A five-year plan. Ten years in the making. $305 billion to be spent on infrastructure. Money for roads and rail projects. Penalties for automakers breaking the law. This is the newest federal transportation bill, and this is why it’s important.
So I’m driving along the other day in the left lane of a major interstate highway, and I get up behind a Honda CR-V with “Conserve Wild Resources” license plates. These license plates have a picture of an owl on them. It was at this moment when I knew I would soon be passing on the right.
We all know speeding is very deadly and dangerous, but what are you supposed to do when you’re faced with ridiculously low speed limits like the ten listed below?
Americans are simply not driving as much as they used to; most experts agree we hit “peak car.” But that’s not the story according to the Department of Transportation’s forecasts, which year after year show skyrocketing demand for more roads—and year after year are proven wrong. Still, states use this data to fund…
Nobody likes paying tolls, but they are a necessary evil. The money from tolls is used to fund the construction of new roadways, as well as maintenance. Unless you live in one of the 22 states that don't collect tolls, or a state where you can get by without owning a car, you have no other choice but to pony up and…
It's the difference of just one inch. In 2005, the guardrail manufacturer Trinity Industries shaved that much off its guardrail design, saving the company $2 per guardrail head. It also neglected to report this design change to the Federal Highway Administration. Tens of thousands of these potentially deadly guardrail…
Everyone has their pet peeves. Unsurprisingly, two are shared by a lot of American drivers: Tailgating and left lane hogging. There's no word on if the people who hate tailgating are left lane hoggers.
As a powerful storm system moved through the central United States on Sunday evening, tornadoes caused severe damage in Arkansas and other states. The destruction on one highway was captured by this drone camera video.
A long trip on a boring highway is the last thing you want to do with your car, but these ten improvements could make the drive more exciting and much safer.
I love driving as much as the next guy. No, wait, I love driving significantly more than the next guy, but even I hate highway driving. It's a ceaseless, mind-numbing progression of traffic and missed exits and bad merging and left-lane hogs.
"Vision Zero," New York mayor Bill de Blasio's plan to eliminate traffic deaths in the city, is audacious but not unprecedented. Like almost all good social policies, the Swedes did it first. And we could learn a thing or two from them.
In an attempt to curb the number of dangerous drivers on New York highways who are distracted by their smartphones, the state is introducing dedicated Texting Zones where motorists can pull off, park, and safely use their mobile devices. But the initiative doesn't require any new construction since existing rest…
There's way more to building a road than just slathering some asphalt all over the ground. The process is actually pretty involved, with a bunch of steps you probably hadn't thought of. And even a little bit of art to it.
We've all said it or thought it or joked about it or believed it at one point in our lives. That damn, we were in the middle of nowhere. But that corn field or dark stretch of the highway hardly qualifies as nowhere. True nowhere is actually in Idaho.
When the Ladd, Ill., fire department called for backup to a highway crash, two firefighters found their route blocked by drivers going the wrong way on the shoulder to escape the backup. Their 21st-century response: Bitching out the drivers on Facebook.
Los Angeles has been, collectively, freaking out for weeks now about the two-day closure of a long stretch of the 405 (one of the city's major highways) and now, finally, that day is upon us. And it's not really that big of a deal.
A new report tells us what we already knew — states spend transportation dollars really poorly. Also, they fix roads at really inconvenient times. [Infrastructurist]
Greek police were forced to shut down a major thoroughfare for three hours as "millions" of frogs crossed a highway. Like many Greeks, the frogs were looking for food, jobs and a stable currency. [AP via NYT]