In 2011, the U.S. Department Of Transportation audited the America’s car safety regulator, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and made recommendations on how it could be better at dealing with car defects. Five years later, a new audit from DOT still sees “significant safety concerns being overlooked.”
Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and 17 major automakers met to cooperate on setting standards. And by coordination, I mean that our government said it’s best when car companies work without them.
It's not a massive decline, but it's a part of a trend. With some 5.69 million reported crashes – a slight rise, overall – traffic deaths in the U.S. have dropped 3.1 percent from 2012, with 32,719 people killed in crashes last year. And over the last decade, it's fallen by 25 percent, thanks in no small part to safer…
Using a smartphone to get directions while driving currently falls into a legal grey area. The feds want to change that. A proposal by the Obama administration would require restrictions on how apps can be used and even force changes if NHTSA thinks it's unsafe. This will not go well.
Snow's finally falling in Manhattan, and I can already hear the ominous grind of plows on pavement outside the window of Jalopnik HQ. A reader showed us this DOT truck wielding plows akimbo-style, and it got me wondering what other interesting snow-movers you've seen in the wild.
Sean Heiney of Ann Arbor, Michigan was driving his 2010 Jeep Wrangler home when all of a sudden the brakes failed. Then his power steering went. Then he noticed smoke. Within a minute his car was surrounded by flames.
The Virginia Department of Transportation has put three large collections online of archival photographs detailing life and work on Virginia's roadways. We picked out the nine best photos to give you a sense of the years the state spent adjusting to mass motorization.
I normally drive a manual transmission, and generally prefer to, but I'm not blind to the charms of an automatic. Shifting your own gears — what are we, animals? Sure, I get why people want it. And I imagine everyone who's spent any amount of time in an automatic must have wondered, at least once, why PRNDL?
Thirty-five years ago, the U.S. government built a fleet of cars that were safer than anything on the road. Twenty-five years ago, the government shredded them in secret. Two escaped the crusher. This is their story.
Transportation Secretary Mary Peters is lamenting the fact that Americans are driving less, resulting in declining gas tax revenues and decreased funding for road projects. As eTrucker reports, the federal government already had to make an emergency contribution of $8 billion to the DOT in September to continue…