Auto News for Dec. 13 – What State is Best for Drivers?

 Iowa is the best state for drivers, according to a new report. California is the worst. The study evaluated 50 states based on several factors that impact drivers, including commute time, annual insurance premiums, gas expenditure, cost of car repairs, car thefts and auto fatalities. Following Iowa were Ohio, Maine, Wisconsin and Vermont to round out the top five. .

 California received the lowest scores of all 50 states for average auto repairs and car thefts; that paired with lengthy commute times for drivers earned the state its last place designation. New Mexico, Nevada, Louisiana and Wyoming round out the bottom five.

 Many motorists find it more difficult to drive at night than during the daytime. Drivers may fear nighttime driving because they feel their comfort levels behind the wheel are compromised when the sun goes down. Statistics show those fears are not unfounded, as a 2016 analysis of data from the Department of Transportation’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System found that 43 percent of motor vehicle fatalities in 2014 occurred between the hours of 6 p.m. and 3 a.m.

 But drivers should not simply blame their nerves for the discomfort they feel when driving at night. A recent study from AAA found that the halogen headlights in more than 80 percent of the vehicles on the road today fail to safely illuminate unlit roadways, even at speeds as low as 40 miles per hour. A recent report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety was critical of headlight design, painting a bleak picture for headlight performance in 30 of the 31 vehicles tested for the report. Many vehicles on the road are equipped with standard halogen headlights that begin to break down in two to three years, potentially reducing light output by as much as 30 percent. One thing drivers can do is clean their headlight surroundings. Many are unknowingly driving with clouded headlamps that could be compromising their nighttime visibility and reducing light output by as much as 40 percent, said

 If you are one of the few that is interested in buying a car as opposed to a crossover, SUV, or truck, there are bargains out there. Kelley Blue Book said they are being offered on the Hyundai Sonata, Buick Envision, and Infiniti Q50 when it comes to lease deals. For cash back and financing deals, check out the Hyundai Veloster, Jeep Cherokee and the Ford Focus.

 And if you have dreamed of owning a Rolls-Royce and wondered what makes it one of the premier ultra-luxury brands, here is a video you might want to take a look at.

 The “House of Rolls-Royce” premieres the first in a series of short films today, telling how it became the world’s leading and most respected luxury house. ‘The Spirit of Ecstasy’ film will premiere at Kate Winslet narrates the film.



2 thoughts on “Auto News for Dec. 13 – What State is Best for Drivers?

  1. Standard headlamps on modern vehicles are a joke. Its almost like they are designed not to emit much light with their pinched styling and flappers to shield out the high beam. Low beam is useless. High beam has to be employed almost all the time to see down the road. High beam isn’t much better than low beam was on a square 1980’s sealed beam or an early composite design from the 90’s. Maybe this is auto manufacturer’s sneaky way of getting customers to shell out for the Xenon or LED upgrade?

    • I have had test cars with spectacular night time displays and other than fall short. Agree that on some high beam is what low beam once was. Obviously some updated headlight standards are needed.

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