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December 16, 2017

The hidden benefits of winter road maintenance
(BPT) - More than 70 percent of the U.S. population lives in areas affected by snow and ice. Each winter the average driver in these areas will see more than 5 inches of snow on the roads. And when the snow is falling, there are few things more comforting than the sight of snowplows and salt trucks... More >>


Drivers' re-education on flat-tire fixing
(BPT) - The hardships of navigating winter roads aren't made any easier when facing a flat tire. In fact, for many Americans, fixing a flat remains a mystery. According to a survey from AAA, nearly 20 percent of U.S. drivers don't know how to change a flat tire. This is compounded by research sayin... More >>


5 pet-friendly preparations for your holiday travels
(BPT) - During the holidays, the family road trip takes on a whole new meaning because in many cases it includes everyone - even your pet. And while your pet is certainly on your mind as you pack for the journey, they may not be part of your consideration as you prepare your vehicle for the trip.Li... More >>


Public Transit's Impact in Rural and Small Towns [Infographic]
(BPT) - While America's rural population declined, small town and rural public transit ridership increased nearly 8 percent (7.8) from 2007 to 2015.... More >>


Public Transportation: The Hidden Traffic Safety Solution [Infographic]
(BPT) - More than 35,000 people died in car crashes in 2015. What can we do to keep roads, and the people traveling on them, safer? Invest in America's public transportation system.... More >>


Home for the holidays [Infographic]
As Americans get ready for the most wonderful time of the year, they are also preparing for another element of the holiday season: lots of time in the car. Hankook Tire released findings from its latest Gauge Index Survey, which found that 84 percent of Americans are more likely to drive than fly t... More >>


Staying safe on the road this season
(BPT) - As the seasons transition, motorists undoubtedly have many things on their minds from work to the impending holiday season. All the while, the temperature continues to cool - and one thing often left unconsidered is the impact of changing weather conditions on daily driving routines. The la... More >>


Buckle up for the new passenger economy
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The first rule of the road: Focus on driving
(BPT) - Have you noticed that traffic seems to be worse lately? There's a good reason for that - there are more vehicles on the road than at any time in recent history. Unemployment is low and gas is affordable, which means more people are driving more miles. And more drivers means an increased ris... More >>


The Vision Concept Tire: One of the Best Inventions of the Year [Infographic]
(BPT) - Michelin's Vision concept tire of the future was selected as a Best Invention of 2017. Introduced earlier this year, the Vision concept features an innovative combination of four technologies: airless, organic, rechargeable and connected. However, its most intriguing feature is its 3D-print... More >>


Top safety tips for teen drivers
(BPT) - Once a newly licensed teen gets behind the wheel for the first time without a parent or guardian, the taste of freedom is exhilarating.But a teenager's lack of behind-the-wheel experience puts them at greater risk of getting into an accident. Add factors like passengers, loud music and stre... More >>


Shortage of truck diesel technicians and truck drivers is countrywide
(BPT) - As the transportation industry continues to grow and baby boomers continue to retire, the need for trained diesel mechanics and truck drivers has never been greater. Job openings span the U.S., and many sit open while businesses feel the stress of a massive talent shortage.For people seekin... More >>


5 things to know about connected cars
(BPT) - If you could go back in time and tell people that in the near future there would be a handheld device that would allow them to listen to virtually any song, watch virtually any movie or television show and have access to pretty much any book, they would probably think you were crazy.As it i... More >>


Winter is coming: 3 reasons why you need to install winter tires
(BPT) - Winter brings unpredictable and dangerous road conditions, yet changing out all-season tires for winter tires isn't high on our priority list. No matter the type of vehicle you drive, tires are the only connection between a vehicle and the road. Improper tires put drivers at a higher risk o... More >>


Celebrating Decades of Dominance at the Baja 1000 [Infographic]
(BPT) - 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Baja 1000. Featuring rugged terrain, unpredictable elements, and endurance-testing conditions, the Baja Peninsula has long been considered one of the most complex and punishing off-road terrains around. BFGoodrich Tires has dominated Baja racing for de... More >>


6 tips to help keep your drive distraction-free
(BPT) - As you drive down the street, the threat of potential distractions is everywhere. Federal research shows that distracted driving is a factor in one out of every six crashes, and accounts for 5,000 automobile crash-related fatalities each year.While teens are commonly associated with distrac... More >>


What's the deal with teen driving crashes?
(BPT) - It's no surprise that teen drivers get into more traffic collisions than their older counterparts, but why? Some reasons include less driving experience, a higher willingness to take risks and passenger distraction. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that mor... More >>


How you and your behavior affect your car insurance rates
(BPT) - The average American driver pays more than $1,300 per year for car insurance, but some pay a third of that average while others pay nearly 30 times that amount, according to research by The Zebra, an auto insurance search engine. High prices, wide disparity in rates and a number of misunder... More >>


Men vs. women: Who's better behind the wheel?
(BPT) - It's the age-old question: Who is a better driver, men or women? Are women more likely to adhere to the speed limit? Are men more inclined to drive in high-traffic areas? Perhaps there will never be resolution on the matter, but the latest Hankook Tire Gauge Index uncovered some definite di... More >>


Coaching your teen driver: The handbook [Infographic]
(BPT) - Much like preparing for a big game, coaching your teen driver requires some mental preparation and practice of the plays that will land your team that big “W” (a safe and confident licensed teen driver). That’s why Michelin has teamed up with NFL Hall of Famer and father of a teen driver, E... More >>


5 tips to ready your ride for winter
(BPT) - The winter driving season is … unique. No matter where you live, these aren't the same road conditions you enjoyed in June or July, and that means you can't handle your car in the same way. A winter-ready vehicle requires extra preparation. To get your vehicle ready for the seaso... More >>


Road salt means safe roads
(BPT) - State and municipal departments of transportation are gearing up their winter maintenance plans to prepare for snow and ice. In addition to plows, road salt is an important tool to keep roads clear. Every year these agencies stockpile sufficient salt to last the winter season and store it i... More >>


Letting go of the wheel: Why consumers should trust self-driving cars
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Riding is the new driving: How to make the most of your ride
(BPT) - New to ridesharing? So are most people, both drivers and passengers alike. Ridesharing matches you with a nearby driver who will pick you up and take you where you need to go. Calling a ride is as easy as opening up a ridesharing app and tapping a button; a driver will then arrive within mi... More >>


6 simple steps to avoid distracted driving
(BPT) - Mobile phones have become an essential part of life for most people, helping them stay connected and increase productivity. However, this technology can also be a distraction when driving, which puts everyone on the road at risk.More than one-quarter of all car crashes involve phone use, bo... More >>


Back-to-school lessons for drivers
(BPT) - With Americans around the country adjusting their daily commutes and driving habits to accommodate back-to-school schedules, it is a great time to brush up on Driving 101. Take the stress out of back-to-school travel by practicing these safe driving tips.Steer away from old habitsEven somet... More >>



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