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Gradually, states and local jurisdictions are getting stricter and harsher about regulating cell phone usage while driving a vehicle. For example, in Virginia, several laws have prohibited texting while driving, and increased the fines you’ll pay if you’re found using a cell phone while driving and committing another offense. In fact, 47 states, plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands have an outright ban on text messaging while driving. So why are these restrictions getting tighter and more punitive, and is there any end in sight? Key Motivations There are several motivations responsible for this trend:…

It is an age old question for many bikers ‘ how long should my exhaust be?’ Unfortunately it is a question with more than one answer and it will depend on a number of different factors. Whether you are putting your own bike together and looking at buying the best exhaust from an aftermarket motorcycle parts vendor, or perhaps you are looking to buy OEM motorcycle parts to upgrade your machine, getting the right sized exhaust could be the difference-maker when it comes to the finished article. Remember to look online for all of your parts as you will almost always…

The common expression, “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it,” has some truth to it, but things that aren’t broken can still be improved in important ways. Every year, Mazda adds new features as technology gets better and styles change, but the essence of what makes Mazdas so beloved in the first place remains the same. It’s a careful balance. Visit your local dealer and check out the latest Mazdas to arrange a test drive to see for yourself, or read on for a brief look at some of the differences between the 2018 and 2019 versions of Mazda’s two…

If you have a young person who is a new driver, there is no doubt that you worry about her or him on the road. And this is with good reason because younger drivers tend to be less skilled. In addition they sometimes don’t act as responsibly as they should. Things like driving while distracted, or even driving while impaired are big issues with young people and keeping them focused on responsible driving can be very difficult. During the winter when weather conditions like fog, rain, snow, and ice create unsafe road conditions there is even greater concern for  make…

Searching for a new family vehicle is never easy. With so many different options now available and so few ways to distinguish between one brand and another, it can be tempting to just visit the nearest dealership, find the first vehicle with enough seats that is in your price range, and be done with it. If the stress of car shopping has you feeling this way, you’re certainly not alone. Many consumers admit to feeling baffled and anxious by the range of options they are confronted with when shopping for a new vehicle, and making a quick, impulsive purchase is…

Sooner or later, you may find yourself curious to look up a license plate number you’ve encountered in public—whether it’s to track down the owner or to uncover more information about the vehicle. But before you move forward with this strategy, you should know there are some serious limitations to an online license plate owner lookup, and you may not be able—or legally allowed—to get the information you want. Why Would You Look Up a License Plate? Let’s take a look at a few examples of why someone might look up a license plate. Generally, this is done to find…

Despite its tumultuous history, few names in the world of North American automotive manufacturers have the same cachet as Lincoln. While this brand may have gone through plenty of ups and downs over the course of its hundred years in business, the past decade has seen it surge back from the brink to become a serious contender once again.  With a new line-up of luxury SUVs and some major re-designs of popular classics like the Continental, 2017, 2018, and 2019 have all shaped up to be exciting years for one of North America’s oldest luxury automobile brands. Here are three…

Today’s car buying experience has become efficient and effortless. In a matter of hours, customers can select, test, and drive off the lot with their new wheels. However, even with this expediency, consumers looking to purchase a new vehicle should do their homework before embarking upon the great adventure of car-buying. Australia’s car loan landscape has many opportunities to finance a vehicle minus the interest rate drama, especially if you apply for a Latitude car loan or go through any of the numerous financing companies. Conversely, car buyers who do not prepare ahead of time can find themselves not only…

When purchasing  car, you don’t need to save up a lump sum of money before buying. In fact, Vindis, who are Audi dealers, have detailed various finance options available to you when getting your hands on your next set of wheels when it’s new — other than buying the car outright obviously. Keep reading as they offer insight into how many finance options are open to you when in the market for a used car too. Buying a new car? Taking out a personal loan What is a personal loan? Personal loans are taken out at a bank or building…

Alfa Romeo is an Italian brand that became famous for making some absolutely gorgeous cars over the years. Its brand is known for producing cars with sporty looks and excellent performances, both on the racetracks and on the roads. In 1986, the Italian brand became a subsidiary of the Fiat group. And since then, its traditionally strong engine and body styling have combined with the efficient transmission and suspension platforms of its parent company. However, according to Jalopkin, Alfa Romeo cars have had several issues in previous models which the recently issued versions have tried to address. These include issues…