Distracted driving, or use of a phone while behind the wheel, is a hot topic. Many states already have full or partial prohibitions in place. The Secretary of Transportation, Roy LaHood, wants further study done into distracted driving. He has implied that he would like a total ban on phone use of any sort while Read on! →


Octane is known to have something to do with gasoline, but not everyone understands what it is. The quick version is that it’s a component of gasoline, but not the only one, and yes the octane number has something to do with how much is in every gallon. For starters, octane is a hydrocarbon Before Read on! →


Running an internal combustion engine is, speaking in terms of energy use, expensive. Even the most efficient gas-run engines use only about 38 percent of the stored energy of gas for powering the vehicle – the rest becomes waste heat. Engines are designed to operate within a relatively narrow range of temperatures, and if an Read on! →


The U.S. credit downgrade and its impact on the Dow Jones and S&P 500 have scarred numerous major U.S. auto makers and dealers, reports Automotive News. As investors have dumped shares, an auto stock crash of significant proportions has occurred. General Motors, Ford Motor Co. and others have lost as much as 8.5 percent in Read on! →


A legend among early sports cars was the Morgan 3 Wheeler, a curious vehicle with a tiny, two-seat cockpit, an open engine compartment and only one wheel in the rear. The quirky but quick vehicle has been resurrected by Morgan and is headed for showrooms in the U.S. The prodigal trike returns The first car Read on! →


Goodyear announced in a press release Monday that it will be developing a tire that not only detects when its pressure is low, it will inflate itself for peak performance and safety. The company has not mentioned a time frame when the technology will become available to consumers. Goodyear is calling the new system Air Read on! →


Communication problems continue to fester for Toyota. Reuters reports that the automaker had failed to alert the U.S. government about a new Toyota recall involving one Toyota and seven Lexus sedan models. This time, engine issues are to blame. Excessive noise and even the potential for stalling have been documented. This Toyota recall should reclaim Read on! →


The Big Three domestic automakers have been desperate to recapture the market share from foreign auto firms. Since the recession began, all three firms have been trying to boost the bottom line and get more people buying American again. The auto rebate offered by the government for buying more fuel efficient vehicles helped. General Motors Read on! →


Almost every car on the road these days utilizes fuel injection, a manner of delivering fuel to engines to make them run. There are several types, each with their own features, and it’s a seemingly innocuous but vastly important part of what makes cars go. Fuel injection caused the industry to pull the carb over Read on! →


THE SHORT ANSWER LEASE IF: Lower monthly payments are a priority and you don’t care about building ownership equity in a vehicle. You enjoy driving new cars that have the latest safety features and are always under warranty. Your life situation is fairly stable and predictable over the next few years. You drive around 15,000 Read on! →