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Here Are the 10 Best, Worst States to Drive In

You'll be cruising pretty in Texas, trying to tame your road rage in Hawaii

(Newser) - There's still not a lot to do these days as we continue our weary march through the pandemic, but at least going for a drive can be a nice escape—unless you're in Hawaii, that is. That's the surprising last-place entry in WalletHub's new ranking of...

This Is the Worst US City to Drive In

Oakland is no smooth ride, but you'll be cruising right along in Lincoln, Neb.

(Newser) - While more of us are telecommuting during the pandemic, WalletHub notes that many prefer to drive rather than take public transportation in the COVID-19 era, so it looked at the 100 largest cities in the country to see where driving is the best—and the worst. The site examined 31...

Guy Charged With Felony for Being a 'Cool Father'

Shaun Michaelsen, 41, was arrested in Florida

(Newser) - A Florida man is facing felony charges after police said he let a 12-year-old girl drive his SUV and told her to speed because he wanted to be a "cool father"—even though he is not her dad, the AP reports. Shaun Michaelsen, 41, told the arresting officer...

Utah Cop Pulls Over Driver Headed to Calif. He Was 5

Adrian's ride was a Dodge Journey

(Newser) - A 5-year-old hoping to make it to California came up short Monday when he was caught driving on a Utah interstate. Utah Highway Patrol trooper Rick Morgan noticed a car swerving so badly on Interstate 15 in Ogden that he expected to find a person needing medical attention, per CBS...

'Fast and Furious Wannabes' Are Taking to the Streets

Safety officials note a big spike in speeding and reckless driving

(Newser) - With most people forced to stay at home during the coronavirus pandemic, some of the ones who are still driving around are taking the opportunity to get reckless on the road. Per the Governors Highway Safety Association, road safety officials say there's been a "severe spike" in speeding...

In These States, It's Driver Beware

WalletHub ranking considers infrastructure, traffic, and more

(Newser) - Traffic in New York City is notoriously bad, but it's not enough to sour driving in the state, which comes middle of the pack in a new ranking of the best and worst US states in which to drive. There's much more than traffic to consider. Indeed, WalletHub...

They Drove Across the US in 27 Hours
They Drove Across
the US in 27 Hours
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They Drove Across the US in 27 Hours

It's a 'Cannonball' record, and a highly illegal one at that

(Newser) - They got into their car in Manhattan just before 1am on November 10. They pulled into a hotel parking lot in Los Angeles the following morning. More specifically, Arne Toman, Doug Tabbutt, and Berkeley Chadwick completed their cross-country road trip in an astonishing 27 hours and 25 minutes, reports Road ...

Guy Actually Did This. Then Posted the Video

Driver in Cyprus allegedly drove his heavy vehicle with only 2 feet ... in socks

(Newser) - Cypriot police have charged a man who allegedly drove his heavy vehicle on a main highway with only his feet on the wheel and live-streamed footage of the stunt, the AP reports. Police said Friday they managed to identify the 43-year-old suspect from the video, which was shown on social...

Hate Blind Spots While Driving? This Teen Has a Solution

14-year-old Alaina Gassler created innovative workaround

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania teen has won $25,000 and, perhaps soon, the gratitude of every driver in America with what Mashable calls a "simple but innovative" invention that gets rid of blind spots. A release from the Society for Science & the Public announced that the "girls shine" in...

These Are the Best —and Worst— US Cities to Drive In
This Is the Worst
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This Is the Worst US City to Drive In

Bad news for those who live in Detroit

(Newser) - Most people in the United States drive—and drivers in the country spend an average of 310 hours per year on the road, or almost 13 days. So if you want to make those 13 days of each year more pleasant, pay heed to WalletHub's list of the best...

8-Year-Old Hits 112mph on Second Freeway Drive

His mom had told him not to ride on the autobahn

(Newser) - An 8-year-old boy got a stern talking-to earlier this week when he took his mom's Volkswagen for a joyride on the German autobahn, but after pulling the stunt again—hitting speeds 112 mph—he's been put into psychological counselling, the AP reports. Dortmund police said Friday the grade-schooler...

Dad's Plan to Let Daughter Drive Ends in Tragedy: Police

Tomas Mejia's 12-year-old girl apparently killed a pedestrian and his dog

(Newser) - A father's plan to let his 12-year-old daughter go driving apparently turned to tragedy when a pedestrian and his dog ended up dead, Click2Houston reports. Police say Tomas Mejia, 42, let his daughter drive an SUV in Houston, where she mistook the gas pedal for the brakes and hit...

Cops Go Undercover in Georgia
Cops Go Undercover in Georgia

Cops Go Undercover in Georgia

Police hand out tickets under the state's hands-free law

(Newser) - Drivers in Cobb County, Georgia got a little surprise this week when construction workers turned out to be undercover cops, CBS News reports. The helmet-wearing officers aimed to stop drivers from using smartphones behind the wheel, and wrote 170 tickets at one crossing alone in only a few hours, mostly...

Solution for Road Safety: Stick Shift?
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To Make Roads Safer, Make People Drive a Stick

It's tough to shift and text, op-ed points out

(Newser) - An op-ed in the New York Times makes the case for a low-tech solution to the problem of distracted driving: Embrace the stick shift. Drivers have to pay attention to actual driving when operating a manual transmission, writes Vatsal Thakkar, a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at NYU. "A...

States With the Least-Skilled Drivers
States With the
Least-Skilled Drivers

States With the Least-Skilled Drivers

You might want to take a defensive driving course in Big Sky Country

(Newser) - If you like the freedom of the open road, there are some states where you might want to take a defensive driving course first. In its assessment of the most dangerous states to drive in (New Mexico took that top "honor"), YourMechanic looked at a variety of factors,...

Driver Gets Stuck on Tracks After GPS Gaffe

Pennsylvania police have a little fun posting about it

(Newser) - A woman learned the limits of GPS Wednesday when she turned off a road onto railway tracks and got stuck there—parallel to the tracks, USA Today reports. To make matters worse, cops gave her a ticket. "The GPS told me to do it..." quipped the City of...

Student Driver Goes Off the Deep End

Literally

(Newser) - A driving lesson went off the deep end in Maryland when authorities say the car jumped a curb, crashed through a fence and landed in a swimming pool, per the AP . Montgomery County Fire and Rescue spokesman Pete Piringer tells The Washington Post the driver and passenger were uninjured Saturday,...

10 Best, Worst Cities for Getting Behind the Wheel

Florida, Texas, and North Carolina all offer appealing options

(Newser) - "Comfort and reliability" are two of the reasons people cite for using their cars instead of mass transit to get around—but in some parts of the country, the driving commute is neither comfortable nor reliable. WalletHub looked at the 100 most populated cities in the US across four...

It's a Big Day for Saudi Women
It's a Big Day for Saudi Women

It's a Big Day for Saudi Women

The driving ban is finally lifted

(Newser) - Saudi women are in the driver's seat for the first time in their country and steering their way through busy city streets just minutes after the world's last remaining ban on women driving was lifted on Sunday, the AP reports. It's a euphoric and historic moment for...

10 Best and Worst States for Driving

At least you still have your beautiful beaches, Hawaii

(Newser) - Many people consider Hawaii to be paradise. Those people must not be drivers. The Aloha State places dead last in WalletHub's list of America's best states for driving. The website came by its rankings by looking at "23 key indicators of a positive commute." Those indicators...

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