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Review and Road Test: Google Maps Now Estimates Toll Costs for Your Road Trip – How Well Does it Work?

With fuel prices almost double what they were just one year ago, drivers are anxious to cut down the cost of travel by automobile.  While this is generally addressed by undertaking fuel-saving strategies such as driving at 55 mph ((88 km/h) on highways, keeping tires at proper inflation levels, and not driving around town to find the cheapest price, there’s another way to save significant amounts of money when driving, …

Apple to Enhance CarPlay With Deep Integration Into Dashboard and Other Vehicle Displays

Apple, which first introduced its now ubiquitous CarPlay infotainment system in 2014, announced a number of significant updates at its 2022 World Wide Developers Conference, currently underway in Cupertino, California.
The big news is what Apple termed its “next generation” CarPlay interface, for which the company offered a “sneak peek” in the keynote address of the event.
The new version of CarPlay, which could start to appear in vehicles by the end …

New York Auto Show Returns and Electric Vehicles Take the Spotlight

NEW YORK — The New York International Auto Show returned this week after a pandemic-induced three-year hiatus and electric vehicles are commanding the spotlight.
The show opened to the public on Friday following two press days and runs through April 24. The show dates back more than a century and was previously held at the New York Coliseum, the old Madison Square Garden, and the Grand Central Palace.
Organizers said they expect …

As the Cost of Diesel Fuel Soars, The Cost of Goods and Services Will Follow

While gas prices in the United States and abroad have been setting new records, it is the price of diesel fuel that is rippling through the global supply chain.
The average cost of a gallon of diesel fuel is currently $5.19 in the United States, up almost 45% from 33.61 in January, according to U.S. government figures.    The current average price per gallon in New York State is $5.55 as of …

As Fuel Prices Rise, More Drivers Run on Empty… And Get Stranded

As Fuel Prices Rise, More Drivers Run on Empty… And Get Stranded

Some drivers are letting their cars literally run on fumes amidst higher gas prices.
Gas prices have hit record highs in the United States in the past two weeks, but after sharply increasing they hit a peak on March 11 and have since begun to decline, albeit slightly, except for prices in California, where the price of regular gasoline hit over $6 per gallon in Los Angeles County.
The California Highway Patrol …

Review and Test Drive: 1997 Mercedes-Benz C280 Elegance

While it seems as if the Mercedes-Benz C-Klasse, or C-Class, has been around forever, it was only introduced in 1993 as a replacement for the so-called “Baby Benz, the 190 range, of which 1.9 million models were sold and which had become somewhat dated in size, styling, and performance
In addition, Daimler-Benz had been focused on refining its high-end models such as the S-Class and SL-Class.  The moniker of “Baby Benz” …

Six Expert Tips on How to Save Gas Amidst Record Prices at the Pump

Drivers are paying record prices at the pump now, and the cost of a gallon of gasoline is expected to increase even further following President Biden’s ban on Russian oil imports.
The average price of gas in the U.S. rose by $0.10 per gallon from Monday to Tuesday, hitting a record $4.17 cents per gallon. Meanwhile, the price of benchmark U.S. crude oil spiked to more than $129 per barrel Tuesday, an …