According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, 87 percent of daily trips occur in personal vehicles. Reasons vary, but comfort and reliability are primary reasons, and they’re important. Drivers spend an average of 290 hours on the road per year.
The statistics are also crucial to analysts at WalletHub.com, the personal finance website that uses data-driven journalism to create best and worst lists and various surveys.
One recent article, using 29 key indicators of driver friendliness, is a list of the top 100 cities across the United States for driver friendliness. Raleigh, N.C., gets the top honor, followed by Corpus Christi, Texas and Orlando, Florida.
Dubious honors were awarded to Oakland, California, San Francisco, California and Detroit, Michigan.
In episode #48 of The Weekly Driver Podcast, hosts Bruce Aldrich and James Raia speak with John Kiernan about WalletHub, its best and worst driving cities article and what the results mean.
The annual smorgasbord of all things automotive with called Monterey Auto Week or Classic Car will be held in mid-August. In this episode, we also discuss to the unusual vehicles that will be showcased this year during the Concours d’Elegance, Citreon and Tucker.
Preston Tucker and his cohorts made 51 vehicles, designed in Michigan and built in Chicago. The prototype was called the Tucker Torpedo; the production model the Tucker 48. It was manufactured in about a one-year span in 1946-47 as a 1948 model.
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