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Safety Tip: Driving Near Farm Equipment

It's planting season again, so fleet drivers are encountering more farm equipment on the roads. Here's some timely advice from the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau to help drivers more safely share the road with farm equipment.

Photo of a gasoline station pump in California by Vince Taroc.

Gasoline Reaches $2.42 Per Gallon

The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded increased 1 cent to $2.42 during the week and is now 13 cents higher than a month ago and 29 cents higher than a year ago, according to AAA.

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Ford, Nissan Top Vincentric's Fleet Value List

Ford and Nissan vehicles appeared most prominently among the vehicles chosen as having the best fleet value by Vincentric for the 2017 model year, the firm that analyzes total cost of ownership announced.

Photo courtesy of VW.

Volkswagen to Pay $2.8B Criminal Penalty

A federal judge has ordered Volkswagen to pay a $2.8 billion criminal penalty on April 21 under a deal negotiated with the U.S. government to resolve its diesel emission scandal.

Photo by Paul Clinton.

2017 Jeep Compass Arrives at Dealer Lots

Fiat-Chrysler's 2017 Jeep Compass has begun arriving at U.S. dealers as the brand's bid to expand its compact SUV sales with a streamlined offering in that segment.

Photo of 2018 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Landi Renzo to Offer CNG 2018 F-150

Landi Renzo USA will offer a dedicated compressed natural gas (CNG) version of Ford's 2018 F-150 pickup, including multiple CNG tank configurations, the Torrance, Calif. vehicle modifier announced.

Photo of the Snake Creek bridge in the Florida Keys via Wikimedia.

Most Dangerous, Safest Highways Ranked

The 545-mile U.S. Highway 1 that runs from southern Georgia to Key West, Fla., has been deemed the most dangerous highway in the U.S. because it has the highest fatal crash rate, according to Geotab.

Infographic courtesy of AAA Foundation. Source of data: CDC.

Safety Tip: Preventing Drowsy Driving

A new report from NHTSA stresses the need to better educate American drivers about the dangers of driving when sleep-deprived.

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Bolt EV Owners Log 4.5 Million Miles

Chevrolet reported that 3,492 Bolt EV owners have driven a cumulative 4,570,300 miles in the United States as of April 2.

A Waymo (Google) self-driving Lexus RX450h on a California street. Photo courtesy of Waymo.

Americans Still Distrustful of Autonomous Car Tech

On the other hand, U.S. drivers show interest in many advanced driver assistance features, a new study from J.D. Power finds.

Crash report forms from all 50 states lack sufficient fields or codes for law enforcement to record all critical data, according to NSC. Photo courtesy of the Oregon Department of Transportation via Wikimedia Commons.

Skimpy Crash Reports Hindering Prevention Efforts

A National Safety Council review of state motor vehicle crash report forms reveals their shortcomings in collecting critical data needed for crash prevention efforts.

A 600-hp ROUSH-charged power plant allows for 0-60 times of 4.2 seconds. (Photo courtesy of ROUSH)

ROUSH Building the World’s Fastest Production Truck

The 2017 ROUSH Ford F-150 Nightmare is now being built at the ROUSH headquarters in Plymouth, Mich. A 600-hp ROUSH-charged powerplant allows for 0-60 times of 4.2 seconds.

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New-Vehicle Fuel Economy Reaches 25.2 MPG

The average fuel economy rating of new vehicles sold in March reached 25.2 mpg, which was a 0.1 mpg increase from February, according to the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI).

Safety Tip: Driving in Work Zones

The California Department of Transportation provides 11 tips to promote safety in work zones.

Watts Neighborhood Council President Mac Shorty, Board of Water and Power Commissioners Vice President William Funderburk and LADWP Director of Power Engineering Marvin Moon charge up an electric vehicle at the new pole mounted EV charger in Watts. Photo courtesy of LADWP

L.A. Tests EV Charging Stations Connected to Light Poles

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is testing new electric vehicle (EV) charging stations that draw power from existing utility infrastructure.

Photo of Mopar facility in Winchester, Va., courtesy of FCA.

FCA Opens Parts Distribution Center in Va.

Fiat-Chrysler has opened its new Mopar parts distribution center in Winchester, Va., that will ship 9.2 million parts annually from a 400,000-square-foot facility, FCA has announced.

Photo of W-15 courtesy of Workhorse.

Workhorse Releases PHEV Pickup Specs

The Workhorse Group's W-15 plug-in hybrid pickup should provide 80 miles of all-electric range and an equivalent of 75 miles per gallon when operating on electric power, the company has announced.

Photo of 2017 Outback courtesy of Subaru.

Subaru Named Top Automotive Brand by KBB

Subaru has been named the top automotive brand by Kelley Blue Book as having the best perception among buyers, while Ford and Lexus also earned honors among the 2017 Brand Image awards.

Congestion in California. Photo: U.S. Dept. of Transportation

California Strikes Deal with Truckers to Hike Fuel Tax

A bill to raise fuel taxes that could bring in $5.2 billion a year has advanced through the California legislature and needs only to be signed by Gov. Jerry Brown before going into effect.

Photo courtesy of XL Hybrids.

XL Hybrids Gains Approval from California for Conversions

XL Hybrids has gained approval from the California Air Resources Board to sell a modified hybrid version of Ford's Transit cargo van to fleets in that state. The XL Hybrids Transit has also gained eligibility for a $2,500 state voucher to defray the cost to fleet purchasers.

Screenshot courtesy of Hyundai.

Hyundai Adds Connected Services to 2018 Models

Hyundai is adding remote door lock, remote start with climate control and a monthly vehicle health report as connected-vehicle services to its 2018 model-year lineup and 2017 Ioniq vehicles, the automaker has announced.

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Fleet Manager of the Year Survant Joins NTEA

George Survant has joined the work truck association NTEA, and left his role as senior fleet director of Charter Communications, where he was honored as Professional Fleet Manager of the Year.

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Gasoline Jumps 6 Cents to $2.39 Per Gallon

The national average price of a gallon of unleaded gasoline increased 6 cents to $2.39 for the week ending April 10 following the switch over to more expensive summer-blend gasoline and increased driving demand, according to AAA.

Chart via Nagivant.

Ford Named Autonomous Driving Leader

Ford has become the leading company in the development of automated driving systems, followed by General Motors, the Renault-Nissan Alliance, and Daimler, according to a new report from Navigant Research.

Photo of Ford F-250 courtesy of Ford.

Ford Recalls F-250 for Unintended Movement

The safety compliance recall covers more than 48,000 2017-model year pickup trucks in the U.S.

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