Happy National Heroes Day, Barbados!
From time to time we like to share intriguing articles and innovations in the world of cars, drivers, and car insurance. In addition to Heroes Day, here’s what we’re reading about right now.
Hybrid sales rise with gas prices
Filling up for $50 is no fun, and with the unpredictability of gas prices, drivers are looking for a smarter way to save in the long run. According to this MediaPost article, hybrid sales were up 46 percent in March 2011 compared to March 2010.
Federally-funded pilot program helps drivers find parking online
It’s starting in San Francisco. SFpark provides real-time info on parking conditions to help you find a parking spot or choose an alternate travel method in advance. This will reduce dangerous and gas-burning circling (which will reduce road rage). Drivers are encouraged to plan before leaving home, and the hope is this won’t turn into yet another distraction behind the wheel. Check out the demo at fastlane.dot.gov.
More good news for EV shoppers
The Chevy Volt and Nissan LEAF have earned top safety scores from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The extra mass from the electric engines make them sturdier than similar-shaped gas guzzlers, and that makes for safer cars. To which the gas pump replies, “Yeah, but still….”
New gadgets, less crashes
Just in case you missed it, and no hard feelings if you did, our very own Heidi Wallis gathered some of the best new safety technologies in an early-April blog post. Chances are your next new car will feature a few of these.
Driverless cars — really happening?
Driverless cars have a lengthy Wikipedia page (gulp) but the page itself may not be up to Wikipedia standards (phew). It’s not too soon to wonder how this next big leap will affect our lifestyles and daily habits, not to mention insurance policies.
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