently fought a ticket, send us your story to [email protected] Heading to our pre-dawn workout spot in the […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/how-we-beat-three-traffic-tickets-from-6000-miles-away/

Caught in the Cogs of a Bureaucratic Machine: NMA E-Newsletter #515

Since early August, the Virginia Department of Motor vehicles continued to badger one of our Virginia members, Mike, about needing proof of insurance for a vehicle that only had, per agency records, 16 characters in its Vehicle Identification Number. Since VINs have exactly 17 characters, the DMV was asking for proof of a vehicle that […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/caught-in-the-cogs-of-a-bureaucratic-machine-nma-e-newsletter-515/

Caught in the Cogs of a Bureaucratic Machine: NMA E-Newsletter #515

Since early August, the Virginia Department of Motor vehicles continued to badger one of our Virginia members, Mike, about needing proof of insurance for a vehicle that only had, per agency records, 16 characters in its Vehicle Identification Number. Since VINs have exactly 17 characters, the DMV was asking for proof of a vehicle that […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/caught-in-the-cogs-of-a-bureaucratic-machine-nma-e-newsletter-515/

Practical Winter Driving Tips

It’s that time of year — almost. You will likely be reading — and hearing — about how to make the best of it when the flakes begin to fall. I won’t recycle the boilerplate recommendations about all-wheel-drive (not really that much of an advantage) or suggest you buy a set of snow tires (I’m […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/practical-winter-driving-tips/

5 Best Reasons to Invest in a Quality Dash Cam

Dash cams, or dashboard cameras, have been used by the police for a long time. Taxi, bus and truck drivers also began installing them out of necessity, in an effort to record accidents. Additionally, car enthusiasts have warmly embraced them, in order to protect the investment they’ve made into their expensive or rare cars. But […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/5-best-reasons-to-invest-in-a-quality-dash-cam/

Safety tips, bicycle law and accident liability for Florida cyclists and drivers

From Tampa Car Accident Attorney George Lorenzo Florida’s tropical weather and flat roads encourage bicycle riders to venture out to enjoy the warm, sunny days. Biking is an excellent activity for health and fitness, but both riders and drivers must keep a close eye out for each other. Bicycles aren’t as large or visible as […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/safety-tips-bicycle-law-and-accident-liability-for-florida-cyclists-and-drivers/

Tow their licenses away

Within a week in September two famous tow companies were shut down. Chicago’s Lincoln Towning lost its license for five days and all of Detroit’s companies lost their city contracts. Each story shows a different side of the corrupt business of nonconsent tows. Lincoln Towing has been a gang of thieves for several decades. The […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/tow-their-licenses-away/

Bird Scooters Pose Hazard for Pedestrians

From Clayton Hasbrook, an Oklahoma motor vehicle accident attorney with the law firm of Hasbrook & Hasbrook. Oklahoma City experienced a “stork drop” in early August: 50 Bird electric scooters were delivered to the city’s downtown area as part of what the company is calling a “pilot program”. The scooters quickly became a target of […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/bird-scooters-pose-hazard-for-pedestrians/

Parenting for Profit

Cars are supposed to transport us — not parent us. The government disagrees, of course. That’s not new. Uncle has been working hard to parent grown adults since at least the 1960s, when it first got into the saaaafety business. Which of course is really the control business — and that business is as old […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/parenting-for-profit/

What Are Replacement Engines and When to Buy One?

Gone are the days when people had to travel on the back of horses, camels and donkeys to move from one place to the other. And this process used to span over days or even months. However, tables have turned now and human beings are living in the age of automation. Technology is taking over […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/what-are-replacement-engines-and-when-to-buy-one/

How to Stop Being the Silent Majority!

This article first appeared as the cover story in the NMA Foundation’s quarterly magazine Driving Freedoms Fall 2017! You probably joined the NMA because of its mission to protect drivers’ rights; or because you believe deeply in one or more of the issues we advocate. That makes you unique, an exception among the 88 percent […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/how-to-stop-being-the-silent-majority/

2018 Toyota Tundra Review

The Toyota Tundra hasn’t changed much over the past ten years — but that’s not necessarily a bad thing . . . when it comes to trucks. For instance: The Tundra — unlike many of its rivals — hasn’t got a turbocharged, direct-injected V6, a ten speed transmission or an aluminum body. Instead, it comes […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/2018-toyota-tundra-review/

Fixing vs. Buying

One of the reasons — probably the main reason — people buy a new car is because their old car has gotten to the point that it is costing them too much to keep. Repair bills vs. monthly car payment bills. You reach that tipping point in a vehicle’s life when it makes more sense […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/fixing-vs-buying/

What’s in Your Glove Box? (A Photo Essay from Around the World)

On average, we spend an hour and a half behind the wheel on our daily commute. Over time, this equates to almost 10% of our waking day. So, what items do you choose to have with you for the journey? The items we choose to carry with us tell a story, whether it’s the embarrassing […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/whats-in-your-glove-box-a-photo-essay-from-around-the-world/

TheNewspaper.com Roundup: September 17, 2018

Today is the final edition of  TheNewspaper.com Roundup. Instead, the NMA encourages you to subscribe to our newest email subscription called Driving News Daily which will feature Tech and Car of the Future News Monday – Friday.  In this week’s TheNewspaper.com Roundup! In IL, Fed Court Rules Bankruptcy Requires Return of Seized Cars State Farm […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/thenewspaper-com-roundup-september-17-2018/

2018 Hyundai Elantra Review

Something worth knowing about today’s “compact” sedans is that some of them have more room inside than some mid-sized sedans do. Another thing worth knowing is that some of these “entry level” compact sedans offer more in the way of choices — particularly under the hood — than more expensive cars. And most of the […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/2018-hyundai-elantra-review/

Avoiding Unpleasant Surprises at the DMV

Editor’s Note: A cautionary tale January 2015 has some good advice and a very good reason why every motorist needs to fight their speeding ticket every time! NMA E-Newsletter #315: Avoiding Unpleasant Surprises John Nettles probably didn’t give it a second thought when he got a speeding ticket in Ehrhardt, South Carolina, in 1997. Like most […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/avoiding-unpleasant-surprises-at-the-dmv/

2018 Ford Focus Review

I often envy the original gangsters — guys like Brock Yates, for instance. Or — going back even farther — Uncle Tom McCahill. The guys who wrote about cars when cars were different — often profoundly so. And sometimes really bad. They had material to work with. You had to have been there — or […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/2018-ford-focus-review/

TheNewspaper.com Roundup: July 30, 2018

In this week’s TheNewspaper.com Roundup! –Oregon Court rejects Car Seizure over Insurance Card– –Texas Court smacks BusPatrol with $421,910 Fine– –Red-Light Cameras failed to Reduce Accidents in Texas according to new Study– Friday, July 27, 2018 Virginia Court Upholds Red-Light Cameras Virginia law has until recently forbidden legal challenges to red-light camera programs. Trials were […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/thenewspaper-com-roundup-july-30-2018/

The Yin and Yang of Surviving a Traffic Stop

Editor’s Note: Traffic stop advice important for every driver but every driver must know this information before the traffic stop. Take heed. NMA E-Newsletter #268: The Yin and Yang of Surviving a Traffic Stop It seems that more and more traffic stops these days are escalating into situations beyond the driver’s control. (See the Winter […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/the-yin-and-yang-of-surviving-a-traffic-stop/

Some Pointers on Driver’s License Points

Editor’s Note: Pointers on points…this is always an important concern when fighting a speeding ticket. Here is some advice from our 2015 newsletter archive. Some Pointers on Driver’s License Points: NMA E-Newsletter #352 One of the most common questions we get from members is how many points will a given violation add to their driving […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/some-pointers-on-drivers-license-points/

On the Road to Ten: Canned Cameras: NMA E-Newsletter #495

As we continue the march toward the publication of the 520th consecutive weekly issue of the NMA e-newsletter later this year, we will on occasion highlight reader favorites over these past ten years. The first installment, NMA E-Newsletter #486, focused on discussions of speed limits. Here we take on the second-most covered newsletter topic through […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/on-the-road-to-ten-canned-cameras-nma-e-newsletter-495/

The Utopia of Autonomous Vehicles

Autonomous Vehicle (AV) hype seems to be a disease of folks who think they know the future. Our society has already passed the dawn of driverless cars and now the bright light of morning has hit us in the face with some sobering questions. Despite this, utopic euphoria over autonomous vehicles still abounds. Experts and […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/the-utopia-of-autonomous-vehicles/

On the Road to Ten: Canned Cameras: NMA E-Newsletter #495

As we continue the march toward the publication of the 520th consecutive weekly issue of the NMA e-newsletter later this year, we will on occasion highlight reader favorites over these past ten years. The first installment, NMA E-Newsletter #486, focused on discussions of speed limits. Here we take on the second-most covered newsletter topic through […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/on-the-road-to-ten-canned-cameras-nma-e-newsletter-495/

Down the Rabbit Hole with Civil Asset Forfeiture: NMA E-Newsletter #494

As one of the NMA’s current national issues, Civil Asset Forfeiture or CAF is a program that allows the government at all levels to confiscate cash, cars and even homes from people who are suspected of criminal activity. Even if you are ruled innocent, your property is not necessarily returned; a trip to civil court […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/down-the-rabbit-hole-with-civil-asset-forfeiture-nma-e-newsletter-494/

Down the Rabbit Hole with Civil Asset Forfeiture: NMA E-Newsletter #494

As one of the NMA’s current national issues, Civil Asset Forfeiture or CAF is a program that allows the government at all levels to confiscate cash, cars and even homes from people who are suspected of criminal activity. Even if you are ruled innocent, your property is not necessarily returned; a trip to civil court […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/down-the-rabbit-hole-with-civil-asset-forfeiture-nma-e-newsletter-494/

2018 Honda Accord Review

Sedans used to be the mainstays of the market — mostly on account of their being practical. Four doors instead of two. Then along came crossovers — which are based on sedans, but more practical because they have five doors, taller roofs and more cargo room. Many people also prefer to ride up higher and […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/2018-honda-accord-review/

Lane Courtesy Redux

Editor’s Note: Lane Courtesy, the principle of slower traffic yielding the left lane to faster traffic, needs to become ingrained in our driving ethos.  Many drivers acknowledge the benefits of Lane Courtesy yet they don’t practice it; they never believe they’re the ones holding up traffic. We explored this important unwritten rule of the road and […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/lane-courtesy-redux-2/

Lane Courtesy or Law–A California Cultural Examination

Editor’s Note: Lane Courtesy, the principle of slower traffic yielding the left lane to faster traffic, needs to become ingrained in our driving ethos.  Many drivers acknowledge the benefits of Lane Courtesy yet they don’t practice it; they never believe they’re the ones holding up traffic. We explored how the driving culture has evolved in this 2017 […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/lane-courtesy-or-law-a-california-cultural-examination/

A License Plate to Remember Part 2—Your Comments: NMA Weekly E-Newsletter #492

The National Motorists Association received some thoughtful comments from readers like you and thought we should share them.  If you missed reading Part 1, click HERE. Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed in this newsletter are those of the author. I enjoyed reading today’s NMA Weekly E-Newsletter. Another topic that has hit several people I have worked […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/a-license-plate-to-remember-part-2-your-comments-nma-weekly-e-newsletter-492/

A License Plate to Remember Part 2—Your Comments: NMA Weekly E-Newsletter #492

The National Motorists Association received some thoughtful comments from readers like you and thought we should share them.  If you missed reading Part 1, click HERE. Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed in this newsletter are those of the author. I enjoyed reading today’s NMA Weekly E-Newsletter. Another topic that has hit several people I have worked […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/a-license-plate-to-remember-part-2-your-comments-nma-weekly-e-newsletter-492/

The Conflicting Dynamics of Lane Courtesy

Editor’s Note: Lane Courtesy, the principle of slower traffic yielding the left lane to faster traffic, needs to become ingrained in our driving ethos.  Many drivers acknowledge the benefits of Lane Courtesy yet they don’t practice it; they never believe they’re the ones holding up traffic. We explored these conflicting dynamics in the 2013 e-newsletter reproduced below. NMA […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/the-conflicting-dynamics-of-lane-courtesy/

The Best Guardian of Your Rights? You.: NMA Weekly E-Newsletter #491

This caution comes from a New Jersey member: We should warn NMA members that their auto insurance company lawyers work to protect the interests of the insurer. The insured is wise to considering contracting an attorney for protection from . . . his own insurer. Most of us aren’t naïve enough to believe that our […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/the-best-guardian-of-your-rights-you-nma-weekly-e-newsletter-491/

Ubering is a Bad Idea

How does anyone make money using their car as a taxi? Well, we’re not supposed to use that word, for openers. It’s ride-sharing. That’s just a dodge, of course. And there’s nothing wrong with dodging laws outlawing the free exchange of goods of services between consenting adults. If I have a car and am willing […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/ubering-is-a-bad-idea/

The Best Guardian of Your Rights? You.: NMA Weekly E-Newsletter #491

This caution comes from a New Jersey member: We should warn NMA members that their auto insurance company lawyers work to protect the interests of the insurer. The insured is wise to considering contracting an attorney for protection from . . . his own insurer. Most of us aren’t naïve enough to believe that our […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/the-best-guardian-of-your-rights-you-nma-weekly-e-newsletter-491/

Conflicting Stories? Let’s Check the Tape!

Drivers involved in accidents almost never have the same story. Individuals remember events differently, see things differently, interpret information differently. If you have ever been in an automobile accident, you know that the responding police officer takes the statement of each driver to assemble as accurate a picture as possible. But even then, the assembled […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/conflicting-stories-lets-check-the-tape/

A License Plate to Remember: NMA Weekly E-Newsletter #490

A requirement of owning a vehicle, the lowly license plate has its place among the more tedious aspects of our driving existence. No one enjoys going on online or waiting at the DMV to purchase their yearly tags. But without them, we would be stopped and fined heavily. Car registration coupled with our faithful license […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/a-license-plate-to-remember-nma-weekly-e-newsletter-490/

Report from The Future of the Automobile Conference held at the Petersen Museum, Los Angeles, May 3, 2018

I volunteered to attend The Future of the Automobile Conference, sponsored by the Petersen Automotive Museum and the Los Angeles World Affairs Council, so that I could report to NMA on what technological and political schemes are being cooked up for drivers. I walked in bright and early to avoid Los Angeles’s notorious traffic congestion. […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/report-from-the-future-of-the-automobile-conference-held-at-the-petersen-museum-los-angeles-may-3-2018/

A License Plate to Remember: NMA Weekly E-Newsletter #490

A requirement of owning a vehicle, the lowly license plate has its place among the more tedious aspects of our driving existence. No one enjoys going on online or waiting at the DMV to purchase their yearly tags. But without them, we would be stopped and fined heavily. Car registration coupled with our faithful license […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/a-license-plate-to-remember-nma-weekly-e-newsletter-490/

A Lump under the Rug…

In April, GM announced it would no longer report monthly sales figures. Instead, it would hold on to those numbers internally and only reveal them publicly at the end of each quarter. A GM spokesman says that “thirty days is not enough time to separate real sales trends from short-term fluctuations in the market.” Possibly. […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/a-lump-under-the-rug/

Protecting Your CDL After a Traffic Offense or DUI

If you have a commercial driver’s license (CDL) and you are charged with a traffic offense or DUI, you could face serious consequences, such as a suspended or revoked license. This can significantly affect your life, especially if you use your CDL to earn a living and provide for your family. While the best way […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/protecting-your-cdl-after-a-traffic-offense-or-dui/

“Were you wearing a seat belt during the accident?” A Question Still Off Limits in Louisiana

Louisiana is a pure comparative negligence state. Pure comparative negligence is one of the ways that fault – and by extension liability – in a negligence lawsuit is apportioned. There are two other methods: modified comparative negligence, and contributory negligence. Pure Comparative Negligence Pure comparative negligence is a doctrine that assigns a percentage to the […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/were-you-wearing-a-seat-belt-during-the-accident-a-question-still-off-limits-in-louisana/

Check those Tires! National Tire Safety Week

Summer is right around the corner. Warmer weather brings people out of their homes and on to the highways. Last year, AAA reported that more people than ever were planning to hit the road, with 80 percent of American families planning road trips. Many National Motorists Association members will be among this group, setting their […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/check-those-tires-national-tire-safety-week/

Unique Driving Restrictions in the United Kingdom

If you are planning to drive in the United Kingdom (UK) there are a number of rules, regulations and restrictions which every motorist needs to be aware of to be able to drive safely and legally – not to mention some unusual rules of etiquette to follow. We caught up with Darren from the UK’s […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/unique-driving-restrictions-in-the-united-kingdom/

NMA Planned Giving Program

This information will help guide you in a decision to create a legacy gift for the National Motorists Association, providing resources to help the NMA protect drivers’ rights for generations to come. Please contact the NMA by telephone at 608-849-6000, by email at [email protected], or by the postal service at 1001 Arboretum Dr., Ste. 120, […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/planned-giving/

Will Distracted Driving Get Worse Before It Gets Better?

Distracted driving is a huge problem, and something most of us see on the road every day. In a recent Esurance survey of more than 1,000 U.S. drivers, 58 percent admitted to occasional or frequent distracted driving. Even though distracted driving causes hundreds of thousands of accident-related injuries and thousands of fatalities every year, it […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/will-distracted-driving-get-worse-gets-better/

What is the best way to stop Distracted Driving?

April had been designated Distracted Driving Month and we see numerous law enforcement campaigns to fight against all the distracted drivers out there. Texting, talking on the phone, eating, putting on makeup, fighting with your kids or your spouse, drinking coffee, listening to the radio—so many distractions.  The NMA believes that distracted driving in all […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/best-way-stop-distracted-driving/

2018 Camaro Review

Muscle cars, by tradition, are supposed to have big V8s as their centerpiece attraction. But what happens when a four cylinder makes as much (or even more) power than most muscle car V8s used to? You go faster — and get much better gas mileage. That’s the 2018 Chevy turbo Camaro. WHAT IT IS The […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/2018-camaro-review/

How to Handle Yourself at a Roadblock

At some point in your driving life you will probably run up against a roadblock situation that law enforcement has set up to find violators of various traffic laws. Never fun and as scary as a traffic stop but with some forethought, you should be able to handle a roadblock or checkpoint without any trouble. […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/how-to-handle-yourself-at-a-roadblock/

The V2V Bee Hive

Ayn Rand, for all her quirks, had some solid things to say. One of these was that civilization exists — or declines — in proportion to privacy. The less privacy you’ve got, the more uncivilized the society in which you live. Which is why this business of Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) technology is so extremely uncivilized. It […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/v2v-bee-hive/

Is a Digital Driver’s License in your Future?: NMA Weekly E-Newsletter #476

Many states currently allow digital proof of insurance during a traffic stop. Will a digital driver’s license or DDL be too far behind? After several years of testing, the state of Iowa will debut later in 2018 a digital driver’s license in cooperation with “augmented identity” specialists IDEMIA, a company that works with about 80 […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/digital-drivers-license-future-nma-weekly-e-newsletter-476/

Is a Digital Driver’s License in your Future?: NMA Weekly E-Newsletter #476

Many states currently allow digital proof of insurance during a traffic stop. Will a digital driver’s license or DDL be too far behind? After several years of testing, the state of Iowa will debut later in 2018 a digital driver’s license in cooperation with “augmented identity” specialists IDEMIA, a company that works with about 80 […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/digital-drivers-license-future-nma-weekly-e-newsletter-476/

Watch Out—You Could be Next!: NMA Weekly E-Newsletter #475

Most people’s interaction with a police officer is usually during a traffic stop. The anxiety and fear that most of us feel when stopped by a police officer makes it worse when we believe we have done nothing wrong or thought we were doing the right thing. Placed in jeopardy of receiving a ticket or […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/watch-next-nma-weekly-e-newsletter-475/

Watch Out—You Could be Next!: NMA Weekly E-Newsletter #475

Most people’s interaction with a police officer is usually during a traffic stop. The anxiety and fear that most of us feel when stopped by a police officer makes it worse when we believe we have done nothing wrong or thought we were doing the right thing. Placed in jeopardy of receiving a ticket or […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/watch-next-nma-weekly-e-newsletter-475/

Another officer gets away with it

In recent legal news we have another serial criminal police officer, Texas State Trooper Jared Snelgrooes, and another team of prosecutors fighting against your civil rights. The aforementioned officer has a habit of pulling over cars because they are clean. (Thanks to thenewspaper.com for recent coverage and leagle.com for an older case.) He knows he’s […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/another-officer-gets-away/

TheNewspaper.com Roundup: January 22, 2018

In this week’s TheNewspaper.com Roundup! –Alaska Studies Rural Speed Traps– –Costs of Driving Down– –Crosswalk Ticketing Cams Debut in France– –FL House votes to ban RLCs— Friday, January 19, 2018 Alaska Studies Whether Rural Speed Traps Reduce Crashes It is often assumed that encouraging police to set up speed traps enhances road safety. A test […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/thenewspaper-com-roundup-january-22-2018/

Detroit Auto Show 2018: Autonomous Connected Vehicles Take over the World?

The NMA Foundation presents The Car of the Future weekly feature. Many motorheads look forward to the yearly spectacle that is the Detroit Auto Show or the official name the North American International Auto Show. This is undoubtedly the most important auto show in the world since Detroit is where it happens for anything car. This year was […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/detroit-auto-show-2018-autonomous-connected-vehicles-take-world/

Shiny New Objects at CES 2018

The NMA Foundation presents The Car of the Future weekly feature: January always gives a one-two punch for auto technology. First the CES (formerly the Consumer Electronics Show) hits Las Vegas with everything from headphones to autonomous vehicles (AV) showcased quickly followed by the Detroit Auto Show, one of the world’s most important car showcase events. This week, […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/shiny-new-objects-ces-2018/

TheNewspaper.com Roundup: November 27, 2017

In this week’s TheNewspaper.com Roundup! –Trump Adm plans to shut down Highway Greenhouse Gas Rule– –OK plans to use ALPRs to find Insurance scofflaws– Friday, November 24, 2017 Louisiana: Black Motorist Beaten For Pulling Over In Safe Location A black motorist who failed to instantly pull over when a Shreveport, Louisiana police officer turned on […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/thenewspaper-com-november-27-2017/

California says Automakers should not be liable for Autonomous Vehicle Accidents

The NMA Foundation presents The Car of the Future weekly feature: Last week, California regulators embraced a General Motors recommendation that automakers should not be liable for accidents and other trouble autonomous vehicle (AV) owners may face. Basically, the state of California is saying that if you don’t maintain your car to manufacturer specs then you are out […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/california-says-automakers-not-liable-autonomous-vehicle-accidents/

Are Self-Driving Semi-Trucks the Future of Interstate Shipping?

Automated driving tech is no longer science fiction, but its focus has been largely set on the passenger car. In fact, the U.S. Department of Transportation may mandate that new light vehicles be equipped with autonomous systems by 2019. The main reason is to minimize driver error, which is responsible for the overwhelming majority of […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/self-driving-semi-trucks-future-interstate-shipping/

Kia 900: A Luxury Sedan for Value Shoppers

The NMA Foundation presents another Car Family Review, which is featured every month or so on the NMA blog.  *  *  * Kia continues to challenge buyer’s perceptions winning JD Powers awards for initial quality and now digging deeper into the luxury car segment with the surprising K900. Not only is this Kia well priced, it is […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/kia-900-luxury-sedan-value-shoppers/

What are you in for?

A recent decision of the Massachusetts Appeals Court gave us the first murder conviction for a death caused by an accidental car crash in Massachusetts. The defendant, who had a suspended license, took off when stopped by Brockton police. During the chase he drove at 50 to 60 miles per hour on city streets, ran […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/what-are-you-in-for/

Do I really want a nanny cam on my face while I drive?

The NMA Foundation presents The Car of the Future weekly feature: FastCompany.com came out with an article this week entitled Your Car Should be Safer before it becomes Autonomous. The big thrust of the article focused on how automakers are in such a rush to make autonomous vehicles (AVs) that they have forgotten about the next stage vehicle […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/really-want-nanny-cam-face-drive/

Your immunity has just been revoked

The biggest fringe benefit of a police job is immunity from prosecution. Drunk and reckless driving, no problem. Perjury, that’s “testilying” and everybody does it. Beat up your girlfriend, go outside and cool off. There are limits. If an innocent bystander dies, investigators may take the death halfway seriously. That happened in Connecticut recently. Off-duty […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/immunity-just-revoked/

An expensive moment

She’d had her new car less than two weeks when she had the accident. She drove off with a ticket for failure to yield right of way when the law said she had right of way. I didn’t see the collision, but I got there in time to hear drivers tell their stories and they […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/an-expensive-moment/

Before You Go Old

Maybe you’ve been thinking about buying an older car as a way to avoid some of the hassles, expense — and Big Brother-ish — aspects of owning a new car. These are all-too-real. Especially the Big Brother-ish stuff, which is becoming insufferable as well as all-but-unavoidable. Good luck finding a new car without at least […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/before-you-go-old/

One Foot in—One Foot out

The NMA Foundation presents The Car of the Future weekly feature: The Governors Highway Safety Administration recently doled out some advice for state officials with regards to autonomous vehicles (AVs).  “Be a player in your state” and “Be flexible. This is a new game.” States are indeed at a difficult crossroads.  Officials want to be seen at the […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/one-foot-one-foot/

Where to get a ticket in Wichita

In the sea of empty-headed speed reporting I came across something informative recently, an analysis of speeding tickets in Wichita including a map of top ticketing locations. In space, most tickets are on a highway with a low speed limit or near an airport. In time, most tickets are written in the middle of the […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/get-ticket-wichita/

The Speedometer as Cod Piece

Almost every new car I test drive — even the humblest hybrid — has a speedometer that reads to at least 120 mph. 140 is common; 160 not unusual. Some cars have speedometers that read to 180 or even 200 MPH. And some of those are capable of pegging them. Few ever do. It would […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/speedometer-cod-piece/

Convert this

In 2013 Chelmsford, Massachusetts police officer Todd Ahern stole a car to pressure a woman into testifying against her ex. This according to a jury verdict upheld by the First Circuit Court of Appeals in May. A suspect’s ex-girlfriend had his car. Police towed the car with her belongings inside, got a warrant, searched the […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/convert-this/

2017 BMW C650 GT Review

The NMA Foundation presents Eric Peter’s Car Review, a weekly Saturday feature on the NMA blog.  *  *  * It’s hilarious that they get away with calling something like the ’17 BMW C650 GT a “scooter.” Please. Ok, it looks like one. It is a step-through and it doesn’t have a manual transmission. By those measures, […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/2017-bmw-c650-gt-review/

TheNewspaper.com Roundup: May 22, 2017

In this week’s TheNewspaper.com Roundup! –Judge declares wrecked car mobile– –Study finds variable speeds dangerous– –Baltimore restarts RLCs– Friday, May 19, 2017 Federal Judge Declares Wrecked Car To Be Mobile Courts frequently turn to legal fictions to ease the burden of prosecuting suspects who assert their constitutional rights. Civil forfeiture, for instance, allows police to […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/thenewspaper-may-22-2017/

2017 Ford F250 Review

The NMA Foundation presents Eric Peter’s Car Review, a weekly Saturday feature on the NMA blog.  *  *  * If the Bugatti Veyron “transitioned” into a truck, this might be the result. Instead of 1,000 horsepower, almost 1,000 ft. lbs. of torque. Instead of a 200-plus MPH top speed, the ability to drag around more than […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/2017-ford-f250-review/

Giving Up the Wheel for a Passenger Seat As You Get Older

As we age, or have parents and grandparents who are getting older, we find the decision to stop driving a very complicated one. Giving up the car keys can bring up a lot of questions and emotions. Questions such as, “How will I get to my Doctor appointment? How will I get groceries? And what […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/giving-wheel-passenger-seat-get-older/

Driving for Cash: Is ride-sharing for you?

Boasted as an eco-friendly, simple way to make money, ride-sharing is transcending the transportation game internationally. Algorithms link drivers with passengers via smartphone apps in seconds. GPS monitoring and crowdsourcing help ensure quality, safety and vehicle hygiene. These innovations could render traditional dispatchers obsolete. Likewise, the expensive permit or “medallion” requirement to operate a cab, […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/driving-cash-ride-sharing/

Antiquing (and Taxing) them off the Road

For planned obsolescence to work, you’ve got to keep the conveyor belt rolling. And most of all, prevent anyone from getting off. It is a problem if people “cling” to their old cars instead of regularly trading them in — ideally, to be crushed — for new ones — hopefully, heavily financed. But how to […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/antiquing-taxing-off-road/

An Expectation of Privacy: NMA E-Newsletter #432

Earlier this month, the Florida Appeals Court in a 2-1 decision found in the 2013 Palm Beach County DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide case involving Charles Worsham Jr that the Fourth Amendment affords an expectation of privacy for vehicle electronic data recorders (EDRs), aka black boxes. Similar to an airplane black box, a vehicle’s EDR […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/expectation-privacy-nma-e-newsletter-432/

But the tests said it worked

Apple reprogrammed my iPod to steal my private files and send them to Apple’s servers. I wasn’t the only victim, but the news barely got mentioned online. Because nobody expects software to work right. This happened shortly after I read a proposal to shield car makers from liability for bugs in their driving software. The […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/tests-said-worked/

How Policing for Profit can lead to a Debtors’ Prisons Part 2 Readers Comments: NMA E-Newsletter #430

The National Motorists Association received some thoughtful comments from readers like you and thought we should share them.  If you missed reading Part 1, click HERE.  Sadly, what you write rings true. My old home town, Cambridge, NY, has for years supported an aggressive policing for profit operation on NY route 22. They have a […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/policing-profit-can-lead-debtors-prisons-part-2-readers-comments-nma-e-newsletter-430/

The Rules and Regulations of Towing a Vehicle

Towing another car with your own or hitching your car up to the back of an RV might seem like a simple task. You just hook up the hitch, plug in the brake lights and you’re on your way, right? Not quite. Surprisingly, there are quite a few rules and regulations you need to consider […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/rules-regulations-towing-vehicle/

Stop helping

A recent editorial-article in the Washington Post argues “Marijuana raids are more deadly than the drug itself”. They pretty much have to be. While opioids kill many more people than cars, marijuana is safer than other legal and illegal drugs. And so it is for speed enforcement, the cure is worse than the disease. A […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/stop-helping/

Tips for Driving Your First Solo Trip Alone Cross-Country

Headed for your first solo road trip cross-country? Don’t leave home without having read this article. Learn how to avoid traffic, save money and more importantly, how to stay awake and arrive safe on your first solo trip. Before Setting Off Before setting off cross-country, the first thing you must do is be certain your […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/tips-driving-first-solo-trip-alone-cross-country/

TheNewspaper.com Roundup: March 13, 2017

In this week’s TheNewspaper.com Roundup! -Road Salt-Expensive for Car Owners– -Strip Search over fine overturned in NJ– -Supreme Court Justice slams CAF– Friday, March 10, 2017 Road Salt Causes $3 Billion In Vehicle Damage AAA, one of the nation’s largest automobile insurance companies, raised alarms last month about the overuse of salt and de-icing chemicals […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/thenewspaper-march-13-2017/

DUI Laws Update Part 3: Punish At Any Cost: NMA E-Newsletter #426

A member from North Carolina recently was convicted of a DUI. His story is all too familiar: A 40-year safe driving record with no tickets, lost his job because of the DUI, dealing with the cost/hassle of an ignition interlock on his car, restricted to work-related driving and, after losing auto insurance coverage, forced into a […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/dui-laws-update-part-3-punish-cost-nma-e-newsletter-426/

Who’s watching?

I wrote previously about a crash in Springfield, Massachusetts in which four young people died. A followup article has a lesson about how much we are watched, and how little watching prevents crime. On January 17 a car with five occupants crashed into a tree while fleeing police. Only one person survived. He was identified […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/whos-watching/

TheNewspaper.com Roundup: February 6, 2017

In this week’s TheNewspaper.com Roundup! -Coalition Prods Trump to not Toll– -OH Cop busted for ripping off motorists– -Anti-Protest laws try to protect highways– Friday, February 3, 2017 Coalition Prods New Administration, Congress To Avoid Tolling Elaine L. Chao cruised to confirmation as President Donald J. Trump’s transportation secretary on Tuesday. As the former deputy […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/thenewspaper-february-6-2017/

Absorptive Capacity

Innovation management experts have started using the term “Absorptive Capacity” to explain how ready our society is for change. The idea is similar to how a sponge absorbs liquid and in the case of society, how readily people can absorb technological innovation. When discussing the future of autonomous transportation, experts and psychologists use this term […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/absorptive-capacity/

Keeping my VW Diesel till the Bitter End-Part 2: NMA E-Newsletter #418

By Greg Amy, Connecticut State Activist Check out Part 1 Here. Another environmental concern with the Federal decree is disposition of the bought-back vehicles. Obviously, these vehicles cannot be re-sold until they are fixed, assuming a fix is ever found. (I don’t expect VW can fix these engines to the Feds’ and CARB’s satisfaction in […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/keeping-vw-diesel-till-bitter-end-part-2-nma-e-newsletter-418/

It takes two

It often happens that two careless drivers combine to create an accident either could have avoided. A police officer turned on emergency lights, opened the car door, and a passing car hit the door. The police department used the opportunity to write about the “move over” law. The law does not specifically prohibit hitting a […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/it-takes-two/

2017 Chevy Camaro Review

GM didn’t want me to test drive the new Camaro — I’ve been excommunicated as a politically incorrect heretic — so they’ll probably be surprised by this review. I like what they’ve done with it. So should you. First, it’s been lightened up by in the neighborhood of 400 pounds — which is a huge […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/2017-chevy-camaro-review/

TheNewspaper.com Roundup: December 5, 2016

In this week’s TheNewspaper.com Roundup! *Licence Pts have no impact on drivers *CA finalizes parking ticket ruling *Draining the Transpo swamp Friday, December 2, 2016 UK Motoring Group Slams Government-Funded Report As Anti-Car A government-funded UK agency on Thursday called for more speed cameras, lower speed limits and “car free days” to improve the environment. […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/thenewspaper-december-5-2016/

Feds seek a driver mode for your phone: NMA E-Newsletter #412

In late November, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) asked smartphone manufacturers and automakers to work together to develop a “driver mode” for mobile devices for use in the car. The 96-page document of voluntary guidelines calls for cars to be more easily paired with mobile devices so that drivers can access them through […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/feds-seek-driver-mode-phone-nma-e-newsletter-412/

To Buy New… or Not?

People ask me — should I buy a new car? Or does a used one make more sense? And my answer is always the same. It depends. What do you value most? Let’s have a look at some of the variables. * With a new car, you don’t have to worry about the car – […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/buy-new-not/

#344 NMA E-Newsletter Reboot: No Shortcuts to Navigating a DUI Stop

An E-Newsletter Reboot gives you another chance to read still relevant content from the National Motorists Association. NMA E-Newsletter #344 which first appeared on August 16, 2015 has some relevant information if you are ever stopped in a DUI Roadblock. If you would like to receive our weekly email newsletter, register with your email address […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/344-nma-e-newsletter-reboot-no-shortcuts-navigating-dui-stop/

#358 NMA E-Newsletter Reboot Blog: Surviving Deer Season

Every once in a while, the NMA likes to reboot a newsletter that still has some relevant news, an update on legislation or motorist advice. E-Newsletter #358 gives important advice on surviving deer season. If you would like to receive our weekly email newsletter, register with your email address by clicking here.   NMA E-Newsletter […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/358-nma-e-newsletter-reboot-blog-surviving-deer-season/

Steps To Take After An Accident in Texas

by Chris Brasure, Brasure Law Firm PLLC Houston is larger than some states, and considered a megacity. So, if you live, work, or travel in Houston, at some point you may possibly get into a car accident. After an accident occurs, someone must look at the immediate damage and assess blame. But, there are times […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/steps-take-accident-texas/

Ford Profits Plunge

This is huge – and not good, either. Ford just released its Q3 earnings and while the company is still making money, it is making a lot less money. Pre-tax net earnings are down to $1.4 billion, which sounds solid until you compare them with the previous quarter’s pre-tax net earnings, which were $3 billion. […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/ford-profits-plunge/

Don’t (Snap)Shoot Yourself in the Foot Part 2. Newsletter Readers Respond: NMA E-Newsletter #407

NMA Newsletter #404 on the devices insurance companies want you to use as part of a good driver program and vehicle black boxes (or event data recorders) brought in some great comments for discussion. We thought we would share a few thoughts from NMA members. To read the October 9th NMA E-Newsletter #404, Don’t (Snap)Shoot Yourself […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/dont-snapshoot-foot-part-2-newsletter-readers-respond-nma-e-newsletter-407/

Don’t (Snap)Shoot Yourself in the Foot: NMA E-Newsletter #404

from Gary Biller, NMA President Let’s take a little quiz, one that I’ve given to a few audiences during NMA presentations. First question: Do you feel that you are a better-than-average driver? Second question: Would you consider enrolling in a program like Progressive’s Snapshot in which the insurance company offers a discounted premium for better […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/dont-shoot-foot-nma-e-newsletter-404/

TheNewspaper.com Roundup: October 3, 2016

The Newspaper.com Weekly Roundup blog post will now appear on Mondays with stories featured from the following week. We hope reading this roundup will get you started on the right foot every week in learning a little bit more in the world of motorists’ rights! To check out all the Driving News find us on […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/thenewspaper-october-3-2016/

EVOLUTION

The automobile has gone from being an eccentric hobby to a necessity of life—to a???? Technological innovations like the internal combustion engine, electric starter, hydraulic brakes, power steering, radial tires, fuel injection, and electronic ignition have transformed the automobile from a quirky, unreliable toy to an appliance-like device accessible and usable by almost all elements […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/evolution/

EVOLUTION: NMA E-Newsletter #402

The automobile has gone from being an eccentric hobby to a necessity of life—to a???? Technological innovations like the internal combustion engine, electric starter, hydraulic brakes, power steering, radial tires, fuel injection, and electronic ignition have transformed the automobile from a quirky, unreliable toy to an appliance-like device accessible and usable by almost all elements […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/evolution-nma-e-newsletter-402/

J’accuse! The Future of Traffic Enforcement?: NMA E-Newsletter #401

Nexar, a fast-growing U.S.-Israeli startup, is marketing a smartphone-turned-dashcam app that records the habits of nearby drivers. If any get out of line – a few mph over the posted speed limit, making a sudden lane change, or any other maneuver the app deems as questionable – it records the license plate of the offending […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/jaccuse-future-traffic-enforcement-nma-e-newsletter-401/

NMA Reboot: Some Pointers on Driver’s License Points

Every once in a while, the NMA likes to reboot a newsletter that still has some relevant news, an update on legislation or motorist advice.  E-Newsletter #352 gives important advice for motorists in dealing with the hassle of a traffic ticket. If you would like to receive our weekly email newsletter, register with your email […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/nma-reboot-pointers-drivers-license-points/

More Nighttime Restrictions for Teen Drivers. Why? Part 2 Newsletter Readers Respond: NMA E-Newsletter #399

Last week’s newsletter on the new Center for Disease Control guidelines to states with regards to nighttime driving for teen drivers brought in some great comments for discussion.  We thought we would share a few thoughts covering both sides of the issue. To read last week’s newsletter, More Nighttime Restrictions for Teen Drivers. Why? Part […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/part-2-newsletter-readers-respond-nma-e-newsletter-399/

More Night Time Restrictions for Teen Drivers. Why? : NMA E-Newsletter #398

Earlier this month, the Center for Disease Control came out with new guidelines for state legislatures to consider including:  Set the driving curfew for 16 to 17 year olds closer to 9:00 PM.  The reason the CDC gives has to do with a report that nationwide, 31-percent of the 16 and 17-year-old drivers involved in […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/more-night-time-restrictions-for-teen-drivers-why-nma-e-newsletter-398/

Friction

I spared a bicyclist’s life last week when he swerved in front of me. Do you want to believe I acted out of kindness? Fear? Instinct? Pick whichever you like. I would do the same thing if I placed no value on human life and were certain I would win in court. There’s a cost […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/friction/

TheNewspaper.com Roundup: August 10, 2016

Each Wednesday, we’ll publish quick summaries of the articles from the last week on TheNewspaper.com. We’re doing this because these articles are often strongly connected to the issues that National Motorists Association members are interested in. Wednesday, August 10, 2016 Australian Company Sees Big Profit On US Roads Transurban on Tuesday told Australian Securities Exchange […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/thenewspaper-august-10-2016/

TheNewspaper.com Roundup: July 6, 2016

Each Wednesday, we’ll publish quick summaries of the articles from the last week on TheNewspaper.com. We’re doing this because these articles are often strongly connected to the issues that National Motorists Association members are interested in. Wednesday, July 6, 2016 Virginia: Insurance Industry Photographs 65,000 Motorists In Speeding Ticket Push Three years ago, the insurance […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/thenewspaper-july-6-2016/

The Anti-Tesla

It’s interesting that the car That Makes Sense — economically and functionally — gets almost no press while cars that don’t (like the Tesla and other electric cars) do. Elio Motors (company web site here) had a near-production-ready car on display at the New York Auto Show in June. Company founder Paul Elio gave a […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/the-anti-tesla/

2016 VW Golf R Review

Here’s an irony for you: When VW launched the hot hatch Golf R last year, it came only with an automatic transmission. This year, Ford has launched the even hotter hatch Focus RS — which comes only with a manual transmission. Ships passing in the night… Now VW has decided to make a manual transmission […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/2016-vw-golf-r-review/

2016 Dodge Challenger R/T Review

Satan’s hot daughter showed up in my driveway and asked me to take her for a ride. She had on a sexy red outfit. And her 485 horsepower 6.4 liter Hemi V8’s burble was all the temptation it took to happily hock my soul for eternity …. or at least as long as my license […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/2016-dodge-challenger-rt-review/

What’s Wrong with Airbags?: NMA E-Newsletter #383

By Shelia Dunn, NMA Communications Director If you drive a car manufactured after 2003, you probably have smart frontal airbags whether you want them or not.  This is a fact of life since frontal airbags have been mandated by the Federal Government. The Federal Highway Administration reports that in 2011, 96% of all new cars had […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/whats-wrong-airbags-nma-e-newsletter-383/

The New vs. The Old

I got into a debate the other day with a reader about the future of the car hobby; about whether today’s cars are fundamentally disposable appliances that work great for a long time — their chief virtue — but when they do finally begin to wear out, the cost to replace their numerous complex systems […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/new-vs-old/

History Repeating Itself: NMA E-Newsletter #381

By Gary Biller, NMA President My indoctrination to NMA affairs was immediate when I joined the organization in July 2009.  The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, that bastion of the auto insurance industry, had just released a report titled, Long Term Effects of Repealing the National Maximum Speed Limit (NMSL) in the United States.  The […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/history-repeating-nma-e-newsletter-381/

Don’t Buy New!

Whatever you do, don’t buy new. It no longer makes sense — and can be very bad for your wallet. I advise this as an automotive journalist, a guy who writes about new cars for a living. This is probably not a good idea. I am not supposed to advise people against buying the new […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/dont-buy-new/

2016 Mazda CX-5 Review

Crossover SUVs are like M&Ms in a bowl. Lots of different colors, but they’re all pretty much the same. With a few exceptions. There is this Mazda CX-5, for instance. It is one of the almost-nil vehicles of this type that you can still buy with a manual transmission. The other major players — models […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/2016-mazda-cx-5-review/

Things to Know About Radar – and Radar Detectors

Radar detectors, like bulletproof vests, don’t make you invulnerable. They improve your odds. And like a bulletproof vest, the more you know about your radar detector’s capabilities — and vulnerabilities — the better off you’ll be. Here are some things worth knowing: * Radar detectors usually can’t pick up “instant on” radar… until it’s too […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/radar-and-radar-detectors/

Asymmetric warfare

Massachusetts is moving towards digital traffic tickets, allowing police to fill out a ticket in seconds instead of minutes. You can plead guilty on the spot. I understand why they want to do this, but having some friction in the system is important. Shouldn’t it take at least a few minutes to charge you $1,000 […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/asymmetric-warfare/

Driver’s License… And Social Security Number, Please!

A weird thing happened to me recently during a traffic stop. The cop demanded the usual stuff — license, registration. But then he demanded one more thing — my Social Security number. Under duress, I gave it to him. Maybe you remember when Social Security numbers were “not to be used for purposes of identification.” […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/drivers-license-social-security-number/

The Four Wheeled Bubble

Bubbles are always obvious … in retrospect. Here’s one you might not see coming. The Car Bubble. People are taking out eight-year car loans. This is — or ought to be — alarming. The automotive equivalent of the zero-down, no-doc, adjustable rate mortgage on a $500,000 McMansion circa 2004. You know — just before the […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/the-four-wheeled-bubble-2/

A Few “Pointers” for Surviving Deer Season: NMA E-Newsletter #358

Despite the faltering Green Bay Packers, Cheeseheads can still rejoice since this weekend is the opening of white-tailed deer hunting season in Wisconsin. And with it comes increased risk of a deer-vehicle collision. According to State Farm Insurance, the odds of having an accident claim involving a deer, elk or moose are 1 out of […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/a-few-pointers-for-surviving-deer-season-nma-e-newsletter-358/

MA Ticket Fighting

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Q: Isn’t it unfair to fight a ticket when you really were speeding? A: When the police officers right after they lecture you, back up the highway at high rate of speed to get to their hiding places quicker, is the ticket really about safety? When the court magistrates don’t know the […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/ma-ticket-fighting/

Air Bags

Air Bags FAQ Revised May 2016 Air Bags FAQ 5.13.16 Why does my car have an airbag? Since 2003, the Federal Government has mandated that all new cars built in 2003 and beyond need to have smart frontal airbags.  Even though side airbags are not mandated, many automakers put them in their cars anyway or […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/air-bags/

Ticketing cited despite curbs on seat belt law – Latour/Dedman

Ticketing cited despite curbs on seat belt law By Francie Latour and Bill Dedman, Globe Staff and Globe Correspondent, 5/24/2003 Despite a state law that bans police from pulling drivers over for seat belt violations alone, tens of thousands of Massachusetts drivers have been ticketed and fined solely for not buckling up, according to a […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/ticketing-cited-despite-curbs-on-seat-belt-law-latourdedman/

Traffic “Calming”

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Q: Speeding is a terrible problem on my street. Why shouldn’t I do something about it? A: Because a higher speed doesn’t increase the probability of an accident. A jetliner isn’t more likely to crash because it flies faster than a helicopter. Recently, Amtrak didn’t spend billions of dollars on the high […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/traffic-calming/

MA Skid Control

SOME PERFORMANCE AND ADVANCED DRIVING SCHOOLS Consider that the hardest part of earning a driver’s license is the parallel parking test, and you get a pretty good idea how many gaps there are in our system of driver’s education. True, most states require driver’s ed, with some classroom instruction and anywhere from six to 50 […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/ma-skid-control/

Speeding vs. Safety

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS SPEED LIMITS, SPEEDING AND SAFETY Q: Don’t you agree that speeding causes accidents? A: No. If it were true, cars would spontaneously collide as soon as they exceeded a speed limit.   Q: You know what I mean! According to the NHTSA, speeding was a contributing factor in a full third of […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/ma-speeding-vs-safety/

The Backwards IIHS

The NMA has never been shy about calling out the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for its agenda-driven “research,” shoddy methodology and reality-defying study results. So, we were skeptical when we read this headline in the latest IIHS newsletter: “Offering skid avoidance course to teen drivers doesn’t improve safety.” The article summarizes a Maryland […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/the-backwards-iihs/

Illegal Speed Limit, Brighton

I work near Fenway Park in Boston. I was heading west along Commonwealth Avenue and onto Brighton Avenue, both four lane, busy streets with plenty of traffic lights to control the flow of cars. I was returning from work along the route I often use and took a side street shortcut to avoid some traffic […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/illegal-speed-limit-brighton/

Laser Tag Team

I was traveling west on the Pike out of Logan Airport in November 2003. I had just flew into Logan from a week-long business trip to NYC and was driving home with my wife in the passenger seat. Beat after being stuck in Laguardia Airport, I was really delighted to get pulled over and issued […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/laser-tag-team/

The One That Got Away

Blue = My dialog Red = Officer’s/judge’s response Black = notes or questions I did not ask This was for an appeal of a magistrate’s decision that found me responsible. The trial date was 12/27/2007 and the ticket was issued by the MSP on Route 290 for 87 in a 65, LIDAR at 1197.6′, MGL […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/the-one-that-got-away/

Advisory vs. Regulatory Signs II

  Hi Ivan, I wanted to thank you for the information you have provided for fighting a traffic ticket in our Commonwealth. It was instrumental in helping me fight my speeding ticket and led me down research paths I would not have otherwise thought to go down. Here’s my story: At the end of January […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/advisory-vs-regulatory-signs-ii/

The Backwards IIHS: NMA E-Newsletter #356

The NMA has never been shy about calling out the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for its agenda-driven “research,” shoddy methodology and reality-defying study results. So, we were skeptical when we read this headline in the latest IIHS newsletter: “Offering skid avoidance course to teen drivers doesn’t improve safety.” The article summarizes a Maryland […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/the-backwards-iihs-nma-e-newsletter-356/

2016 Ford Mustang GT Review

It is hard to argue with 435 hp — whether behind the wheel or in the next lane over. The new Mustang GT may have the smallest V8 of the three pony cars (the other two being the Chevy Camaro SS and the Dodge Challenger R/T) but its 5 liter V8 actually makes more hp […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/2016-ford-mustang-gt-review/

Why Should I Fight It?

Q:  Isn’t it unfair to fight a ticket when you really were speeding? A:  When the police officers right after they lecture you, back up the highway at high rate of speed to get to their hiding places quicker, is the ticket really about safety? When the court magistrates don’t know the laws you’ve been […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/why-should-i-fight-it/

What They’re After…

They want us out of our cars, that’s the bottom line. “They” being the California General Assembly — which just passed a bill (SB 350, the “Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015,” see here) that mandates a 50 percent reduction in petroleum use statewide by 2030. The legislation empowers the California Air Resources […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/what-theyre-after/

NMA Reboot: Tesla’s Autopilot Fails Raise Safety/Liability Concerns

Editor’s Note: Tesla’s recent rollout out of its Autopilot autonomous driving software has been marred by several road mishaps: two in which the vehicle veered out of its lane and another in which the Autopilot-controlled vehicle was cited for speeding. These glitches raise a host of safety and liability concerns over driverless car technology, many […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/nma-reboot-teslas-autopilot-fails-raise-safetyliability-concerns/

Some Pointers on Driver’s License Points: NMA E-Newsletter #352

One of the most common questions we get from members is how many points will a given violation add to their driving record. It’s an important question, but it’s not the only one to ask after you get a traffic ticket. You also need to know how many points it takes to trigger a license […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/some-pointers-on-drivers-license-points-nma-e-newsletter-352/

Distracted Driving

The NMA believes that distracted driving, in all its forms, can best be addressed through efforts to educate the public on its dangers.

https://ww2.motorists.org/issues/distracted-driving/

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Red-Light Cameras

Media Report: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Red-Light Cameras Philadelphia Weekly Red-Light District Rear-end collisions have increased at intersections with traffic cameras. by Gwen Shaffer The red-light cameras recently installed at three intersections on Roosevelt Boulevard in Northeast Philadelphia may give new meaning to the expression “bumper-to-bumper traffic.” That’s because the number of rear-end collisions has shot up […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/issues/red-light-cameras/philadelphia-pennsylvania-red-light-cameras/

IIHS Shills for Camera Industry

In its 30-page report issued last week about the Montgomery County, Maryland, speed camera program, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) does its best to revive a reeling camera industry. The use of red-light cameras has been declining for a couple of years now in no small part due to corrupt actions by one of […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/iihs-shills-for-camera-industry/

IIHS Shills for Camera Industry: NMA E-Newsletter #347

In its 30-page report issued last week about the Montgomery County, Maryland, speed camera program, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) does its best to revive a reeling camera industry. The use of red-light cameras has been declining for a couple of years now in no small part due to corrupt actions by one […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/iihs-shills-for-camera-industry-nma-e-newsletter-347/

TheNewspaper.com Roundup: September 2, 2015

Each Wednesday, we’ll publish quick summaries of the articles from the last week on TheNewspaper.com. We’re doing this because these articles are often strongly connected to the issues that National Motorists Association members are interested in. Wednesday, September 2, 2015 Redflex Financial Losses Mount In Light Of Bribery Scandal Shares in Redflex Traffic Systems tumbled […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/thenewspaper-september-2-2015/

A Short History Of Daytime Running Lights

This article shows how a Greyhound Bus marketing campaign combined with a flawed study (later discredited) launched the concept of daytime running lights in America.

https://ww2.motorists.org/issues/dlr/history/

Full NMA Position On Roadblocks

This article outlines the NMA’s position on roadblocks and explains why no free society should allow this kind of tactic from its government.

https://ww2.motorists.org/issues/roadblocks/position/

NMA Testimony Against Primary Enforcement

This is written testimony submitted by the NMA regarding a 2003 Wisconsin bill allowing primary enforcement. The bill failed but the state of Wisconsin eventually passed a primary seat belt law in 2009.

https://ww2.motorists.org/issues/seat-belt-laws/testimony/

The Social Cost Theory

This article warns of the dangers of accepting ‘social cost’ arguments as justification for limiting or reducing personal freedoms and individual discretion.

https://ww2.motorists.org/issues/seat-belt-laws/social-cost/

For Your Own Good

This article explains how the inaccurate belief that motorists are incapable of exercising personal judgement concerning their safety has led to more intrusive laws.

https://ww2.motorists.org/issues/seat-belt-laws/own-good/

Black Boxes & Orwell

This article, which originally appeared in Motorcyclist Magazine, highlights the impact that black boxes have on motorist privacy and data ownership.

https://ww2.motorists.org/issues/black-boxes/orwell/

Black Box Failure: Maine Governor Disputes Data

This article examines an incident involving Maine’s Governor that raised serious questions about the credibility of the data collected by black boxes.

https://ww2.motorists.org/issues/black-boxes/failure/

What’s In Store For Black Boxes?

This article takes a look at issues that may come up in the future with black box data and its use by both vehicle owners or other parties.

https://ww2.motorists.org/issues/black-boxes/future/

Whose Data Is It Anyway?

An article written by NMA Michigan Activist Steve Purdy that explores the issue of who owns the data collected by black boxes.

https://ww2.motorists.org/issues/black-boxes/data-ownership/

Full NMA Position On Black Boxes

This article explains the NMA’s position on black boxes and delves into why the organization believes they are a potential threat to motorist privacy.

https://ww2.motorists.org/issues/black-boxes/position/

Arizona Freeway Speed Cameras

Reprinted from The Chandler Times, written by by John Dickerson Arizona Freeway Speed Cameras Many Valley commuters are unknowingly driving on suspended licenses – victims of a flawed photo enforcement system. Will yours be next? When single mother of four Brandi Mooney, 33, pulled her Ford Explorer to the side of the road on September […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/issues/speed-cameras/arizona-freeway-speed-cameras/

2015 Ford F-150 Review

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist                                         Photo courtesy of CARICOS They sure went to a lot of trouble — and expense. You’ve probably read about the new Ford F-150. That it has an aluminum body and is now much lighter (by some 700 pounds) than its steel-bodied predecessor. It also has much smaller engines — for […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/2015-ford-f-150-review-2/

Making Sense of Highway Crash Data

In order to discuss the issue of highway fatalities, it is crucial to understand the differences between the terms “fatalities,” “fatality rate,” and the “fatal accident rate.”

https://ww2.motorists.org/issues/other/crash-data/

.08%, the “55” of DWI Laws

No subject seems to inflame and polarize people interested in traffic laws more than Driving While Intoxicated (DWI). Emotions run rampant and misinformation is the rule. For many years “blood alcohol content” has been used to establish a simple standard of impairment. At face value, it’s a straight forward uncomplicated standard that everyone should understand. […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/issues/dui/08-percent-55-of-dui-dwi-laws/

4 Ways To Fix The DUI/DWI Enforcement System

This article offers a few specific ways that the DUI/DWI enforcement system could be improved.

https://ww2.motorists.org/issues/dui/fix-system/

Frequently Asked Questions About DUI/DWI

A collection of questions posed by the Connecticut Transportation Committee with answers from Sheldon Wishnick, NMA Connecticut Activist.

https://ww2.motorists.org/issues/dui/faq/

Common DUI/DWI Myths

This article explores some of the common misconceptions people have about this emotionally-charged issue.

https://ww2.motorists.org/issues/dui/myths/

Proposed Solutions & Their Flaws

The current DUI/DWI prevention system is flawed. This article outlines the reasons why the traditional enforcement tactics have not and will not work.

https://ww2.motorists.org/issues/dui/flawed-solutions/

No Shortcuts to Navigating a DUI Stop: NMA E-Newsletter #344

You may have seen this video of an attorney using a novel approach to navigate his way through a DUI roadblock. Essentially he refuses to have any personal contact with the officers by putting his papers in a plastic bag and hanging them out a mostly rolled-up car window. The officers wave him through without […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/no-shortcuts-to-navigating-a-dui-stop-nma-e-newsletter-344/

Laser Fact Sheet

Laser Fact Sheet Laser speed guns transmit a light beam that measures the distance between the laser gun and the target vehicle. Distance is measured by the time of flight of a laser pulse. Because the speed of light is both known and constant, it serves as the basis for determining distance. Once distance is […]

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Ticket Audio

Download Guerilla Ticket Fighter MP3 File Click Here To Download The MP3 File (Approx 58 Minutes/80 MB) For best results, right click the link and save it to your computer. Guerilla Ticket Fight Audio Transcript Welcome to Guerilla Ticket Fighter, a presentation of the National Motorists Association. With the purchase of this tape, you have […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/members/ticket-audio/

The Clean Diesel Alternative: NMA E-Newsletter #340

With the advent of ever more stringent Corporate Average Fuel Efficiency requirements, many automakers are turning to clean diesel powered vehicles to improve fuel economy. If you’re in the market for a new car or truck, a diesel vehicle could save you money down the road. This is because diesel vehicles cost less to own […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/the-clean-diesel-alternative-nma-e-newsletter-340/

Critique of IIHS 2001 Oxnard Study

California Senate Committee on Privacy critiqued the Oxnard study. The results show that IIHS’s study is flawed on many levels.

https://ww2.motorists.org/issues/red-light-cameras/oxnard-critique/

A Detailed Investigation Of Crash Risk Reduction Resulting From Red-Light Cameras In Small Urban Areas

A study prepared by the North Carolina A&T State University found that red-light cameras increased the number of accidents at intersections.

https://ww2.motorists.org/issues/red-light-cameras/crash-risk-study/

Red-Light Camera Studies

A listing of red light camera studies that explore their effect on traffic safety.

https://ww2.motorists.org/issues/red-light-cameras/studies/

Red-Light Cameras: The Trojan Horse

Red-light cameras are only the beginning. They are already the justification for the spread of photo radar and together these two technologies will open the door for even more invasive automated enforcement methods.

https://ww2.motorists.org/issues/red-light-cameras/trojan-horse/

Rear-End Crashes Go Up After Red Light Cameras Go In

This article from Car and Driver columnist Pat Bedard talks about the biggest problems with red-light cameras — they cause accidents.

https://ww2.motorists.org/issues/red-light-cameras/bedard-crashes/

Cameras’ Biggest Supporters

This article from the Philadelphia Daily News examines the National Campaign to Stop Red Light Running. This self-proclaimed public interest group is nothing more than a front for camera companies looking to cash in.

https://ww2.motorists.org/issues/red-light-cameras/biggest-supporters/

Inside Red Light Cameras

The Weekly Standard web site featured this five-part investigation on red-light cameras. This extensive report shows that the science behind these devices is bad and the police are using them to make money, not save lives.

https://ww2.motorists.org/issues/red-light-cameras/inside-rlc/

Restoring Speed Limit Credibility

This page has a paper relating to speed limits that was submitted to the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting in 2000.

https://ww2.motorists.org/issues/speed-limits/restoring-credibility/

Do Speed Limits Matter?

This article looks at what might happen if there were no speed limits and whether or not they matter.

https://ww2.motorists.org/issues/speed-limits/do-limits-matter/

NMA Reboot: “Radargate” Revisited

This weekly post features recent news stories that highlight and update themes previously covered throughout NMA E-Newsletters and Alerts. Editor’s Note: The city of Asheville, North Carolina, recently announced it was refunding fines for approximately 500 speeding tickets. An audit revealed that the tickets had been issued using improperly calibrated radar guns or by officers […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/nma-reboot-radargate-revisited/

NMA Reboot: Ticket Surcharges are Punitive and Counterproductive

This weekly post features recent news stories that highlight and update themes previously covered throughout NMA E-Newsletters and Alerts. Editor’s Note: The LA Times just ran this editorial decrying the excessive surcharges added to ordinary traffic tickets. The Times points out that surcharges make up about 80 percent of the total ticket cost, so a […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/reboot-ticket-surcharges-punitive-counterproductive/

NMA E-Newsletter#328: SCOTUS Ruling May Limit Use of Drug Dogs

The U.S. Supreme Court’s record on motorists’ rights has been a mixed bag lately, so we’re pleased with the court’s latest pro-motorist decision in Rodriguez v. U.S. In Rodriguez, handed down last week, the court ruled that police may not prolong a routine traffic stop to search for evidence of crimes unrelated to the purpose […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter328-scotus-ruling-may-limit-use-of-drug-dogs/

We Must Stop National ALPR Push Now!

We predicted it would happen. A year after the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) scuttled plans to build its own nationwide database of vehicle license plate data, the agency is seeking bids from private contractors to provide the agency access to the same information. DHS canceled last year’s plan in the wake of TSA domestic […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/stop-national-alpr-push-now/

NMA E-Newsletter #326: We Must Stop National ALPR Push Now!

We predicted it would happen. A year after the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) scuttled plans to build its own nationwide database of vehicle license plate data, the agency is seeking bids from private contractors to provide the agency access to the same information. DHS canceled last year’s plan in the wake of TSA domestic […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-326-we-must-stop-national-alpr-push-now/

No More “Speeding” For You!

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Someday — and that day might be closer than you want to know — we’ll look back fondly on speed traps. Because at least you could speed. Give the finger — via the accelerator pedal — to ridiculous, dumbed-down/one-size-fits-all velocity maximums laid down by bureaucrats whose prime directive always seems […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/no-more-speeding-for-you/

NMA Reboot: When Did “To Protect and Serve” become “To Ticket and Arrest?”

This weekly post features recent news stories that highlight and update themes previously covered throughout NMA E-Newsletters and Alerts. Editor’s Note: Last week the ACLU of Georgia settled a case with DeKalb County involving a man who was jailed for not paying traffic fines. The man, Kevin Thompson, spent five days in jail for not […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/nma-reboot-when-did-to-protect-and-serve-become-to-ticket-and-arrest/

Tax By Mile Cometh

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Oregon — home of things uber trendy — has become the first state to begin dunning motorists by the mile rather than by the gallon. The “pilot” program begins July 1 — and will be implemented by the Oregon DOT in partnership with something called Sanef ITS Technologies America and […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/tax-by-mile-cometh/

Lexus CT 200h: Thrifty, Nimble, and Stylish

By The Car Family An inexpensive Lexus might sound like an oxymoron, but that is what the Lexus CT 200h is and with it comes the attributes the marque has brought to buyers including vehicle quality and buyer satisfaction ratings that top the charts, as well as a frugality usually associated with the ubiquitous Toyota […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/lexus-ct-200h-thrifty-nimble/

Avoiding Unpleasant Surprises

John Nettles probably didn’t give it a second thought when he got a speeding ticket in Ehrhardt, South Carolina, in 1997. Like most people, he simply paid it and moved on. But some 17 years later, that decision has cost him his job. It seems that Nettles’ ticket was never properly processed so it never […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/avoiding-unpleasant-surprises/

NMA E-Newsletter #315: Avoiding Unpleasant Surprises

John Nettles probably didn’t give it a second thought when he got a speeding ticket in Ehrhardt, South Carolina, in 1997. Like most people, he simply paid it and moved on. But some 17 years later, that decision has cost him his job.  It seems that Nettles’ ticket was never properly processed so it never […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-315-avoiding-unpleasant-surprises/

2015 VW Golf 1.8 TSI Review

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist                                    Photo courtesy of CARICOS The Beetle is cute and lately, butch — but the VW that consistently sells best (and which has done so, for a long time) is the Golf … which was once the Rabbit … which was the car that succeeded the original (air-cooled/rear-engined) Beetle, back in […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/2015-vw-golf-tsi-review/

2015 Subaru Legacy

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist                                         Photo courtesy of CARICOS Subarus used to be such an easy sell. If you were a buyer looking for an AWD car, Subaru was one of the few that sold them. And pretty much the only one that wasn’t also an expensive German brand. Subarus — including the 2015 Legacy […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/2015-subaru-legacy/

For-Profit Policing

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist You’ve heard of greasing the skids? A bill introduced in the Texas legislature would do just that — giving cops credit card readers, as an adjunct to their radar detectors. Instead of just, license, registration and proof of insurance, please — it’ll be: License, registration, proof of insurance… and Visa […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/for-profit-policing/

2015 Ford Mustang Review

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist A four cylinder muscle car, anyone? Ford has done it before — back in the ’80s. Remember the Mustang SVO? It rivaled the V-8 Mustang GT’s straight-line performance, but did so with greater sophistication as well as better handling in the curves due in part to its lower curb weight […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/2015-ford-mustang-review/

2015 Ford Fiesta ST Review

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist What made the original, classic-era muscle cars what they were wasn’t high-horsepower … as such. Oh sure, it was a huge factor. But the decisive factor was the accessibility — the affordability — of those horses.

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/2015-ford-fiesta-st-review/

TheNewspaper.com Roundup: October 29, 2014

Each Wednesday, we’ll publish quick summaries of the articles from the last week on TheNewspaper.com. We’re doing this because these articles are often strongly connected to the issues that National Motorists Association members are interested in. Wednesday, October 29, 2014 Court: No Relief For Man Falsely Accused Of Running Red Light Lawrence E. Armstrong, a […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/thenewspaper-october-29-2014/

NMA E-Newsletter #302: The NMA Weighs In on Federal V2V Proposal

In a September e-newsletter we discussed how the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) was soliciting public comments about its proposal to create a national standard to require Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) communications capability on all passenger cars and light trucks. NMA President Gary Biller submitted the following comments outlining the NMA’s concerns over this technology. You […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-302-the-nma-weighs-in-on-federal-v2v-proposal/

2014 Scion tC Review

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist By the early ’70s, it was getting tough for anyone under 30 to partake of known muscle cars like the Pontiac GTO and Chevy Chevelle SS . . . not so much because they were expensive to buy, but because the insurance Mafia was making it increasingly impossible for the […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/2014-scion-tc-review/

Fighting a Moving Violation on Your Own

By Zev Goldstein, New York Traffic Attorney Receiving a ticket for a moving violation can be frustrating, especially if you feel that the citation is unwarranted. In addition to a hefty fine, a ticket can result in the assessment of points, which can cause an increase in your insurance premiums. Although it may be difficult, […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/fighting-a-moving-violation/

NMA E-Newsletter #296: Politicizing the BAC Debate Thwarts Finding Real Solutions

By a Massachusetts NMA Member I’ve been impressed with NMA’s diligence for years now, but I think you might need to take a closer look at slide three of the presentation at http://www.alcoholstats.com/uploads/DrunkDrivingStatistics.pdf before jumping into the politicized waters surrounding DUI and the BAC threshold. If I’m reading the chart correctly, in 2010 the total number of […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-296-politicizing-the-bac-debate-thwarts-finding-real-solutions/

NMA Reboot: The Conflicting Dynamics of Lane Courtesy

This weekly post features recent news stories that highlight and update themes previously covered throughout NMA E-Newsletters and Alerts. Editor’s Note: Lane Courtesy, the principle of slower traffic yielding the left lane to faster traffic, needs to become ingrained in our driving ethos. A recent article from www.autoinsurancecenter.com describes the many benefits of Lane Courtesy […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/reboot-conflicting-dynamics-lane-courtesy/

Why You Should Fight an Out-of-State Speeding Ticket

By Raj Dua, Virginia Traffic Defense Lawyer It’s summer, and you and your family have packed up your RV for a road trip to Yellowstone. You hit the open road and have clear blue skies for the entire drive. Along the way you stop to see a few famous sights, including the Devil’s Tower — […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/out-of-state-speeding-ticket/

TheNewspaper.com Roundup: July 23, 2014

Each Wednesday, we’ll publish quick summaries of the articles from the last week on TheNewspaper.com. We’re doing this because these articles are often strongly connected to the issues that National Motorists Association members are interested in. Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Texas Motorist Wins $77,500 After Traffic Cops Steal Cash Police in Estelline, Texas are sorry […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/thenewspaper-july-23-2014/

NMA E-Newsletter #288: A Horse of a Different Color

AAA, formerly known as the American Automobile Association, was founded in 1901 to lobby for driver and passenger rights, fair laws, and safer vehicles. It has long since morphed into an insurance and financial services giant. If there is any doubt about that, check out its profile at Hoovers.com where AAA’s primary competitors are listed […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-288-a-horse-of-a-different-color/

Are You a Good Driver?

By John Carr, NMA Massachusetts Activist          “… where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average.” — some boring guy on public radio It is well known(*) that most drivers consider themselves above average. Maybe they are right. I’ve never hit anybody, she always obeys […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/are-you-a-good-driver/

Esurance is Watching You

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist New York Governor Andrew Cuomo just signed off on a “plan” (you know there’s trouble brewing whenever a control freak politician announces he has a “plan”) touted as a way to “discourage” teen drivers from texting while driving but which will inevitably lead to adults being under the constant (and […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/esurance-is-watching-you/

Heebie Jeebies

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist There is a downside to getting these brand-new cars to test drive all the time. I know what’s coming before you do. A hint, the leading edge. The camel’s nose under the tent. It’s just a whiff, sometimes. But the aroma is unmistakable.

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/heebie-jeebies/

Does “Speed” Really “Kill”?

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Yesterday I took one of my motorcycles out and rode it three times faster than the posted speed limit. According to the Clovers of this earth (read more about them here) I shouldn’t be sitting here at my keyboard typing this. I should be dead — since “speed kills.” Yet, […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/does-speed-really-kill/

You Got a DUI, What Happens Next?

An arrest for driving under the influence results in some serious short- and long-term consequences. Your vehicle will be towed, and the police will take you to jail. You might have to spend the night in jail to get sober, and the consequences continue to mount after your release. Immediate consequences include the following:

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/dui-what-happens-next/

The Truth About “Planned Obsolescence”

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Have you noticed how quickly new cars get old? Buy it today and – three years down the road – an “all new” version is introduced. At that moment, your car becomes yesterday’s news. It’s not your imagination.

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/the-truth-about-planned-obsolescence/

NMA E-Newsletter #273: We Need ALPR Legislation Now

On the heels of the NSA domestic spying scandal, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced plans in February to build a national database of motor vehicle license plate data. Not only would the system have included data collected by DHS, but data from other law enforcement agencies and private companies as well. The good […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-273-we-need-alpr-legislation-now/

Another “Option” Now Mandatory?

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Rearview cameras are now mandatory — or soon will be, starting with model year 2018 vehicles. The government takes the position that you and I cannot back into a parking spot or out of a driveway without driving over a small child . . . unless we have the assistance […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/another-option-now-mandatory/

NMA E-Newsletter #270: Dash Cams—A Double-Edged Sword

We talk a lot here about how evolving technology can work for you or against you. A perfect example is the use of cell phones to record police activity during traffic stops. Even though you may be within your rights to record police, they may not see it that way, which can lead to no […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-270-dash-cams-a-double-edged-sword/

The Yin and Yang of Surviving a Traffic Stop

It seems that more and more traffic stops these days are escalating into situations beyond the driver’s control. (See the Winter 2014 edition of Driving Freedoms — “We Are All Suspects” — for some jaw-dropping examples.) Knowing how to act during a stop can keep you out of serious trouble. But you also need to know […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/yin-yang-surviving-traffic-stop/

Going Old….

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist I’ve begun noticing more older cars on the road. And they are not headed to an antique car show, either. Almost every day, on my way into town, I pass a guy driving a mid-70’s era Pontiac Sunbird. I see him every day. Then there’s the other guy with the […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/going-old/

NMA E-Newsletter #268: The Yin and Yang of Surviving a Traffic Stop

It seems that more and more traffic stops these days are escalating into situations beyond the driver’s control. (See the Winter 2014 edition of Driving Freedoms — “We Are All Suspects” — for some jaw-dropping examples.) Knowing how to act during a stop can keep you out of serious trouble. But you also need to know […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-268-the-yin-and-yang-of-surviving-a-traffic-stop/

NMA E-Newsletter #265: The Ins and Outs of Warrantless Vehicle Searches (Part 1)

By Ted Levitt, NMA Member If you’ve ever been pulled over for a traffic stop you’ve probably wondered if the officer could search your vehicle without a warrant as well as how far that search could go. I decided to look into it. I am not a lawyer, but I have spent many hours doing […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-265-the-ins-and-outs-of-warrantless-vehicle-searches-part-1/

If Things Are So Swell . . .

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist A canary may have just keeled over. Not in the coal mine — but in the stock market. Shares of Ford — healthiest of the Big Three automakers — are down 8 percent, according to Bloomberg. And it’s not just Ford, either. GM, Honda and Toyota stocks are down, too. […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/if-things-are-so-swell/

The Price of Saaaaaaaafety

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist One of the very real negatives of modern car design is that even very minor impacts can cause major damage to the car. Hit something at 10-20 MPH — a speed unlikely to result in serious physical injuries to the occupants — and you can expect to be replacing the […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/the-price-of-saaaaaaaafety/

Whose Fault Is It, Anyway?

By John Carr, NMA Massachusetts Activist Internet tough guy — somebody who boasts online of dire consequences, usually violent, for anybody who crosses him, but is probably an obese video game addict living in his mother’s basement in real life If you’ve talked driving on the ‘net you have probably met an internet tough guy. […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/whose-fault-is-it-anyway/

NMA E-Newsletter #257: Success in Massachusetts

  We received the following testimonial from a new member. She used our online information to successfully fight a speeding ticket in Massachusetts and was so pleased with the outcome, she decided to join the NMA as a supporting member. She tells a great story: I wanted to thank you for this page. It was […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-257-success-in-massachusetts/

Fake Experts and the Reporters Who Love Them

By John Carr, NMA Massachusetts Activist Reductio ad absurdum — proving a proposition false by showing that it leads to false or absurd results. Today’s filler masquerading as news Linda Finarelli is a lazy reporter. I don’t mean to pick on her in particular. She has plenty of company. But her report on Pennsylvania’s speed […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/fake-experts-and-the-reporters-who-love-them/

NMA E-Newsletter #254: ‘Tis the Season

For some, this weekend marks the start of the holiest of seasons here in Wisconsin, otherwise known as deer hunting. That means an estimated 650,000 blaze-orange clad hunters will take to the woods in pursuit of the state’s 1.4 million deer. What could go wrong? Quite a bit, actually. You see, Wisconsin and a handful […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-254-tis-the-season/

Five Rules for Parking Lot Etiquette

By Connor Adkins, Guest Columnist The parking lot: a verified concrete jungle of madness, where all the rules go out the window. In reality, the rules of parking lots are pretty common sense, even if they aren’t written in an official handbook. Here are five common-sense rules that most drivers need to be reminded of.

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/rules-for-parking-lot-etiquette/

Big Brother Eyeballing Your License Plate?

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Soon, cops may not even have to pull you over to know almost everything about you. Motorola — manufacturer of radio equipment and other cop stuff — has developed automated license plate scanners that can ID you (and record your exact location at that moment) at the blink of an electronic […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/big-brother-eyeballing-license-plate/

2014 Audi A6 TDI Review

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist What luxury car leaps forward like a bracket-racing muscle car — you’ll swear you’re getting daylight under the front tires — but also gives you almost 40 MPG on the highway? It’s the new Audi A6 TDI. Efficiency — and performance.

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/2014-audi-a6-tdi-review/

NMA E-Newsletter #244: A Driving Tour of Washington, DC, NMA Style

(Editor’s Note: Washington, DC has a reputation for being extremely hostile to drivers. Longtime NMA New York Activist Casey Raskob recently took a driving trip to the Washington, DC area and confirmed it with this report.) (Photo courtesy of DC photographer Marty Katz http://washingtonphotographer.com) I’ve driven lots of places, but this last weekend was crazy. I […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-244-a-driving-tour-of-washington-dc-nma-style/

NMA E-Newsletter #242: The Myth of “No-Point” Violations

Traffic courts and prosecutors know that many traffic defendants will happily plead guilty and pay the fine as long as no points appear on their driving record. The court exacts its pound of flesh and the driver keeps a clean record. Everybody wins, right? Not always. A former school teacher from Georgia emailed us with […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-242-the-myth-of-no-point-violations/

Politically Incorrect Teenage Driver Tips

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist What type of car is a good choice for a teenaged driver? I get asked this a lot. Everyone’s got an opinion. Here’s mine:

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/politically-incorrect-teenage-driver-tips-2/

A View Down The Road

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist A few weeks ago, I wrote a story about Ford’s creepy MyKey system (see here), now standard equipment in all new Ford vehicles, and the ugly possibilities for controlling how we drive by controlling how the car can be driven. This week, I’m test-driving one of the latest Lincolns (the […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/a-view-down-the-road/

2014 Ford Focus ST Review

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Back in 1987, my souped-up ’78 V-8 Camaro almost got smoked by a four-cylinder Dodge Omni. Only it wasn’t just an Omni. It was an Omni GLH-S. The GLH-S was a souped-up version of the Omni — which was ordinarily a slow-motion econo-box. The idea was simple: Take an inexpensive […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/2014-ford-focus-st-review/

How to Find a Good Body Shop

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Your car’s got a wrinkled fender — who are you going to get to fix it? If it’s not done right, the car will look wrong — and then you won’t be happy. So, what’s the scoop? How do you tell the Good from the Bad — and the Ugly?

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/find-a-good-body-shop/

TheNewspaper.com Roundup: July 17, 2013

Each Wednesday, we’ll publish quick summaries of the articles from the last week on TheNewspaper.com. We’re doing this because these articles are often strongly connected to the issues that National Motorists Association members are interested in. Wednesday, July 17, 2013 Pennsylvania Court Upholds Seatbelt Roadblocks Motorists traveling along a highway in Pennsylvania can be stopped […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/thenewspaper-july-17-2013/

Should Bikes Be Required to Have ABS?

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist The insurance mafia thinks so — and is “petitioning” the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to make it so. Which means (if they’re successful): You’ll pay more for your next new bike, your next new bike will be more expensive to service — in part, because you probably won’t […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/should-bikes-require-abs/

I’d Like a Refund, Please

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist You’ve heard about “class action” lawsuits. A group of people who’ve all suffered a common harm at the hands of a single offender get together and sue jointly for damages. I think all the people who were victimized for the 20 years the 55 MPH National Maximum Speed Limit (NMSL) […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/like-a-refund-please/

The Driver Strikes Back? (Part 2)

By John Carr, NMA Massachusetts Activist “Il est bon de tuer de temps en temps un amiral pour encourager les autres.” — Voltaire, Candide I have a dream. It involves ruined men and crying children and massive tax increases. There are a few thousand mayors, DPW commissioners, traffic engineers, and other state and municipal employees […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/driver-strikes-back-part2/

The One Good Thing About Tesla. . .

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Tesla’s $60,000-plus electric car is a terrible idea — as a commercially viable consumer product. But the way Tesla sells (well, tries to sell) its cars is a fantastic idea. A revolutionary idea. And so, a very dangerous idea. To the entrenched interests. You know — car dealers. Here’s why:

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/one-good-thing-about-tesla/

On Speedometers, Faulty Thinking and Shameful Consequences

Car buffs appreciate the subtle visual evolution of automotive features over time—from rooflines, to side view mirrors or taillights, every successive design tweak is studied and critiqued. A great example of this ongoing refinement comes from the humble speedometer. This website charts the evolution of Chevrolet speedometer designs from 1941 through 2011. A quick review […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/speedometers-faulty-thinking-shameful-consequences/

Retro-Review: Ford Maverick Grabber, 1970-’75

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist There is an interesting species of near muscle car that came into being and briefly existed for a handful of years, beginning in the early 1970s — just as the high tide of the real muscle car was receding. These were cars that did not come with high-powered V-8s from […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/retro-review-ford-maverick-grabber/

NMA E-Newsletter #225: On Speedometers, Faulty Thinking and Shameful Consequences

Car buffs appreciate the subtle visual evolution of automotive features over time—from rooflines, to side view mirrors or taillights, every successive design tweak is studied and critiqued. A great example of this ongoing refinement comes from the humble speedometer. This website charts the evolution of Chevrolet speedometer designs from 1941 through 2011. A quick review […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-225-on-speedometers-faulty-thinking-and-shameful-consequences/

TheNewspaper.com Roundup: May 1, 2013

Each Wednesday, we’ll publish quick summaries of the articles from the last week on TheNewspaper.com. We’re doing this because these articles are often strongly connected to the issues that National Motorists Association members are interested in. Wednesday, May 01, 2013 France: Report Identifies Most Outrageous Speed Traps Motorists in France are arming themselves against what […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/thenewspaper-may-1-2013/

2015 Mustang… Probe Revisited?

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Mustang people will recall the hollow point bullet that was dodged back in the early ’90s when Ford almost ruined the iconic RWD American pony car. By turning it into an import-style FWD car. That car, by the grace of Elvis, ended up being sold as another car — the […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/2015-mustang-probe-revisited/

Different Bikes, Different Pros (and Cons)

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist This article is for the person who hasn’t got a motorcycle — yet — but who is beginning to think about getting one. You may be leaning toward a type of bike that could be all wrong for you. Which could lead to making the mistake of buying the wrong […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/different-bikes-pros-and-cons/

The Mantra

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Sun Tzu counseled that it is madness — because pointless — to directly confront a superior foe. A costumed person with a badge and a gun, for instance. You will lose (cue Dolph Lundgren voice from Rocky IV). But that doesn’t mean you must cooperate with said person. In that […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/the-mantra/

The Fixer

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist It’s said — and it’s absolutely true — that one can save a great deal of money by avoiding new cars and buying used ones instead. Thirty-plus percent (sometimes more) off MSRP “sticker price” after just two or three years on the road. Much lower property taxes (where applicable). Usually […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/the-fixer/

NMA E-Newsletter #213: Members Comment on Auto Shows and the State of the Industry

In last week’s newsletter (#212: Is the Thrill Really Gone?) two longtime NMA members reflected on the state of today’s car shows as well as on today’s automotive market in general. Playing off some of their more provocative comments we asked you …

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-213-members-comment-on-auto/

Two-Wheeled vs. Four-Wheeled Worries

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist You may know all about buying a used car — the things to look for (and watch out for). But how about a used motorcycle? Lot of people who’ve never ridden before are turning to bikes as a way to save money on the cost of getting around. But what […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/two-wheeled-four-wheeled-worries/

Naked Zeds on the Brain

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist I have a garage full of naked Zeds — including a ’76 Kz900, which is essentially identical to the more famous Z1900 Kaw introduced in ’73 and which quickly became the dominant superbike of the early-mid-’70s. (Main differences between the two being mine doesn’t have reflectors built into the front […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/naked-zeds-on-the-brain/

2013 Volvo S60 Review

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Safety’s not the sell it once was. Because everyone’s selling it. Multiple air bags, ABS, traction control — and much more. It’s common — and it’s a given. Almost everyone has pretty solid crash test scores, too. So where does that leave Volvo — an automaker whose main selling point […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/2013-volvo-s60-review/

EPA to Mandate a Four Gallon Minimum

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist The government can force you to buy health insurance — so why not gas, too? The EPA has just issued another mandate — this one requiring that people who buy gas at stations where E15 (15 percent ethanol content) is sold buy at least four gallons of fuel. (See here […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/epa-mandate-4-gallon-minimum/

Speeding Praetorians

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist If “speeding” — defined as driving faster than the legally posted maximum velocity — is necessarily “unsafe,” why do cops do so routinely? The answer, of course, is: Because they can. More precisely, they can do so with impunity. Who watches the watchmen, after all?

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/speeding-praetorians/

NMA E-Newsletter #177: Policing for Profit

It’s common knowledge (verified by academic studies) that traffic enforcement becomes more heavy-handed in tough economic times. Policymakers looking for creative ways to fill ever widening budget gaps often find motorists easy targets.But if the …

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-177-policing-for-profit-20947/

2012 Volvo XC60 Review

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Safety still sells — problem is, everyone’s selling it — not just Volvo. That’s why Volvo’s gone sporty to an extent that’s truly startling in the context of Volvos-gone-by.

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/2012-volvo-xc60-review/

Divorce Court?

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Americans’ love affair with the car may be headed for divorce court. The Pew Research Center did a study recently that says the number of people who still enjoy going for a drive has dropped from eight out of ten back in 1990 to just under seven out of ten […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/divorce-court/

NMA E-Newsletter #171: Black Box Data—A Cautionary Tale

Imagine being in a two-car accident that not only totaled your vehicle, but also made you uninsurable at any sort of reasonable cost because the blame for the collision was placed squarely on your sore shoulders. Nothing too unusual about that, ri…

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-171-black-box-dataa-cautiona/

You’re Facing a DUI … Now What?

Editor’s Note: The following article is from Total DUI and has been reprinted here with permission. It may happen to the best of us: One moment of poor judgment, and we find ourselves in hot water with the law. This article will give you a basic timeline of what can happen to you when you […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/youre-facing-a-dui/

Freedom is a Smoky Burnout…

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist I take comfort in the fact that I can still drive old cars instead of new ones. I don’t have to have six air bags, stability control, back-up cameras or OnStar. If I like, I can use an old F100 pick-up as my daily driver. Or enjoy the computer-free rowdiness […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/freedom-is-a-burnout/

NMA E-Newsletter #170: 2012 First Quarter Legislative Update

The NMA is constantly advocating for motorists’ rights at the national, state and local level. Legislatures across the country took up a broad range of motorists’ issues in the first quarter of 2012. Here’s brief summary of the driving-related iss…

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-170-2012-first-quarter-legis/

The Ticking Time Bomb In Your Dashboard

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Air bags – driver and front seat passenger air bags – have been mandatory in cars since the mid 1990s. That means there are now millions of older cars on the road with air bags. These air bags are ticking time bombs, financially speaking (and otherwise; more on that below) […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/ticking-time-bomb-dashboard/

Adding Insult To Injury

This article originally appeared in the Fall 2011 issue of the NMA’s Driving Freedoms magazine. In a well-publicized survey taken ten years ago, an auto insurance company polled several thousand policyholders involved in accidents the previous year. Almost 70 percent indicated that the accident occurred within ten miles of home, while only 17 percent experienced […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/adding-insult-to-injury/

TheNewspaper.com Roundup: February 1, 2012

Each Wednesday, we’ll publish quick summaries of the articles from the last week on TheNewspaper.com. We’re doing this because these articles are often strongly connected to the issues that National Motorists Association members are interested in. Wednesday, February 1, 2012 More Texas Cities Could See Red Light Camera Referendum he effort to give voters a […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/thenewspaper-february-1-2012/

NMA E-Newsletter #159: Another Case of Quantity over Quality

Residents in Arizona, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, Virginia, and Wyoming should be ashamed of themselves. Why? They simply haven’t passed enough traffic safety laws, according to a report from the Advocates for Highway and A…

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-159-another-case-of-quantity/

NMA E-Newsletter #154: Will We Never Learn?

The feds are at it again. Anyone following the news last week almost certainly ran across a headline like this one from CNN.com: “NTSB recommends full ban on use of cell phones while driving.” In the frenzy to report this story, CNN and other medi…

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-154-will-we-never-learn/

The Safety & Pleasure Of Driving On Winter Tires

By Clair Oppreicht, NMA Wisconsin Member Why give up driving freedom just because it is winter? Every winter, we in the snow belt must gear up for winter driving. Many articles and news tips repeat the same old information on how to survive and how to try to avoid bad-road mishaps. The media hardly ever […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/safety-and-pleasure-of-winter-tires/

Catalytic Converter Snatching

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist When they first appeared in the mid-’70s, gearheads in search of more power wanted to get rid of catalytic converters and often replaced them with sections of straight-through tubing — the infamous “test pipe.” Now cats have become hot commodities — for thieves, anyhow.

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/catalytic-converter-snatching/

NMA E-Newsletter #146: Oh Deer!

There are three primary deer hunting seasons in most states: gun, bow, and car. We were reminded of the latter this past weekend when ushering an out-of-town guest – actually a long-time NMA member – through some pretty countryside scenery between…

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-146-oh-deer/

TheNewspaper.com Roundup: October 19, 2011

Each Wednesday, we’ll publish quick summaries of the articles from the last week on TheNewspaper.com. We’re doing this because these articles are often strongly connected to the issues that National Motorists Association members are interested in. Wednesday, October 19, 2011 Georgia HOT Lanes Create Congestion, Disappointment Georgia’s introduction of high occupancy toll (HOT) lanes on […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/thenewspaper-october-19-2011/

The History Of The National Motorists Association

In the Jan/Feb and Mar/Apr 1992 issues of the National Motorists Association News (a forerunner of Driving Freedoms), Jim Baxter wrote his account of the first ten years of the organization that was founded in 1982 to combat the restrictive 55 mph National Maximum Speed Limit. This will be a trip down memory lane for […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/nma-history/

NMA E-Newsletter #135: Managing Distractions

Once you sit behind the steering wheel of a car, the competition for your attention begins in earnest. This has been the case since the advent of motorized transportation. Modern technology has expanded the field of play, as has an overabundance o…

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-135-managing-distractions/

NMA E-Newsletter #129: Mayors Buffaloed in Baltimore

The 79th annual U.S. Conference of Mayors was held June 17-21 in Baltimore this year. Apparently the goal of the conference was to pass as many non-binding resolutions – well over 100 this year – as possible. One of our favorite resolution titles …

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-129-mayors-buffaloed-in-balt/

NMA E-Newsletter #124: Grasping At Straws

There are several media accounts filled with misleading and erroneous quotes by photo enforcement proponents that we can cite at any given time. Finding candid information is often a futile exercise. The following two stories are cases in point. “…

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-124-grasping-at-straws/

Bad Public Policy: Turning Police Into Tax Collectors

This is an excellent editorial by Judge C. Victor Lander, an administrative judge in Dallas Municipal Court. It originally appeared in the Dallas Morning News titled as “Are traffic fines a punishment or a fundraiser?” and has been republished here with his permission. Let the punishment fit the crime. That has been a basic principle […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/police-as-tax-collectors/

Texas May Go To 85… Oh, The Humanity!

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Maybe we’re over the hump. Texas appears to be on the verge of raising its highway speed limits to 85. That’s good news for Texas motorists, who may soon get to drive legally at speeds they travel anyway. Which brings up a question: Why do they call those signs speed […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/texas-85-mph-speed-limit/

Buckle Up… And Eat Your Veggies, Too

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Will it ever stop – or even slow down a little? The latest: NHTSA and the insurance companies want to see fines for not buckling up jacked up to as much as $100 in order to “encourage” higher compliance with mandatory seatbelt laws. Apparently, the $25 hit that’s the current […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/buckle-up-and-eat-your-veggies-too/

Sticker Shock Is Only The Beginning

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Buying a new car can put you one step closer to living in a van down by the river. New cars cost about $25,000 on average for the typical family sedan — which is about 30 percent more, adjusted for inflation, than a family sedan cost in the 1970s. But […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/sticker-shock-new-cars/

Driving Etiquette: Avoid These Common Driving Errors

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Living by a few basic rules of roadway etiquette can make all the difference between safe, courteous driving — and driving everyone else on the road crazy. Do your part to ease road rage by avoiding these common driving errors: Left Lane Hogging Driver’s ed courses used to hammer home […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/driving-etiquette-common-driving-errors/

More Flawed Red Light Camera Data From IIHS

By James Baxter, NMA President This past Tuesday the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, IIHS, carpet bombed the media world with a press release claiming red light cameras saved 154 lives in 14 cities from 2004 through 2008. Saying IIHS pulled this number out of thin blue air would be a tremendous compliment. There is […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/iihs-flawed-ticket-camera-press-release/

NMA Email Newsletter: Issue #106

Reader Feedback On Car Rental Service Fees Several readers provided personal perspectives on the topic of the extra fees charged by rental car agencies (re NMA Email Newsletter #103) for certain options or services, fees that many drivers aren’t a…

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/nma-email-newsletter-issue-106/

Life in the Far Left Lane

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist I think the Fluoride in the water has done its thing… Almost every time I go out, I come up on a car that’s doing either just barely the limit and often several MPH below it. The typical offender also likes to slow down and speed up for no apparent […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/life-in-the-far-left-lane/

Lies Of Omission And Comission

By John Carr, NMA Massachusetts Activist When complaints grow too loud, reporters ask public safety agencies for reassurance that traffic law enforcement really is all for the best. Accused of running a speed trap, the sheriff explained his speed enforcement cut fatal accidents from three or four per year to zero. Police said right-angle collisions […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/lies-of-omission-and-comission/

NMA Email Newsletter: Issue #98

Storing That Vehicle Many of us have multiple vehicles we do not use on a daily basis — motorcycles, RVs, collector cars, and vehicles we keep for specific, but occasional purposes — that sometimes need to be “dry docked.” In the land of snow,…

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/nma-email-newsletter-issue-98/

NMA Email Newsletter: Issue #94

Perseverance Personified In terms of the dogged pursuit of a goal, it is nearly impossible to top South Korean Cha Sa-soon’s desire to obtain a driver license so that she could manage her vegetable business, visit her children, and take her grandc…

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/nma-email-newsletter-issue-94/

NMA Email Newsletter: Issue #91

Ticket Fighting 101 Molly Snyder posted about her ticket fighting adventures recently at MinnPost.com. Molly felt she received an unfair ticket for making a right turn in a construction zone in Ramsey County, Minnesota and so she wrote a blow-by-b…

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/nma-email-newsletter-issue-91/

NMA Email Newsletter: Issue #81

Older Drivers = Better Drivers? The first of the ubiquitous baby boomer generation, a demographic generally acknowledged to include those born between 1946 and 1964, will begin joining the older driver segment in less than six years. (For the purp…

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/nma-email-newsletter-issue-81/

NMA Email Newsletter: Issue #79

The Good News Is That Holiday Travel is Safer If you made it through the 4th of July holiday without automotive incident, you survived the most dangerous major driving holiday according to State Farm Insurance. Based on the average number of colli…

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/nma-email-newsletter-issue-79/

NMA Email Newsletter: Issue #70

A New Contender For The “Worst Drivers” Title? It’s long been a component of American folklore that young girls are much safer drivers than young boys—the accident statistics say so. Like a lot of folklore, the conclusions drawn from personal ex…

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/nma-email-newsletter-issue-70/

The Bamboozled American Driver?

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Just the other day I saw a TV commercial for the 2011 Infiniti M56. It has a 420 hp 5.6 liter V-8 engine. It can reach 60 mph in about 5 seconds and will run to more than 150 mph, flat out. I know, it makes me excited too. But […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/the-bamboozled-american-driver/

Which Matters More: Brand Reputation or Warranty Coverage?

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Two of the factors most people consider when shopping for a new car are its overall reputation for quality and reliability (as well as that of the company which built it) and the warranty it comes with. What’s interesting, when you think about it, is that some of the brands […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/brand-reputation-vs-warranty-coverage/

Speed Limits: It’s 1974 All Over Again!

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist In the Department of Good News: VA is in the process of legalizing the de facto average/typical speed on highways such as I-81 and I-95. Governor McDonnell is expected to sign a new law raising the max to 70 mph from the current 65 mph. In the Department of Bad […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/speed-limits-1974-all-over-again/

Ignition Interlock Stories From The NMA Forums

Since the NMA Forums launched last year, one of the most popular topics of discussion has been ignition interlocks. It becomes clear after reading just a few of these stories that ignition interlock technology is not advanced enough for public use. Ignition interlocks are designed to prevent people who have been convicted of DUI/DWI from […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/ignition-interlock-stories/

NMA Email Newsletter: Issue #50

Bambi Alert: Part 2 Following last week’s article on deer collisions a few questions were posed for which the answers may be of interest to other subscribers. So here they are: Do deer whistles work?The short answer is “no.” The theory is that dee…

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/nma-email-newsletter-issue-50/

It’s That Time Of Year Again…

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Holiday shopping — and holiday traffic checkpoints — are sure signs it’s Christmas. Randomly stopping motorists to look for drunk drivers has been common practice in many states for years now, but enforcement efforts tend to step up around the Christmas/New Year’s holidays. What should you do if you happen […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/its-that-time-of-year-again/

10 Practical Tips For Avoiding Traffic Tickets

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Not many of us know someone who’s been in the clink for a serious crime — but almost everyone knows someone who’s been on the receiving end of a traffic ticket, or received one themselves. This fact tells us that good, honest conduct is no sure guarantee of avoiding interaction […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/avoiding-traffic-tickets-10-tips/

NMA Email Newsletter: Issue #46

Take Care of That Driving Record It’s common knowledge that traffic violations and points on your license can lead to higher auto insurance rates and possibly the suspension of your license. This is why many NMA members take the time and deal with…

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/nma-email-newsletter-issue-46/

Help Decide How NHTSA Spends Your Tax Dollars

By James Baxter, NMA President The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is the federal government’s lead agency when it come to safety policies and regulations; including speed limits, DUI laws, cell phone and texting bans, federal subsidies for speed traps and roadblocks, and vehicle equipment requirements. This agency was the last entity standing in support […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/decide-how-nhtsa-spends-tax-dollars/

NMA Email Newsletter: Issue #43

Travelers’ Rights Must Be Different Than Motorists’ Rights AAA, formerly the American Automobile Association, promotes itself as an advocate for travelers’ rights, but their status as one of the nation’s largest automobile insurers clearly takes p…

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/nma-email-newsletter-issue-43/

Traffic Tickets: Politicians & Double Standards

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist It was a small incident but it revealed something interesting. Not just the hypocrisy of Those Who Rule Us when it comes to the issue of “speeding” — and much else besides. But more deeply, we are afforded a glimpse into the unconscious sense of privilege and entitlement that operates […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/traffic-tickets-double-standards/

NMA Email Newsletter: Issue #40

Traffic Violation Records Occasionally, the question of how long traffic violations remain on the offender’s driving record is asked by a member. The short answer is that states are not consistent in this regard. It is not unusual for traffic cita…

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/nma-email-newsletter-issue-40/

Avoid Speeding Tickets: The Value Of A Good Radar Detector

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist The best way to fight a traffic ticket is to avoid getting one in the first place. In addition to developing the habit of constantly scanning your surroundings and being on alert for cops — and radar traps — every driver should invest in a top quality radar detector, such […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/value-good-radar-detector/

NMA Email Newsletter: Issue #34

Congressman Proposes Government GPS in All Vehicles U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore, introduced H.R. 3311 to Congress in July. The bill calls for the funding of a $150 million-plus study of a Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) fee, to ultimately replac…

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/nma-email-newsletter-issue-34/

A Speeding Ticket By Mail? It Could Happen To You This Holiday Weekend

The Fourth of July is one of the busiest traffic days of the year and many motorists will be travelling to unfamiliar areas — often outside of their home state. Local residents are usually well aware of the quirks of their community’s traffic laws, but unfortunately most out-of-state visitors don’t have that luxury. While the […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/press/speeding-ticket-by-mail-holiday-weekend/

A Speeding Ticket By Mail? It Could Happen To You This Holiday Weekend

This is our most recent national press release. Feel free to forward it your friends who may be traveling this holiday weekend. The Fourth of July is one of the busiest traffic days of the year and many motorists will be traveling to unfamiliar areas — often outside of their home state.  Local residents are […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/speeding-ticket-by-mail-holiday-weekend/

Getting Your Money’s Worth

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Do you keep your cars forever? It’s the smart move, financially. The typical $20-something-k new car takes a five year loan before it’s paid off. But if you only keep it that long, you’ve basically spent your $20-something-k (less whatever you get back in trade) to rent the thing for […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/getting-your-moneys-worth/

How To Handle Yourself During A Traffic Stop

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist It’s more likely than it’s probably ever been that you’ll get pulled over by a cop at some point in the near future. Not only are there more penny-ante laws and violations on the books than ever, state and local governments are dealing with major cash flow problems, just like […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/how-to-handle-yourself-during-a-traffic-stop/

NMA Email Newsletter: Issue #14

Share The Pain The following article from the New York Times provides a fair warning of how state and local governments intend to “share the pain” during the current recession. Motorists will be the favorite target for new fees, fines, surcharges,…

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/nma-email-newsletter-issue-14/

When A Good Crash Test Score Really Isn’t So Great

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Those crash test scores you read about are more than a little misleading. You read, “highest possible” or “Five stars” — and conclude, reasonably, that the car in question must be pretty safe. Well, maybe it is. But maybe it’s not. For example, I read news coverage the other day […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/when-a-good-crash-test-score-really-isnt-so-great/

NMA Email Newsletter: Issue #2

We have been hearing more from members and seeing more mention in the press about new “drunk driving” legislation; legalizing DUI roadblocks where they are not now legal, requiring ignition interlocks for first time offenders, making DUI a felony,…

https://ww2.motorists.org/alerts/nma-email-newsletter-issue-2/

Is Your Garage Secure?

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist This is an unpleasant subject — but reality often is. As the economy worsens, crime goes up — and that means your tools, classic vehicles and everything else is at greater risk of being ripped off. What can you do? First and probably most important, be sure you are fully […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/is-your-garage-secure/

Best Family Vehicle Bargains For The New Year

Guest Article by The Car Family A good family vehicle for under $20,000 isn’t difficult to find, especially if you can control your option urges. That isn’t to say that these inexpensive cars aren’t well equipped, especially in the safety category. However, the only three real reasons to buy a new car in this price […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/best-family-vehicle-bargains-for-the-new-year/

Red-Light Cameras Do Not Reduce Right Angle Crashes

By Jim Baxter, NMA President It seems that the most implausible myths are the hardest ones to kill off. Other than within the institutional capital of the Flat Earth Society, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, it is generally accepted that red light ticket cameras increase rear-end collisions, often dramatically. However, the supposed off-setting rationale […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/red-light-cameras-do-not-reduce-right-angle-crashes/

A “Reasonable And Prudent” Approach To Speed Limits

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist “Speeding” is one of those things that’s very much in the eye of the beholder — and the letter of the law. There is the legal definition: Traveling in excess of the posted maximum (whatever the number). Exceed the posted maximum and you may be ticketed for “speeding.” Very straightforward. […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/speed-limits-reasonable-and-prudent/

Ford’s MyKey System: The Rise Of The Mom Culture

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Yesterday’s tyrannies came to us in the name of the people – or the race or the nation. We may get ours in the name of the children. At least, when it comes to our cars and what we’re allowed to do with them. Ford has just revealed a new […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/fords-mykey-system-the-rise-of-the-mom-culture/

Should The Driving Age Be Raised To 18?

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Is 16 too young to drive? If you’re 16. you probably think not. But it’s those over 16 — adults like the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Adrian Lund — who will get to be the deciders on this one. Lund and some others want to push the age at […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/should-the-driving-age-be-raised-to-18/

How To Objectively Identify Unsafe Drivers

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist For years I have been arguing that the most objective — and perhaps, definitive — measure of a driver’s ability to drive safely is whether he or she has been involved in an at-fault accident. Speeding tickets, for example, don’t really tell us whether a person is a safe/competent driver. […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/how-to-objectively-identify-unsafe-drivers/

Driver Re-Education: The Hypocrisy Of Speed Enforcement

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Recently, I spent eight hours attending “driving school.” Unfortunately, it wasn’t Bob Bondurant’s school. And it wasn’t really about driving so much as it was about spending eight hours dutifully pretending that the entire shebang wasn’t anything other than a low-grade version of the “re-education” seminars for thought criminals they […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/driving-school-hypocrisy-speed-enforcement/

The Secret Of The F100 Millionaire

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Most of the advice out there about dealing with the obnoxious rise in the cost of fuel advises you to spend yet more money — on a hybrid, on some other new car — which for the most part is not very good advice. The best way to save money, […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/the-secret-of-the-f100-millionaire/

The Effect Of A National Speed Limit On Traffic Safety & Fuel Prices

By James Baxter, NMA President In 1982 Congress authorized the National Academy of Science to do a study that documented the “benefits” of the 55 MPH National Maximum Speed Limit (NMSL). I, as the President of the organization most critical of the national speed limit, was considered as a potential member of the advisory panel […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/national-speed-limit-effect-on-traffic-safety-fuel-prices/

The Old Man In The Buick — And The Return Of Drive 55?

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist GOP Senator John Warner probably doesn’t drive himself anywhere; he is flown, or chauffeured — at state expense and top speed. Which may explain why he is peddling reduced speed limits to “save fuel” for the rest of us. Just prior to the 4th of July weekend, Virginia’s senior senator […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/old-man-buick-return-of-drive-55/

Reinstating “55,” Are They Crazy?!

By James Baxter, NMA President The same forces that resisted the use of fire many thousands of years ago are still with us, only now they are advocating the return of the national maximum speed limit of 55 miles per hour. Anyone who endured the last 22 year long “experiment” with the “folly of 55” […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/reinstating-55-are-they-crazy/

How To Request A Copy Of Your Driving Record

While most people have requested a copy of their credit report at some point in their lives, many drivers have never seen their driving record. Driving records are often a part of background checks for employment, can have a significant impact on how much you pay for auto insurance, and errors can even negatively affect […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/how-to-request-a-copy-of-your-driving-record/

Red-Light Cameras Increase Accidents: 5 Studies That Prove It

The NMA has been contending that red-light cameras (RLCs) are a detriment to motorist safety for many years. People, both in the media and in the general public, often dismiss this claim as opinion, suggest that there isn’t enough data available yet, ask why we support people who run red lights (we don’t), or write […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/red-light-cameras-increase-accidents-5-studies-that-prove-it/

Scales Of Injustice: The Radargate Corruption Scandal

This is a guest post by Benjamen Ober, a student at Duke University in the Terry Sanford Institute for Public Policy. Tim Shingara does not look like a man you would expect to be working for the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP).  His shoulder-length hair, thick mustache, tight black t-shirt, torn jeans and intense stare exude […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/scales-of-injustice-the-radargate-corruption-scandal/

A Brief History Of A Popular, But Useless “Safety” Feature

One of the pervasive urban myths plaguing our highways and byways is the belief that daytime use of headlights reduces motor vehicle accidents. It all started with a Greyhound Bus Company public relations gimmick to promote its “safety image.” There was an apparent reduction in bus accidents and the conclusion was made that the daytime […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/a-brief-history-of-a-popular-but-useless-safety-feature/

Would You Pay Extra To Allow Your Vehicle To Collect Evidence Against You? You Probably Already Have.

There are millions of cars and trucks already equipped with Event Data Recorders (EDRs), otherwise referred to as “black boxes.” Most of these devices capture rudimentary information just prior to an accident. The activation of an air bag initiates the retention of this information and allows for subsequent retrieval of data such as vehicle speed, […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/would-you-pay-extra-for-your-vehicle-to-collect-evidence-against-you-you-probably-already-have/

5 Things You Need To Know About Roadblocks

Q. Are roadblocks legal? A. The US Supreme Court has found roadblocks to be legal for a variety of purposes, the most prominent being so-called “sobriety check points.” There is a longer history of roadblock approvals related to checking vehicles near or at national border crossings. However, many state courts take a less favorable view […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/5-things-you-need-to-know-about-roadblocks/

Cost Is No Object When It’s For Our Own Good

So far, at least, we’re still free to choose whether to exercise – or not. We can also decide for ourselves whether to engage in “risky” sports – for example, skiing (or motorcycle riding). But we’re not allowed to decide for ourselves when it comes to our cars – which must, by law, come equipped […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/cost-is-no-object-when-its-for-our-own-good/

Traffic Tickets Are Big Business

Traffic tickets are a multi-billion industry. They have virtually nothing to do with highway safety, but they have everything to do with money. When you begin to grasp the full magnitude of the public and private interests that depend on ripping off motorists through traffic tickets, you begin to understand why this unethical system continues […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/blog/traffic-tickets-are-big-business/

Labor Day Travelers Beware: Police Are Preparing Their Ticket Books!

The National Motorists Association warns motorists of speed traps, road blocks and revenue-driven traffic enforcement. Primed with federal dollars for traffic enforcement campaigns, many states are launching a full-scale assault on motorists. Road blocks for seat belt enforcement, speed traps, “road rage” details, and high-profile DWI patrols are being touted as the solution to all […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/press/labor-day-travelers-beware/

Great Year For Highway Safety!

This past year, 1998 is likely to be the safest year on record in the history of the automobile. What makes this unusually remarkable is that the major trends that influence fluctuations in fatality and fatality rate trends all suggest that we should be experiencing a significant increase in highway fatalities. That is not the […]

https://ww2.motorists.org/press/great-year-for-highway-safety/